Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Interesting Dryer Safety Tip

So I just received the following email from a friend this week* and thought I would share:
I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out of my dryer! Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year!???

The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer and 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 him something. He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. Now, this thing is like a mesh - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like - WELL......the hot water just laid 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 and 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 (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???!!!! Learn something new everyday!

I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, thought I'd share!


I went to dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water collected a little but ran though the screen. I dried it off and was ready to put it back in the dryer since the water ran through it but, I thought was the heck it won't hurt to wash it while I had it out. Warm soap water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds.

I then ran the water over the screen and what a difference the water just gushed through it with no puddling at all and this time I was running the water at a faster rate. That repairman knew what he was talking about.

So I tested this out at home first before posting it here. Though my lint filter looked free of lint the water did pool a bit in the bottom. I just grabbed a hearty paper towel and scrubbed both sides of it real quick and then retested with the water. The water passed through afterwards without pooling. Hmmmm.

So that gives this safety tidbit Kat's Seal Of Approval! ;)

*this email isn't written by my friend. Just one of those emails making the forwarding circuit!


MeLissa said...

I guess I'll comment on this as the daughter of a seller and repairman for major appliances (including dryers by such brands as Maytag). In said capacity, I have never seen him wash a dryer screen and he's never suggested it to me or to any clients when I was around. Further, I have never seen any literature from the manufacturers regarding such practices.

So, although I think it is probably fine that you scrub away, I doubt it's necessary. Cleaning the lint from the lint screen after every load is another matter entirely...

Just my 2 cents. :)

Jonniker said...

I'm totally fascinated by this. And now, of course, because I AM TOTALLY NEUROTIC, I will put a reminder for this in a few months (after I do it tomorrow, of course)