In a move that puts me in the running for bonehead of the year, I
managed to drop a penny into the open top-loading receptacle for the
lint filter on my electric dryer...and the filter was obviously out.
After pulling the vent off of the back of the dryer I'm convinced that
it hasn't miraculously exited that way, so I have to assume that the
thing is actually trapped in my dryer. My question is this: do I
need to even worry about this? Since the object is so small and non-
flammable, is there any risk in using the dryer for the next 15 years,
or is the possibility of obstructing the vent out of the machine going
to be a problem for me?
Thanks in advance for any advice which you folks can offer.
On May 6, 11:28 pm, email@example.com wrote:
I wouldn't be overly concerned. That said, I once left a box of
waterproof matches in a pair of shorts when doing the wash. When I
took the shorts out of the dryer, I found the empty box and a small
amount of matches. As advertised, a good wash did nothing to them. I
pulled the lint trap, found more matches, as heard several more fall
At least with my dryer, it was pretty simple to remove the back of the
dryer and then disassemble the part that runs from the lint screen all
the way to the fan assembly. (I don't have a schematic here, and I'm
not sure of what to call that piece.) I found a large number of
matches there, as well as screws, change, etc. I was able to
carefully feel around the fan and remove some other objects, none of
which seemed to be impeding the dryer. I also used the shop vac for
any lingering lint. It quickly went back together. I didn't have
instructions, just a willingness to poke around and a little time. I
should mention the first step was unplugging the unit, eh?
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