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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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  • robert samples May 11, 2010

    check your vent from the back of your drier to the out side must be 4"all the way and behind the drier should not be mashed folded or look like a snake laying there if lint is caking on the screen then moisture is not escaping the drier the lint should be easy to peel off not caked if the vent from your house then take it loose from the drier and let me know if the airflow there is Strong also if the vent is running like a rollercoaster under your house water can collect in the low spots and block air flow



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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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