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Information on clothes dryers
I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out on my dryer!
Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year!???
The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer & pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter
after every load of clothes. He told us that he wanted to show us something. He took the filter over to
the sink & ran hot water over it. Now, 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 al 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. He said the best way to keep your
dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water &
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???!!!! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets
would do that. So, I thought I'd share!
Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran thru a little bit but mostly
collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & 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