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Lint Trap

Why Your Lint Screen Warning Signal Goes On When the Screen is Clean

March 24, 2015

The dryer is an appliance that needs to be maintained, just like any other appliance. Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that all they have to do is remove the lint from the lint trap every time they do a load and that’s it. However, the dryer needs more maintenance than that. According to the US Fire Administration, over 15,000 structure fires are caused by dryers every year in the U.S. alone. This means that you should hire a professional service that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta to ensure your dryer is working safely.

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In addition to hiring a service that provides dryer vent cleaning in Atlanta, you should also pay attention to the warning signal that many front loader dryers display when the lint screen needs to be changed. The first thing you need to do is find the lint screen. It’s usually inside the dryer door, right at the base of the opening. Lift the filter straight up by pulling on the screen’s tab. Remove the lint from the filter and throw it away. If the screen filter is sticky or waxy, then use warm, soapy water in order to clean it. Make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back in.

If the warning light is on but the lint screen is clean, then you may need to clean the dryer ducts. Look for the exterior exhaust hood. It’s usually on the exterior wall on the other side of the dryer. Unscrew the hood and scoop out any lint that you find. Then unplug the dryer from its power source and pull it away from the wall. Unscrew the clamp holding the dryer vent hose in place. Pull the hose out of the duct. You’ll then want to take out the lint screen filter. Use a dryer vent brush to push the lint inside the hose through the other end. Do the same in the vent pipe in the wall.

Be sure to use these tips to clean the lint out of your dryer if you see that the warning light has come on.