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Dryer screen My screen only has one little corner that ever has lint in it.We had to clean out the whole bottom of our dryer from lint.We replaced our heater coil. Cleaned everything out,But my lint screen always only has a small amount of lint in one small corner.Does that mean my whole under-half of my dryer will fill up with lint again? There are no holes in my screen?

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  • s9421 Jan 24, 2009

    I have the same problem with a maytag. However, what is strange is that I used to always have a ton of lint on the lint screen and now barely any. I removed the vent hose from the dryer and the wall and cleaned everything, but the problem persists. Where is all the lint going if not in to the lint trap. How can I determine if it is accumulating in somewhere in the dryer?

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No. The accumulation of lint in the dryer screen generally doesn't have anything to do the amount that ends up INSIDE your dryer. Too little lint is not a bad sign. It's dependent upon the type of clothing you are drying as well. If the clothes are not "lint givers" (like cottons and wools), you generally won't see a lot of lint in the dryer screen. Dryer screens are not perfect, either and some lint always gets through. As long as there are no holes in the screen and you have it seated correctly, and you clean it after each use, you shouldn't have any problems.

What affects dryer performance the most, is your vent hose and routine cleaning. The simple rule of thumb is: The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the vent hose the BETTER. The vent hose should also be cleaned thoroughly periodically. I recommend once per season. That's about 4 times per year. What causes the lint to back up into a dryer is when the vent hose becomes kinked or clogged. The lint is mixed with moist air when it leaves the dryer. If it has no where to go, it starts to accumulate and stick in areas of the vent hose that are sagging, or at tight bends. Eventually, the vent becomes so restricted that the lint ends up inside your dryer. This causes the heating circuits to overheat to eventual failure. Not to mention, accumulations of lint inside a dryer can cause a fire. I have personally inspected dryers that were so full of lint that the dryer hose contained about a gallon of water from condensation and the inside showed evidence of multiple fires. If you need further info, I have an article I wrote up explaining all of this under "Tips and Tricks" under my profile. I hope this helps you.

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