Increase The Air Flow In Your Dryer For Improved Performance

Posted on: 6 August 2015

You probably know that the lint trap in your dryer needs to be cleaned to prevent a fire from igniting. Another reason for keeping the lint trap clear is to keep the air flowing through the dryer to dry the clothes. Your dryer needs an adequate amount of air flow in order for it to work properly. If your clothes are not drying, it could be caused by the dryer not getting enough unrestricted air.

Problems Caused by Poor Air Flow

Your dryer may not be working quite right because it isn't getting enough air. The problems that restricted air flow can cause include:

  • Fire in the dryer and/or vent hose
  • Stinky clothing after being dried
  • A dryer that overheats and shrinks or ruins clothing
  • High utility bills due to a dryer that rungs longer than it should
  • A dryer that doesn't heat at all

Check for Unrestricted Air Flow

Determining if your dryer is getting enough unrestricted air is a pretty easy task. Simply turn on the dryer and go outside to where the dryer vent is located. Hold your hand over the vent opening and feel for warm air. If you don't feel a relatively strong flow of air coming from the vent, the airflow is being restricted and you must take action to rectify the situation.

Improve the Air Flow

Vacuum the Lint Trap – Have you ever vacuumed out the lint trap? Sure, you pull the screen out and clear it of lint between loads, but that doesn't remove all of the lint from within the dryer. Purchase an attachment for your vacuum that fits down into the lint trap and suck all of the loose lint out. Do this at least once a month.

Clean the Vent Hose – It's probably a good bet that you have never taken the time to clean out the vent hose behind your dryer. This does take a little time, but it is time well spent. To do this:

  • Unplug the dryer.
  • Pull the dryer away from the wall.
  • Loosen the connector ring that holds the vent hose in place.
  • Remove the vent hose from the dryer and wall.
  • Vacuum out the vent hose.
  • Reattach the vent hose and tighten the fittings.
  • Slide the dryer back in place.
  • Plug the dryer back in.

Now that the lint trap and the vent hose have been cleaned, turn the dryer on and go back outside to see if there is any improvement in the amount of air coming from the vent. If so, great – your problem may be fixed. If not, contact your local appliance repair technician like Appliance Tech Repair LLC by Frank Lecato for further assistance