Pocket lint, belly button lint, dryer lint. Lint is a fact of life and one we deal with regularly, but do you know lint is a major cause of dryer inefficiency, dryer fires, and premature dryer death? Whether we’re brushing it off our dark-colored clothing or scraping it out of our dryer, there’s more to lint than meets the eye.
Wikipedia defines lint as “visible accumulations of textile fibers and other materials, usually found on and around clothing.” Lint accumulates when natural fibers like cotton, linen, and wool rub together during normal use or washing and drying. “Because these fabrics contain numerous, very short fibers,” Wiki says, “during the course of normal wear, these fibers may either detach or be jostled out of the weave of which they are part.”
In addition to being unsightly, lint is to a dryer what Kryptonite is to Superman. To minimize damage and danger to your appliance and reduce the risk of fire, take these three simple steps:
- Remove lint from the lint screen after every use. A buildup of lint can cause your dryer to work inefficiently. On average, it should take approximately 45 minutes to dry a load of laundry. If your dryer routinely takes an hour or more, check the lint screen first.
- Clean lint from your dryer ducts. Even if you’re careful about cleaning the lint filter, lint can become trapped in the dryer tubing between your dryer and the outside vent. This is can cause inefficient drying and longer dry times. A severe buildup can even be a fire hazard. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can purchase a 20-foot cleaning brush to remove lint buildup from the tubing.
- Clean the dryer’s interior. Believe it or not, lint can also accumulate in your dryer housing and around the working parts. While this doesn’t affect your dryer’s heating capability, it is another place a fire can start. Most manufacturers recommend having your clothes dryer disassembled and professionally cleaned at least every five years.
It’s apparent that lint is not to be taken lightly. Now that you understand the importance of regularly cleaning your lint screen, dryer ducts, and dryer housing, don’t just give lint the brush off. Taking these three simple steps will save you time and energy and keep your home and family safe . If you’d prefer to have one of our Certified Master Technicians take a look at your dryer, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.