Mar 11

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Dryer Lint Screen Safety

This is an article that we came across at The Clothesline some time ago. It is good for everyone who owns their own dryer – which a lot of our customers do.

When my heating unit went out on our dryer, the Fix-It guy that I called went into the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It appeared to be clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.

 He told us that he wanted to show us something. He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. Now, this thing is like a mesh, I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like – WELL … the hot water just laid on top of the mesh!!! It didn’t go through it at all!!! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh and that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there.

 He said the best way to keep your clothes dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! 

 Note: I went to dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water collected a little but then slowly ran through the screen. I dried it off and was about to put it back in, since the water had run through, when I decided … what the heck it won’t hurt to wash it while I had it out. Warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. I then ran the water over the screen, and what a difference the water just gushed through it with no puddling at all and this time I was running the water at a faster rate. That repairman knew what he was talking about.



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