Every time you use the clothes dryer, you must clean the lint trap. A clean lint filter helps the dryer operate with maximum efficiency and safety. The lint filter should be considered the dryer's first line of defense against lint buildup. It is usually clearly marked and easily accessible.
It is usually located just inside the dryer door or on top of the dryer.
The lint trap is used to trap most of the lint from clothes before it enters the dryer vent.The lint filter must be cleaned after each use of the dryer. Check the outdoor ventilation hood for lint buildup. If the vent cap is full of lint, use a vacuum to suck up the outside buildup or add an outdoor lint collector as shown below. Just be sure to periodically remove and empty the outer lint filter to prevent it from accumulating and clogging the ventilation grille, which could be dangerous.
The lint filter that comes integrated into the clothes dryer must be inspected and cleaned at each drying cycle (use it). Experts advise against using additional traps to leave lint in the dryer, as they can clog the dryer's ventilation grille, cause overheating and cause a fire in the clothes dryer. Eliminating the lint that is trapped in the mesh of the link trap is essential to prevent fires. A clean trap allows better air flow, reducing the risk of fire. Cleaning the dryer vent increases efficiency, which can save you money on gas and electric bills.
Cleaning the lint buildup from the dryer and cleaning the dryer's vents every year is an excellent first step to avoiding the risk of fire and ensuring your family's safety. My dryer is on the floor and the vent pipe runs from the back of the dryer to a height of approximately 4 feet to a window whose end exits through a vent hole. It would be plausible to argue that a gas-fired clothes dryer with ventilation whose ventilation is blocked therefore represents a fire hazard and a carbon monoxide hazard. Beth, you make a good safety argument: a clogged clothes dryer vent can not only pose a fire hazard, but it can also cause a dangerous discharge of flue gases into the building.
What I had to do was search for the model of my dryer on YouTube to see how to remove the back and vacuum the back of the dryer and then clean the stove pipe and then put everything back together. Be careful when using home methods, such as using nylon tights in the dryer vent. This method is bad, since it blocks ventilation and carries another type of fire hazard. Even if you always clean the lint collector, the dryer vent can become full of lint, which reduces the efficiency of the dryer and could create a serious fire hazard. And according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading cause of fire in dryers is a lack of cleaning of lint from the system.
I would follow the clothes dryer manufacturer's recommendations, including the recommendation on transition metal ducts, cleaning the lint filter at each cycle of dryer use, and any prohibition on secondary lint filters. This is because if the vent hose is too long or wrinkled, the dryer has to work twice as hard to vent moisture. But we also fully agree with the advice of clothes dryer manufacturers to the effect that a secondary lint collector in the dryer vent line can cause the system to dangerously overheat and increase drying time if that device actually traps lint and restricts air flow. The USFA also reports that “lack of dryer cleaning (34%) is the leading cause of fires in household clothes dryers. I have a rigid vent pipe for the dryer's exhaust, and there is probably 5 feet of ventilation between the dryer and the outside portal. To ensure safety and efficiency when using your clothes dryer, it is important to choose an appropriate type of lint trap for your particular model.
Cleaning your lint filter after each use will help reduce fire hazards by eliminating trapped lint in your mesh trap. Additionally, regularly cleaning your vents will help improve air flow, reduce energy costs, and prevent dangerous flue gases from entering your home. Lastly, make sure that your vent hose is not too long or wrinkled so that your clothes dryer does not have to work twice as hard.