It turns out your lint filter has a major purpose – and it’s super important for the efficiency of your dryer.
Appliance expert Renae has taken to social media to key her followers in on how the lint filter aids in the longevity of the device.
An appliance expert has shared a fun fact you may be unaware of when it comes to your dryerCredit: Tiktok/renduh
It’s related to the purpose of the lint filterCredit: Getty
“Hi, my name is Renae and I’m an appliance repair tech, and dryer lint traps are a lie. Well, sort of,” the expert began in a TikTok video.
“What I actually mean is the name lint trap or lint filter is a little misleading.”
She explained that the basic way a dryer works is by heating up all of your wet clothing and then pushing out all of that hot, humid air to remove it from your garments.
Assuming we’re talking about a vented dryer, your dryer heats everything up and relies on airflow to push everything outside.
To do that, it utilizes a part of the dryer called the “blower wheel.”
Renae explained: “You have one motor for your entire dryer. One half of the motor is going to control the tumbling of your drum, and the other half of the motor is going to turn the blower wheel.
“And the blower wheel happens to be right on the other side of your lint trap. If lint gets into the filter and then goes into the blower wheel, it just gets pushed out, it’s not a problem.”
She noted that on the other hand, if something a bit larger than lint goes past the lint filter and gets stuck in the blower wheel, your dryer won’t tumble anymore.
So, the lint filter is there to both allow for airflow (assuming you’re cleaning it out after every wash as you should) and to keep small items from getting stuck in the blower wheel.
Viewers in the comments section of Renae’s video were super grateful for the information.
“Hey, just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to explain this. I’ll be a homeowner soon, and watching these are helping me so much,” one person wrote.
“Love learning new things from you!” a second added.