Dryer Maintenance Tips
- Vent - Routinely check the entire length of the vent pipe for lint build-up at least once a year--or more often if the dryer gets a lot of use. Remove the lint from the duct - don't just push it back into the dryer or let it clog any part of the vent.
Warning! Make sure you have an aluminum vent pipe. The white vinyl duct that was common several years ago no longer meets most building codes, because if your dryer ignites it, a fire may start in your home.
- Interior of dryer cabinet - The lint produced by clothes tumbling in a dryer is normally trapped by the lint filter. However, some lint invariably escapes and accumulates on the inside of the dryer cabinet. At least once a year, check the inside of the cabinet, and clean it if necessary. Do this more frequently if the dryer is used heavily.
- Lint filter and Area under 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 the lint filter fits into. If necessary, use a vacuum cleaner to reach into the duct and clean out any lint.