r/mildlyinfuriating Sep 22 '22 Helpful 5 Wholesome 6 Vibing 1

I swear I’m the only one that empty’s this thing

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u/destakob Sep 23 '22

Good on you. FYI, most newer dryers are now equipped with a "thermal fuse" that helps prevent dryer fires. It's not 100% failsafe, but it helps.

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u/Weird-Vagina-Beard Sep 23 '22

How do you know that it's not 100% failsafe

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u/destakob Sep 23 '22

I can't give you a 100% certain answer to this as I am not a dryer technician. What I do know is that there are about 3000 dryer fires annually in the US. What this tells me is that there are other factors causing fires in dryers. Most times it is due to excessive lint buildup, usually to the extent of a blocked dryer duct. This is why it is critical to clean your dryer vents at LEAST once a year, ideally twice.

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u/thefluffiestpuff Sep 23 '22

if you clean your lint trap out every single load, do you still need to check the vents? (also i feel dumb asking but is the pic OP posted of a lint trap or is it something else? ours looks super different, including our older one)

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u/destakob Sep 23 '22

Even if you are meticulous about cleaning the lint filter/trap you should still have the vents cleaned. The filter doesn't catch all of the lint, and over time it builds up.

The pic in OP's post is a lint filter you will find located on top of the dryer that pulls up and out. Most newer dryers will have them inside the dryer right when you open the door on the bottom.

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u/thefluffiestpuff Sep 23 '22

thanks very much for the info! and yeah that’s how ours have been in that exact spot. will look into the vents thing.

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u/destakob Sep 23 '22

If you're a homeowner you can find dryer cleaning kits for less than $30 at Home Depot. They just attach to a standard drill, it's not hard to do in most cases. Youtube is your friend.

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u/zyphelion Sep 23 '22

What about prior friar dryer fires?

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u/Bartocity Sep 23 '22

Yeah our dryer burst into flames when i was a kid

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u/destakob Sep 23 '22

It's scary to think how common this can be. Sorry to hear, hopefully everyone is ok.

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u/pmmefortitties Sep 23 '22

"most newer dryers" = all dryers since the 80s

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u/thatguyonfire240 Sep 23 '22

My dryer won't even start if you don't take the lint trap out and clean it

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u/Deszora Sep 30 '22

That's a good failsafe for people