Tumble dryer tips and maintenance
The following article was first published by Which?
It's important to keep your tumble dryer clean and well maintained. To get the best results from your tumble dryer follow our simple tips.
From simple maintenance tips to answering your common questions around tumble dryer upkeep and solving problems, our guide will tell you all you need to know about keeping your machine in tip-top condition.
Simple tumble dryer cleaning and maintenance tips
Cleaning the sensor
If your tumble dryer uses a sensor - which detects how wet your clothes are and therefore how much drying time they need - you’ll need to wipe the drum every few months with white vinegar or stainless-steel cleaner to keep the sensor working well.
Cleaning the lint filters
To keep your tumble dryer running at peak efficiency, you should clean the lint filter every time you use the dryer. If there is a lint filter in the door and/or rim, clear the entire rim at the same time.
Cleaning the heat exchanger (condenser dryers only)
Regularly remove and clean the heat exchanger (which turns the steam back into water) by running it under a tap. You'll find this located at the bottom of the machine, under the drum. Washing this will help to get rid of any built-up dirt and hair.
Emptying the water reservoir (condenser dryers only)
You should do this after each load to ensure you can run a drying cycle with a full load without having to stop halfway through to empty the tank.