Your dryer is a simple but ingenious piece of machinery that can last years if you take care of it. Doing an annual or semi-annual maintenance check will not only help lengthen the life of your dryer but it will save you money and maybe your life.
SAVINGS: By doing just about anything on your own will save you money. A normal maintenance check on a dryer will probably cost you $75 to $100, so 15 minutes of work is well worth it. Doing a safety could save you and your family’s life. Many fires are started by the dryer lint catching on fire.
SAFTEY WARNING: UNPLUG DRYER FROM WALL OUTLET. Prior to moving the dryer, look behind the dryer to visually see how the exhaust hose is positioned and what it looks like; then pull dryer away from wall so you can see the back of the machine. Inspect the back of the machine for anything abnormal; things such as dents from the inside, burn marks or heat marks from the inside.
FLEXIBLE EXHAUST VENT HOSE: Remove dryer flexible vent hose; inspect hose for tears or holes. If you see an abnormal amount of lint on the floor behind the dryer either the hose was not on securely or it has a hole in it. Using your vacuum or shop vac, clean all the lint that has collected in hose. Clean the dryer exhaust inlet; if you, can gently feed the vacuum tube into the vent to clean as much of the stray lint as possible. Also, feed the vacuum tube into the dry exhaust outlet; once again cleaning the lint trapped in the exhaust pipe. Reattach exhaust vent to the dryer and wall inlet.
INTERNAL INSPECTION: Check your dryer’s manual and if possible, using the screwdriver, remove the front access panel. This panel may be in another location or may require further disassembly. Typically, it is held on by two screws at bottom front of the dryer. Using the flashlight, visually inspect the inside of the dryer. Look for things out of the ordinary; such as a pulley or roller that appears to be leaning to the side; scorch marks near the heating elements; metal shavings on the floor of the dryer. It is also a good idea to inspect the wires that connect to the various fuses and thermostats for damage. If a wire has shorted out or become faulty, the sheathing around the wire may show signs of melting or burn marks. These are just some of the items to look for. Use the vacuum to clean up the stray lint that might be lying around on the floor of the dryer. This is a fire hazard and should be cleaned out at least once a year. Once you are done replace the access panel.
CLEAN DRYER FILTER SCREEN: This is simple and I have explained it in another how to. Link: Clean your dryer filter the right way
INSPECT THE DRYER DRUM: Look inside your dryer (where the clothes go), for any snags, breaks, cracks or any object that may tear, snag, rip or stick to your clothes as they dry.
PLUG DRYER IN: With all access panels closed, plug the dryer back into the wall outlet. Gently slide the dryer back into place without smashing or crimping the exhaust hose. Gentle bends are ok, but bends that are smashed will restrict airflow.
NOTE: If you have a loud, squeaky dryer belt or you think it is the belt, check this how to out that will give you a temporary resolution to that problem. Temporarily fix a squeaky dryer belt