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Cleaning the Lint Screen


Every Load Cleaning:

The lint screen will be  located in the door opening of the dryer. A screen blocked by lint can increase drying time.

To clean:

  1. Pull the lint screen straight up. Roll lint off the screen with your fingers. Do not rinse or wash screen to remove lint. Wet lint is hard to remove.
  2. Push the lint screen firmly back into place.


IMPORTANT: Do not run the dryer with the lint screen loose, damaged, blocked, or missing. Doing so can cause overheating and damage to both the dryer and fabrics.

As-needed cleaning: 

Laundry detergent and fabric softener residue can build up on the lint screen. This buildup can cause longer drying times for your clothes, or cause the dryer to stop before your load is completely dry. Clean the lint screen with a nylon brush every 6 months, or more frequently, if it becomes clogged due to a residue buildup. To wash lint screen:

  1. Roll lint off the screen with your fingers.
  2. Wet both sides of lint screen with hot water.
  3. Wet a nylon brush with hot water and liquid detergent. Scrub lint screen with the brush to remove residue buildup.
  4. Rinse screen with hot water.
  5. Thoroughly dry lint screen with a clean towel. Reinstall screen in dryer.

Clean Bottom Filter every 5 Loads

Clean the Bottom Filter when light comes on after every 5 cycles. Open filter flap on bottom of the dryer and grab the handle to pull out filter. Set filter on the dryer and pull out lint screen and foam pad on bottom of filter. Roll lint off screen and foam pad with fingers and place back in filter and then filter back in filter housing. (There maybe some water in the filter and this is normal.) For additional cleaning information, see “Dryer Care” in the Use and Care Guide.


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