How to Clean Your GE Dryer’s Vent

Cleaning dryer vents

You can’t go a day without your clothes dryer—whether it’s just you in the house, or enough family to fill five bedrooms. All dryers require regular cleaning and maintenance to run properly, and that includes state-of-the-art machines from GE as well. Many users don’t even know about standard maintenance and cleaning tasks that should be performed from time to time, but with a little know-how and some elbow grease, you can keep your GE dryer running great.

If your GE dryer isn’t drying well or is suffering from other performance issues, it may be a problem related to y our dryer vent. This guide will help you diagnose and fix the problem.

How to Clean Your GE Dryer’s Vent

Safety First

When working with any appliance, it’s always important to remember and follow a few basic safety tips. Although safety procedures can differ depending on appliance and situation, here are some safety basics.

Always make sure you have adequate space when working on your GE dryer. Pull it out away from the wall when necessary. Always make sure the appliance is unplugged before opening the cabinet or servicing interior parts. Make sure the dryer is cooled down and not hot before your work on it, and always wear appropriate clothing when working with tools and equipment.

Finally, if you don’t feel comfortable working in or around your GE dryer, don’t be afraid to call in a professional who can help you solve your problem in a safe and efficient manner.

Check Top Loader Lint Trap

On a top loading GE dryer, the lint trap will be located in the top. Some models have straight-in filters, while others are removable on a slight curve or angle. Always check with your owner’s manual if you’re not sure where your lint trap is located, or how it is removed.

Once you remove the lint trap from the top loader GE dryer, clean it thoroughly. If you clean on a regular basis, you will only need a light wipe-down with your hand to collect most of the built up lint. If you don’t clean as often, you may want to clear the filter of lint and wash it with warm soapy water to be sure it is completely clean. Holding the filter up to a light source can help you see how clean the screen actually it.

Check Front Loader Lint Trap

On a front loader GE dryer, the lint trap will usually be in a slot at the bottom of the door opening, just inside the door. Size, shape, and location can vary depending on the model, so check your owner’s manual to be sure of its exact location if you don’t already know.

Once you remove the lint trap from the top loader GE dryer, clean it thoroughly. If you clean on a regular basis, you will only need a light wipe-down with your hand to collect most of the built up lint. If you don’t clean as often, you may want to clear the filter of lint and wash it with warm soapy water to be sure it is completely clean. Holding the filter up to a light source can help you see how clean the screen actually it.

Check Ducting and Exhaust Vents

If you haven’t cleaned your lint trap lately, or if your trap shows signs of major accumulations of dirt, lint, or hair, you may want to do a maintenance check of your ducting and exhaust vents, as well.

Air exits your dryer through a port on the back and is led out of your house via a duct system. Depending on your home, you may see a flexible duct, rigid duct, or a combination of both. Start by removing the duct from the back of your GE dryer, and inspect that the opening is clear of debris and lint. Further, inspect the inside of the duct where it meets the dryer, and make sure it is clean as well.

Depending on the length of your duct, you should also be careful to check the length of the duct for accumulations of dirt, moisture, hair, lint, or dust. Examine the length of the duct as necessary, and then check the area where the duct exits your home.

The duct will usually be on an exterior wall with a hood protecting it from the down-coming rain. Check the hood and the area around it for signs of lint buildup or other debris that might block the exhaust port. Feel inside the hood and see if your duct is equipped with a mesh or screen. These screens are meant to keep animals and creatures out of your duct, but they can also become clogged with lint, debris, dirt, or hair over time.

Regular Maintenance

Make sure to perform all of these tasks on a regular basis. Don’t wait until your dryer stops heating up properly or functions poorly to check on your lint trap and venting system. A clogged lint filter is not only a detriment to dryer performance, but it can also pose a major home fire risk, as well.

Need a Little Help?

If you’ve read through this page and you’re still not making progress with your appliance, it may be time to bring in the pros. Modern appliances can be hard to diagnose and troubleshoot, but a trusted local dryer repair technician will have the years of experience and equipment necessary to fix your GE dryer repair problem in no time.