Just a friendly message that I got at work...so passing it along. It's good info to keep, and a reminder to check your furnace filters going into the winter season. Time to get everything tuned up and ready to heat! Dryer precaution...very important > > > > I had a wonderful morning, until the heating unit > went out on my dryer! > > > > The repair man went in to the dryer and pulled out > the lint filter. It > > was clean. We always clean the lint from the > filter after every load of > > clothes. He told us that he wanted to show us > something. > > > > He took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water > over it. Now, the lint > > filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you > know what your dryer's > > lint filter looks like. > > > > WELL.....the hot water just sat on top of the > mesh!!! It didn't go through > > it at all!!! > > > > He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over the > mesh and that's what > > burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the > film, but it's there. This > > is also what causes dryer units to catch fire and > potentially burn your > > house down! He said the best way to keep your > dryer working for a very > > long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is > to take that filter out > > & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush > (or other brush) at > > least every six months. > > > > He said that makes the life of the dryer at least > twice as long! How > > about that???!!!! Learn something new everyday! > > > > I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do > that. So, I thought I'd > > share! > > > > Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by > running water on it. The > > water ran thru a little bit but mostly collected > all the water in the mesh > > screen. > > > > I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush > & I had it done in 30 > > seconds. Then when I rinsed it and the water ran > right thru the screen! > > There wasn't any puddling at all! > > > > That repairman knew what he was talking about! > > > > PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR > ADDRESS BOOK. > > NOT ONLY COULD IT SAVE SOMEONE'S HOME, BUT IT > COULD SAVE YOURS!!