Whirlpool Duet dryer
Whirlpool recommends cleaning the lint trap in its Duet model before each use. This helps keep the exhaust ducts clear, allowing moist air to filter out and your clothes to dry. Whirlpool also recommends cleaning the inside of the dryer cabinet every two years to remove lint buildup. Although most of the lint collects in the trap, the dryer is not a sealed unit. Air gaps allow lint to enter the dryer cabinet. Removing lint from the dryer cabinet of a Whirlpool Duet requires access through the lower-front panel.
It’s always a good idea to clean out lint a debris from inside your dryer at least once every two years. Lint clogs are the number one cause of dryer fires and part malfunctions, not to mention long dry times. No matter how fancy of a tool that you have such as the Lint Lizard®, Linteater®, or the Lint Sucker 2000 (Don’t steal that name, I’ll market it sometime in the future.) , you can’t remove all the lint from inside your dryer unless you open up the cabinet and actually vacuum it out. Here is a pictures from a dryer that I repaired that had a small lint fire. Luckily, the homeowner caught it before the dryer started their house on fire.
As you can see the lint was covering the whole inside of the dryer. Lint is highly flammable, all it needs is a heat source to catch fire. Guess what? Your dryer has an amazing heat source. In order to get this lint out, you will have to open up the cabinet and vacuum. At the bottom of the page are a list of dryers and how to open them up.
And here are a few tips to help you with your cleaning:
- Wear gloves
- Jot down or take pictures of where wires are plugged in and how the dryer belt is zigzaged on the idler pulley and drum.
- Be careful when vacuuming around the dryer igniter, if you break it, you will have to replace it.
- You may have to use a dust rag or your hands to sweep up the lint bunnies in hard to reach spots in your dryer (Caution dryers have sharp edges wear gloves!).