If you want to ensure a long and functional life for your dryer, routine maintenance is important! Every time you use your dryer it is important to clean out the lint filter. If you run several loads in one day make sure you are cleaning it every time, not just every couple of cycles. From time to time and after heavy use, lint may get behind the screen; it can build up around the edges and just beneath where the screen sits. Over time, lint accumulates in the venting system which will restrict airflow and consequently will cause the dryer work harder and eventually malfunction. Therefore, it is important to clean out any lint that you can easily touch beneath and around the inner area as well when cleaning off your lint screen, this also helps prevent potential fires.
Along with doing this daily preventative maintenance, you should have your entire venting system clean professionally once a year. If you think you are feeling up to the task of giving your dryer its once a year “deep cleaning,” feel free to give it a try. Start out by making sure you have unplugged your dryers power source and turn off the gas supply if its gas. Once you’ve pulled the machine forward from the wall disconnect the duct from the back of the dryer.
Use your vacuum’s attachments to vacuum the back, underneath and surrounding wall areas. Then, vacuum the exhaust ducts. If you have flexible aluminum tubing, you may need to replace the entire length. Rigid tubing should be disassembled and each section cleaned.
Once this is done you can reconnect the vent to the dryer, plug it in and you’re ready to go.
If you ever find that your dryer is taking longer to dry, it’s often times as simple as having the dryers venting cleaned properly either by yourself or professionally. If the problem persists after a thorough cleaning, it may be necessary to have it inspected.