Using and caring for your dryer seems like a pretty straightforward process. First, you take your clothes out of the washer and toss them into your dryer. Second, you choose a setting and hit the start button. Third, when the timer goes off, you take your clothes out and clean the lint trap. As easy as that process seems, what you may not realize is your actions or lack of actions can end up harming your appliance. If you want to avoid damaging your Maytag dryer model MGDC215EW, keep reading to learn what you should and shouldn’t be doing to your appliance.
Reading the User Manual
The biggest mistake you can make is not reading through your dryer’s user manual. For starters, the information inside the packet will tell you how to properly install your appliance. Unknown installation mistakes, not only shorten the life of your dryer, but they can also lead to serious complications. Other useful tips in the manual include load size, soap compatibility, and important maintenance procedures. If you don’t know where your manual is, check the manufacturer’s website for a downloadable copy.
Getting Rid of Lint
Cleaning the lint screen at the end of every dry cycle is great, but it isn’t the only step you need to take. The area underneath the screen should also be cleaned at least once a month. To do so, use a lint brush and a vacuum cleaner. The venting tube is the next area that requires attention. An accumulation of lint in the tube restricts air flow, which causes longer drying times and turns your appliance into a fire hazard. Cleaning the venting tube once a year should be sufficient, however, if you use your dryer more frequently than the average person, you may need to clean the tube every 6 months.
Checking Your Pockets
Throwing your clothes in the dryer before clearing out their pockets can harm your appliance. Gum, coins, and other small trinkets may not seem dangerous, but they can damage the dryer drum or get stuck in one of the drum baffles. If an item is caught in a baffle, you’ll hear a clanking noise when the drum is rotating. To get the object out, detach the affected baffle, and remove the coin or trinket rattling around in the part.
Using too Many Dryer Sheets
Using more than one dryer sheet at a time is never a good idea. The residue left from multiple dryer sheets can damage the moisture sensor bar, meaning your appliance won’t know when your garments are dry. Sticking to one dryer sheet at a time and wiping down the sensor periodically will ensure your appliance continues to dry efficiently.
If you’re concerned with your dryer’s performance and you would like an appliance repair technician to inspect it, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.