Dryer cost savings tips….

I got this sent with some of the other tips I have been blogging about and giving you in small doses, I am keeping this entry whole as it was written, great story and something new. I also have an additional tip after the story that we personally have discovered.

Dryer story:
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material … I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well … the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us
that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit.
You can’t see the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free …. that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box … well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with
hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.
He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!
Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it … the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all!
That repairman knew what he was talking about!

Pretty cool, well there is something else that we had discovered, clean the roof vent or wall vent on the outside of your house. My husband was up on the roof doing Christmas lights, I had heard that you should clean your dryer roof vent from someone who said it can can cause a fire, so he came back with a HUGE clump of lint, pretty scary since I always clean my lint filter in the dryer every time I do a load. So now I have put that on my task list for ever 4-6 months to check. After we cleaned the vent I swear the time it took to dry clothes was reduced dramatically.

Try it, let us know if you see a difference from either cleaning the inside lint filter and/or the roof/outdoor vent.

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~ by debt2dreams on February 13, 2009.

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