How to clean the dryer
Winter is here, and it's getting harder and harder to get your laundry to dry. There shouldn't be any problem with a dryer at full capacity when it comes to drying, and we will prevent the laundry basket from filling up with clothes to be washed.
Maintaining our appliances will make them work more efficiently and last longer. In addition, the correct operation of the dryer will help us save on the electricity bill.
For the dryer to work most effectively and reduce the risk of fire, it is important that we ensure that the dryer filter is emptied and cleaned after each drying cycle.
Make sure the machine is off and cool before changing the lint filters.
Depending on the dryer model, you can find this filter in different places:
- Door Filter – is located on the inside of the door and can be removed by sliding it out. Once you have removed it, simply remove the lint and dirt from it.
- Filter in the door opening – the filter is located just in front of the drum and can be easily pulled out.
Although Siemens has introduced an automatic cleaning system on some of its condenser dryers, which cleans the condenser during the cycle with the water produced by the laundry – most condenser dryers have to be cleaned manually.
To manually clean the condenser, you will need to remove it from the appliance to rinse it under hot tap water. It is important to ensure that you rinse both sides of the condenser by removing all traces of dirt. Let it air dry before placing it back in the dryer.
The rest of the dryer:
Cleaning your dryer's filters and condenser will make a big difference in the performance of your dryer. You will need to clean other parts of the dryer to make sure it will work properly.
These parts include:
- Vent Tube and Vent Adapters – Wait until the dryer is cool to disconnect the vent tube and check that nothing is blocking it. Also, check that there are no damages or signs of deterioration. Although it may seem small, a hole can reduce the effectiveness of your dryer. If the vent tube is damaged, it should be replaced. In addition to the ventilation pipe, you should check and clean the ventilation duct and the wall covering. You just need to unscrew the screws on the back of the panel. Lift it up and vacuum around the connection. Once the lint has been removed, replace the panel with the corresponding screws.
- Sensor (if so equipped) – if your dryer has a sensor, it should be cleaned regularly, and it is recommended that you wipe with a stainless steel cleaner or a little white vinegar to remove any fabric softener that may be stuck to the sensor.
- The outside of the dryer – Cleaning the outside of the dryer is just as important as checking the internal components. To clean the outside of the dryer, use a damp cloth with a little soapy water. Don't forget to clean dryer filters, vents, and other areas. This cleaning will improve the life of your appliance as well as improve its performance.