Vogel Appliance Blog

Servicing Appliances in the Indianapolis Area

Dam Ice

We’ve had no shortage of ice and snow this winter, so much so that many of us have seen damage-causing ice dams in our gutters and drains. One other place to look for pesky ice and snow is around your dryer vent. When your dryer releases all that warm air into the great outdoors, it also creates moisture that may re-freeze on and around your vent. If your vent is iced over, the dryer won’t have proper air flow, causing it be be inefficient.

Of course, there are many causes of poor air flow with dryers. Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of ’em – underwear, underwires, pillow stuffing, critters, critter nests…. If that’s the case, it may be a job for a professional.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | Dryer | Leave a comment

Matching socks, not washer and dryer

It’s an age-old question: where do all the sock matches go? Vogel Appliance doesn’t have the answer, but we do have a tip about matching washers and dryers. You don’t need ’em.

Newer model front-loading washing machines are much more efficient that their older top-loading relatives. They use 60% less water, 68% less energy, and their spin speed is much faster, meaning clothes are dry-er before they go into the dryer. They have the potential of saving $100 a year in energy savings. Front loaders are more gentle on your clothes too.

With all of the great holiday sales, now may be a good time to consider upgrading your older washing machine with a new front-loading washing machine. BUT that doesn’t mean you need a new fangled dryer too. If your existing dryer is working just fine, then why spend the money? Your washer and dryer doesn’t need to match to do their job.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Dryer, Washing Machine | Leave a comment

Clean Your Dryer Vent

My  friends are continually asking me for advice on how to properly maintain various appliances in their homes. If I had to come up with one simple yet vital tip for dryer maintenance , it is: Clean your dryer vent after every use! There are three main reasons to clean your dryer vent:

  1. to prevent fires
  2. to shorten clothes drying time
  3. to save energy

Not to mention, to save yourself from calling an appliance repairman!

It’s pretty simple to pull the vent out, run your hand across the screen, and dispose of the lint. If you don’t do this regularly, the lint will build up and can become so thick that it clogs the vent. Even I can’t repair that, but I can refer you to someone who can. Don’t let it come to that though.

Curious about ways you can put your dryer lint to good use? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Add it to your compost pile. Dryer lint serves as a good brown/carbon material
  2. Use it as a fire starter. It’s light and dry which makes it great for kindling.
  3. Spread it around some bushes. Birds will pick it up and use it as nesting for their chicks.

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Dryer | Leave a comment