The Importance Of Clean Dryer Vents And Appliance Repair Maintenance Tips
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The Importance Of Clean Dryer Vents And Appliance Repair Maintenance Tips

Have you noticed that your dryer doesn't really do the job that it's supposed to do well? There are several different things to check for before calling up the manufacturer to complain.

Is it getting hot when it runs? All dryers have a heating element, or igniter system if they are gas, in them and just like stoves and anything else that uses one they are bound to wear out eventually. Check if your clothes are hot during a normal cycle. It is not necessarily the heat element causing your dryer to not heat up but it is the usual suspect.

Is the drum turning while it runs? Dryers need pockets of air to form in between items to dry anything really well. Your items run the risk of getting scorched if the drum is not turning as well. Fortunately most machines include a safety feature that will not allow the dryer to be run if the drum is not sensed to be turning.

When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned? If this is a new problem that has come up with a machine you've had for years you should be checking your notes for the last time you had the machine and the ducts cleaned. If there is not enough air flow going through the machine it will not be able to dry anything properly as moisture needs to be wicked outside; typically through a duct system.

What style of dryer do you have? If you have a new "ductless" condenser dryer the bad news is that while it is wonderfully convenient that you can place it anywhere in your home the lack of a vent does mean longer drying times. The excess moisture in the air that circulates in the machine passes through a condenser in an attempt to remove a majority of it but each subsequent load will result in a build-up of moisture and a longer wait time.

If the ducts are not at fault and you do not have a condenser dryer you need to call an appliance technician for service. Dryers, like all appliances, use a high voltage for their power and it can be dangerous to dissemble them without training. If you are in the Richmond Hill area, Richmond Hill Appliance Repair can provide professional service to your dryer and most other household appliances. We also have technicians in Calgary, visit the website of Calgary Appliance Repairs to schedule an appointment with them. Those located in White Rock can click here to visit the website of White Rock Appliance Repair. Markham Appliance Repair and Vaughan Appliance Repair can cater to those located in Markham and Vaughan, respectively.

The most frequently asked question when clients call us is "How much would it cost to have part A replaced?". A question such as this is normally followed by a question of our own; we ask whether or not a technician has been out and done a diagnosis. The answer is frequently "No.".

While we certainly understand that everyone wants to be frugal and get the best possible price for their repairs, it's important to remember that Appliance Repair Technicians not only require training to do their jobs in the first place, but they often need to update their training every single year. Simply put, there are a lot of different brands on the North American market and while they can be similar in design and function none of them are made the exact same way.

One diagnosis does not fit all brands and you should be extremely cautious of anyone who gives you a quote for replacing a part with just your description of the issue over the phone. Wires sometimes get burnt, contacts fade, pumps, hoses and ducts get clogged. You don't necessarily need to replace the entire part; you may only need some good old fashioned elbow grease from someone that knows how to pull the entire machine apart.

Always call for a professional to do an on-site diagnosis of your machine. Anything less and you are only getting someones best guess on what the issue is and it is quite likely to be incorrect.

The vents used by the dryer allow for hot air to be cycled out of the house and lowers the amount of time needed to dry items. While there are no hazards from having a dryer vent air inside of the house, newer models of dryers are actually designed to not use one, there is a potential fire hazard with the vent itself.

While it is very common to have the laundry set up in the basement this can cause problems with the venting system. Dryer vents should have as few turns and vertical lifts as possible before they exit the home so they should be installed against a wall that goes directly outside. While the lint catch that is part of your dryer normally does a good job at catching most of the lint, even the most avid of cleaners will have lint build up inside of the dryer and the dryer vent.

Even if you are extremely careful about cleaning lint out of your dryer catch there is still some lint that will get through that and end up in the machine and the vent. If you are lucky your vent will have a secondary catch that acts very similarly to the catch inside of the dryer itself. If you don't you might want to look into getting one installed, they are relatively inexpensive and can make vent cleaning an easier and less frequent task.

Regular dryer and dryer vent maintenance is an absolute must to keep your home safe against fires. On top of being safe it will also allow your dryer to work more easily since air flow will not be blocked by any debris.

It doesn't matter if it is summer or winter, dryer maintenance can be performed at any time of year. It is more important for you to pick a month, or a specific date every year where you will have your vents cleaned.

Did you ever think your dryer was broken and you needed to have repairs done but it turned out it was fine? Here are a few things to check before calling for an appliance technician.

Power - Does the machine not even turn on, no lights, no display? Check your fuse box before calling someone. Big appliances like washing machines and dryers tend to be put on their own circuit in newer homes and you might not realize that it's tripped.

The dryer takes hours to dry anything - This tends to be a maintenance issue, you might need to call an appliance tech but you should take a few steps yourself before calling. Typically, the reason this happens is because you have not cleaned out your dryer or dryer vents recently enough. The harder it is for air to vent the more heat and moisture will stay in the machine. If you have a condenser dryer (ductless dryer) your problem is not something that can be fixed, slow dry times is just part of the way the machine works.

Not drying at all! - Are the clothes even slightly warmer than they were when they came out of the wash? Check that you aren't using an "Air Fluff" or similar cycle; not all cycles on the dryer actually heat up. If you are using a regular dry cycle you will need to call for help.

Shuts off right away - Check that you haven't over loaded the machine. Try spinning the drum gently to ensure it's moving or doesn't spin wildly. Some things like this will make the dryer not run if you have a newer model with safety features built in. If the drum doesn't spin or spins with no traction at all you'll need to put in a service call.

Grinding or screeching noises: Likely a maintenance issue; clean your machine. If you can't solve it call for help.

Banging Noises: Just wanted to put this here to distinguish between them; aside from checking that you haven't put something heavy or hard inside that is making the bang you will need to call for help on this.

Your dryer vent should be cleaned out every single year if not more often. There are a number of inventions on the market that will allow you to do this yourself with just a drill or another tool or it can be done by a professional. Look through your user manual to see how often you should be cleaning the inside of the dryer and put a note on the calendar to have your vents serviced yearly. A bit of maintenance can prevent a lot of trouble down the road.

In addition to cleaning out your dryer vents here are a few other tips.

Your dryer should be absolutely no further than 10 feet away from an outside wall. The further a dryer is from the area that it is going to be venting to, the longer the vent needs to be. While this sounds rather obvious any turns or bends in the vent will be catch points for lint and other debris to build up, increasing the risk of a fire. The more direct the path is the better. If the dryer does need to be buried inside of the home or you are in a condo where a vent is not available you should be looking a condenser dryers instead. Condenser dryers do not use vents and thus can be placed anywhere.

Check the hose that connects between the dryer and the vent, while this is also technically part of the vent it is a very important one. This part of the vent tends to be a soft flexible hose and that flexibility is where you can run into trouble. The hose should be as short as possible; the longer it is the bigger the chances are that it is going to be coiled up or bent at an awkward angle. You can also get this soft hose replaced with a hard tube that looks more like the rest of the venting system; it's a bit more expensive and you'll need to be very certain that that is exactly where you want the dryer to stay but it's typically worth it.

Dryer in the basement? If the vent goes up to the main floor before going outside you might want to invest in an air booster which in simple terms is just a fan that goes inside of the vent to help promote air flow. Just as with kinks and bends if the dryer is not using enough force to get the air out lint is going to get stuck at the bend and you can end up with a serious problem quickly.

Having all of your appliances properly balanced may solve some problems you have had with your machine and will save on wear and tear if you haven't noticed anything odd yet. Before checking any of your machines it would be best to first dig out the user manuals to read over the steps on how to balance them and information on any maintenance that should be performed. Finally before doing anything with your machines turn them off and turn off the breakers as well, safety first!

Refrigerators need to be balanced to regulate temperature properly, keep their doors and shelves properly aligned and without stress, and to allow moisture to evaporate properly. If you are noticing that your doors are not staying closed or small amounts of moisture around your fridge about once a week you may have a balancing issue. Consult your user manual and adjust the leveling screws until it is even.

Washing Machines move around a lot when they are running a load to clean everything properly. If the washer is unbalanced you may end up with damage to the drum and possibly even to your home if it is very unbalanced. To balance your washer properly you will need to adjust the leveling screws but first check to ensure that your intake and drain hoses have slack so you can pull the machine out a little, if they have no slack you may damage the hoses and have a much larger problem than you did before. Check your user manual to see how many leveling screws you have and how to adjust them.

Drying Machines move around a lot less than washing machines but you still need to take some care with them, particularly if your dryer is stacked on top of the washer. It's possible your washer balance problem is being caused by your dryer. If your unit is a combo machine where the dryer is actually part of the washer you will need to balance the whole unit carefully and you may want a friend to help as it will weigh more than a single unit.

Dishwashers can also be imbalanced but you normally won't notice unless you develop a leak. Try to check the cupboards surrounding your dishwasher and the floor near it frequently to ensure there is no water damage. Some dishwashers should actually be tilted slightly back instead of completely flat and even, consult your user manual for exact measurements and adjust the leveling screws appropriately.

Lost your user manual? Find your model number and search online for it; ignore sites that ask for payment as you can find nearly any manual with enough searching. If you cannot find it online try calling the manufacturer and see if they can mail or email you a new copy, they will likely charge for this service however.


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