To avoid costly repairs or (even worse) potential fire hazards, your dryer requires regular simple maintenance…but it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Yes, it’s annoying…but every single load you should clean out the lint screen. Keeping the screen clear not only reduces the fire hazard potential, but it also saves you money by reducing the drying cycle.
Once a month, remove your lint screen, grab a vacuum (and the flat attachment) to get down into the lint trap and remove anything that’s accumulated.
Lastly, you should be clearing the dryer’s exhaust duct at least twice a year. If you don’t have one already, you can purchase a dryer duct cleaning brush at any local hardware store (or click here to buy off Amazon). To clean the duct, you will need to remove the connection at the wall behind the dryer and remove the dryer vent cover on the exterior of your home (so you can push the lint accumulation out). While rotating the brush, push and pull the brush twelve inches at a time (adding the extenders as needed) until the entire line is cleaned.