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xhaust Requirements And Maintenance
Exhaust and Dryer Maintenance
WARNING!
!
Disconnect the dryer's electric power
prior to any cleaning or maintenance.
1. After one year of use, the interior and complete
exhaust system of the dryer should be examined and
cleaned if necessary.
2. Before one year of use, when drying performance has
become unsatisfactory, please examine and clean the
exhaust duct for better drying performance.
3. Check the weather hoods frequently to ensure the
dampers are moving freely, that the dampers are not
pushed in and that nothing has been set against the
dampers.
4. A qualified service person or company should be used
to perform this maintenance.
5. A Flexible Metal Vent Kit, available at extra cost, can
be used to exhaust the dryer when it is placed in hard
to reach places. This Kit comes in two pieces, one of
which is attached to the dryer and the other is attached
to the wall exhaust outlet. Following attachment of the
two separate pieces to the dryer and the wall, the dryer
may be returned to its final position, after which the
two pieces themselves can be connected.
7. Ordinarily, the dryer drum will need no care. Wipe the
exterior of the dryer as required, and always wipe the
exterior of the dryer in the event any detergent, bleach,
or other washing products is spilled on the dryer.
8. Clean the control panel with a damp cloth as
necessary. Warning: spray pre-wash products may
damage the finish of the control panel.
9. Please clean the lint filter either before drying each
load or after drying each load.
10. Always make sure the lint filter is clean before
starting a new load, because a clogged lint filter may
increase drying times.
11. Annually remove the lint filter and attach it to the
vacuum duct. See item #2 above.
12. Please note that the wiring diagram is provided inside
the dryer control hood. Label all wires prior to
disconnection when servicing the dryer, because
wiring errors can cause serious injury to you and your
dryer.
Cleaning the Lint Screen
1. Clean the lint filter either before drying each load
or after drying each load. Always make sure the
lint filter is clean before starting a new load,
because a clogged lint filter may increase drying
times.
2. To clean, pull the lint screen straight up and roll
any lint off the screen with your fingers.
Do not rinse or wash screen to remove lint. Push
the lint screen firmly back into place.
3. Always ensure the lint screen is firmly secured
before running the dryer. Running the dryer with
a loose lint screen may cause overheating and
damage to the dryer and articles being dried.
4. Some articles of clothing may shed more lint than
others (towels for example), causing the Lint
Screen to rapidly fill. Remove lint from the lint
screen before and after drying these articles, such
as new towels.
5. In the event lint falls off of the lint screen and
into the dryer during removal, inspect the exhaust
hood and remove any lint.
6. Laundry detergent and fabric softener residue can
build up on the lint screen, causing longer drying
times. The screen is likely blocked if lint falls off
the screen. In order to prevent this type of build
up, and help ensure proper operation of your
dryer, clean the lint screen with a nylon brush
every six months or, if necessary, more
frequently. The lint filter can also be washed as
follows:
a) After rolling the lint off of the screen with your
fingers, wet both sides of the screen with hot or
warm water.
b) Wet a nylon brush with hot water and liquid
detergent and scrub the lint screen with the brush
to remove the buildup of detergent and fabric
softener.
c) After the residue has been removed, rinse screen
with hot water.
d) After drying the lint screen with a clean towel,
firmly replace the lint screen in your dryer.
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