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Lint screen I have someone telling me that her dryer dries at what she says is same as always but that she never gets lint on the screen. How can that be possible if it is drying normal?

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Re: lint screen

Ledhed, Been doing this for over 25 years and I haven't seen one yet that doesn't catch lint when operating normally., back.

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Clothes get caught



Remove the lint screen from the GE electric clothes dryer.

Roll the lint from the screen with your hand. If the lint screen is clogged with fabric softener, fill a sink with hot water and add 1 to 2 tsp. dish soap.


Scrub the lint screen with a soft-bristle brush and soapy water. Rinse the lint screen thoroughly and shake off any excess water. Set the lint screen aside to air dry while you clean the dryer exterior.

Dampen a cloth with warm water and wring it out. Wipe over the GE electric dryer exterior to remove any lint, dust or product residue. If the dryer is very dirty, dip the cloth in the soapy water and wipe away any spots.

Wipe the GE clothes dryer with a towel to dry. Replace the lint screen when it's completely dry.

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Hi it could be that one of your heater element coils blown or a faulty thermostat

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Lint is getting passed the filter into the exhaust duct, even though the filter is always cleaned out. The lint accumulates in the lint exhaust pipe that runs to the back of the machine, and then into the...

Some lint will always get by the lint screen on ANY dryer. None of these screens are perfect and, YES, this is normal. This is why a routine inspection of the dryer exhaust ducting and internal cabinet are recommended about once per season to ensure the dryer remains running efficiently.

However, there are some things to consider when it comes to dryer ducting installation. The following link explains:

Most excessive lint problems are a result of improperly installed dryer exhaust vent ducting. An excessively long run causes more resistance on the blower motor which will reduce its ability to sufficiently push all the lint out of the exhaust. Each bend in the run also creates choke points where lint can potentially accumulate.

The following link can give you some additional pointers on dryer heating efficiency:

You may or may not be experiencing poor efficiency, but if you are getting excessive lint build up, it will eventually lead to longer dry times and a dryer that will actually overheat to the point of failure. Excessive lint build up is also a fire hazard.

You will experience this problem with ANY dryer as the performance of the best dryer will alway depend upon how well it is installed. This is not to imply that you have done a poor job in installing your appliance. I'm providing this information to give you some things to consider. Most consumers are not aware of the fact that they still need to perform routine maintenance on their appliances to make sure they run efficiently and problem free.

If you have any questions, please post back and let me know, I hope this information is helpful to you.

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Kenmore 110 60942990 dryer works but takes 3 hours to dry a load.

Venting. When elements or thermostats burn out it is almost always caused by venting restrictions. Vent is plugged with lint, smashed(usually from the dryer being pushed back to far) vent run is too long, or nylon stocking on vent outlet. Also check to see if you can pour water through your lint screen. Sometimes fabric softener builds up on the screen and restricts the air flow. Scrub your lint screen to get this build up off. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists

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My Dryer not that old, takes all day to dry a small load.

Check the following areas thoroughly to address this issue.

1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

3. Heating element
A heating element might only be partially burned out, in which case it would still work but will take longer time to dry the clothes. Replace the element if found defective.

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Whirlpool dryer not drying

your dryer is likely clogged up with lint .. that would be after the lint filter .. the pipe that carries the hot air out is usually completely clogged after that long .. it and the dryer itself (down inside) has to be cleaned about once a year to keep it tip top .. hopefully you can find someone that can take it apart and clean everythiing .. that should get you back to like new performance .. or you could call a few handymen to see what they would charge to clean the lint from your dryer and stack .. or if you are handy there is a special big brush with a string attached .. you pull that thru the stack to clean it .. use a vacuum cleaner to get inside the dryer vent (you can see in the vent when you take the hose off .. excessive lint buildup not only greatly reduces your dryers efficiency but is a fire hazzard as well ..

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are you missing any socks? if so you need to throughly check the duct chamber in the machine, get it serviced this is a fire hadzard.

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I suspect you have a blocked air vent. A blocked vent will definitely extend your drying time. You may even find yourself having to run a load twice to get it fully dried. One way to confirm this is to disconnect the vent hose from the back of your dryer and dry one load with the machine venting directly into your laundry room. If that load dries quickly then you know the problem is a blocked vent. Most vents get blocked by lint near their exit to the outside. There's usually a screen at this location to prevent small animals from crawling into your house. Often this screen gets clogged with lint. Most vents are designed to allow removal and cleaning of this screen from the outside.

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Dryer screen

No. The accumulation of lint in the dryer screen generally doesn't have anything to do the amount that ends up INSIDE your dryer. Too little lint is not a bad sign. It's dependent upon the type of clothing you are drying as well. If the clothes are not "lint givers" (like cottons and wools), you generally won't see a lot of lint in the dryer screen. Dryer screens are not perfect, either and some lint always gets through. As long as there are no holes in the screen and you have it seated correctly, and you clean it after each use, you shouldn't have any problems.

What affects dryer performance the most, is your vent hose and routine cleaning. The simple rule of thumb is: The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the vent hose the BETTER. The vent hose should also be cleaned thoroughly periodically. I recommend once per season. That's about 4 times per year. What causes the lint to back up into a dryer is when the vent hose becomes kinked or clogged. The lint is mixed with moist air when it leaves the dryer. If it has no where to go, it starts to accumulate and stick in areas of the vent hose that are sagging, or at tight bends. Eventually, the vent becomes so restricted that the lint ends up inside your dryer. This causes the heating circuits to overheat to eventual failure. Not to mention, accumulations of lint inside a dryer can cause a fire. I have personally inspected dryers that were so full of lint that the dryer hose contained about a gallon of water from condensation and the inside showed evidence of multiple fires. If you need further info, I have an article I wrote up explaining all of this under "Tips and Tricks" under my profile. I hope this helps you.

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