Great Tip From Your Rochester Home Inspector About Your Clothes Dryer

This dryer vent information was sent to me and I thought I should share since it’s such an easy thing to do but many of us probably have no idea about this.

DryerStory: The heating unit went out on my dryer! When the handyman that fixes things for us around the house came out to fix it, he said he wanted to show us something. He went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes). He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material; I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well…the hot water just sat on top of Dryer Vent Link Trapthe mesh! It didn’t drain through at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over the lint filter mesh and that’s what can burn out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there.

dryer sheetsIt’s what is in dryer sheets that make your clothes soft and static free. That nice fragrance too. You know how the dryer sheet feels waxy when you take them out of the box…well this waxy stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint filter screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to help keep your electric bill low) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or some other type brush) at least every six months. This helps make the life of the dryer last a lot longer!Dryer vent lint trap clean

What do you think about that!?! You learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets could do that, so, I thought I’d share!

Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it, the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That handyman knew what he was talking about!

So now you should go and check your lint filter by running water over it to see if the water puddles. If so, just use hot soapy water and a brush to clean it. It works great and you’ll be a lot safer! Be sure to share with your family and friends too!

From your friends at HomePro Inspections!

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