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I was emailed the following...I'll probably try this when I get home:

The clothes dryer stopped drying. The repairman went to the dryer and
pulled out the lint filter.
It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every
load of clothes.
He told us that he wanted to show us something.
He took the filter over to the sink, and ran hot water over it.
I am sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like.
WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the screen! It did not go through it
at all!

He told us that dryer sheets cause a waxy film to build up over the
screen, and this does not let the air pass through, so the heating unit
overheats and burns out.

You cannot SEE the film, but it's there.
This is also what causes dryer's to catch fire, and potentially
burn your house down with it!

He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time
(and to keep your electric bill lower because your clothes will dry faster)
is to clean that filter after every load, and wash it with hot soapy water
with an old toothbrush (or other brush) every three months.

He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!
How about that! Learn something new everyday!

I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

NOTE: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it.
The water ran thru a little bit but mostly collected all the water in
the mesh screen.
I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in
30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right thru the
screen! There wasn't any puddle of water at all!
 

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Damn....that's crazy. I'm passing the info on to my wife - she doesn't let me anywhere near the laundry room.
 
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I do not know about the fire thing, or washing it after every l 3 months, but the part about holding water IS true. I saw this post somewhere else a year or so ago, and tried the water test. I kinda figure water has surface tension that is not present in air, so I do not necessarily think that the water pooling equates to air flow constriction.

However, it did make me wash out the dryer screen then, and a few times after that, just in case:D

However, my dryer is actually over 25 years old, had several parts replaced (by myself) over that time, and still running strong. The nice thing about dryers is that there are actually few things that can go wrong that can't be repaired for under $40 in parts, and they are not that hard to work on! Washing machines, unfortunately do not fall into that category, and I am on the third washer to go with our original dryer!
 

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Damn....that's crazy. I'm passing the info on to my wife - she doesn't let me anywhere near the laundry room.
You mean to tell me you don't wash your own nasty clothes?:D
 

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kinda weird that this thread comes up today. the other night I was listening to my scanner and heard an alarm go out to a residential fire....a dryer fire. go figure...:confused:
 

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Just tried it and you were 100% right. It looked clean as can be, but the water just sat in it. I cleaned it with a paintbrush and now the water just passes on through. Thanks for the info.
 
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