Cleaning the dryer is tricky especially when lint starts blocking traps, vents, and blowers. Lint removed from clothes can also gather on the drum rollers or drive belt. If you notice that your dryer is not drying clothes properly, it may be time to clean it. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
- Locate the lint screen from under the door sill or at the top of the dryer by the control panel.
- Remove the lint screen from the unit by pulling it up and out of the housing. Clean the screen. Make sure to remove all accumulated lint until the screen is clear.
- Replace the screen.
- Check the exhaust vent and remove any collected lint. Also check for any lint accumulation on the dryer’s vent exhaust collar and the end of the exhaust vent. Remove the clamp holding the vent to the collar—remove any screws if necessary—and pull the vent straight off. Clean it and replace in its original position.
- Use a vent-cleaning brush to clean the vent itself. You can buy the brush at most hardware stores. It’s very helpful in pulling out any lint deposits.
- See if the vent pipe is clogged.Remove any lint that is blocking it by pushing a garden hose or auger through.
- To remove debris from the joint, disassembling might be needed. You don’t need to disassemble everything to notice any blockage.
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