We have a Kenmore washer (70 series super capacity, heavy duty), which
is approximately 3 years old. On dark loads, there is what appears to be a
lint like substance that is on the clothes when they are done the washing
cycle. Essentially, you need to wash the clothes again to get it off. We use
liquid detergent, have changed brands, and have run the dark clothes using
every water combination that the washer can do. The washer is not
overloaded. I was looking for a lint trap to empty, but the manual states
that there is an "internal" (read: non-serviceable) lint trap, and it should
empty itself automatically.
My question is: is this lint trap in face removable in order to clean it
out? I can't see where it would be, but would like to at least try to clean
the thing out.
Any ideas appreciated. Thank you!
Most newer washers have little or no lint filtration, and the
Whirlpool/Kenmore top loaders recently dropped even their
small 'self-cleaning' one (basically just a round plastic 'comb'
under the tub). The earlier designs weren't accessible for
cleaning anyway. FWIW, I never saw a lot of lint caught in
these filters, so they either did a good job of self-cleaning or
a lousy job of lint collecting <grin>.
From what Whirlpool has told us, the engineering dept now
assumes you'll use the dryer on every load, and they count
on the dryer's lint system to handle it.
I'll bet you're hang-drying laundry, at least occasionally, right?
In most lint complaints I get, that's the case. It's not the best
solution, I know, but using the dryer more should help.
Hope that's of some help.
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New Albany, PA
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