When I cleaned the lint trap, just after I started the dryer, a sock from on top of the dryer fell in the hole. The dryer made a noise and then stopped. I am unsure of how to retreive the sock to fix the problem.
If you turn it around there is a long black piece that you can unscrew after taking off the plate cover,,,,only unscrew the bottom and pull lightly, you should be able to see the sock among a bunch of dirt!!!! Dryer started right up!! Thank goodness!
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Re: sock in lint collector slot
Take a hanger Metal one, stick it down there and twist tell you get a good grab on the sock and pull it out. The other way is to open the back up and get in there. The machine will not work at all cause it can not exhaust
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I'm sorry to hear that a sock fell into your lint screen chute and I would like to assist you. Be sure to unplug the dryer prior to servicing it! Do not run the dryer until you are able to remove the sock! There are two ways to do this.
You probably have lint buildup inside the machine. try reaching inside it with a brush or something to clean it out. Also, it may be dusty, but run it for a few seconds with the lint trap out. That may blow the obstruction out.
You may need to clean out your lint trap. Not just the part that you pull out. I'm talking about the entire tunnel. Even though we empty the lint trap regularly there's a lot that gets left behind and over time can become a fire hazard. Your arms and hands cannot reach everywhere in there. For this you can attach an old sock or rag to a coat hanger that has been opened up. Go down in there a couple of times with it. You'll be surprised at how much stuff comes out. To further help this problem you can also pull dryer out and check that the vent hose in back is clear and free of debris. Cleaning the trap screen (the part you pull out to empty the lint) with HOT water occasionally will also clear residue that has built up from using dryer sheets. Over time that residue will make those tiny screen holes smaller & smaller & smaller. All of this can affect your dryer's performance.
Please DO NOT try using it with the paper in it. You will need to remove the back cover and disassemble the lint chute to remove the paper. When the back is removed you will see the chute assembly on the left side about 8 screws hold it together. There are 2 screws at the top under the flap that covers the lint trap that need to be removed also.
If you mean the lint trap, try this: Unplug the dryer. With a dryer brush (~$10.00 @ Lowe's/similar), bend to approximate the curvature of your cavity and try to retrieve. If this doesn't work, slide/scoot the dryer out and remove the venting duct. Carry outside and dump. If no sock there, look into the dryer exhaust (where the duct connects). Use the brush again to retrieve said sock (and generally clean as you go, as it never hurts). Also look at your vent where your dryer exhaust passes through the wall, clean as you go..... This should get you back up and running.
Luckily, dryers are light. Best thing to do is pull it out until you can remove the back cover. (unplug it first) Then vacuum and clean all the dust and lint you can. This should be a yearly thing at least anyway. Replace the back plug it in and slid it back. I do mine every 6 months or so.