Tip & How-To about Dryers
The biggest thing to remember about your clothes dryer is that it has to get the moisture out. If you keep your venting clean it will aid your dryer in shorter drying times. The more heated dry air it can pull through wet clothes while they are tumbling the faster clothes will dry.
If the venting is restricted by lint or kinked, or low quality venting, all end up costing more in drying times. Use good venting, preferably steel, and do use the proper vent cap on the outside wall.(check lint does not catch here also)Many service calls could be prevented by regular maintenance of venting.( thermal safety fuses which all dryers have are the reason for most service repair calls when the venting has not been cleaned) Also the shorter distance your dryer is vented, the better.
The second less obvious problem is not cleaning the lint screen. All the air or almost all passes through this screen before being exhausted outside. You need to clean the lint first. Second you need to wash the lint screen in the sink to clean off any build up of fabric softener that can also cause slow drying. Water should run straight through the metal mesh, if it ponds it is coated with softener, and water should wash this off.(I have been on service calls where dryers were not drying correctly and just washing off the lint screen of fabric softener fixed the problem)
Lastly wiping the two short parallel bars about three inches long found inside the dryer with alcohol to remove any fabric softener or other coating will keep the automatic cycle working right.Not all dryers use these........
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Hope this saves you some money and time.......
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