Headline: 73% of the fire deaths in Canada happened in residential fires
My interest in this came about after I talked to Michel Blanchard, owner of Air Elite, about dryer fires. I don’t use my dryer much and I make sure to clean the lint after each load. So I was feeling smug when he insisted on coming over to take mine apart to show me what accumulates. Imagine my surprise when he pulled out a lot of lint, and even a few pieces of burnt lint, from its innards.
The dryer had been less effective recently, and I found I had to put it on longer and longer to dry things, so I was thinking about getting a new one. After all, it had lasted twenty years. After his clean up, the dryer was good as new.
For safety’s sake, new Maytag dryers now have it written in their instruction booklet that you should have your dryers cleaned once a year. Besides fire prevention, cleaning the lint out of dryers will cause less overheating and thus less wear and tear on the motor, so they will last longer. Your clothing will also have less wear and tear if you have shorter drying times. Saving money is another reason to get your dryer cleaned out, as you will spend less on electricity if your machine runs for less time. Dryers are one of the costliest appliances in terms of electrical usage, because they heat up for a long time.
Blanchard said, “an easy way to tell if your dryer is running too hot is to put your hand in the middle of the top of your dryer while it is on.” The spot should not be hot. You should not have to run jeans through two cycles to get them dry either.
Besides, cleaning out dryers, this family has been in the installation business for 35 years, and does a great job on installing dishwashers, fridges, dryers, washers, air conditioners and vents. For the dryer cleaning service they suck the lint out of your dryer and the flexible hose and check the outside caps to make sure they are venting properly.