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dryer FAQ

Why do I have so much lint in my dryer?

Is the lint screen clogged with lint?

• Clean the lint screen before each load is dried. Do not rinse or wash the screen to remove lint (wet lint is hard to remove). Roll lint off the screen with your fingers.

Is the lint screen clogged with residue?

• Over time, residue may build up on the lint screen. To remove the residue, wet a nylon brush with hot water and liquid detergent.

Was the load sorted before washing and drying?

• Sort loads before laundering. Sorting involves separating lint givers (towels, chenille) from lint takers (corduroy, synthetics). Also sort by color – lights with lights and darks with darks.

Were you drying a large load?

• Larger loads sometimes do not allow adequate removal of lint from the clothing. Smaller loads allow the air movement to carry lint to the lint screen. Reduce load size if needed.

Was the load overdried?

• Your load may be overdried. Overdrying produces static electricity in synthetic and synthetic-blend fabrics. The static electricity attracts lint. Automatic dry or electronic sensor dry cycle reduces overdrying. Check your dryer cycle descriptions for cycles and temperatures to match your fabric types.

Were paper items or tissues left in pockets?

• The lint may be paper or tissues left in pockets. Always check all pockets prior to washing. Also, check the dryer interior prior to each load to ensure that non-clothing items are not present.

Is the fabric pilling (fuzzing)?

• The lint may be the surface fuzz (pilling) on your fabric. Normal wear and laundering produce the surface fuzz. The fuzz may look like lint, or the fuzz can trap lint from other fabrics.