Very few people realize the importance of clothes dryer fire prevention. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryer vent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting.
Reduced airflow and the resulting lint build-up cause overheating by preventing fast enough drying action. When this happens, the high temperature limit safety switch has to cycle on and off to control the heater. Most high temperature limit switches were never designed to cycle on and off continuously which can cause them to fail over a period of time. Look for these warning signs:
*Clothes (especially towels or jeans) take a very long time to dry. Testimonials
*Clothes are hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.
*Flapper on vent hood doesn't open when dryer is on.
Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of dryer fires, and LINT is the leading material to ignite. These fires can be caused by failure of mechanical and/or electrical parts within the dryer itself, improper materials being put into the dryer, and insufficient airflow as a result of improper installation.
A key to effective dryer performance is optimal airflow. A properly installed all metal dryer vent will help ensure this airflow. Flexible vents are OK as long as they are properly routed. When clothes are given the appropriate amount of air, they dry quicker and are subject to less tumbling. This results in less wear on the clothing and use of less electricity or gas.
Average cost to run your electric dryer:
Number of people in your family 6
Estimated kWh/mo. from below 315
Average cost per kWh $0.1224
Month bill for this kWh usage:
If it takes twice as long to dry, what do you think happens to this number?