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Lint screen caked up

I took the lint screen out to clean it and noticed after I cleaned it that it was kind of ruined. The lint seems to accumulate in center. I washed it with soap and water with a toothbrush trying to lean the screen. I thought I did a really good job but it is still caking up. I don't think the clothes are drying well now. Any thoughts as to how to get this residue off of the lint screen?

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Re: lint screen caked up

Take the vent hose lose at the back of your drier, and clean your lint screen off or replace it, then try drying some clothes. If this technique minimize or eliminate the caking of your lint screen, then the problem is in your vent hose. Clearly, there is an obstruction, or an improper installation of your vent hose.

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