Dryer Maintenance 101

As we’ve discussed in a separate post this month, as the summer draws to a close and the weather starts to cool off, we’ll all be abandoning the charm of the outdoor clothesline in favour of the electric dryer. In certain instances, such as cleaning denim or washing delicate garments, we recommend hanging your clothes or taking them to the dry cleaner. Denim loses some of its integrity in the dryer and certain sweaters and shirts may shrink or suffer irreparable damage, so make sure you read the label on your clothes – don’t just chuck everything in the dryer without thinking about it.

Air drying clothes is almost always a better option, but if you’re working with limited space and limited time in the colder months, it may not make sense from a logistical standpoint. The trick is to learn how to get the most out of your dryer and know how to listen to it when it starts to function beneath the level it is capable of or outright break down.

Our technicians are trained to deal with just about any appliance issue you could possibly imagine; if you need a fridge repair expert in Toronto, someone to look at your washing machine or your furnace, our services are second to none. This principle also applies to automatic dryers: our technicians are well-versed in all the major appliance brands: Electrolux, Bosch, Maytag, Whirlpool and so on and so forth.

As we venture into colder whether and you feel out how well your dryer is working, you can assess whether it is in fact in good working, whether you need to apply a little DIY home appliance magic, or whether you need to call us up to come and fix a difficult mechanical problem with your unit’s hardware. Worst case scenario, you may have to buy a new unit altogether, but even if this is the case, in addition to appliance repairs in Toronto and the GTA, we’re always happy to offer advice regarding the purchase of a new appliance.

Hopefully, however, it is an issue that can be fixed. Here are a few tips from our pros on how you might get the most out of your dryer and treat your clothes right:

Dryer Balls: People are often dubious of this seemingly strange technique, but we’ve found that it really works! If you put a pair of wool balls (there are actually dryer balls made from several materials) in with your clothes, the balls knock apart the materials that usual clump together in wet lumps. This allows for a more even, effective dry that is easy on your unit. Your clothes will thank you too!

Clean That Lint Trap: This is an obvious one, but also an easy thing to forget if you’re in a hurry. A full lint trap slows the air moving through the dryer, requiring more power and time to wash your clothes. If the lint trap is outright blocked you’re getting into fire hazard territory: you could end up with a dryer full of burnt clothes – or worse, a house on fire!

Even though it’s September, it can still get hot outside, so if you need to repair an air conditioner in Toronto or the GTA, call us up. As we move into winter though, it’s more likely you’ll be interested in our oven and heating repair services. If any of your home appliances break, call us before investing in a new one!