Toothbrush used to clean lint out of the screen area dropped
Help! I was cleaning the lint screen, then noticed there was so much lint accummulated in the box base so I took a toothbrush to clean it out. I got most of the lint out, but on the last round I lost my grip of the toothbrush and it accidentally fell into the bin. I tried different ways to try and get it out, but couldn't. I even tried to unscrew the screws that are on the front and bottom, but the panel underneath opened up but I still can't get to the toothbrush. Any suggestions on how can remove the plastic container where the screen is placed? If I can open that area up, then I can get the toothbrush out. Thank you!!!
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While removing that little screen occasionally to get the lint off, I have found that I get my clothes drier by doing it after each bunch of clothes dried. ALSO, while cleaning out the lint filter is a good practice, one that is just important, if not moreso, is to clean out the area where the lint filter rests. You can usually remove the plastic piece that you insert the filter simply by removing a couple of screws and gently lifting that frame out. Next step is to get out the vacuum cleaner, either upright or cannister will do well so long as the upright has a hose attachment. Put the crevice tool on the end of the hose and use it to remove more lint from from the "cavern" (my word for the comparative amount of room there) under the frame you have removed.
Not only will this help your dryer to work more efficiently, but it can also keep the chance of fires to a minimum. (Fires are more likely with a gas dryer.)
I'd check the inlet water valve screens first. You'll have to unplug the washer and turn off the faucet connections the supply hoses go to. Then loosen the hoses at the machine ends. when you feel the hoses relax unsrew them the rest of the way. There should be screens where they attached. If screens are covered with lime and other debris use a toothbrush with a spray bottle to flush clean. If screens look clean check the water valve itself. While you are at it before you hook the hoses back up check the pressure coming from the hoses hold them over a bucket or even the tub of the machine. Hoses can deteriorate on the inside and foul things up if they are old enough. and lime can build up in them as well.
The newer Whirlpool top-loaders have lint screens on the inner tub and not accessible. These are supposed to self-clean during the drain cycle. I've heard that liquid fabric softener and detergent build-up may clog the screens when lint sticks to the gooey screens. Try something that will cut the goo like vinegar or ammonia in a small load level without clothes. Without clothes in the washer, that is.
Older Whirlpool washers have lint filters located above the tub, on the lid opening.
Be sure the lint filter is clean, and the temp sensor blown clean. Sometimes when cleaning the lint filter the some small amount of lint drops by the filter or screen and land on a hot spot. Lint can catch fire so clean with a air hose or vacuum cleaner - Good luck and be safe
not sure what model you have, but the strap usually holds it from dropping to far down, remove filter use a flashlight to look down the filter housing, usually lint blocks the filter from going down properly. clean out that are witha vacuumm and try again, if your sure its the strao then bend it or buy a new stap however i have never seen that problem in 15 years of service. hope this helps.
I have a top loading Kenmore High capacity dryer that is over 10 years old, it has been working very well, unfortunately when cleaning the lint filter my wife dropped a piece of paper down the lint duct hole. The paper evidently fell to the bottom of the lint duct. I am unable to reach the paper from the top of the dryer where the lint filter is inserted.The dryer now makes a grinding type noise when it is turned on. Can you tell me how to reach the paper and remove it
Had the same issue with my Whirpool. If the clothes are getting hot but not drying then there might be a build up of lint in the exhaust duct and/or passage. Once I replaced the the duct and ran a snake with a brush through the passage (my dryer was on 1st floor, vent ran up to 2nd) and cleaned out the lint build up in filter area it worked like new. Also keep in mind if you use dryer sheets they will leave an invisible residue on your lint filter thus restricting airflow. This can lead to the heating element burning out. The lint filter should periodically be scrubbed with a soft brush (an old toothbrush will do) under warm water with detergent (I use Dawn). This should keep the airflow moving through the dryer instead of keeping it in the drum. Hope this helps.