How to Maintain a Kenmore Hybrid Heat Pump Dryer

 

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Routine maintenance of a Kenmore hybrid heat pump dryer is very similar to a standard dryer. By following a care and maintenance routine, you can help extend the dryer's life.

Lint Filter Care

Before each cycle, clean the lint filter. Open the dryer door and pull the lint filter straight up. Roll the lint off the screen using your fingers. Place the filter back into the filter housing and press down until it clicks, locking in place. If the lint filter is loose or missing, an error code of F0 will occur and the dryer will not operate.

Fabric softeners can build up on the lint filter screen over time, restricting airflow. If the screen looks dark or dirty after removing the lint, clean the filter using hot soapy water and a stiff brush. Let it dry completely before reinstalling.

Interior and Exterior Cleaning

To prevent damage to the dryer door seal caused by lint and dust buildup, periodically wipe around the door opening and seal with a clean, damp cloth. Clean the window with warm water and a mild, nonabrasive detergent, then wipe dry.

Use warm water and a nonabrasive detergent to clean exterior surfaces. Wipe off any spills immediately with a soft, damp cloth. Never use steel wool or abrasive cleaners, as they will scratch and damage the surface. Remove lint and dust from around and under the dryer with a vacuum cleaner.

Maintaining the Exhaust System

The most common cause of dryer problems is poor exhaust venting. Once a month, check the vent ducts for lint buildup. Clean the home’s vent ducts once a year to remove and prevent blockages in airflow.

The dryer monitors venting conditions continuously. If over several cycles it detects a problem with airflow, the Check Vent indicator light will blink. If the light blinks, stop the dryer and check for any kinks in the vent hose or obstructions in the vent duct.

Once the problem is corrected, it may take several cycles for the dryer sensor to reset and stop blinking.