Maintaining Your Dryer

Maintaining Your Dryer

Yes, even with all the breeze in sunny Trinidad & Tobago there are some instances when households do need a dryer, like when living in an apartment building and there is no space or if you have no backyard. Here are some tips if you own one:

  • Lint filter
    Check and clean the lint filter after every drying cycle. If the lint filter has any rips or tears, replace it. If the filter gets clogged by fabric softener residue or any other residue, you can easily clean it with a soft-bristle brush and a little detergent.
  • You can also clean the chute, duct, or area that the lint filter fits into. If necessary, use a vacuum cleaner to reach into the duct and clean out any lint.
  • Failure to clean out lint traps is the main cause of dryer fires.
  • Make sure the appliance is plugged into an outlet that is suitable for its needs.
  • Make sure it is properly vented and that vent flaps are not sticking. Remove lint buildup inside the vent by vacuuming occasionally.
  • Pull out the appliance occasionally to vacuum away any lint behind or underneath. Learn how to remove the front panel of a dryer and vacuum inside to remove built up lint.
  • Do not leave the house unattended when the appliance is on.
  • Do not leave flammable items nearby (clothes, rags, cleaning supplies, etc.).
  • A dryer is an electrical appliance, make sure it’s serviced by a professional only.
  • Have a functional smoke detector placed in the laundry room (somewhere near the appliance).

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