|Clothes dryer safety|
|By Ex-Chief Pierre Gauthier|
|April 23, 2020|
Clothes Dryer Care
Proper maintenance and use are the keys to years of safe, high-quality clothes dryer performance. That includes proper installation and venting, and ongoing cleaning and care.
AHAM has put together a detailed set of tips to help you keep your dryer running safely and efficiently. Following these recommended dryer installation, maintenance, and use guidelines will ensure years of safe, high-quality dryer performance.
All dryers are different, so consult your dryer’s use and care manual for specific instructions.
Proper Dryer Installation
Use rigid or semi-rigid sheet metal venting material (never plastic) to avoid reducing airflow, longer drying times and potential safety hazards.
Optimal dryer performance requires the regular removal of lint from the dryer and vent to allow air to circulate freely through the dryer. Here’s what to do to avoid lint and dust buildup:
Clean the lint filter after each load.
Any item that has ever had any type of oil or other flammable liquid on it. That includes cooking oil, alcohol, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents, etc. No washer can completely remove these liquids, and they can ignite or explode in your dryer. Items that have had contact with flammable materials should be dried outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.