The dryer is among the most dangerous appliances in your home. Failure to clean and maintain the dryer is a leading cause of fire. This is the most important thing to do to maintain your dryer and help prevent fires, the vent from the back of the dryer and clean out any lint build-up.

Here are some points to add to your dryer maintenance plan:

1. Clean the exhaust vent at least once a year.

2. Check the vent cap outside at least once a year.

3. Empty the lint filter – Also called a lint trap or lint screen, this component found in every dryer collects much of the lint your clothes produce as they dry. You should remove lint from the filter between every cycle to promote proper airflow and help prevent overheating.

4. Clear out the vent every so often to let the air flow freely. It’s common for lawn debris, dirt or snow to build up around the vent.

Always seek professional assistance for the service, and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance and safety instructions.