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Clean Your Dryer

October 23rd, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I finally told my husband that if he wouldn't fix the dryer I was going to buy a new one. There is a limit to my frugalness and having to deal with a dryer that takes 2-3 full cycles to dry clothes is one of them. I dealt with it for a very long time and would end up with smelly clothes that would have to be washed all over again if I forgot to immediately start the second or third cycle. Besides, it was wasting energy running so long.

So he pulled out a part and took it to an appliance parts place. They tested it and said it was fine and told him to bring in some different parts to test. They were fine also.

They then told him to buy a lint brush and clean way down inside where the long lint screen goes. I was amazed at how much lint he got out. I had assumed that all of the lint ends up on the lint screen which I cleaned before each use, but I was wrong. Next he cleaned out the long vent pipe with a brush with an extension handle and made sure the flex pipe portion wasn't kinked.

Now the old dryer works great. Saved a lot of money and am glad we lessened a fire danger in the process. Whew.

7 Responses to “Clean Your Dryer”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    I've been meaning to do this. Good reminder!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Great tip...I also need to do this! If my dryer ever takes more than one cycle, I always clean out the lint first. It is usually the problem. Cheap fix, too!

  3. gamecock43 Says:

    Thats a great fix!! Most people would have just replaced it!

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Keeping the lint cleaned out is supposed to help avoid dryer fires, too. My brother took the whole top off my dryer once and cleaned out around the drum. Incredible how much lint gets in the free space of this dryer, besides in the lint trap and in the vent pipe! I unhook the flexible vet pipe and wash it out with detergent water and the garden hose....But now I only use dryer about 4 times a year.

  5. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Yup, lint is a serious fire hazard.

  6. dmontngrey Says:

    Excellent advice! Our dryer broke a few months ago and I KNOW it was due to excessive lint. I found this out after we disassembled it to troubleshoot. A fuse blew ($20+ to replace) and the most common cause of that is overheating due to lint. Glad it did that than catch fire! Small price to pay and the lint got cleaned out. Smile

  7. fern Says:

    where would you buy that kind of lint brush?

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