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Lint I'm having a problem with lint. After washing my white towels, a lot of lint is left on the rubber around the door, which then gets all over my darks. The first time this happened, I realized what was happening, so I started cleaning the rubber before my next load. Which is no easy task. Today, the problem happened again even after the rubber had been cleaned. This is very frustrating because after my darks are done, I have to spend a considerable amount of time lint rolling all of my clean darks. My questions are: what is the best way to manage the lint that collects on the rubber and where else could lint be hiding? I really wish there were some kind of easily cleaned lint system on this machine. Didn't the product development team research this? I have really no other complaints about this machine. But, I'm frustrated because I don't have time to laboriously lint roll every piece of clothing I own.

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How do you suppose to open the unit up?  Have a link to instructions?

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Unfortunately that is one thing the engineers forgot to put on this unit, a lint trap. Over time the other thing that will happen is the plastic venting will clog and your drying will take longer. When this happens you have to open the unit and clean it out, not that easy a task.
Sgt 48

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

  • erictinker Sep 07, 2010

    I agree with Sgt 48. Seems to be no lint trap. I experienced slower and slower drying and finally a dHE error code and no drying at all. I had previously replace heating element and thermistor about 2 years ago - machine is about 4 years old. After taking top off the unit there is a metal duct piece over the drying element and connected to it also the plastic fan housing. Both these units can be removed quite simply with a phillips head screwdriver. Check that the ducted areas revealed are clear of lint - especially the "hole" at the end of the fan duck that returns to the washer/dryer drum. I fished out a tennis ball sized chunk of link from the hole with a bent coat hanger. After replacing fan and metal duct covering heating element the dryer seems to be functioning again. The big question is why LG engineers provided no regular lint trap accessible without disassemble of the unit - bad design. Don't buy one of these.

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