Why it’s So Important to Clean Your Dryer’s Lint Trap After Every Use

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How often do you do your laundry? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably a few times a week. That being said, how often do you clean your lint trap?

Unfortunately, most homeowners aren’t cleaning out their lint trap often enough. Even if you clean it once a week, you could still be putting your family’s safety and unit’s efficiency in danger.

Why You Should Clean Your Lint Trap


Safety should always be your top concern when it comes to using any appliance. Because lint is flammable, leaving it in your warm dryer increases your chances of a dangerous fire. Between 2010 and 2014 there were almost 16,000 home fires reported to U.S. Fire Departments. Unfortunately, the majority of them were caused by dryers — and in a third of reported dryer fires, lint build up was a leading factor.

Your Dryer’s Lifespan

Dryers are anything but cheap, so the last thing any homeowner wants is to buy a new one every few years. If you maintain your dryer well, you’ll increase its lifespan and get your money's worth.

Energy Efficiency

Lint buildup forces your dryer to work harder than it has to and use more energy than necessary. If you recently noticed that it takes longer for your dryer to finish a cycle or a spike in your energy bill, the solution could be as easy as cleaning out the lint trap.

If you’re in need of anything from an inspection of your appliance to a full-scale replacement and installation of a new one, make sure you enlist the help of someone who you can trust. Mr. Appliance of Huntington is here to help you every step of the way! Contact our team to learn more.