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Do New Washers Have Built-In Lint Filters?

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By susan

My Laundry Question

I want to buy a new washer that has a built-in lint filter. I have had the plummer clean out the plugged drain once already. I used a nylon stocking for about a week and the water backed up and went all over the floor due to the lint in the stocking causing the water not to be able to go through the stocking and into the drain. I don't want to change the stocking every week! I don't have the drain hose in a laundry tub--it goes into a pipe directly.

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This problem is not a stain issue! I just wonder if there is such a thing as a washer that has a built-in lint filter that can be cleaned after each use like a dryer screen. I don't want to write anything in this box but it won't let me finish my other question without writing 200 characters in this area.

Lessons Learned

  • nylon stocking doesn't work when the drain hose goes directly into a drain pipe.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Older washers did have a lint filter that could be manually changed. It was located on the side or upper rim of the tub. However, today's washer - all that I could research - have self-cleaning lint filters usually located under the agitator in top load machines and behind the tub of a front-load washer.

While self-cleaning sounds great, it also means that the lint and hair are being washed out of the washer and into your pipes. There are external washer lint filters that are better than a panty-hose model. However, they, too, will have to cleaned regularly. These are particularly useful if you have a septic tank because synthetic fibers don't break down and will continue to collect until they cause a problem.

Good luck!

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