If your old clothes dryer isn't working well, how do you tell if it's time to replace it? Here are some things to check before you set it on the curb with a FREE sign.
If it still turns on, runs a proper cycle, doesn't make alot of squeaks and groans, and your clothes are at least attempting to dry, then check the following before you decide to replace.
1. Check and empty your lint trap before each load
. If air flow is restricted, your dryer will need longer to get the job done. A clean lint trap will allow for maximum intake air to the dryer blower.
2. Check the exhaust ductwork for lint buildup
. If the 4" ductwork that carries your warm, moist, lint-laden air to the exterior of your home is blocked with years of lint and moisture, chances are pretty good your dryer is taking longer than it should to get your clothes dry.
- Disconnect the dryer power cord (and gas line if a gasunit), slide the dryer forward far enough to access the 4" ductworkclamp at the back of the dryer. Disconnect the ductwork at the dryerand separate to inspect both in the dryer exhaust duct and the ductworkas well.
- Remove all built up lint. You may need to access underthe floor, or in the crawlspace, or basement to get at all the areasthat lint may be built up. Remember that when there's an elbow (turn)chances are pretty good there's lint in there, so take the time toseparate the ductwork where needed to give it a thorough cleanout.
- Long straight sections of ductwork can be easily cleaned by purchasing a "webster" style pole brush.
- Clean the exhaust duct of the dryer but be careful not to damage anything inside your dryer
- Reconnect and turn the dryer on air fluff to blow the rest out.
3. Remove lint build up from inside the machine
- Turn power off again
- Remove the front cover of your dryer
- Remove the front drum
- support/air duct from the front of the dryer
- Carefully vacuum the lint out of the dryer with soft brush attachment on your vac. Be careful not to damage any ignitor or electrical items.
- Clean the inside of the lint trap duct of sediment/ buildup
4. While you've got it open replace the drive belt and check the pulleys.
If this improves your dryer, hang onto it for a while longer! Most times dryers just need a good cleaning and the exhaust duct cleaned. If you're not satisfied with the results, take it to the curb and recycle it to another family.