On average, a dryer can last anywhere from a decade to 25 years. How long it lasts depends on many factors, including the quality of the dryer, how it is maintained, and more. Keep reading to learn about dryer maintenance that can help extend its lifetime significantly. If you need appliance repair or maintenance, contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 for help.
Follow the Instructions in Your Dryer’s Manual
Your dryer comes with an owner’s manual, and you should read it. While we can give general advice that works for most dryers, the truth is that every machine is different. Follow the specific advice for your machine over any other advice you are given.
Divide Laundry by Fabric Weight
Many people sort their laundry by color. This makes sense to prevent a redshirt from turning your whites pink, but today’s clothing is very often color-safe. If that is the case, then you should be sorting based on weight. This is because lightweight fabrics dry much faster than heavy fabrics.
If you have a lot of heavy fabrics within a load that is otherwise light, then your dryer has to keep drying until all the heavy things are dried. If you put lightweight items together, they can dry more quickly and require less time.
Clean Out Your Dryer
You should clean the lint out of your dryer after every single load. If not, lint can build up and become trapped within the cracks and crevices of your dryer. Even small amounts of lint can build up as time goes on and can make your dryer less efficient. Poorly sealed doors can also lead to mold growth and longer drying times.
Lower the Heat and Drying Times
You do not need high heat for every load of clothing. Each load needs a different amount of time-based on the amount of clothing within it and what is in it. If you’re not in a hurry, lower the temperature and set it to a 40-minute cycle. If that’s not done, then you can put it back in for another ten minutes.
Air Dryer When Possible
If it’s a nice day and you have light clothing, consider letting it air dry. Not only does this help lower wear and tear on your dryer, but it reduces energy use, and it can help prolong the lifespan of your dryer. You don’t have to do it every time for it to make a difference.
Do You Need Appliance Help? We Are Here for You
If you are in need of dryer repair or maintenance, we welcome your call to American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934. Let us know how we can help, and we can get you set up for an appointment.