Tumble dryers can be a real timesaver when it comes to getting your laundry done. That being said, it’s important to make sure they get the TLC they deserve so they can do their job properly. Part of that TLC is understanding how the different parts of your tumble dryer work and how to maintain them – and tumble dryer filters are not a part you want to overlook!
Read on to familiarise yourself with tumble dryer filters. It might just save your appliance…
What Are Tumble Dryer Filters and How Do They Work?
Tumble dryer filters are made from a fine mesh that catches fluff, lint and debris from your laundry during drying cycles. This prevents the excess debris from being drawn through the airflow into the heating element, helping to keep your tumble dryer functioning properly and safe from damage.
While tumble dryer filters can vary a little in appearance (such as shape and size), you will be able to recognise them by the fine mesh they are made of, as well as their placement. Some filters even include two layers of mesh, providing an extra level of dust and lint filtration. Tumble dryer filters are usually found around the dryer door, making them easily accessible for regular cleaning – and replacing, if needs be!
Why Are Tumble Dryer Filters So Important?
Filters are not only an integral part of your tumble dryer’s performance but also its safety. If dry debris from your laundry was allowed to pass through the appliance to the heating element freely and unfiltered, it could catch alight and cause a fire. Because of this, tumble dryer filters keep your dryer safe from the risk of fires – but only for as long as they’re well maintained. A filter that goes uncleaned, or a damaged one that goes unreplaced, will not do its job properly. With that, the risk of fire increases.
Another reason why the general upkeep of your tumble dryer filters is important is the effect it has on your appliance’s cycles. If your filter is unclean or in poor shape, your appliance will end up overworking and take longer to dry your laundry. Longer cycles will mean more energy used and, by extension, a higher energy bill. Nobody wants that!
How Do You Clean Your Tumble Dryer Filter?
Fortunately, keeping your tumble dryer filter in good shape is generally a quick and easy task. All you need to do is remove it and give it a clean after every drying cycle to keep it from getting clogged up.
There are a couple of ways to clean your tumble dryer filter. With some, the debris that builds up can be wiped away fairly easily with a dry cloth. With others, you might need to give them a rinse with warm water and dry them thoroughly before replacing them. Whatever you do, it’s vital to make sure you’re following the manufacturer’s guidelines when cleaning. The last thing you want to do is end up with a broken or damaged filter instead of a clean one!
How Do You Replace Your Tumble Dryer Filter?
If your filter is already damaged from overuse or natural wear and tear, you can always get your hands on a new one. There’s no tricky installation involved either! All you need to do is order the correct filter for your tumble dryer’s model and replace the old one. It only takes a matter of seconds, and your tumble dryer will be safe and running properly once more!
If you find that you’re in need of a new tumble dryer filter but you aren’t sure of your appliance’s model number, don’t worry. You can head over to our Finding Model Numbers page and we’ll show you where to find it!
And that’s all you need to know about tumble dryer filters! We hope you found this blog post helpful, and that you can now care for your tumble dryer filters confidently and with ease. While you’re here, why not read our blog on six accessories for washers and dryers worth the cash to really take your laundry game to the next level?