Still, there are ways to ensure that your new dryer is an energy saver:
- Buy a model with a moisture sensor. A sensor-equipped machine will consume less energy than a dryer with a traditional thermostat since the sensor will more accurately shut off the machine when the load is dry than a thermostat can. Note: You’ll occasionally need to clean the sensor with a soft cloth or a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.
- Clean the lint tray after every load. This simple step allows the dryer to work more efficiently and also reduces fire hazards. Occasionally rinse the filter under running water; if it holds water, clean it with a soft brush.
- Remove the dryer exhaust hose once a year. Vacuum it to eliminate any lint.
Essential information: Read our latest report on washers and dryers and refer to our Ratings (available to subscribers) to find the right dryer for your home. For more energy-saving ideas, go to our free environmental site, GreenerChoices.org.
I can tell you that I owned a "cheapo" Hotpoint dryer for 14 years that wouldn't stop, but desiring a new model I finally bought a Maytag. DON'T!! by a Maytag. I suffered through the Neptune lawsuit and foolishly thought it was a fluke and went ahead and purchased the drying center. It is less than 4 years old and the lower heating element went out and is not available for replacement. A search of consumer sites will show you that many others are having the same problem as me. Shop carefully and don't think more money gets you a better product. I have an $1100 piece of metal sitting in my laundry room. The local appliance repair man is recommending a Kitchen Aid dryer for replacement.
lol thats kinda funny, make me wonder what these companies that get into other areas of business are thinking when they use their original brad name with a new area of products you'd think they'd have made a new brand name for washer/dryers cuz im sorry but kitchen aid in front of dryer just doesn't sound right....sounds like "ya lets put a dryer in the place we make our food in!" what a lovely concept:P