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Fire in dryer (by del [MD]) Jun 19, 2019 7:34 PM
       Fire in dryer (by Busy [WI]) Jun 19, 2019 8:12 PM
       Fire in dryer (by Deanna [TX]) Jun 19, 2019 11:36 PM
       Fire in dryer (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 20, 2019 12:00 AM
       Fire in dryer (by Live The Dream [AZ]) Jun 20, 2019 2:22 AM
       Fire in dryer (by MC [PA]) Jun 20, 2019 7:41 AM
       Fire in dryer (by Vee [OH]) Jun 20, 2019 12:20 PM
       Fire in dryer (by Busy [WI]) Jun 20, 2019 1:45 PM
       Fire in dryer (by MC [PA]) Jun 21, 2019 3:24 PM

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Fire in dryer (by del [MD]) Posted on: Jun 19, 2019 7:34 PM

Had a fire in a Whirlpool gas dryer a few days ago. Lint was built up IN BACK of the drum and ignited somehow. Luckily there was no damage and the dryer is working fine after a teardown and cleanup. The fire was contained inside the steel cabinet and did not spread.

This is a good reason to keep dryer vents clean. The fire did not spread outside the dryer itself.


Fire in dryer (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 19, 2019 8:12 PM

A few years back, I noticed a lot of lint around my tenantís dryer. Turns out the hose to vent outside had a tear. Being overly cautious, I offered to replace with the proper vent hose , not the flimsy stuff. While making the connections, I, of course, brought the shop vac to clean up the mess. Poked around a bit at the back of the dryer, and that space was FULL. Their lint filter had a substantial tear. I showed them , cleaned it all out, and directed them where to get a new lint filter. I also said I would not continue to rent to them if they didnít replace the filter. We discussed fire safety.

Next time I was in the house, the new lint filter was in place. Yep, I might just do too much for my tenants, but, that very likely prevented a fire. Now I watch for an excess of lint around the dryer, and take a peek at the connections. Almost as important as smoke detectors. (smoke detectors save lives. Fire prevention saves my house. Both are important to me. Nobody wants to deal with a fire. )

Very, very glad the fire was contained, Del. As Sweet Brown says,í Ainít nobody got time for that!í

Fire in dryer (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jun 19, 2019 11:36 PM

One good thing to keep an eye on--- when you have your dryer screen, pour some water on it. If the water goes through the screen, it's good. If the water pools on top of the screen, it's full of residue (dryer sheets, etc). And even though it looks good, you know it's not working correctly. So take a moment to wash it for real, until water flows through it as it should.

Very, very, very happy that it was contained and didn't spread!

Fire in dryer (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Not only us landlords have to be concerned with keeping the dry vent screens clear, we have to make sure we are using the correct flexible ducting. Not the plastic or foil, but the real metal type that are fire rated. --47.156.xx.xx

Fire in dryer (by Live The Dream [AZ]) Posted on: Jun 20, 2019 2:22 AM

Thanks for this advice. We never run the dryer unless someone is home. --206.15.xx.xx

Fire in dryer (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jun 20, 2019 7:41 AM

My children learned at an early age not to run the dryer if no one is home/awake. Going forward about 10 years, my son's dryer does not dry. He gets a new one. Second one takes too long to dry. Everyone checks it out-yep, running hot, yep, hot air coming out of vent...I walk over and pull over the full lint trap..Apparently no had told him/showed him to remove the lint..It is the little things sometimes that we all assume they know.

Another child called and asked if he could leave the washer on if he wasn't home. Sure-that worse thing is you arrive home to a flood.

Fire in dryer (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 20, 2019 12:20 PM

If it is company owned dryer you should be the one to replace the lint screen, the electric dryer have a fuse that when overheats it opens and allows the drum to spin but no power to the heat strip.

Fire in dryer (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jun 20, 2019 1:45 PM

Bee, regarding that fuse overheating- does that happen on gas dryers too? One of my super-clean tenants had her gas dryer stop working, turned out it was a fuse.I had noticed she had recently attempted to replace the vent hose... so, does dryer lint cause the overheating?

I am thinking I may just plan a basement day, where I bring the shop vac and all of my long hoses , and tenants and I together clean dryers, along with basement cobwebs too. (When I am less busy, lol!) Of course, I am not soo keen on messing around with their dryers, which is why we would need to do that together.

Fire in dryer (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jun 21, 2019 3:24 PM

If there is enough lint, it will block the air going out but the hot air will stay in the ducting building up.

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