If you start looking through warranties for various appliances, you’ll notice that many of the incidents not covered are the most common maintenance issues. This is true of dryers as well. However, when you consider the top five factors in dryer maintenance, most of the damage not covered is easily preventable. Here are the most major concerns that are typically not under warranty and the ways to avoid problems.
In most cases, the reason that a dryer starts to overheat is that the lint filter is full and can no longer disperse heat. As the heat builds up within, the particles of lint removed from your clothing, as well as hair, dust, and other particles that didn’t come off in the wash become electrically charged through friction, eventually leading to a point in which they act as kindling for a fire.
In order to maintain a healthy dryer, you should clean off the excess lint after each wash and thoroughly clean and empty the lint filter weekly (for an average 4-person family). This will also affect your clothing positively since you will find less lint still clinging to them.
If it seems that you have to run the dryer through two or more cycles to get any load dry, you probably have a heating element issue. While this is easy to replace, it’s certainly not the least expensive part of your setup. Preventative maintenance can save you a lot of cash. If you dry smaller loads, you’ll find that the heating element doesn’t have to work as hard and will last much longer. Also, check every six months or so to make sure all your wiring is nice and tight with no fraying. This will also prolong the life.
While we’re on the subject of shrinking load size, you should realize that overloading the dryer is one of the top five major causes of malfunction. It’s possible to do a lot more than blow out the heating element early. You can knock the drum off balance, causing internal friction and sparks, as well as stopping its ability to turn altogether. You can also break the door lock and spring from the pressure of the clothes against the door as the drum tumbles. Know your dryer’s capacity rating, and stay under that limit.
On many appliances, you have the ability to turn timer knobs both directions to find the setting you want, and you’ll take advantage of the opportunity. However, this is not the best way to handle the situation, as most of these knobs were actually made to turn only one direction (typically clockwise, though it does vary). If you continue turning the timer and setting knobs on your dryer in the wrong direction, you can easily strip them out, making them useless, and these parts are usually not under warranty.
Check your pockets
To avoid items becoming stuck in cracks and crevices that disrupt the tumbler of the drum or clog up the lint filter, you should always be sure that your pockets are empty before washing your clothes and recheck them before you put them into the dryer for safety assurance. If something like a dime is found by the repairman to be impairing the unit, warranties will be voided.
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