Last Updated on March 22, 2021
If you have noticed that your clothes are no longer drying as thoroughly or as quickly as usual, then these may be signs that your dryer needs to be cleaned. In fact, regularly cleaning your dryer will help reduce the risk of a clogged vent and extend the life of your dryer. So how to clean your dryer properly to make it run efficiently as before? That’s what I will share with you below!
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1. How To Clean Your Dryer? First, Turn It Off & Unplug It!
Before you do anything, you should first turn off your dryer and unplug it from the socket. You don’t want to die from an electric shock, do you? So, the safest way to clean your dryer is to unplug it. However, if you have a gas dryer, you should turn off the gas. If you don’t know how to do it, don’t hesitate to call a qualified professional or even contact your gas company.
2. Remove The Dryer Vent Clamp
How can you do so? Well, pull out the dryer far enough so you can easily and effortlessly access the vent clamp and then unscrew the clamp that holds the vent pipe to the wall opening. Of course, this is not as easy as it seems. It all depends on the type of clamp. While some clamps can be easily removed, others might even require a screwdriver to be detached! This will allow you to check the dryer vent clam and see if there are any cracks or signs of damage or deterioration.
3. Check For Clogs In The Dryer Vent
It’s important that you check for any clogs or debris clogging your dryer vent. If it’s possible to remove them with your hands, do it but just be careful in case you come in contact with anything sharp. To stay safe, I recommend wearing protective gloves. What can you do next? Use a special dryer vent cleaning tool or a long-handled cleaning tool to carefully clean further into the vent. Maybe, plumber’s snake
or a vacuum machine!