Dryer Maintenance Tips    Always clean the lint filter between loads If the lint filter is torn or has any holes it needs to be replaced If you use dryer sheets you need to clean the lint filter periodically. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are essentially waxing or oiling your clothes and this material will build up on the very fine lint filter slowly clogging it. This process takes a long long time so the filter will only need to be cleaned every five or ten years. Using a nylon brush scrub it gently with warm soapy water. Any standard household cleaner will do the trick. You may need to let it soak for a few minutes. I didn’t think to snap any pictures until I had already started cleaning it but here’s a perfect example of a lint filter clogged from too many dryer sheets over the years. I tested a couple different types of cleaners, one on each end, then sprayed the middle with the one that worked best. You can see how clogged it had become. No wonder the homeowner was complaining about really long dry times. Overloading a dryer will cause undue strain on the belt and motor shortening the lifespan of both. If you're experiencing long dry times go outside while the dryer is running and make sure you have good air flow out of the vent. Many vents have grills on them to keep small critters out. These grills can become completely blocked by lint. Usually the grill is only held on by tabs and easily removed. How much pressure is good air flow? Hold a standard hair dryer about three feet from your hand. Hold your hand three or four inches under the dryer vent. Similar? Good. Is this unscientific? You betcha. But it's a decent starting point. Flexible vinyl vent hose does not meet fire code and should not be used. Dryer duct joints should be fastened with aluminum tape - not screws. Screws will create snagging points inside the vent to collect lint. The dryer vent ducting length limits vary by make and model but between 20 and 30 feet max is a good middle ground. Each 90 degree elbow in the duct is equivalent to 5 to 10 feet (depending on who you ask). If there is no way to shorten the ducting a dryer vent boost fan may be the way to go but that's an expensive option so it's best to keep the ductwork as short as possible. The vent ducts need to be cleaned occasionally. Depending on usage and vent construction every two or three years should be often enough. You can take it all apart and clean it out yourself or you can call me and I'll run a brush kit through it. It's not a bad idea to have the whole dryer opened up and cleaned out every few years. While not as important as with washers you still want the dryer level. The feet at the corners thread down or up making the task simple. A dryer sucks in air and blows it outside. If you have any smelly projects going on or chemicals nearby those fumes will be drawn into the dryer and onto your clothes. If you're getting dirty looking scuff marks on your clothes the drum bearings and/or glides are probably worn. Call me soon before serious damage is done to the machine. No heat? There are a host of possibilities and almost all of them worth fixing. Call me. Grinding/Rattling noise? Possibly the fan or perhaps the drum bearings/glides. Again too many possibilities to guess. Call me.  
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Dryer Maintenance Tips    Always clean the lint filter between loads If the lint filter is torn or has any holes it needs to be replaced If you use dryer sheets you need to clean the lint filter periodically. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are essentially waxing or oiling your clothes and this material will build up on the very fine lint filter slowly clogging it. This process takes a long long time so the filter will only need to be cleaned every five or ten years. Using a nylon brush scrub it gently with warm soapy water. Any standard household cleaner will do the trick. You may need to let it soak for a few minutes. I didn’t think to snap any pictures until I had already started cleaning it but here’s a perfect example of a lint filter clogged from too many dryer sheets over the years. I tested a couple different types of cleaners, one on each end, then sprayed the middle with the one that worked best. You can see how clogged it had become. No wonder the homeowner was complaining about really long dry times. Overloading a dryer will cause undue strain on the belt and motor shortening the lifespan of both. If you're experiencing long dry times go outside while the dryer is running and make sure you have good air flow out of the vent. Many vents have grills on them to keep small critters out. These grills can become completely blocked by lint. Usually the grill is only held on by tabs and easily removed. How much pressure is good air flow? Hold a standard hair dryer about three feet from your hand. Hold your hand three or four inches under the dryer vent. Similar? Good. Is this unscientific? You betcha. But it's a decent starting point. Flexible vinyl vent hose does not meet fire code and should not be used. Dryer duct joints should be fastened with aluminum tape - not screws. Screws will create snagging points inside the vent to collect lint. The dryer vent ducting length limits vary by make and model but between 20 and 30 feet max is a good middle ground. Each 90 degree elbow in the duct is equivalent to 5 to 10 feet (depending on who you ask). If there is no way to shorten the ducting a dryer vent boost fan may be the way to go but that's an expensive option so it's best to keep the ductwork as short as possible. The vent ducts need to be cleaned occasionally. Depending on usage and vent construction every two or three years should be often enough. You can take it all apart and clean it out yourself or you can call me and I'll run a brush kit through it. It's not a bad idea to have the whole dryer opened up and cleaned out every few years. While not as important as with washers you still want the dryer level. The feet at the corners thread down or up making the task simple. A dryer sucks in air and blows it outside. If you have any smelly projects going on or chemicals nearby those fumes will be drawn into the dryer and onto your clothes. If you're getting dirty looking scuff marks on your clothes the drum bearings and/or glides are probably worn. Call me soon before serious damage is done to the machine. No heat? There are a host of possibilities and almost all of them worth fixing. Call me. Grinding/Rattling noise? Possibly the fan or perhaps the drum bearings/glides. Again too many possibilities to guess. Call me.