Avoid Dryer Repairs With These 5 Tips
Getting Your Dryer Fixed Isn't Fun
Have you ever had a dryer break down? If you answered yes, you’re in the overwhelming majority of people. One question we are often asked is “how long should my dryer last?” This often happens after a dryer needs fixing much sooner than was expected.
Of course we want our appliances to last as long as possible, so it’s frustrating when a dryer repair is needed early on.
Not only that, it can be downright stressful when it comes to calling an appliance repair company to fix your broken dryer.
Especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Inviting an appliance repair technician into your home during the COVID-19 pandemic now has an added layer of safety to consider (masks, gloves, disinfectant, regular temperature checks, etc.).
So what are some things you can do to prevent the need for dryer repairs? Below are five things you can start doing today that will help prolong the life of your dryer.
But first, it’s worth mentioning that some dryers or appliances are simply more reliable and have better reliability ratings than others.
High quality appliances will typically yield longer lifespans than budget appliances. The great news is high quality appliances doesn’t necessarily mean high cost.
With research you can narrow down your search for dryers that have the features and reliability that you’re looking for. Consumer Reports is a great resource for checking the quality and reliability of appliances, including dryers.
As an experienced local appliance repair company we also help advise people who are looking for reliable appliances.
Prolong the Life of Your Dryer
Regardless of the make, model or reliability rating, there are things you can do today to help prolong the need for dryer repairs.
So let’s get started. Five ways you can help to avoid dryer repairs.
1. Read the manual.
If you’ve lost it, you’ll more than likely be able to find your dryer manual online using the make and model number of your dryer. Where do you find this?
Depending on your dryer, it’s typically found on the dryer frame, inside the door, on the back of the dryer, or on the side of your dryer.
In the manual you’ll find the dryer manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the care, maintenance and operation of the dryer.
The recommendations are there to help ensure that the dryer lasts a long trouble-free life. By following them, you can avoid damaging your dryer, and avoiding breakdowns.
2. Don’t overload your dryer
This is the most common cause of dryer breakdowns. Ever shoved so many towels in your dryer that it starts to squeal, or need your knee to close the door?
Empty space in the drum isn’t meant to be filled! In general, if your wet laundry fills up two-thirds or more of the drum, it’s too full. Half, or just slightly more than half is a good rule of thumb when it comes to drying laundry. Why is overfilling your dryer a bad thing? After all, the drum still turns, and the dryer still heats, right?
Yes, your dryer still spins and heats, but overfilling the dryer causes extra strain on key dryer components including the drum belt, the pulley and the spindle bearings. It can also cause the dryer motor to overheat.
The damage caused by an overfilled dryer isn’t often immediate, but with each overstuffed dryer load, you’re one load closer to needing a dryer repair.
3. Level your dryer.
If your dryer isn’t level, it will negatively impact the performance of your dryer. It will also cause premature wear on your dryer.
How do I level my dryer?
First, to check your dryer, you can place a level across the top of the dryer, both side to side. If it isn’t level, use the leveling legs on the bottom front corners of your dryer to level it from side to side.
Next, run the level from front to back, and repeat the process using the leveling legs.
4. Even out your loads.
Just like washers don’t like to be out of balance, dryers perform best when loads are evenly distributed.
5. Clean out your lint.
This isn’t just a performance concern, but also a safety concern. A dryer that’s overheating coupled with an abundance of lint is a recipe for fire.
In fact, annually, firefighters across the country respond to an average of nearly 14,000 fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Isn’t cleaning the lint trap good enough?
It’s a start.
Dryers rely on airflow in order to dry your clothes effectively. A buildup of lint restricts airflow, and makes your dryer work harder to dry your clothes.
The lint trap is one obvious spot we want to keep clean. In addition, we recommend vacuuming the gap between your dryer drum and door periodically (using a crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner).
Lastly, it’s a good idea to check your vent hose and the external vent on the outside of your house for a buildup of lint. If you have a flexible vent hose you want to be sure it’s straight, as bends in the hose are notorious lint traps.
Dryer Repair in Rancho Cucamonga
If you’re in Rancho Cucamonga, or the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California, Polar Mechanical Services provides professional dryer repair services.
Our customers appreciate our professional service, and we have developed a reputation for providing high quality appliance repair services, on time service, and affordable appliance repair prices.