When the dryer cycle is complete, your clothes feel dry and fluffy. But your lint tray is probably full of debris, as well. Although some level of accumulation is normal, it's important to understand that lint buildup is like kryptonite to a dryer. When you fail to control these particles, you unnecessarily put your dryer, home, and safety at risk.
Know the Dangers of Lint
Lint is a highly combustible material. In fact, lint causes more than 15,000 clothes dryer fires and hundreds of injuries every year. But the most important point is that dryer fires are preventable. The problem arises when the lint tray is full. All the excess lint travels to the dryer vent and creates a blockage that prevents the dryer from ventilating correctly.
The heat generated from the dryer, the combustible lint, and the lack of ventilation build the perfect setup for a fire. Even if you're fortunate enough to avoid a fire, lint accumulation can increase your drying times.
The longer the cycle, the more wear and tear on the machine, which may ultimately shorten its lifespan. Excess lint can also cause the machine to overheat, which can lead to failure.
Make Regular Cleaning a Habit
You can prevent a dryer fire with regular cleaning. Small amounts of lint are harmless. But when you dry load after load, what was once a small amount of lint becomes a much larger accumulation. The best solution is to clean the lint tray with each load.
Place a small wastebasket near the dryer so that you don't forget the step. You should also clean the dryer after you have removed the load. If you empty the tray with the clothes still inside, some of the lint will scatter and land right back on your clothes.
Take Steps to Control Accumulation
Certain laundry practices can increase lint production or prevent the lint from properly collecting inside the tray. If you can avoid these practices, you can better protect your dryer. Here are some quick and easy tips you can apply to better control lint.
- Check the pockets. Always look through your clothes pockets before you place your clothes into the dryer. Tissue, toilet paper, and wrappers can fall out of your pockets and crumble into tiny particles. As the load tumbles, the paper can clog the lint tray and send the extra lint into the dryer vent.
- Sort your laundry. Separate your laundry with lint in mind. Natural fabrics like cotton create more lint than synthetic fabrics like polyester. If you dry a full load of cotton garments, the dryer will generate lots of lint. A load that is half cotton and half polyester may not produce as much lint.
- Don't overload the machine. Follow your dryer's load capacity guidelines. When you overload the dryer, you also increase the amount of lint created. Too large of a load can also cause the machine to overheat, which can create an additional fire hazard.
- Use the right amount of detergent. Measure your detergent correctly. Detergent lifts stains and lint from fabric so that the particles can be washed away with the water. If you don't use enough soap, you'll still have a considerable amount of lint on your clothes by the time you place them in the dryer. More lint on your clothes means more lint on the tray.
Keep in mind, even if you follow these tips, you still need to clean your lint tray regularly.
Follow these tips to protect your dryer. But if you have a problem with lint control or any other dryer concern, CRC Appliance Repair Service can help. We offer a variety of full-service repair options, and we're confident we can help you. Contact us today.