How do you check a dryer filter?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

To check a dryer filter, start by clearing it of lint. This can be done by simply removing the filter from the dryer and using your fingers or a brush to remove any visible lint. It’s important to do this regularly to prevent lint build-up, as it can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and even pose a fire hazard.

Once the filter is cleared of lint, you can test its effectiveness by pouring a small amount of water onto the filter screen. Ideally, the water should flow through the screen without any obstruction. However, if the water pools up instead of flowing through, it indicates that the filter is clogged and needs to be cleaned.

To clean the filter, you can start by washing it in warm, soapy water. Use a brush or a soft cloth to gently scrub the filter screen, ensuring that all the lint and debris are removed. Rinse the filter thoroughly to remove any soap residue.

After cleaning, retest the filter by pouring a small amount of water onto the screen. If the water now flows through without pooling up, it means the filter is clean and ready to be used again. However, if the water still doesn’t flow through, repeat the cleaning process until the filter is completely clear.

It’s worth noting that the frequency of cleaning the dryer filter depends on how often you use your dryer and the types of materials being dried. If you frequently dry lint-heavy items like towels or pet hair, you may need to clean the filter more often. Regularly checking and cleaning the filter not only ensures the efficiency of your dryer but also helps prolong its lifespan.

In my personal experience, I have encountered instances where neglecting to clean the dryer filter resulted in reduced drying times and even a burning smell during operation. This prompted me to check the filter and discover a significant amount of lint accumulation. After cleaning the filter thoroughly, the dryer performed much better, drying clothes faster and without any unpleasant odors.

Checking and cleaning your dryer filter is a crucial maintenance task to ensure the efficient and safe operation of your dryer. By regularly clearing the filter of lint and testing its effectiveness with water, you can prevent lint build-up and potential fire hazards. Remember to clean the filter in warm, soapy water, rinse it thoroughly, and repeat the process if necessary until the water flows through the screen freely.