Without automatic dryers, we’d do like most people across the globe – hang our laundry out to dry. That might be alright in the summer but what happens in the fall and winter? Our lifestyles have changed since our grandmothers used their bare hands to wring water from clothes. The first dryer was a contraption that eased their aching hands and was designed to speed up the process - two rollers that required a hand crank. Clothing was pushed through the rollers and did much of the hard work. When this device became automated it was customary for skin to become caught in between the rollers. Today we have fully automatic dryers that ease the load, are safer and provide more leisure time.
How to Tell if Your Dryer is in Need of Repair
You could measure your frustration levels but that wouldn’t be scientific. When your dryer takes forever to dry a load, that’s when you know. Heavier items require more drying time than usual. Not only is this a waste of time and extremely annoying, but it’s also a waste of valuable energy. Energy expended from walking back and forth to the laundry room, plus electricity. If this keeps up, your electric bill will go through the roof. Maintain control over your electric expenses by contacting us the moment you detect a malfunction. If left unaddressed, the symptoms will exacerbate until the machine is no longer operating.
Is the door not latching properly? Perhaps you loaded clothes, ran the dryer, then remembered you forgot to put something inside and the dryer wouldn’t open. You pressed stop, turned off the machine and the door still won’t unlock. Allow the machine to complete a full cycle, then call us for a swift and affordable repair. Malfunctioning doors are an easy fix. In most cases, we just need to make a few tweaks. The technician won’t waste your time by heading back to the warehouse or ordering parts. Most dryer parts and components are stocked on site.
Clean Lint Filters
Lint filters aren’t cute little design features. They serve a vital function. As your clothing and linens tumble about inside the dryer, small particles are released. The lint filter’s job is to catch all those little particles before they are released into the ventilation system. A significant percentage of household fires are the result of clogged dryer vents. Nip this problem in the bud. Clean your lint filters after every load. Take it one step further by removing the filter and soaking it in a vinegar, water and dish washing liquid solution quarterly.
Invest in a Drying Rack
At Towson Appliance Repair, we not only repair dryers and replace failed components, we also offer preventative solutions. Sure we make money every time we receive a call to rescue a homeowner from a failed machine. At the end of the day, customers are happier with their machines and with us when they don’t have to rely on our technicians from month to month. Undergarments, athletic apparel and anything with Lycra, elastic or Spandex does not belong in the dryer. When these fabrics are subjected to high heat, they expand and snap. Invest in a drying rack to save your clothes and prevent less wear and tear on your machine.