How to Stop Your Dryer's Heating Element from Going Out

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Want to make your dryer last twice as long and stop the heating element from going out?

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Hot water
  • Old toothbrush
  • Replacing your dryer's heating element is inconvenient. Either you do it yourself or you hire someone, but either way your wet clothes are just sitting there and you're behind schedule. To stop this from happening make sure that you are cleaning out the lint filter after every load of laundry.

  • Take your lint filter out and run it under water. The water should go right through, if any water collects on the screen that is a bad sign. If your filter is clean the water will go right through. You want to clean the filter every 6 months regardless to insure the heating element isn't working harder than it needs to.

  • To clean it use soap,an old toothbrush and hot water. Thoroughly dry it and stick it back in the dryer. It will literally take 2 minutes of your time and then you're done for 6 months.

  • Dryer sheets will clog up your lint filter faster than anything. You can't see the film that is in the dryer sheets that helps your clothes be soft and static free, but that film puts a nice coat on your lint filter which makes your heating element work over time and eventually die.

  • If you want to switch from dryer sheets a good alternative is Dryer Balls. Dryer Balls are two reusable plastic balls that take the static out of clothes naturally. You don't have to keep buying dryer sheets over and over; instead you put these balls in the dryer with your load of laundry. They don't leave any residue on your clothes and they last a long time. I've had mine for well over a year now.

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