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Follow these Tips. Keep your dryer working.

Is your dryer effective?

The question isn’t “How long does a dryer last?”; it’s “How long should a dryer last?” And the answer depends on how well you’re able to maintain your dryer. The way to make it last the longest? Use it correctly and perform regular dryer maintenance. Not only will that keep your dryer functioning properly, but it will also give you the best results when it comes to drying your clothing.

How Long Can I Expect My Dryer to Last?

According to Consumer Reports, a dryer’s average life span is Ten years. But with advances in technology and owner’s taking better care of their appliances, some manufacturers say a dryer can last up to 25 years. Which, I personally can say my family’s last dryer lasted almost 20 years, before we finally couldn’t fix it to make it keep going. But like I said, it’s important to remember, a that clothes dryer life expectancy goes hand in hand with how often the dryer is used and how well you maintain the appliance.

OK, Now it’s time for some Dryer Maintenance 101

Follow these simple steps to ensure your dryer stays in tip-top shape for many years to come:

1. Read the manufacturer’s instruction manual.

This is one thing almost no one does. I’m guilty of this as well. I mean how hard can it be to use a dryer. Put the wet clothes in, select a setting and press start, right. But with the new dryer’s now-a-days, there are so many different options for each setting, for each item you want to dry and other quirky little things manufacturers add to your dryer to make it unique and more desirable than other models. So you need to understand that these settings options are there for a reason. Read through your dryer’s manual to see how you can improve its performance.

2. Divide loads by fabric weight.

 For faster, more even drying, dry the lightweight fabrics and heavyweight fabrics in appropriately sized separate loads.
Remove lint from the filter after each load. Even a little lint in the trap can cause inefficiency and longer dry times.

Keep the dryer clean.

Lint can build up in the vent and on the back of the dryer. For performance and fire safety reasons, it’s best to check these areas at least once per year to remove the excess lint. 

Related: How to Clean Your Washer and Dryer

Reduce the heat and drying time.

High heat isn’t necessary for every fabric. I know I was guilty of this. I always thought the higher heat would dry clothes faster and more efficiently. Well, that’s not always the case, plus it can damage your clothes. Another advantage of using lower heat settings is the fact that you save money, not only on electricity or gas, but again save yourself from having to by new clothes in case higher heat damages any. Next time, try this, start with a 40-minute, low-heat cycle. If your load isn’t dry, continue drying in 10-minute increments rather than starting another full cycle.

Take advantage of your dryer’s moisture sensor, if you have one.

 If your dryer is equipped with a sensor, make sure it is on, so you can avoid excessive drying. To ensure top detection, clean the sensor once a month.

Consider air drying your clothes occasionally.

Air drying clothes every once in awhile will not only give your dryer and pocketbook a break; it will actually help to prolong the life of your clothing.

If you properly maintain your dryer, you can depend on excellent results for several years. However, sometimes even the best dryers can have a hiccup here and there. Want to ensure you’re always covered for those unexpected repairs or replacements? Consider adding your washer and dryer to your home warranty.

So the moral of this story is, give your dryer some TLC and it will last longer and save you money in the years to come.