Among the many appliances we use around the house, one of the most frequently used is the dryer. How long do dryers last, and what can be done to make sure they run well for years on end?
In today’s post, The Air Ducts Cleaning gives you answers.
How Long Does a Dryer Last?
A dryer will last around 10-15 years — and that depends on how well you maintain it and how often you use it. If you’re putting it through the wringer, like any appliance, don’t expect it to last as long.
Whether it’s a condenser dryer, vented dryer, or gas dryer, on average they last around 13 years.
Best Tips for Dryer Longevity
If you’re sharing a dryer with roommates or a large family, maintenance and proper upkeep are even more important. That means taking the time to clean out the lint from the dryer filter and making sure the tumbler is wiped down with alcohol disinfectant after large load cycles.
Wiping down the inside of the tumbler also prevents the thin coat of residue left by drying sheets from sticking to the inside and interfering with the sensors, preventing your machine from properly drying anything.
Sound like a lot of tedious work? Consider this. Buying a new dryer is costly. Good maintenance is far easier and more cost-effective in the long run. Especially when it means your clothes and sheets will dry properly. Sometimes, dryers are just old. That’s when you skip the repairs and go for a full replacement.
Should I Replace My Dryer?
Our experts can determine whether it’s more cost-effective to replace your unit or invest in some maintenance repair instead. The decision to repair or replace comes down to common sense. If your current dryer is past middle age, it’s probably more cost-effective to just buy a new one. If it’s just a few years old, hold onto it.
But is a new dryer worth the cost? First and foremost, weigh the pros and cons of a new dryer, which vary quite a bit. Consider the features and benefits: increased energy efficiency, a modern computerized ‘smart’ feature for convenience, or a larger load capacity. Depending on your budget and lifestyle, it might be worth the purchase.
What Shortens a Dryer’s Lifespan?
Lint. Those tiny textile fibers can really build up and interfere with your dryer’s functionality. That’s why you have to remove lint after every load. And don’t forget about cleaning out lint from the duct vent, too. That’s where we come in.
Overuse. Using your dryer frequently at high temperatures and not giving it enough idle time leads to it wearing down over time, shortening its life cycle.
Dryer Vents. Dryers have to ventilate high heat for long periods of time. When lint collects in the vent, it can clog it. This is bad news for your dryer’s longevity. Vacuum out the lint twice a year (more if you use it frequently).
Why is It important?
A clogged dryer duct vent can:
- Increases the risk of fire hazards.
- Takes longer for wet clothes to dry.
- Use up more energy (increasing your electric bill).
Easy Ways to Improve Your Dryer’s Lifespan
Every best-practice tip for improving the longevity of your dryer comes down to not overworking it. It’s that simple.
Divide laundry loads by weight. If you have bulky, heavy bed sheets, keep them separate from things like jeans and kitchen tablecloths. The dryer can work more effectively for each load.
Keep the dryer clean. As stated before, lint builds up and blocks the dryer’s ability to vent hot air out or properly dry items. Keeping it clean is better for your dryer, your clothes, and you.
Reduce the drying time and heat level. If you notice it’s taking too long to dry sheets, do some troubleshooting; you might need a duct cleaning.
Air dry your clothes from time to time. It’s good to give your appliance a rest. Drying your clothes also prolongs the lifespan of your clothes as well as the dryer.
Best Practice Tips to Extend Your Dryer’s Lifespan
- Turn off the dryer when you go out (don’t overburden it)
- Clean your dryer ducts twice a year
- Clean out your dryer’s exhaust vents every two years
- Clear the dryer filter after every load
- Replace any damaged or outdated vinyl ducts
- Deep clean your filter every three months
- Don’t overload the dryer (you overwork it when you do)
- Clean out the lint trap (the slot where the filter slides in)