Clean Out Your Clothes Dryer Lint & Duct To Avoid Fire!
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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In our previous post “Take Control of Your Energy Use and Save Money“, I’ve mentioned the importance of keeping one’s air conditioning system filter free of lint in order to reduce energy use and prevent overheating the heating element. Recently there is another piece of household equipment that got my attention.
The clothes dryer in our house recently stopped working as a result of malfunctioned heating element. Upon further investigation, the culprit is the lint blocking the duct behind the back of our dryer leading to the outside of the house.
Coincidentally, during a phone conversation with a friend in the afternoon, I found out that her family clothes dryer had the same problem. The only difference is that her clothes dryer actually “blew up“. So, I thought I aught to mention this in Windermere Sun as a community service: Did you know that each year dryer lint causes nearly 3,000 fires in USA?! Some of the warning signs for overloaded lint (not just in the lint trap) are: 1. if your clothes are taking longer to dry 2. if your laundry room is warmer than normal. It’d be worth your while to routinely clean out your clothes dryer lint trap and check the duct behind your clothes dryer to make sure that it is not blocked. If you’re not handy with household equipment, then hire a professional to help you to check on or clean out the dryer duct annually….so to avoid the scenario in the video and photo below:
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