Our barely two month old dryer stopped working. We were quite irritated since we just had to replace a 4-year-old dryer with the same problem. J called whirlpool to have someone come over and check it out because it was still under warranty. The maintainance man was very nice and found that it was clogged with lint. He said that was a common problem with dryers that were in second story laundry rooms like ours. In fact, that was probably why our old dryer stopped working at such a young age. He explained that it’s best for dryer pipes to have 0-1 bend; ours has 4 . It is just too hard for lint to go through all those turns and it burns out the dryer motor.
I don’t think all the extra fur from these guys help either
He told us that we needed to install a small fan in the ceiling of the laundry room to fix the problem.
It was in the 90s last week and the attic isn’t air-conditioned, so J came up with a temporary solution.
He bought this:
It was pretty easy to install and we figured it would work until he was able to buy and install a fan.
Great idea, right?
The day after the lint kit was installed was a much-needed laundry day since our dryer had been out of commission for a few days.
I put the first load in the dryer and walked down stairs. No sooner had I reached the kitchen when the smoke detectors started going off. I raced upstairs to find the laundry room filled with condensation and steam! Luckily there was no fire or smoke.
Our smoke alarms are all wired together on a circuit so that when one goes off, they all go off. My pups were scared and ran outside.
I did what any housewife would do when faced with this situation. I called my husband near tears and explained to him that hitting the smoke detectors didn’t stop them from making noise, and poor Daisy wouldn’t come inside and it was so hot outside she would overheat like the poor dryer.
He explained that hitting the smoke detectors wouldn’t stop them (I swear it worked on Jerseylicious!), and I just had to wait for the steam to clear.
It did and they stopped, and I eventually was able to coax Daisy in with treats.
But now we were without a dryer again, and I had laundry that needed drying.
So, I improvised
Classy, right? (Can you guess it was a blanket and random beach towel load?)
I am just so thankful that the dryer didn’t catch on fire. I’m not sure if it was the lint trap that was bad or if it was just user error, but there is no way I’m even attempting to try it again! In fact, I packaged back up that link trap and returned it to Lowe’s.
Oh, and since it was laundry day, I decided to keep doing laundry and finding creative ways to dry it. 🙂
It really wasn’t bad at all, just a little extra work and a little longer drying time. We even saved money and energy by not running the dryer, and our sheets smelled sun-kissed. 🙂
Have you ever used a dryer lint trap? Did it work for you?