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Dryer lint traps -- why is it better on top?


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#1 rockingkb

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 08:02 AM

Oh noble sensei,

I read in your teachings a preference for top loading lint traps, versus ones accessed through the door.  But why?  The all-knowing mistress of style, she doesn't like the look of the top loading trap.  To get such a contraption into our home, I must walk across rice paper with scalding cauldron and have good reason to offer her.


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Posted 03 June 2005 - 08:08 AM

Quite simply, much more efficient and less of a fire risk. I'm serious. Let's ask the people here...how many lint fires have you seen on models with top screens as opposed to the DOT models?
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#3 nickfixit

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 12:17 PM

I agree with Mad Mac. The filter on the top is much safer. Ask the wife if style is worth a house fire. Beat her down with logic, they hate that. ;)

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Posted 03 June 2005 - 12:21 PM

ask her how she will enjoy having lint drag out of the doorway mounted screen into her freshly laundered clothes while unloading the dryer-some things are just better when kept seperated thus god's invention of the cuzzif.
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Posted 03 June 2005 - 12:35 PM

Because the ones down by the door let too much lint pass the filter,  clog up your dryer...poooooofffffff  :burning:         They cause such a mess.. Also the dryers are a lot harder to dis-assemble and there you go with paying the tech more time to work on them.  Hell with looks, get what works, Friend......:cool:
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 07:37 PM

My preference for the top filter dryer vs the one with the filter in the door pertains specifically to the Whirlpool-built variations of these dryers.  The reason for the preference is because the top-filter model is simply a more robust machine.  It's a proven design with more than 30 years of reliable service under its belt.  Seen lots of dinky mechanical failures on the front -filter dryer.

These comments do not apply to front filter dryers for other brands.  For example, despite it's abysmal record with the Neptune, Performa, and Atlantis washers, the Maytag dryer, a front-filter design, is still one of the best. 





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