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GE top load washer w/no lint trap leaves excessive lint

Is there a way to work around a machine w/no lint trap? The amount of lint on dark clothes is ridiculous and they are mostly garments that are not put into the dryer. I already sort the clothing by color and use the gentle cycle. I don't know the model name or number but the GE washer is older - but new to me in a place recently purchased.

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  • lappelba Jan 09, 2009

    No, I don't see any lint filter in the machine. Did the older ones have them? I wonder why I would notice so much lint now when I've been using the machine for 2 yrs.

    It says G157 on the inside of the cover; perhaps that's the model?

  • Illa Rocconi May 11, 2010

    Does your washer have a "self-cleaning" lint filter inside the cabinet (on one side of the drum)?

    At times filters have to be cleaned by hand when mineral deposits and lint clog them up, especially in hard-water areas.

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Most US-sold washers made after the mid 1980s don't have lint filters. The manufacturers weasel-word around it by saying that the lint "goes down the drain", leading people to optimistically assume that there is a self-cleaning filter in there somewhere. There usually isn't and whatever lint doesn't go down the drain is filtered by your cloths (but whatever does might clog your septic system). As a result of this scam, it's much harder to hang-dry or iron-dry clothes that haven't been hand washed. And, if you think spending $2000 on a pair of matched "front-load" style machines will solve this, you might be wrong; many of those washers still have no lint filter.

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Are you sure there's no lint filter? For general advice on cleaning a washer lint filter, try eHow: washer lint.

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