You and your family might have a running joke about the Sock Fairy, that mythical creature who steals random socks and causes any number of mate-less footwear in your drawer. But now it seems that the mischievous fairy has turned into an evil gremlin. What other explanation could there be for the rips and tears that you have been finding in your clothing? We’re not about to debunk the Sock Fairy, but you might at least want to consider another reason for your damaged clothing: your dryer.
Specifically, the problem could lie with your lint trap. As your clothes spin around in the drum to dry, they could catch on a corner of your lint trap if it protrudes from the slot where it rests. This can be a particularly frustrating problem if you have expensive or delicate garments. Just add up the approximate amount that you spent on each shirt, pair of pants and piece of intimate apparel, and you’ll see that this issue can quickly hit you hard in the pocketbook.
Loss of clothing isn’t the only danger if your lint trap is out of whack. When your trap is misaligned, it’s easy for coins, facial tissues and other items to fall into your dryer and to be sucked into your vent hose. This is most definitely a fire hazard that could damage your dryer, and needs to be avoided at all costs. It’s best to fix the small problem now and avoid having to call an ASKO appliance repair technician to fix a much larger one later.
If your lint trap is no longer sliding fully into position anymore, there are three possible causes. First, you may have warped it as a result of not-so-gentle removal or insertion into the slot. To solve this problem, simply purchase a new filter. Second, another possibility is that your filter doesn’t need to be replaced and is simply dirty. Remove any lint and wash it with warm, soapy water to remove any fabric softener buildup that may be impeding its smooth movement into the grooves. Third, there may be objects or debris in your filter slot. Unplug the dryer and use a flashlight and a pair of needle-nosed pliers to remove the clutter.
Now that your lint trap moves easily into and out of its slot, your problem should be solved. You can stop spending money on ripped clothes and can rest easy knowing your dryer is functioning as it should. As for that Sock Fairy, we don’t have any proven strategies for sending her on her way.