House Fire Because Of Dryer?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by GS-Rock, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. GS-Rock

    GS-Rock New Member

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    This is very interesting

    I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out on my dryer!
    Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year!???

    The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer 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, ran hot water over it.

    Now, the lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know
    what your dryer's lint filter looks like.

    WELL......the hot water just sat on top of the mesh!!! It didn't go
    through it at all!!!

    He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what
    burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there

    This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire 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) is to take that filter out
    and wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other
    Brush)
    at least every six 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 threw a little bit but mostly collected all the water
    in the mesh screen.

    I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it
    done
    in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right threw the
    screen!

    There wasn't any puddlin! g at all !

    That repairman knew what he was talking about!


    THIS COULD SAVE SOMEONE'S HOME,
     
  2. sassafrass

    sassafrass New Member

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    Thanks I did the water thing with mine. No run through, Thanks for the tip. I spent a fortune on my washer and dryer and anything ta make them last longer is a great help.
     

  3. Deltalover

    Deltalover New Member

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    That is good to know! I assume you are talking about an electric dryer. Got me wondering how it affects a gas one! Couldnt be good! Thanks for sharing that one!
     
  4. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Sounds good, great post. Will give me something to do.
     
  5. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    thanks for the info!
     
  6. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info! I've often wondered why dryers caught on fire even if you kept them clean. This explains alot. +5 rep points!
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    It is tips like this that we need to keep our wives from fussing at us for spending so much time on here, LOL!!!
     
  8. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Very good info. I will check mine!!
     
  9. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    considering I have had two dryers catch fire in the last 15 years I will certainly put this to good use THANKS
     
  10. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Judy has been washing our dryer filter about once a week for a long time now. It does work and that is great information.
     
  11. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    great post buddy thnanx a heap!
    phil im no expert but i would say that the effect on a gas or electric dryer would be similar.
    wouldnt hurt to wash that thing every couple months if your usein dryer sheets.
    i'll definently be washing ours tonite.
     
  12. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    The electric and gas dryer would have the same effect.
    One thing that your repairman forgot to mention. The exhaust hose to the outside.
    It needs to be checked/cleaned at least 3 to 4 times a year, depending on amount of use. The filter will not get everything. You'd be surprised how much goes into the hose.
    If you have one of the white plastic hoses, repalce it with a flexible metal one. They are a requiriment now on new houses. They are a much bigger problem than the filter.
     
  13. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    We been using gas dryers for 40 years. Wife said she has never washed a filter. Only owned two dryers during this time. The first one was still working great when we junked it after 31 years...wife was wanting a new matching set. I replaced the belt once on the first one.
    Our first dryer used a plastic exhaust hose, got a metal one on the new one.

    Of course only used the sheets in the last 15 years or so.
     
  14. Rainman4u2

    Rainman4u2 Guest

    Dryer fires cause more house fires than you think.

    Ray
     
  15. redneckdrum

    redneckdrum New Member

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    that does make sense,i have a dryer that emits an audible tone when the lint filter needs cleaned.after cleaning it,it still goes off sometimes,even though it LOOKS clean.im gonna take your advice right now and wash it.y'all stick around,i'll be right back!
     
  16. safetybass

    safetybass New Member

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    Most dryer fires are a result of failure of two of the thermostats that control the heat. The thermostats are supposed to shut down the heat source at a preset temperature. One is the "high temp safety" that is supposed to be a last resort safety device. If the thermostats fail to operate properly, the heat can continue uncontrolled until the temperature reaches autoignition for the lint accumulated in the dryer and the vent hose. And bingo, fire. The metal flex duct is recommended because it has the opportunity to contain the fire for a short period of time, potentially allowing it to burn out. Clothing in the dryer generally has a higher autoignition temperature than the finely divided fibers in the lint, so the lint usually is the fire until it spreads.

    I am not sure what role the fabric softener build up on the screen would play in a fire scenario, unless it relates to increasing the efficiency of the filter. The build up could reduce the openings of the screen, causing the screen to trap even smaller fibers, which in turn are easier to raise to autoignition temp due to both size and proximity to the heat source. The ultra small fibers would normally pass through the screen to the exhaust duct. Another theory could be that the increased efficiency of the screen can cause reduction in the air flow through it, accumulating heated air in the dryer. It would take a Maytag design engineer to look into that one.
     
  17. redneckdrum

    redneckdrum New Member

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    i'm back!after soaking the filter in soapy water it created sludge that i couldnt see before.looks brand new now THANKS!
     
  18. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    It still amazes me,the amount of lint,that I have removed from the dryer hose,AFTER the filter.peewee-williams
     
  19. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    I checked and cleaned my dryer filter today. the water fell threw but some did stay on top.
     
  20. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Ask your insurance agent what causes the most fires.
    The dryer should be first or second on the list last I checked.