Lint Trap Problems; Dryer Snagging, Ripping & Eating Holes in Clothes in San Antonio, TX

Everyone has experienced the dilemma of the missing sock after completing the laundry. The mate-less sock is left alone after all the other socks are matched up and clothes put away. Our favorite explanation as to why that is that the dryer is a mystical portal that takes one sock and transform it into a Tupperware lid that is squared-shape when all you have is round ones. But if that’s not enough, you may be noticing more than a missing sock, but a more devious occurrence where your clothes are getting phantom rips and tiny holes. With that in mind, we at Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio would like to share some to insight as to why the dryer is causing damage to your clothes.

What Does a Dryer Lint Trap Do?

The problem is more than likely the lint trap. In order for your clothes to dry, they spin around in the drum and often get caught on corners of the lint trap where the slots are protruding. This is not only a frustrating problem, but can be an expensive one as it tears delicate garments. Adding up all the costs of ruined clothing can prove to be enlightening. The lint traps may not only damage clothing. If the trap has become misaligned, treasures left in pockets can find their way into the vent hoses; items like coins, tissues, and other objects will become lodged. If this occurs, it alarmingly increases the risk of fire hazards that will not only damage the dryer and clothes, but more extreme damage. If you suspect the lint trap is misaligned and is swallowing your socks and other possessions, contact a professional for immediate repairs before the problem escalates.

Lint Trap Problems

A lint trap that is not seated efficiently contributes to clothing damage and is usually not completely fitting into place for one of three reasons.
– Damage to the lint trap may have been sustained with rough handling as it slid in and out that causes the frame to warp; a replacement is the fix.
– The lint trap could simply be dirty; making it unable to properly fit into the slot. Washing it in a bath of hot soapy water will easily remove the often translucent fabric softener residue buildup. Make sure it completely dry before replacing it and operating the dryer.
– The last potential problem may be because of debris slipped in the filter; simply unplug the dryer and use a flashlight and needle-nosed pliers to remove any obstructions.
With the lint trap in optimal condition, the dryer shouldn’t be causing any damage to your clothing. Be sure that that the vent trap is cleared off after every load and that the ventilation is routinely cleaned out to allow efficient drying.


If you are experiencing additional problems with the dryer, contact the professionals of Southwest Appliance Repair of San Antonio. Our trained experts will assess the dryer’s function and run diagnostics to find any underling issues and make the proper repairs. Call us today to get started!

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