Webmaster: "If you use dryer
sheets, you better read this. We can vouch that it's true."
I had been having a wonderful morning until the heating unit
went out on my dryer. I thought, "Why does everything
seem to fall apart when you're feeling good?"
You know what I'm talking about? So I called the appliance
repair shop. The next day I met their technician at my door
and brought him down to the dryer. He opened the door and pulled
out the lint filter. Of course it was clean, so I was puzzled
why it went to the lint filter first. I said to him, "Doesn't
everyone clean the lint from the filter after every load of
He said that's not why he was doing this, and wanted to show
me something very important that I probably didn't know about..
He took the filter over to the sink and started to run hot water
over it's surface, holding it horizontal. As you probably know,
the dryer's lint filter is made of a mesh material that almost
all of us have seen and cleaned with our hands.
He started to pour hot water on the meshed screen, but the
hot water wouldn't go through the mesh and puddled on top of
it. I thought, well maybe the mesh was so tightly interwoven
that water would normal form on top of it, knowing water had
a natural surface tension that could hold it together.
The technician said that using dryer sheets can cause a film
to form over the filter's mesh and that's what probably what
burned out my dryer's heating unit. "You can't see the
film," he said, as the hot water just sat there on
the top of the mesh. "You need to be aware that when
this film builds up on the dryer's filter it can cause overheating
and possibly contribute to a dryer fir, instead of simply burning
out the dryer's heating element."
He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very
long time, while also lowering your electric or gas bill, is
to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water using
an old toothbrush. I told me to do this at least once every
six months or sooner.
I think, however, I'll reduce that time to three months to
see if the build up is faster when using my specific dryer sheet
He said that cleaning the filter also extends the life of the
dryer at least twice as long. I hadn't a clue that using dryer
sheets would block the air from passing through the dryer's
filter screen, so I thought, pardon the pun, I'd pass this little
safety tip onto you.
If you use dryer sheets, try the hot water test for yourself.
While it could save you money, it might just save your life.
Compliments to Bill from upper
state New York.