The time has come: it’s laundry day, and we can all agree that this is perhaps one of the most dreaded days of the week (or month, depending on just how dreadful this day is to you). When you finally resolve to conquer the mountain of grimy garb, it is easy to stuff your washer and dryer to the brim with the hopes of saving time. But overloading your dryer causes damages that severely shorten the lifespan of your appliance, and it turn will actually cost you more time and money.

Beyond extending your stay in the laundry room, overloading your dryer wears heavily on the dryer’s parts and can lead to higher energy bills, breakdown and worst of all, fire. The professionals at Grace Appliance Repair Service are experienced in dryer repair, if you do experience a breakdown. However, our priority is ensuring a long and happy life for all of your appliances, which is why we strive to keep you educated and informed.

If your dryer breaks down and the drum stops turning, there are a number of things that could be wrong. The most common causes of breakdown, though, are burnt-out drum belts and motors. The heavy laundry loads put so much strain on the belt and motor that they will quite literally burn and stop working.

As a general rule of thumb, you should only be loading your washer and dryer halfway full. Think about it—not only do your appliances have to manage the weight of your laundry, but add water to the equation and your washer and dryer have to work really, really hard to be efficient. A jam-packed dryer will not be able to dry all of your clothes in one cycle, and your attempt at shortening the duration of laundry day will be futile. This will also cause a spike in your energy bill because it will take much longer to dry the bulky load.

With lots and lots of laundry comes lots and lots of lint. And when you’re in a hurry to wash-dry-fold, cleaning out the lint trap is a crucial step that is easily overlooked. When your lint trap is full, it blocks the flow of hot air, again causing your laundry to take for-eh-ver to dry. There are far more serious problems that result from a lint trap that is ignored, the most common is fire. Fires caused by lint buildup have, in the past, burned down family homes or garages. You should be cleaning your lint trap as well as your outside dryer vent after every load. We also recommend completely detaching the hose from the back of your dryer, at least once a year, and cleaning the entire length of the hose.
Moral of the story: lighten your loads. An extra hour in the laundry room could potentially add years to your dryer’s lifespan, resulting in so many more super-fun laundry days. More questions about your dryer? Need help troubleshooting? Our experienced repair professionals are here for you. Give us a call today!