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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Dryer Lint Traps = Heating Unit Burnout?

It's been an internet rumor for years:

Fabric sheets can create a light film on your dryer's lint filter, then burn out your dryer's heating unit.  The remedy? According to the internet rumor, is soaking the filter in warm water and soap.

Ummm, partially true.

We're big fans of regularly cleaning your lint trap.  Doing so may help your dryer work more efficiently.  But we doubt that not cleaning it will eventually make your dryer's motor burn out.

Consumer Reports says,
"At Consumer Reports we've tested hundreds of clothes dryers for our ongoing dryer Ratings and recommendations. CR's appliance director, Mark Connelly, says it's possible that over a long period, fabric sheets, fabric softeners, and laundry detergent ingredients contribute to an unseen film or waxy buildup on the dryer lint screen. But 'it's highly doubtful,' he said, 'that any such invisible buildup alone leads to heating-unit burnout or a fire.'" (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/appliances/laundry-and-cleaning/clothes-dryers/truths-and-myths-of-dryer-fires/overview/index.htm)
We always recommend you remove the lint from your lint trap after every load, and clean out your dryer vent at least once a year (more on that later)...

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