Your Washer's Lint Trap Needs Love Too

You probably know all the reasons why you should clean your dryer’s lint trap on a regular basis. Simply removing all the fuzz that accumulates on the lint screen can help your dryer run more efficiently and reduce the risk of fire.

But did you know that your washing machine has a lint trap, too? It can be hidden on some machines, so you may have never noticed it. But, it has the same function as your dryer’s lint trap—to remove lint from clothes. If you notice that your clothes are coming out of the wash covered in lint, then it’s probably time to clean out your washer’s lint trap.

Where is my washer’s lint trap?

The location of the lint trap varies depending on the age and manufacturer of your machine. Check your owner’s manual for the exact location. If you don’t have the manual, here’s a few places where you can check:

  • Slide your fingers around the top of the washing basin. You may find a screen, which you can pull out to remove lint. Then, soak it in hot water for 10 minutes to remove detergent residue.
  • Inspect the center agitator if you have a top-loading machine. You may be able to remove the top cover to reveal the lint trap and clean it out with a soft brush or cloth.
  • Check the end of the hose that drains water out of the machine. There may be a small mesh screen fitted onto the end of the hose. If it’s clogged, then you can throw it away and pick up replacement filters at your local hardware store. Or, make your own filter by cutting a nylon stocking at the ankle and affixing it to the drain hose with a clamp or a strong rubber band.

What if I have a high-efficiency washer?

If you have a high-efficiency washer, then your machine doesn’t have a lint trap. Instead, it relies on a water pump filter to remove lint from the wash. These pumps are touted as self-cleaning, but if you are still seeing lint on your clothes, it is possible that the filter is clogged. You can help flush away any debris by cleaning your washer every month and running an empty, hot-water cycle.

In addition, there may be a small door located near the bottom of front-load washers that you should check periodically. You may find buttons, coins, or other small items that can interfere with the filter pump. Top-load washers usually require removing the outer housing to access the water pump filter from the back of the washer.

Cleaning this pump filter regularly will allow water to flow out more quickly taking suspended lint with it and not leaving it to redeposit on your clothes.

What if I am still experiencing problems with my washer?

If you’ve cleaned out your lint trap and you’re still having laundry issues, then check out these tips to keep your washer and dryer running in peak condition. Also, make sure you’re avoiding these 6 common laundry mistakes.

Or, perhaps it’s time for a new washer. Come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to any member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. They’ll listen to your needs and recommend a product from our extensive inventory of world-class washing machine brands that are known for dependability and durability like SamsungWhirlpoolGEElectrolux, and many others. Reno’s also carries a full line of parts and accessories to keep your washer and dryer running right.

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