According to the US Fire Administration, dryers contribute to nearly 3,000 fires, 5 deaths and over $ 35 million in property loss each year. Making sure your dryer is clear is an easy but important way to keep your home and family safer. Even in the absence of fire, clogged valves cause your dryer to become less efficient, resulting in greater use of electricity and more breakdowns. If you find that your dryer takes longer and longer to dry a detergent completely, chances are your valve has been blocked with fluff.
Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of fires in dryers at home. (Over 34 percent)
- Tumble dryer valves should be cleaned at least once a year but there are a number of factors that can dictate more frequent cleaning.
- The longer the length of the ventilation pipe, the more often the valve should be cleaned. cleaned. Dryers, which used to be located almost exclusively in basements or outside washing areas, are often located next to residential areas in newer homes. This often requires a greater distance to ventilate outdoors. Clogged valves with gas dryers in the living room can lead to toxic carbon monoxide back into the home.
- Straight is better: the fewer bends in the vent pipe, the slower the lint is built and the less frequent the need for cleaning.
- Older or smaller dryers are generally less efficient and will promote slightly larger lint buildup.
Some other safety considerations:
- The drying duct should have at least the same diameter as the drying valve.
- Duct material, especially if concealed, should be made of semi-rigid, non-combustible metal material. Avoid accordion plastic or foil.
- The dryer should be ventilated outdoors, not in a crawl space or attic and not in a chimney or other valve.
- Drying duct must be secured with metal tape, not screws or non-metal tape. .
- Never leave the home while the dryer is running.
- Be sure to clean the lint filter before drying each new mass of clothes.
- See your dryer installation manual for exact requirements for your dryer.
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