Possible causes of fires

What causes some clothes dryer fires? Lack of maintenance is a contributing factor. People just aren’t cleaning lint traps as often as they should nor are they checking and cleaning vent systems on a periodic basis. Reduced airflow resulting from lint buildup in the screen or other areas around the dryer can cause the dryer to perform poorly, operate at elevated temperatures and possibly overheat.

Problems can also occur if consumers place improper items in their dryers, such as foam backed rugs or athletic shoes, or vent their appliances with plastic, vinyl or aluminum foil exhaust materials.

A simple solution

To achieve optimal airflow and reduce lint buildup, an all-metal dryer vent or duct is recommended. Rigid or flexible metal venting and ducting materials help sustain airflow, as well as reduce operating costs and extend the life of the dryer and clothing due to lower drying temperatures.

Additional dryer dos and don’ts

* Clean the lint filter before or after each load. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped.

* Qualified service personnel should clean the interior of the dryer and venting system periodically. If you notice the drying time is longer, clean the vent system thoroughly to ensure proper airflow.

* Replace plastic, vinyl and aluminum foil venting with rigid or flexible metal venting.

* Do not dry clothing/fabric on which there is anything flammable (alcohol, cooking oils, gasoline, spot removers, dry-cleaning solvents, etc.). Flammable substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.

* Don’t forget to read manufacturers’ warnings in use and care manuals that accompany new dryers. Also, warning markings can usually be found on the inside of the dryer’s lid and take only minutes to read.

With our PowerVac system’s powerful vacuum it helps to prevent lint buildup with the proper maintenance.

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