Cleaning your tumble dryer is important not only to make sure that it is working properly, but also for safety reasons as a build-up of lint can lead to a fire if you don’t clean it regularly.
There are a few unobvious signs that your tumble dryer needs cleaning such as your power tripping out whenever you try and use it. There can also be issues that initially seem to be a machine malfunction that can actually be solved by cleaning your machine such as it not heating up or drying your clothes effectively.
You should also be aware that every tumble dryer is different, and you should read your specific dryer’s manual for the best advice on taking apart parts of your machine.
Cleaning the Lint Filter
The lint filter is a tray usually located in the front of your machine that has a net stretched across it to collect the lint, or fluff, that comes off your clothes when you dry them. To ensure your washing machine dries at peak performance, you should clear this almost every time that you use it.
Simply run your hand over it and collect up the fluff to dispose of. If you are struggling to locate the lint filter, then check the manufacturer’s manual where it should be listed.
Cleaning the Sensor
Some tumble dryers include a sensor that can detect how wet the clothes that you have put in the machine are and therefore how long it will take to dry them. If this sensor has become encrusted with grime or lint, it can become faulty and no longer sense the length of time needed. This can be easily fixed by simply wiping down the drum with a special tumble dryer cleaner, stainless steel cleaner or white vinegar.
If You Have a Condenser Dryer
These types of dryer collect the water taken from clothes in a reservoir, which must therefore be emptied (preferably after each wash) to ensure that the machine runs properly, and the reservoir doesn’t overflow.
Condenser dryers also contain a heat exchanger that works by changing the steam back into water so that it can be collected. It often collects built-up dirt that can prevent it from working properly, but can be removed to be rinsed under the tap and then replaced for the next wash. The heat exchanger is generally located under the drum, but you should read the manufacturer’s manual for your machine to correctly locate, remove and replace it.
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