Even the best tumble dryer on the market won’t be able to keep up with the piles of wet washing at this time of year if you don’t carry out some quick and simple maintenance checks.

We have come up with some simple steps you can take to make sure your tumble dryer is working effectively and gives you the best chance of drying your clothes safely and efficiently.

Clean the Lint Filter

Every time you use your tumble dryer, fluff and dust from clothing ends up gathering in the lint filter. It is really important to clean the filter after every use because if the filter is clogged up this will restrict the flow of air through your dryer, which in turn will make drying less efficient.

A second reason for keeping the lint filter free from fluff and dust is to do with safety. If the airflow in a tumble dryer is restricted, they can heat up. All dryers are built with a cut-off feature to stop the machine from producing too much heat, but should this fail, a dryer could catch fire.

Empty the Water Tank

If you have a condenser or a heat-pump tumble dryer, it is really important to empty the water tank every time you use your dryer. A water tank on a tumble dryer can usually hold more water that comes from one load of washing, but not two loads, so to ensure your dryer works effectively always make sure your water tank is emptied.

Clean the Vent Hose

If you have a vented tumble dryer, cleaning the vent hose every few months is essential to keep it free from dust and fluff. It is also really important to check the hose hasn’t become kinked – the hose takes warm air away from the drum of your tumble dryer – if it is kinked in any way, this will restrict the airflow, which will make your dryer a lot less efficient.

Clean the Inside and Outside of the Tumble Dryer

It is really important to clean both the inside and outside of your tumble dryer. Dirt and fluff can gather in the drum which will need to be removed and cleaned. Wipe down the drum with some white vinegar and a soft cloth – the vinegar is not only great for cleaning the inside of your tumble dryer, but also will help to prevent any unpleasant odours from building up inside. Use the same method for cleaning the front, sides and back of the tumble dryer.

Don’t overload Your Tumble Dryer

When you are drying a load of washing, don’t overload your dryer. Too much clothing can drastically reduce the efficiency of your tumble dryer. Your dryer can also start to overheat and cause damage to the machine – it is recommended to fill the drum just over halfway with items.

Here at Power Point, our expert team are always happy to help you with your appliance needs. Whether your tumble dryer has stopped working or needs repairing – we can provide an excellent service for you.

We pride ourselves on providing fast, friendly and efficient services to all our customers. Contact us today to see how we can help you or your tenants.