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How should I care for my clothes washer and dryer to make them last longer?

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

Extend the life span of your laundry appliances with these maintenance tips.

Ignoring regular dryer maintenance can impact the machine's efficiency — and pose a fire hazard.

If you spot any of these signs, your clothes dryer needs some extra attention:

  • Dryer runs for much longer than it needs to.

  • Clothes removed from the dryer after one cycle are still wet or damp.

  • Dryer moves or shakes as it operates.

Follow these easy steps for dryer maintenance

  • Clean the lint screen before or after every load: Carefully remove the screen from your dryer, wipe away the lint and clean with a used fabric softener sheet.

  • Keep the lint screen area clear: Remove the lint screen and clean it's housing cavity with a dryer lint brush. You may also use the crevice attachment on your vacuum cleaner for this task.

  • Wipe down your dryer's interior: Even if there are no stains or residue inside your dryer, it's best to clean the interior monthly. Unplug the appliance, then clean the drum with a rag dipped in warm, soapy water or microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol.

  • Vacuum behind and underneath the dryer: Moisture, dirt and lint can accumulate quickly. Clean around the dryer every three months.

  • Check the balance of your dryer: If your dryer is not level, the rotating components will wear out sooner. Adjust the feet at the bottom of the unit if the dryer moves or shakes when in use.

  • Inspect and clean the vent system: Hire professionals to clean your ducts and vent if you notice a decrease in dryer performance. If you have pets or a large family, this could be necessary as often as twice a year. Upgrade the vent hose if needed.

  • Check the exterior exhaust: Air should flow through the vent but is sometimes restricted by debris.

  • Don't overload the dryer with clothes.

Your clothes dryer isn't the only laundry room appliance that needs regular care.

Check out these tips for maintaining your washing machine as well.

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