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I can't find any lint trap on my 110022832100 Kenmore washer.

I've cleaned or even seen a lint trap on my Kenmore washer. I didn't think much of this, because when I bought the washer, I asked and the sales person said this model didn't have one. But now, my clothes are getting 'lintier and lintier.' I asked a current Sears salesman and he says he's pretty sure they ALL have lint traps. I checked the 'discharge' hose and it was completely clear/clean (except for some water.) There's gotta be a way to take this thing apart and find where it's been gunking up all this time. (It was so easy to find on Mom's washer that I grew up with.) I don't want to break anything pulling or twisting too hard. Other than this, it's a great washer. I've extended the warranty so I could get a repair in at no charge, but I'd rather fix it myself so I can do laundry and I don't want them to claim that I neglected it and dissolve the warranty. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  • GoodHrtdTchr May 16, 2009

    Thank you! This IS helpful info and I'm sure you are right about some things, because:

    * I've been using 'prescribed' amount of detergent (or even a little more sometimes)

    * I've ONLY been using cold water (and I'm in Michigan so cold has been COLD at times)

    * I've never cleaned anything under there.

    * AND, I was using some CHEAP powder detergent (1/2 that, 1/2 liquid)

    Plus, I was SURE that salesman told me that there wasn't anything to clean so your

    saying that it's suppose to be self-cleaning would support his sales-pitch.



    However, I'm pretty sure this is not detergent on the clothes. It's more like little tiny pieces

    of gray fabric or lint -- all over EVERYTHING. On the other hand, if you roll it between your

    fingers it does feel kinda 'dusty' so maybe that's what 'clogged' detergenty would be like.

  • GoodHrtdTchr May 16, 2009

    Can I get to the 'filter underneath the inner tub'? If so, how would I do that? If it is supposed to be

    self-cleaning, then can I 'manually' clean it? Will it look all gunky and let me know that's the

    problem right away if that is indeed the problem? Thanks for you help!

  • GoodHrtdTchr May 16, 2009

    Oh, my!! Thank you for your detailed help. I'm very grateful and I would like to leave positive comments and I high rating for you, but I haven't figured out how to do that either. As for the washer...to many 'carefuls' in the directions. If this involves 'taking the thing apart,' I'm going to let Sears do it. I let them talk me into renewing that warranty year after year -- when I KNOW you're not suppose to get sucked into them. I bet I could have bought a new machine with the 'warranty' money if you add it all up. It's just that I've seen other machines that have a simple little plastic part that pulls out to reveal cathair or whatever clinging to a plastic filter underneath. And I thought, if I was suppose to be routinely cleaning something like that (and haven't cleaned it at all in five years) I should check into that (and clean it) before calling someone in and being totally embarrassed. But if there is no such part, then this is where/when I get the payback on the warranty. But thanks, again, for all of your help. I see you 'do' 2-way radios. If I can't troubleshoot with Cobra, I'll look you up for that later on. Thank you for your patience.

  • GoodHrtdTchr May 17, 2009

    Hello. I am trying to find someone who is familiar with this particular model of Kenmore washer. Most washing machines seem to have some sort of contraption in the middle that you can rather easily remove to clear lint and hair that the machine 'caught' before the water was released through the discharge hose (which most consumers add a sort of screen net to for additional catches.) I do not see such a removable part on my washer and wonder if I've missed something. When I washed some rather disintegrating clothes (from a flood I didn't catch quickly), it seemed that little pieces of fabric or lint or clumped up dust got everywhere on my clothes. I checked the discharge hose and it's completely clear/clean. Just some water ran out. I do not want to take this machine apart. I don't have the skill and I've paid year after year to extend the warranty. But if there's some obvious 'trap' there (like everyone knows to empty a dryer lint screen each time) I'd like to check it out and clear it. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.

  • GoodHrtdTchr May 17, 2009

    Thank you! I now know what to do and I'm feeling a little less crazy. Is the filter somewhat difficult to get to? I'm hoping Sears doesn't try to void the warranty based on me not changing the filter until now. It's just me, so I haven't had THAT much laundry. Just a few loads/month. Whenever I extending the warranty I was assured that everything was covered no matter what, so I hope they are true to their word. It would be easier to fix myself than arrange to get someone in, but I don't want to risk messing something up. Thank you, again!



    P.S. How do I leave a positive rating for an advisor??

  • GoodHrtdTchr May 17, 2009

    Very helpful. I'm very appreciative.

  • GoodHrtdTchr May 17, 2009

    Very helpful. I'm very appreciative.

  • GoodHrtdTchr May 17, 2009

    Very helpful. I'm very appreciative.

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As in the model you have there is no such lint trap section.it just has a filter .but as the unit is in warranty get it repaired by the company tech as the filter needs replacing every year ot two as per the usage.

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There is a filter underneath the inner tub.....Perhaps it is blocked....it is suppose to be a self cleaning filter....If you have hard or corrosive water...that could be the problem.  -------------- This often is called "lint" but is really a "whiting" left by un-dissolved soap and can be seen at it's worst on dark colored clothes. This is made worse in a colder climate where the cold water entering the washer is much colder than normal. Things that can effect the quality of the finished washed products.
Too much soap: ( we have a test for this further down the page ) If you follow the manufactures instructions on the box, then chances are you ARE using too much soap. They like to sell you their product, I find cutting usage in 1/2 of what the box says will still wash good and also cut your chances of getting "whiting" on your clothes.
Over loading the washer: Even if the agitator is suppose to go back and forth, the clothes are not. If you can hold the lid button on your washer so you can watch the clothes wash, they should 'roll" in the basket and not go back and forth like the agitator. The clothes will go down the side of the agitator, across the bottom of the basket, up the side of the basket and across the top of the water in a rolling motion. Overloading is not just too many clothes but also too little water for the size of the load is another way of having a overloaded wash load.
Water temp is important: Use a thermometer to test the temp of the incoming water in your washer. Hot water should be close to 140 degrees F. Warm water fill should be 100 degrees F. Cold water is approx 60-80 degrees F. What happens in a cold climate location is the cold water temp drops as the outside temps drops, once the water temp gets below 60 degrees F, it can no longer dissolve the soap properly and will most definitely leave "whiting" on the clothes!! Do not use a cold wash, wash your clothes in as warm as poss.  water as they can take. If you have delicates you want to wash in cold, start washer out with warm water as you are putting in the soap and fabric softener and clothes, then switch to cold to let it finish filling up, this will give you a warmer wash but not as cold as straight cold water. I find most washes can be done in a warm wash / cold rinse just fine. If you need ( and probably will ) to adjust your warm water fill, turn on the hot water tap fully, turn off the cold water tap. Let the water start to fill on a warm wash setting. Then slowly turn on the cold tap adding the cold water to the hot water making a warm fill....use a thermometer to set water temp and leave the taps stay when you get about 100 degree F water fill. I adjust my own washer usually twice a year, one on summer time and once in the dead of winter.
Test for too much soap or soap retention: Put in a load of towels or dark clothing that has been bad for the "whiting" problem. These items are bad for holding soap and getting what is called -soap retention-
Wash the load in the warmest poss. water, DO NOT add any soap. Let the washer fill with water and wash for approx. 5 minutes, lift the lid and observe what is on the top of the water. If you see soap and bubbles on top of the water, your clothes have soap retention, this soap came out of your clothes. Let the load finish with out adding any soap and wash all clothes effected with this "whiting" residue. Once all the soap is washed out of the fabric and you start to add some to each load, use about 1/2 of what the box says. Liquid soap has less problems with "whiting" than the powder does, but I find powder soap is better at getting my own personal clothes cleaner.
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  • bepositive May 16, 2009

    yes very correct.it must be dust.

    and thank you for updating.please do rate the solution.thank you for using fixya.

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    Tips for removal / replacement of inner tub....


    1. After removing the back panel and drive belt, remove the pulley from the shaft. The bolt is removed easily, but we often have to gently pry around the base of the pulley to remove it (unless you have a puller). The pulley is very light and the metal is soft, so be very careful that you do not damage or bend it while prying.
    2. The inner tub will lift out once you have split the outer drum halves.

    3. Remove the 3 tumbling fins from the old inner tub. The new tub will not include these, so you'll need to reinstall the old ones. They are held on by one or to screws each. *Careful* of the outside of the wash basket as it is VERY sharp!!



    for more details click the link directly

    http://www.applianceaid.com/417_Frigidai...



    as the brand in this link is different from yours but it will give you a fair idea to remove the tub and check,because the assembly system in all the washing machines is near to same.so this will be helpfull.

    thanks.


  • bepositive May 16, 2009

    ok.thanks for the update.calling a service person at your place if its under warranty.or getting extended warranty is also a good idea.as the problem will be solved free.and yes you will need to open it to get the inner tub out.and very correct that can void the warranty.

    so to keep the warranty counted.let the service person of sears deal with it.as it will be helpful.

    thanks.

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