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Dryer frequently asked questions

How long should it take for my clothes to dry?

Most dryers can dry a full load of laundry in approx 45-60 minutes. If the load is still damp, the venting system is likely clogged and you’ll need to clean it out as soon as possible.

Do I really need to clean out my dryer’s lint filter after every load?

Yes. Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after every single load. If you have some stubborn lint that won’t budge, there’s a special brush you can get to help. The brush is also great to clean out the filter’s chute, or you can use the skinny tool attachment on your vacuum as well. Once a year, you should also clean out the inside of your dryer’s venting system (that big tube going from your dryer to the outside). Clogged venting from your dryer could cause a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in your home. Many recommend monitoring the lint build-up and other blockage in your dryer with a Dryer Airflow Checker. It alerts you when there’s airflow restriction in your venting – which if left could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide in your home.

How can I reduce my dryer’s energy consumption?

Don’t overload your dryer. Follow the owner’s manual for instructions on load sizes for your particular model. Clean out the lint filter after every load and once per year, clean out the entire venting system. Pay attention to drying times so that you’ll know when there is a problem.

What’s better – fabric softener sheets or liquid fabric softener?

We’ve found that liquid fabric softener does a noticeably better job softening fabric and reducing static cling. Additionally, softener sheets leave a residue that may clog the dryer’s lint filter screen. If this happens, you can remove the residue using a small amount of laundry detergent and a soft-bristle brush and a cotton ball doused with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Make sure the filter is fully dry before returning to the filter chute. Also, due to their stickiness, softener sheets have been known to find their way into the lint filter chute, within the dryer’s interior and within the vents –attracting lint and leading to buildup.

Is it important for my dryer to be level?

Yes. All appliances perform best when set up properly. If a dryer is not level, it can cause components to wear out prematurely.

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