-When drying only one or two items, toss in a few items of varying size to promote good
tumbling action and improve drying results. Dryers with an Auto-Dry
cycle will not dry properly with a very small load in the tumbler.
-A drying rack accessory sits stationary on the front and rear bulkheads to speed the drying
process of items like: caps, sneakers, sweaters, stuffed toys and pillows. Ask your dealer for
-Raising the dryer 6-12 inches with a storage drawer below puts the door opening near level
with the washer opening and reduces bending.
-Never use white plastic exhaust duct on any dryer!! The stuff is not only flammable,
but it increases drying time tremendously! Do not use the foil-looking stuff, either! Use only
flexible metal duct or rigid duct. The new periscope vent kits also work well for dryers in tight spaces and will eliminate any chance of hose kinking. (Read more...)
Improper venting or a clogged vent will give the following results:
Long drying times
Clothes are hot at end of cycle...bad for Perma-Press items
Dryer is noisier than usual
Clothes still hot and damp after cycle ends
Automatic sensors fail to shut off
Premature failure of heating element, motor or bearings
If your vent runs vertically, such
as thru a wall to the roof, expect extended drying times (not to mention
premature failure of the motor, drum rollers and heater). Fortunately, we carry
the best products for any homeowner to use to maintain a safe and efficient
dryer! See the link below for Dryer Venting Tips.
Why don't clothes dryers have EnergyGuide labels on them?
Because the efficiency of comparable clothes dryer models is more or less the same, EnergyGuide labels are not required. However, you may want to compare the
power consumption for the different models you are considering.
On the average, how much more will it cost to use an electric clothes dryer over a gas dryer?
Generally speaking, gas dryers are less expensive to operate than electric dryers. The cost of drying a typical load of laundry in an electric dryer is 30-40 cents compared to 15-20 cents in a gas dryer. You may visit a local appliance store and check the operating costs of the model you are considering and find out the operating costs for both gas and electricity.
Is it OK to vent a clothes dryer into a basement?
No. It is not recommended to vent dryers to an indoor space. The combination of
moisture and heat can produce harmful mold, damage to walls and ceilings, and is
generally unhealthy. Indoor vent kits should only be considered as a last
resort, and only used in a well-ventilated area.
Is there a code on dryer vent lines, how long, how many bends?
The International Mechanical Code article 504.6 stipulates the requirements for Domestic clothes dryer ducts. In brief, the maximum length of duct permitted is
25 ft. This maximum length should be reduced by 2.5 ft for each 45-degree bend and 5 ft. for each 90-degree bend. The duct should be a minimum nominal size of 4 inches in diameter and shall have a smooth interior finish.
Why isn't my dryer drying my clothes?
The dryer vent may be blocked, lint screen may be fully covered, or the heating element is malfunctioning. Review
our tips on
dryer venting to be sure you unit complies. If your dryer vent is blocked, it is a fire hazard and it would be better for you not to run the dryer for an extended period.
Should I remove the back of the dryer and vacuum around the drum?
Not necessary, unless required by the manufacturer or you have a serious concern on the drying time. However, you need to keep the lint-catcher/filter
and the external exhaust clean. On some dryers, you can easily open the lower
front panel to vacuum out the cabinet. Be sure to UNPLUG the dryer first!
I have heard that it is important to clean a dryer vent to prevent a fire from starting. Is there a tool and instructions for cleaning a dryer vent?
Yes, such tools are available here on this website. One is a 4" Nylon brush attached to a
10-foot flexible rod, which will accommodate most normal duct runs, whether they are straight or at angles. These are perfect for any round vent which
has relatively short runs and is easily accessible. The other tool is a
professional-style vent cleaning augur brush that rotates on any cordless drill,
allowing a homeowner to clean vent runs of any length! This tool can save you a fortune on professional cleaning services, at the same time protecting your family and property from accidental fire!
For more info on these
practical tools, Click here
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