Don’t Neglect Your Lint Trap!

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Lint on clothes after a wash is usually rare, but if you do notice a fuzzy coat of lint on your clothes after a wash, the lint filter might be clogged. In order to resolve this issue, here are some important things you should know:

Washing machine lint trap

Washing machines come in a variety of models and have different features — some have a cleanable filter in them while some have a mesh lint trap.

Both of these incorporated features perform the same task; they keep your clothes free from any lint. But they will require maintenance because lint will collect in them over a period of time.

Finding the lint trap

The lint filter’s location in the washing machine depends on the type and age of the machine. Therefore, it differs from one model to the other. For finding the lint filter, referring to the owner’s manual can help you. If you don’t have any manual, here is how to locate the trap:

  • Located near the top rim
    • Many times, the lint collector is located along the top rim. Slide your fingers in the top area, and locate the screen. This is where all the lint should be collected. Remove the screen and clean the collected lint in it.
  • Located in the center agitator
    • For top-loading models, the lint remover might be placed inside the center agitator. You may find the cover removable, behind which the lint trap will be present.
  • Located in the draining hose
    • The draining pipe which drains water from the machine might have a mesh filter fit into it at its end.

Washers having no lint filter

Not all washing machines have lint removers in them. The high efficiency washers, which are new in the market, don’t incorporate a lint remover. Instead, they do the task by other means of technology. HR washers have a self-cleaning pump (whether a front loading model or a top loading model), and they require minimum maintenance. Still, it is better to operate those washers with plain water once a month so that excess lint gets flushed.

Many front loading washer models have a small compartment in them at the bottom where all the excess items like coins and buttons pile up. If they are not removed, they hinder the path of water flow and cause slow drainage. Therefore it is important to check that compartment for any blockages before every wash.

Cleaning the lint collector

Once you find the location of the lint trap, you will most likely notice it is filled with lint, fabric softener, and detergent. In order to clean it, here is what you should do:

  • If the filter is not fixed, take it off and soak it in warm water to clear off the lint waste
  • If the filter is not removable, use a brush to wipe lint away from it
  • For disposable traps, when they become clogged, replace them with a new one

It is necessary to replace or clean the lint collector every 3 months to ensure that lint doesn’t get deposited on the clothes.

If your Asko appliances needs servicing, Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance serves customers across Southern California and Las Vegas.  We are factory-certified to perform maintenance on all Asko, Sub-Zero, and Wolf appliances, so call us at 800-427-3653!

By | 2017-08-01T16:46:07+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Asko|

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