If you want to keep a small child from crawling into a dryer, you might find some benefit in the rips and tears that might have started appearing in the dried garments. If a child thought that some monster was hiding behind the dryer’s door, he or she would have slight reason to climb into that same compartment. Of course, that fact should not prevent a search for the solution.
While a child might think a monster is eating the clothes, you should focus on the dryer’s lint trap. Unless the screen itself has some damaged areas, it should not be the cause of the problem. That indicates that the frame has caused the tears. How is that possible?
What is the connection between the lint trap and the torn garments?
Manufacturers design those traps to fit securely in a designated slot. Unfortunately, manufacturers also use materials that can get dented or warped. When that happens, the trap’s shape does not always match with the shape of the slot. As a result, a corner of that lint-trapping component sticks out.
Clothing can get caught on that protruding corner. At the same time, any unintended space along the trap’s sides could become a catch-all for items that a homemaker forgot to remove from various pockets. After entering that created space, those same items might get sucked into the vent.
How to deal with a misshapen lint trap
Determine what keeps that component with the screen from sliding into its designated slot. Is it warped? If that is the case, then it must be replaced.
Is it exceedingly dirty? Follow a two-step solution. First remove all of the collected lint. Next wash the screen and the frame in warm soapy water. If you cannot do it all on your own, call in the appliance repair professional in Pickering.
Has some object slipped into the lint trap’s slot, and thus pushed that same part to one side? If that appears to be the case, you will have to unplug the appliance. Grab a flashlight, so that you can see what might have fallen through the added opening near the dryer’s door. If you find it, use needle-pointed pliers to remove it. Work carefully, so that you do not damage the less-than-sturdy part with the lint-catching screen.
A related question and a warning
What could cause the trap’s frame to get dented in some way? It could be that some homemaker has not been picking the collected fibers off of the lint-catching surface of the trap. Some adults actually think it makes sense to bang that same component on the side of a trash can. Be sure that you do not decide to join that group of rather impatient adults. You must know that haste makes waste.