You depend on a properly functioning dryer to keep your clothes clean and fresh. Therefore, it can be frustrating if your dryer is not functioning properly. If your dryer keeps telling you to clean the filter, it may not work correctly. You will not be able to dry your clothes until you address this issue. 

Of course, the first thing you need to do is make sure that your dryer filter is actually clean. Removing lint from your dryer after every load can be a great way to help you make sure your dryer filter is clean. At the same time, there is a chance your sensor could also be malfunctioning. If so, you will need to address this sensor issue before your dryer will start working again.

So, what do you need to do if you want to keep your dryer filter clean? Learn more about how to clean your dryer filter, and figure out what you should do if your sensor is malfunctioning. 

Remove Lint from Your Lint Trap

If you would like to keep your dryer filter clean, one of the best ways you can prevent it from getting dirty is to remove lint from your lint trap. After every load in your dryer, you should take a look at the lint trap and remove anything that is present. That way, this lint does not end up in your dryer filter. 

If you would like to remove lint from your lint trap more efficiently, you may want to use a magic wand to help you. That way, you can remove as much length as possible, preventing this from clogging up your filter.

If you do not remove lint from your lint trap after every load, you increase the risk of the fire developing in your dryer. A clogged lint trap is one of the leading causes of fires every year.

Cleaning the Filter in Your Dryer: Step by Step

Even though you clean your lint trap after every load, there is also a chance that you will need to clean your dryer filter from time to time. There are several steps you should follow to clean your dryer filter. These include:

Step 1: Unplug Your Dryer

Before you do anything with your dryer, you need to unplug it. That way, you do not have to worry about your dryer turning on while you are trying to clean it. If you do not unplug your dryer, you create a serious safety risk. Therefore, always unplug it before you start to work on it. 

Keep in mind that you may have to shift your dryer in order to access the outlet. Because your dryer can be heavy, you should be careful not to strain yourself. Otherwise, you could get hurt. You might want to ask someone to help you access the plug behind the dryer. 

Step 2: Remove the Top of the Dryer

Keep in mind that the exact location of your filter can vary depending on the type of dryer you have. Therefore, you should take a look at the manual to learn more. You need to remove the top of your dryer to access the filter.

First, you will need to remove the screws from underneath the dryer lint trap. Then, you may have to shift the top forward to release it. That way, it will not catch on the corner when you try to lift it up. After you have successfully unscrewed the latches, you should be able to remove the top of the dryer. 

Step 3: Remove the Front Dryer Panel

Next, you will need to remove the front panel from the dryer. You should remove the two screws that are located near the top. After this, you should be able to tip the front forward. Finally, you should be able to lift it outward, releasing it from the catch at the bottom of the drum. 

Depending on the type of dryer you have, the front panel can be happy. Therefore, you should use caution when you are trying to lift it up. You do not want to drop it on your feet. 

Step 4: Clean the Dryer Filter

After you have removed the two panels, you should be able to see the dryer filter relatively easily. You should use a magic wand to help you remove all of the dust and debris from the filter. Because the filter is relatively large, you may need to sweep through it multiple times in order to remove everything. The more frequently you clean your filter, the less material you will have.

There might also be situations where you need to replace the filter entirely. If this is the case, you may want to take a look at the manual to figure out what type of filter you have. 

Fully clogged lint filter

One of the most important reasons why you must clean the filter is to prevent fires due to overheating.

Step 5: Remove the Bottom Panel in the Front

Even though you have cleaned out the filter, you are not done yet. You also need to remove the bottom panel from the front of the dryer. Again, this might be slightly different depending on the type of dryer you own.

This panel might be a bit harder to access. You will need to slide a screwdriver into the gap of the bottom panel. There are two catches you will need to release in order to free the panel. Once you have caught the catches, you should be able to release the panel. 

Step 6: Use a Vacuum To Remove the Lint

You might be a bit surprised at just how much lint you see. You will need to use a vacuum cleaner to clean out the vent, the motor, and the inside of the dryer. Keep in mind that you should be careful when you are navigating wires and small parts. That way, you can avoid breaking them.

You need to vacuum your dryer regularly to prevent it from overheating. Even though it can be a hassle to unscrew these panels and put them back together, it is important for making sure your dryer will work properly. 

Test the Clean Filter Sensor

After you have finished cleaning out your dryer, you should be able to get rid of the sensor or beeping noise that is preventing the dryer from starting. At the same time, there could be a chance that the sensor is still going off. If so, you need to test a sensor to make sure it is working. You may need to replace it. 

To access the sensor, you will need to use the manual to figure out where it is located. There is a chance that it could be behind one of the panels you have recently gone through. If that is the case, you will need to remove the panels again to access the sensor.

After you have figured out where the sensor is located, you will need to check the power that is flowing to it. To do so, you will need a multimeter. A multimeter has been specifically designed to test the resistance and voltage flowing to a specific electrical component. 

When you use your multimeter, you are looking for a number that is significantly above zero. This is a sign that your sensor is working properly. If you are not getting a lot of resistance flowing to the sensor, this is a sign that the sensor might be broken. In this case, you might need to replace it.

How Do You Replace a Filter Sensor?

If you have experienced working with washing machines and dryers, there is a chance that you may be able to do this on your own. At the same time, this is usually something you should leave to the professionals. 

When you are working with electrical components, there is always a risk that someone can get hurt. You do not want this to happen, so you should reach out to a professional who can double-check your work and make sure the sensor actually has to be replaced. Then, he or she can help you figure out if this is worth it or not.

Keep in mind that it can be expensive to replace a filter sensor in a dryer. Depending on how old your dryer is, you might be better off replacing the entire machine. That way, you do not have to worry about repair bills developing in the future, and you can end up with a dryer that is more efficient. This could help you save money on your laundry. 

This is what a filter sensor normally looks like.
When your clothes are no longer wet, the sensor sends a signal to the dryer’s electronic control board indicating it’s time to turn off the appliance.

Why Should I Not Override a Filter Sensor?

Even though it can be frustrating to deal with a filter sensor that keeps coming on, this is not something you should override. You do not want to ignore this filter sensor because there is always a chance that there could be a serious clog somewhere in the dryer. 

If you force your dryer to operate even when there is a clogged filter present, your dryer is going to overheat quickly. As a result, your motor is going to burn out sooner, forcing you to replace the entire machine. Finally, if you force your dryer to operate with a filter that is clogged, it might also catch fire. Therefore, you are better off waiting until you can either clean the sensor or get a working one installed.

Address a Clogged Filter in Your Dryer

If you have a filter sensor like that is not, you need to make sure the filter has been appropriately clean. This is important for making sure your dryer is working properly and for reducing the chances of a fire developing. Clean your filter regularly to prevent this from happening.

There is always a chance that there could be something wrong with the sensor. If this is the case, you may want to reach out to a professional who can help you. That way, you can figure out if the sensor needs to be fixed or if the entire dryer needs to be replaced.