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Outside lint trap packed and broken

The inside lint trap hardly ever has any lint in it, but the outside vent is completely packed, to the point of breaking the seal and pushing the vent off. Any suggestions?

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  • bac700 Jul 20, 2009

    It was a brand new outside trap. The problem is that the interior trap is not catching the lint (as it never has much in it) but the outside trap is always packed. Somehow the lint is bypassing the interior trap and going outside. Any ideas? Thanks much.

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I would remove the outside vent cap, clean everything out and put in a new vent cap. Hope this helps.

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