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Most people know where their lint trap is and most know or think they know how to clean them. BUT do you really know? For the people that use the fabric softner dryer sheets, they might find out that they still have not cleaned it properly. So if your dryer seems to take a longer and longer time to dry your clothes you might want to check this little tip out.<br /><br />Remove your lint trap and clean it normally. Then take it to your sink and run water onto it. IF the water doesn't pass through it immediately you have a blockage! You can't see it, but your dryer sheet is leaving residue on the screen and slowly building up.<br /><br />If there was any blockage, then you can use an old toothbrush to clean it. Just the toothbrush and water. To check to see how well you did run water and see if it passes through the screen immediately.<br /><br />This will increase your dryer efficiency and you save a little energy in the process.
Remove the lint screen from the dryer. If you are unsure how
to remove the lint trap, refer to your owner's manual, as removal
directions vary among Maytag models.
Use your fingers to remove large chunks of lint from the
lint screen. You should remove the lint from the lint trap after every
Run the lint screen under the faucet. Use hot water and thoroughly wet down both sides.
Scrub both sides of the lint screen with a wet nylon scrub
brush. Rinse the screen again under hot water to remove loosened
buildup. Allow the lint screen to air-dry on a towel before putting it
back inside of the dryer.
Make a paste of powdered laundry soap and warm water into a
small bowl. Use three parts powdered detergent to one part water. Stir
with a spoon until a paste forms.
Dip a soft rag into the paste. Wipe down the entire interior
of the dirty Maytag dryer with the rag and paste. Apply more paste to
the cloth as needed.
Rinse the interior of the dryer with a damp rag to remove the paste.
Dry a load of damp towels in the Maytag dryer. Run a complete dry cycle to remove any residue left inside.
Wipe down the exterior of the dryer with a rag moistened
with all-purpose household cleaner. You can also use the household
cleaner to remove certain stains from the interior of the dryer. Make
sure the cleaner you are using is noninflammable.
There are several reasons why a dryer would not heat up the clothes.
The vent is plugged with lint or the blower set-screw is loose (blower slips on the motor shaft instead of spinning full speed). If you do not have good airflow at the outside exhaust when the dryer is running, you'll need to check the ductwork all the way back to the lint trap. If the lint trap is torn, repair or replace it.
The heaters are not working due to a bad contact in the timer or one of the two thermostats. Check for continuity in the heater circuit with the dryer unplugged.
The heaters are burned out. Note the plural - most dryers have two heaters, one for low heat, the other for medium, and both for high. Try a different heat setting and see if you get warm air. If you do, the heater you normally use is the problem.
Took advice...isolated from electricity supply...removed left side panel (side with condenser tank), to access the pump. Cleaned it all out (masses of water and grey lint!) and put it all back together again. Bit fiddly getting the panel back on...no screws left over...result!
All working great now.
Simpler solution maybe...There is a 'trap door' that can be removed, which gives access to the area where the water and lint accumulate.
1) Isolate from electricity supply. 2) Take out the condenser unit at the bottom LHS front of the machine (routine maintenance). 3) Underneath of where the condenser unit usually lives..at the back...reach in and open the 'trap door'. This needs a flat head screwdriver and you must release the two plastic clips holding the trap door. 4) You can now access the area where the water and lint accumulate...which makes the 'float' give a false container full fault. 5) Clean out this water and gunk regularly (once a month)!
Hoping this will avoid taking the side panel off again...