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When to clean the dryer duct?

During operation, the dryer captures textile fibers via its filter. These are derived from clothing. In the long term, a very small part of lint passes through the filter to settle in the duct of the device. From there, the latter loses in yield. It then becomes essential to clean this duct. APlus Repair tells you how often to clean your dryer duct.

Dryer duct cleaning frequency

For an appliance maintenance professional, it is essential to clean ventilation ducts from time to time. In the case of the dryer duct, it must be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Of course, this frequency depends on the level of solicitation of the device, but also on the number of residents in the house.

Indeed, if you live alone, your filter will be less solicited. On the other hand, if you live as a family with children and animals, the amount of lint that will settle in the duct of the appliance will be enormous. You will then be forced to clean the duct of your dryer every 2 to 3 years. Otherwise, the machine will lose efficiency and you will spend energy unnecessarily.

Some reasons to clean the dryer duct

In addition to maintaining the performance of the device at a good level, cleaning its duct has many advantages.

Extending dryer life

When lint clogs the lead of a dryer, it takes longer for clothes to dry. The device is then solicited over a long time. Its components heat up and damage rather than expected. On the other hand, frequent cleaning of the duct accelerates drying episodes and allows the device to rest.

Reduced risk of fire

While the dryer is running, there is heat that is applied to the pipes concealed in the walls. The latter contain a significant amount of highly flammable fabric softener. However, the more lint there is in the duct of the device, the more time and heat it takes to dry clothes.

More savings

By regularly cleaning the duct of the appliance, you reduce its decrease in performance. The dryer will not consume too much energy. Your electricity bill will not increase. This is very useful in these times of rising energy prices.

How to maintain the duct of a dryer?

For the complete maintenance of the dryer or its duct specifically, you have two options.

Do it yourself

After each episode of using the dryer, clean the lint basket. This will improve the performance of the device as the filter will no longer face resistance elements. In the cavity where the filter is laid out, there are often deposits of lint. Remove the filter, then clean it and the cavity. Make sure the duct is perfectly straight. If it is stuck or crushed, the airflow is reduced. The performance of the device decreases.

Entrust the cleaning to a professional

A professional like APlus Repair specializing in the maintenance and installation of household appliances has the tools and know-how to clean a dryer duct. He cleans from the outside.

We use appropriate tools such as the rotary nozzle as well as the industrial compressor to provide you with an impeccable result. The nozzle blows the clumps of fibers outwards. The entire duct is 100% free of lint that is out of the dryer.

Unlike a sweeper, a rotary nozzle is particularly designed for duct cleaning. If you use a sweeper yourself, it could pierce the duct. Its replacement will then be necessary.

If you live in Montreal, West Island, Laval or the surrounding area and your dryer has lost its performance, call on our services. Our many years of experience are for us a guarantee of efficiency.

What are common problems with dryer operation?

Like any appliance, the dryer can start showing signs of failure overnight. While some signs are manageable, others are less so. So, it is worth knowing the recurring problems encountered on dryers. Thus, you can remedy them easily or better, prevent them.

Some problems encountered on dryers

Several malfunctions can be observed on a dryer.

Dryer does not turn on anymore

When the dryer you usually use suddenly refuses to turn on, don’t panic. The first thing you need to do is check if this device is properly connected to the mains. If this is the case and the device still won’t turn on, then the problem is at its level.

Generally, it is the thermal fuses that are to blame because of their failure. You can use the data sheet that comes with the appliance to replace them properly.

If, despite replacing these components, the dryer still does not turn on, it is preferable to involve APlus Repair. We are experts in appliance repair and installation.

Dryer that no longer heats up

There’s no reason to panic when your dryer stops heating up. First, check if the settings at the appliance level are well done. Indeed, on most dryers, the settings that allow the device to produce heat are curiously prone to change on their own.

In case all settings are normal and the device still does not produce heat, check if the electric starter is working well. Unfortunately, this component of the dryer is still not easy to access. Your only option is to call a technician who specializes in appliance troubleshooting. If you are in Montreal or its surroundings, APlus Repair will put one of its technicians at your disposal.

Dryer that burns clothes

Sometimes the dryer burns a garment. If you notice such a situation, do not take the risk of turning the device back on. It could cause more serious damage. There are several reasons for this. The ideal is to inform a professional in repair and installation of household appliances. He will be able to reveal exactly the source of the problem.

Dryer that turns off after a short time

Sometimes the dryer suddenly stops working. This is usually caused by:

  • The thermostat;
  • The thermal fuse;
  • Thermal resistance;

To make sure these components of the device are working as they should, use a voltmeter. If one of them fails, it will have to be replaced by yourself or by a professional. In the event that these components are perfectly functional, an expert is the only one who gives you the cause of the malfunction of the device.

Absence of sound although the drum turns

There are many reasons why no sound is produced even as the dryer drum rotates. The first reason is the malfunction of the fuse. This one can be broken. Thus, it will prevent the production of heat in the device.

Pull the fuse from the device and check if it is in good condition or not. If inside its wires are broken, then it will not work. It will have to be replaced by one that is similar. On the other hand, if the fuse wires are intact, the problem is either at the thermostat or at the level of the pipe valve.

Appliance repair: why trust APlus Repair?

With many years of experience, APlus Repair offers its customers a warranty on any appliance repair that the company performs. This guarantee that we offer you is proof that we are confirmed experts in our sector both in Laval and Montreal. Whether it’s a breakdown of your dryer or dishwasher, either can work again if you entrust us with the repair.