Below are some photos of the inside of a dryer from a nearby hotel that hadn’t been properly maintained.
The accumulation of this much lint could have blocked the airflow and caused heat to buildup, ultimately resulting in a fire. Not only are dryers a common cause for home fires, commercial dryers are also a leading cause of fires in the commercial laundry and dry cleaning industry. Thankfully, the owners of the above dryer made a service call, so Tri-State pulled it apart, cleaned it thoroughly, and now it’s running properly. To help avoid a commercial dryer fire and to keep your commercial dryer running efficiently, Tri-State recommends the following:
- Clean the lint compartment after every load. When cleaning the filter, check for items that might have gotten trapped, such as dryer sheets, which can hamper proper air flow.
- Monthly, check the duct for lint and other items that might have made it past the filter. Also, vacuum the exhaust duct monthly to ensure proper airflow.
- Biannually or annually, have the entire dryer, including the lint filter system, thoroughly cleaned and maintained by a professional.