Many of us will be familiar with the sense of dread that happens when the tumble dryer stops working. Finding that long-expired warranty and realising that a repair will need to be paid for is a shock. What you may not realise is that some repairs can be done easily without the need for an engineer.
Tumble Dryers Need TLC too.
As with any DIY repair job in the home, safety must be a priority. It would not, of course, be wise to undertake any repairs that require complex removal and fitting of new parts, but there are some simple steps that you can take to extend the working life of your dryer. Just by paying the machine a little care and attention, you can help to prevent damage to the more expensive working parts further down the line.
Tumble dryers generate a great deal of fluff and lint and it is this that can cause the greatest amount of damage to parts inside the machine. By regularly cleaning out the fluff filters before and after each use, the build up of fluff can be dramatically reduced. Check the mesh filter for tears and holes and replace immediately if damaged. For most major brands, such as AEG spares spare parts and accessories can be purchased online quite inexpensively and simple items such as fluff filters are easy to replace yourself. Rinse the filter in soapy water occasionally to break down any micro particles of lint.
Once or twice a month, it is a good idea to check the machine over for fluff build up in other areas, such as the air vents, the door cavity and around the door seals. Using the crevice tool of your vacuum cleaner, these areas can be given a good clean out within a few minutes.
Condenser dryers, as with vented machines, require regular cleaning of the fluff filter, but also need a little extra care and attention to keep them working well. Both the water tank and the condenser unit itself need to be cleaned out on a regular basis. If you refer to your manufacturer's user manual, it will tell you that the water tank should be emptied after each use, to prevent it overfilling. The condenser units themselves can be prone to a build up of fluff and this prevents them from working efficiently and can cause damage to other parts. Using your manufacturer's manual to guide you, remove the unit once or twice a month and clean out any fluff. The simplest way to do this is to stand the unit under running water, such as a shower or regular garden hose. A high pressure garden washer could cause damage to some of the condenser unit parts, so a standard hose is the best choice for this job. Allow the unit to dry thoroughly before replacing.
Fluff is the most common cause of damage to a tumble dryer and is also the most common cause of tumble dryer fires, so by carrying out some simple maintenance tasks yourself, you can extend the life and the safety of your machine
Smith is a consumer advice expert who writes on consumer issues for a range of publications. He recommends shopping online for price-competitive tumble dryer spares.