Cleaning out the dryer vent in the front of the dryer
I can see that the vent is not clean even after pulling out the screen that catches most items. I am having the dryer vent cleaned out in the house but I want to clean out the one in the dryer itself. How to I pull off the panel in front of the dryer to access it?
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I think this question must have been misclassified, as it states that this is regarding a Problem with Whirlpool Cabrio WTW6600SBT Top Load Washer. I will assume this is about your dryer. Dryer fires are not as uncommon as most would believe. It sounds like you were utilizing the nylon or plastic dryer vent hose. The lint in your dryer that accumulates can catch fire after years of use. A good dryer vent cleaning will cover your vent duct from the wall to the vent exit outside the home. You should have this cleaned by a professional and have an internal dryer cleaning conducted. If funds are tight, you can do this yourself by pulling the dryer out and running the vacuum cleaner extension into the dryer vent opening after you remove the melted hose. Just be careful when pushing the hose extension up the exhaust as some models will have a heating element in line. If you feel any resistance, that is when you stop pushing the hose in and just suck any lint you can from that point. This is a good start, but a good full internal cleaning of your dryer is warranted. Make sure you unplug the dryer before attempting any cleaning or servicing. Safety first!
The biggest thing to remember about your clothes dryer is that it has to get the moisture out. If you keep your venting clean it will aid your dryer in shorter drying times. The more heated dry air it can pull through wet clothes while they are tumbling the faster clothes will dry. If the venting is restricted by lint or kinked, or low quality venting, all end up costing more in drying times. Use good venting, preferably steel, and do use the proper vent cap on the outside wall.(check lint does not catch here also)Many service calls could be prevented by regular maintenance of venting.( thermal safety fuses which all dryers have are the reason for most service repair calls when the venting has not been cleaned) Also the shorter distance your dryer is vented, the better.
The second less obvious problem is not cleaning the lint screen. All the air or almost all passes through this screen before being exhausted outside. You need to clean the lint first. Second you need to wash the lint screen in the sink to clean off any build up of fabric softener that can also cause slow drying. Water should run straight through the metal mesh, if it ponds it is coated with softener, and water should wash this off.(I have been on service calls where dryers were not drying correctly and just washing off the lint screen of fabric softener fixed the problem) Lastly wiping the two short parallel bars about three inches long found inside the dryer with alcohol to remove any fabric softener or other coating will keep the automatic cycle working right.Not all dryers use these........ Before thermistors, when thermostats were all that was out there......... Hope this saves you some money and time.......
This is common on all dryers. Not lint screen will catch all the lint although some are better than others. If you haven't already, you will need to clean or have your home vent cleaned (with a brush that goes all the way through the vent). If vent is not cleaned the lint will back up all the way into your dryer and cause a mess. You have stated your vent goes up to your roof so you will need to clean it every 6mths to 1yr. Aside from this there is no fix that I am aware of. Please rate me after reading this.
there is a thermostat or what we would say a high temp switch near the heating element to keep it from getting to hot , the internal parts of the vent must be cleaned as well, cleaning the vent and the screen is not always good enough. Ive had to completely take the dryer apart and pull all pipes apart all the way to the lint screen to fix this problem.
hi, Sounds like everything mechanical and electrical is working. The sensors are located on the outbound air ducts. You may be able to improve things significantly by removing the dryer vent where it attaches to the rear (or side) of the machine, and cleaning the tube going into the machine. While you have it removed from the vent, remove the lint trap, use your vacuum crevice tool and clean the trap area. If you have the ability to blow air through the trap area, blow it through the crevice tool so that you are as far beyond the screen area as possible. Be warned that it may blow dust and lint from the vent, covering it with a piece of nylon stocking will catch most of it. The object of this whole exercise is, the exhaust air ducts collect dust and lint which collect moisture from the damp items, the sensor reacts to this so cleaning out as much of it as you can will help. Good Luck to You!
Besides drying clothes, dryers also remove lint. This fine, fuzzy material can cause trouble because it blocks dryer lint traps, clogs vents, and fills blowers. Lint can also gather around and in the tracks of the drum rollers, or in and under the pulleys and the drive belt. The result is poor clothes drying or -- sometimes -- no drying. To avoid lint problems, clean out the dryer's lint trap system every time you use the dryer. To clean the lint screen, remove it from the unit. The screen may be located near or under the door sill, or in the top of the dryer near the control panel. It can usually be removed by pulling it up and out of its housing. Remove the accumulated lint to clear the screen; then replace the screen. The exhaust vent also collects lint. Vent maintenance involves cleaning the lint from a screen in the dryer's vent exhaust collar and/or at the end of the exhaust vent where it sticks out through a basement window or through an exterior wall. To clean the screen, remove the clamp that holds the vent to the collar, or back out the screws that hold the vent to the collar, or pull the vent straight off an extended collar. Clean the screen thoroughly and replace it in the vent assembly. To clean the vent itself, use a vent-cleaning brush (available at hardware stores) to pull out any lint deposits. Also check the vent run to make sure that the vent piping or tubing isn't loose at the joints, or -- in the case of flexible plastic venting -- isn't sagging between hanging brackets. Breaks or sags cause undue strain on the dryer's blower system, and can cause drying problems. If the vent pipe or tubing has become clogged with lint, remove the lint by pushing a garden hose or a drain-and-trap auger through the vent to a convenient joint. Disassemble the joint to remove the debris. With this procedure, it isn't necessary to disassemble the entire vent to find the blockage.You can head off problems before they become too serious by providing routine maintenance for your dryer's door gasket, thermostat, timer, and other frequently used parts. Let's discuss how to service these important components in the next section. THANK U.. RATE IT...
be sure vent to outside is not plugged or partially block be sure vet tube in back is not compressed flat or folded basically be sure you have good air flow to outside to take the moisture to the outside away from the clothes
hi i too had that problem,when an engineer looked at it the thermostat,element were ok,he suggested that there was a blockage in the air flow,i took the whole thing apart ( i had nothing to lose ) cleaned it with a hoover very carefully then with a clean dry paintbrush,there is vents underneath the dryer if these get blocked the dryer blows cold air, its a saftey measure so that the fluff dosent catch fire ! i hope this helps,mine has run ok for 3 months now.