What you should know about lint traps

Pictured above is a dryer lint trap, which is different than a washing machine lint trap.

You probably know the importance of clearing the lint trap in your dryer, but if you have a lint trap on your washer, do you maintain it? The lint that comes from your laundry during washing can clog up your septic lines over time. This can equate to costly repairs and possible plumbing drain problems.

Listed below are some things to keep in mind about your washer’s lint trap, including:

Where to Find the Lint Trap

Most all of today’s laundry washers no longer have a lint trap in them.  In a bygone era, depending on the make and model of your washer, it had a trap, but it could be tricky to find. If you think you have an older washer with a lint trap on it, a good rule of thumb is to refer to the owner’s manual which will detail where it is. You may even be able to download the manual from the manufacturer’s website if you can’t locate a printed one.

 
Typically, a lint trap for your washer might be at one of these three spots:

  • At the end of the washer’s drainage hose.
  • In the center of the washer’s agitator.
  • Along the drum’s rim of your washer.

How to Clean the Trap

When you have located the trap, simply pull it out and clear the screen of any lint, dust, or debris. Make sure to never flush this lint down the toilet.

What To Do If There is No Trap

Today’s washers typically don’t use a lint trap, but rely on a pump to remove excess lint. High-efficiency and front-loading machines often use these pumps. It’s a good idea to run an empty load once a month to keep lint from clogging and potentially causing problems.

Take care of the trap in your washer and prevent a number of plumbing problems and catastrophes. Talk with our appliance service technicians if you are experiencing issues or are unable to find a lint trap on your machine.