Cleaning Lint Trap

Tips for Keeping Your Dryer Running at Peak Performance

Appliances notoriously are almost always pricey investments, and a good dryer is no exception these days. Of course, you want your investments to last as long as possible in order to avoid costly appliance repair visits and replacement issues too soon. However, what many people fail to realize is that in order to accomplish this, they’re going to have to be diligent with the preventive maintenance on those appliances.

Avoid Unnecessary Appliance Repair

Having to place a service call for a dryer that isn’t working can become costly – especially if it’s a progressive problem that could’ve been avoided had the original smaller issue not been left ignored. This is why it’s always better – and most often cheaper – to not only address minor problems early, but also to make sure regular preventative maintenance is done on your machine.

The regular maintenance will allow the discovery of minor problems that may not be obvious before they become expensive bigger issues. A dryer is a machine that is simple in concept: the cylinder holding your clothes starts rotating, and air is heated is blow into it to dry clothes. The hot air is evacuated via the exhaust pipe. However, when any part of this system becomes compromised, that’s when the trouble starts. The trick is to prevent that compromise from happening in the first place.

Avoid Appliance Fires with Your Dryer

If there’s anything you can do to really keep your dryer in shape – and this is a simple (free!) maintenance tip, is to clean the lint trap after every cycle. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Accumulation of too much lint in the trap can not only cause your dryer to overheat, but it can also cause the lint to catch fire! Another simple maintenance task to keep up with is to check the exhaust pipes and the area around your machine every so often and vacuum the lint and dust and debris that falls there.

Overload can Cost You a Payload

Another common issue that experts in appliance repair in San Francisco see is overloading – trying to stuff as many items into a dryer at once as possible. Not only can overloading prevent the dryer from drying clothes properly, but it can also damage the mechanism that controls drum rotation. Once the mechanism on the rotating drum breaks, you’ll still get hot air, but without the tumbling effect, clothes won’t dry, and a service call will be needed.

Eventually, no matter how much maintenance has been performed and regardless of how diligently you’ve emptied the lint trap, your appliance may need a service call. When that time comes, it’s best to contact our experts for dryer repair in the areas of Mill Valley, San Rafael, Novato, Larkspur, and all of Marin County for help.

We have over 15 years of experience with San Francisco appliance repair, and our technicians are licensed, bonded, and insured. If you have an issue with your dryer, washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, range, or any other appliance, we can help!