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Dryer fire! (by Pat [VA]) Jul 22, 2021 10:17 AM
       Dryer fire! (by Jason [VA]) Jul 22, 2021 10:55 AM
       Dryer fire! (by Robin [FL]) Jul 22, 2021 11:06 AM
       Dryer fire! (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jul 22, 2021 11:17 AM
       Dryer fire! (by Vee [OH]) Jul 22, 2021 11:48 AM
       Dryer fire! (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 22, 2021 1:18 PM
       Dryer fire! (by Allym [NJ]) Jul 22, 2021 1:38 PM
       Dryer fire! (by gevans [SC]) Jul 22, 2021 4:14 PM
       Dryer fire! (by Smokowna [MD]) Jul 23, 2021 7:30 AM

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Dryer fire! (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 10:17 AM

Another thing to check/worry about. Heard the scanner go off for a neighborhood we have 2 rentals in. From the address it sounded like one of ours so I messaged our tenant & asked her if she was home? She called me & said the fire was at her mobile home & she had grabbed the dryer & thrown it out the back door! Quick thinking, she is a big girl so I'm glad she was able to do that. Her 2 kids were home so it could have been a disaster.

I used to include the washer & dryer but no more. The added liability isn't worth it. I don't like tenants dragging appliances in & out but I learned something today.

We'll never know if it was a malfunction of the dryer or clogged filter (fire dept ran water thru the vent line to be sure fire wasn't spread).

How many have had this to happen? Made me evaluate my policy, only $15,000.00 on this unit. 1995 14 x 65 2 bdrm 2 bath (not counting 300k personal liability) --71.219.xx.xx

Dryer fire! (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 10:55 AM

I work on appliances in my down time and have had more than one dryer catch on fire in my shop. Itís always been one specific brand. I wonít put the name out there but it starts with the same letter as ďFailĒ.

I donít have clothes in them when it happens, so in my case it hasnít been a big deal, I just let them burn themselves out. But even if you religiously clean the filter, youíd be amazed at the amount of lint that collects inside the machine. --73.177.xxx.xx

Dryer fire! (by Robin [FL]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 11:06 AM

I keep a close eye on my own dryer (first letter starts with the same as "Fail." ;-) ).

I noticed that the control panel gets hot when the vent hose has a build up of lint in it. So now I usually put my hand on the backside of the control panel each time I use the dryer - if it is hot or even just very warm, I'll clean out the vent hose. Fortunately the vent hose is short & I can clean out the entire thing from the outside. I also clean the lint trap after each load and I never leave the dryer running if I'm not home. --198.136.xxx.xxx

Dryer fire! (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 11:17 AM

Something to add to your inspections: the dryer vent. --76.178.xxx.xxx

Dryer fire! (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 11:48 AM

The dryer vent should have been in the annual service since drying clothes indoors in the tumbler, but like a whole house water filter hardly anyone thinks about it. I will supply an electric stove and dryer but I also do maintenance. --76.188.xxx.xxx

Dryer fire! (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 1:18 PM

I always have a longer gas flex line attached to my dryers so the unit can be pulled back to clean the vent tube. Also everyone should replace their plastic or other vent tubes that aren't made of real metal, flexible and hold it's shape.

I clean out dryer's vent lines twice a year. --47.155.xx.xxx

Dryer fire! (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 1:38 PM

I bought the equipment to clean a couple and then my handyman's knees went. I am still looking for help but may have found someone in the neighborhood. I always tell my tenants that it's just like a stove and don't leave it on when you leave the building. I would want to pay for a good dryer not let someone bring junk into my property. --108.24.xx.xx

Dryer fire! (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 4:14 PM

I clean my dryer vents from the outside, with compressed air. Run the dryer (air fluff is fine) and run a flexible plastic tube up the dryer vent. When you open the air valve all the lint ends up outside on the ground. --69.80.xx.xxx

Dryer fire! (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Jul 23, 2021 7:30 AM

Thanks for the tip.

I crack open dryers all the time and see loads of lint inside them.

I could not tell you where or how a fire could start or whether removing the lint is enough to prevent it.

Maybe it is the stupidity of using a dryer when it is 91 degrees outside? --108.28.xx.xxx

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