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Your clothes dryer may seem like a fairly harmless piece of equipment, but misuse can result in devastating and tragic consequences. There are close to 3,000 clothes dryer fires per year in the United States, costing homeowners millions in property damage and numerous injuries and deaths.
That's why it is essential for homeowners to care for their dryers properly and not ignore problems that could lead to fires. Below are three important considerations to keep in mind as they relate to your clothes dryer.

Regularly Clean Lint from Your Dryer

Most homeowners know it is essential to clean the lint filters on their clothes dryers regularly, but lint filters only capture a portion of the lint produced by a dryer. In fact, much of the lint produced by a dryer finds its way into various crevice and nooks inside the dryer itself.
That is why you should regularly remove lint that works its way past the filter. It's not hard to remove this lint as long as you have the right equipment. You will need a vacuum cleaner that has a hose and a special lint cleaning attachment; these inexpensive tools are at home improvement stores and some general merchandise stores.
Begin the removal process by taking the lint filter out of the dryer and setting it aside. Next, attach the lint cleaning attachment to the hose on your vacuum and insert it into the opening where the lint filter ordinarily rests.
Turn on the vacuum cleaner and move the attachment up and down inside the opening to dislodge and suck up lint. Periodically check the attachment to make sure it isn't clogged, and remove any excess lint from the tool by hand.
When finished, reinsert the lint filter and test your dryer for operation. You should only have to vacuum your dryer once or twice a year, though the frequency may need to increase if you are a heavy user of your dryer.

Pay Attention to Your Dryer Vent

Another potential fire hazard as it relates to your clothes dryer is the dryer vent and hose. Ideally, dryers should vent as close as possible to the nearest exterior wall and into the outside air. The dryer hose run should be straight and short, with no or few curves in between the dryer vent opening and the exterior vent outlet.
In addition, be sure to use only a crush-resistant hose with your dryer. Avoid the use of plastic or thin foil hoses, as these are not resistant to damage. If the dryer hose is crushed, it can prevent the hot vent air from leaving your home, or, worse, it can allow a dangerous buildup of lint inside the hose to occur.
It is also important to clean out your dryer vent hose on an annual basis to remove lint accumulations. Carefully remove the hose from its fitting on the dryer, and inspect the hose interior with a flashlight.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a lint attachment, or an ordinary extension wand, to suck up any lint inside the hose. If you notice the hose has become damaged, you will need to replace it, as damaged hoses can permit lint to collect inside.

Never Ignore Warnings or Malfunctions

Modern clothes dryers contain a variety of sophisticated electronic sensors and components that can help prevent a fire from occurring. These include thermistors and other safety mechanisms that will prevent a dryer from functioning if excessive temperatures are detected.
In many cases, dryers will flash a warning notification on a digital display should an internal problem occur. The owners manual for your dryer should provide information about specific codes that may appear and interpreting their meaning.
It is crucial for you to contact a qualified appliance professional should any of these mornings appear. Never attempt to override or ignore a warning, as these are designed to protect you from a possible fire.
If you have questions or need help with a repair or diagnosing a dryer-related problem, be sure to contact Art Adams Appliance for help. The professionals at Art Adams Appliance are ready to assist you.



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