The refrigerator was running continuosly so I pulled out the brush and cleaned the coils. It was loaded with lint, dust and more. You forget to maintain appliances including the clothes dryer.
You’d think the clothes dryer screen would catch all the lint, but that is not so. Remove the lint screen and clean the dryer itself with a long handle brush and vacuum. You’ll be surprised how much lint got through. Then there is the vent hose from the dryer to wall and the wall to outdoors.
7 signs of a dirty or clogged dryer vent.
- Clothes dryer takes longer to dry, even a 2nd cycle.
- Clothes come out of the dryer very hot.
- Find very little lint on the dryer lint screen.
- Dryer stops during a cycle.
- Your clothes have a moldy smell.
- Dryer is hot to the touch while running.
- You find lint on your clothing.
“Improper dryer vents are a much bigger and more common safety problem” according to Consumer Reports.
Clogged vents can increase drying costs, shorten the life of your dryer and even cause a fire.
- Plastic or foil exhaust ducts are dangerous. They can sag allowing lint to build up. You should upgrade to a metal exhaust duct to prevent sagging and if a fire begins metal helps to contain the fire.
- When lint accumulates in an exhaust duct, it reduces the dryer’s ability to expel heated water vapor causing heat energy to build up within the machine.
- As the dryer overheats, mechanical failures can trigger sparks, causing lint trapped in the dryer vent to burst into flames.
- Fires generally originate within the dryer but spread by escaping through the ventilation duct, incinerating trapped lint, and following its path into the building wall.
- National Fire Protection Agency report fires caused by dryers in 2005 were responsible for approximately 13,775 house fires, 418 injuries, 15 deaths, and $196 million in property damage.
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