Re: What is the real purpose of the plastic chamber in the
drain line of my m/n711.4803g Kenmore washer?
lp1331 responded that it's a lint filter. Today I found the
manual with parts list and exploded views. Mystery part is
360367 "Filter, assembly". Right on, lp1331! Thanks.
Said filter NEVER plugged up during 35+ years of service.
Now it starts plugging after 2-3 loads. Maybe the chamber
surfaces have gotten roughened up or calcium deposits from
long use. Or maybe I'm shedding more these days!
I'm just going to replace the filter with a piece of plastic
tubing. Retaining lint in the chamber and then flushing it
out later seems kinda silly.
Oh, by the way, it's Tawny Gold rather than Harvest Gold.
Same brand. My mass spectrometer is out for repair, so I
dunno if those rascals changed recipe. Probably added
melamine, cadmium, lead, etc. These are all clog-worthy.
I just got through dragging washer away from the wall and
removing the filter. It's crudded up for the last time.
Tomorrow I'll get some tubing at HD to bypass the filter.
From now on, lint will hopefully just get flushed through.
Kenmore made another model similar to mine, but with a "suds
saver" that stores soapy water in laundry tub and sucks it
back for re-use in the next load. Same filter, different
hose arrangement. Without suds-saver (my washer), water
always flows in same direction through the filter. Filter
doesn't seem necessary and certainly is a pain right now.
The suds saver seems kinda grim. Who'd want to wash clothes
in gray water? Is this why appliance repairmen wear gray
Next month brings an appliance rebate program from Congress.
Time to bid adios to Tawny Gold and prepare myself for
microprocessor error messages. I'll miss the old gal.
The filter thingy is clear plastic. No place to hide any
gremlins in there. It's definitely a lint accumulation in
the filter that causes the flow restriction and it takes
very little to jam the filter's inner chamber in the "up"
position that really throttles flow. I'd vote for surface
roughness in the filter or some evil change in the soap.
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