Major Lint Issues, Washer Ineffective (UPDATE 7/08), Company Doesn't Care!
INDIANA -- I purchased a new Frigidaire Laundry Center Model #FEX831CSO at Lowes on March 10th, 2006 to replace a 30 year old Whirlpool set. This new Frigidaire model has a drop in mesh lint filter and holes in the door and an opening in the bottom of the door for lint to fall into the filter below. The very first time I used the dryer, the lint & dust gathered all around the door and the opening of the door. I tried to give the unit a fair chance, but after numerous dryings, the problem is just as bad. As soon as I open the door, lint and dust go flying all over the room, the clothes that are clean and dry fall into the lint when the door is opened and there I am picking lint off clothes that were supposed to be clean. I cannot even remove the clothes from the dryer WITHOUT FIRST CLEANING THE ENTIRE OPENING AND THE DOOR ITSELF! As if I don't already have enough to do! This could be a real problem for those with asthma or dust allergies.
Upon e-mailing the company explaining the problem, I was sent back an e-mail telling me to replace the plastic vent tube. (That was already done on installation.) They told me to put it on its own ground wire. (Again, already done during installation.) I'd like to know what these things have to do with lint gathering around the front. Then they tell me to buy dryer sheeets. I don't like dryer sheets and have never used them because they themselves restrict airflow by laying down an invisible film in the filter (by the way, if you use dryer sheets you should clean your lint filter once a month with warm, soapy water to remove the film), but I tried them anyway, they didn't work, as I knew they wouldn't. And lastly, they actually told me to spray a static spray in the dryer every couple of months. All static sprays say, DO NOT SPRAY INTO DRYER! I just couldn't believe they told me that!
I wrote a second time and told them that all they suggested is already done correctly (in the actual installation) and it is not static causing the problem! I even sent pictures of lint gathered all around the door and opening, they still don't care or address the problem! They responded a second time saying, they are not the only manufacturer to use this placement of the lint filter(This is true, so beware!) (Don't they sound like a little kid saying, "All my friends are doing it, so I can too."?) and that it is not a new design, many dryers have been sold with this lint filtering system without complaint. (I find that way too hard to believe!) And they still recommended dryer sheets.
THEY ARE TOTALLY DISMISSING MY PROBLEM AND HAVEN'T EVEN ADDRESSED THE REAL ISSUE! Not one thing they suggest is legitimate to the trouble with the dryer lint. IT IS A FAULTY LINT FILTER DESIGN, CLEAR AND SIMPLE! I know what the problem is, the filter is too short compared to the opening in the door where lint drops through. The air pushes the lint right past the gaps in the filter ends and fills the empty space inside the door and opening. The filter even warps and allows small amounts of lint to go directly into the exhaust tube. (The filter also collects lint, but a lot of it is forced through the gaps that doesn't fit up properly with the opening. To check this for yourself, before buying a dryer, take out the lint filter and hold it up to the lint drop area in the door, see if it has gaps on either side, back or front, if it does, I wouldn't buy it. You will be fighting lint.) We may be able to rig it to work right. It will void my warranty, but they don't seem to make good on them anyway. I certainly shouldn't have to rig a brand new system, but the company doesn't care to hear what is really wrong with it. And as long as we unsuspecting people keep buying it, they will keep selling it.
Also, the lock on the washer door stays locked for 2 minutes and 32 seconds, way too long for my lifestyle.
My advise is, Beware of Door Lint Filtering Systems and the companies who sell them. If you already have purchased one, like I did, and are having a problem, Complain, Complain, Complain! (That's what Frigidaire keeps saying, "we've had no complaints about it.") Well, they've had at least 1 now! If you have this type of drop-in mesh door lint filtering system, I'd like to hear from you.
I personally will never again buy any Frigidaire or Electrolux products.
UPDATE: July 11, 2008: After using this machine for a couple years now, I noticed a while back that when the washer rinses after the wash load it does not spray water long enough to completely rinse the detergent out of the clothes. AND after the rinse-cycle fill and draining of the rinse water with softener IT DOESN'T SPRAY WATER AT ALL TO RINSE OUT THE SOFTENER! I have to wash clothes twice(resetting the knob to wash before it fills for rinse cycle), once with detergent and again in water with NO detergent, there is plenty of detergent left in the second washing that it needs another spraying rinse!, and I hate that it doesn't spray-rinse after the rinse cycle. AND THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE ENERGY SAVING! I guess the inadequate amount of clean water spraying the clothes and then NO spray in the rinse cycle is what THEY call energy saving, I call it gross and unhealthy to have all that grime left in the clothes. It certainly isn't saving me any energy when I have to wash twice just to actually clean the clothes. I hate this laundry center and I'm stuck with it, who can take out a crappy stackable machine to return it to the store in the time they specify. I strongly urge you to reject this machine, it may be one of the cheapest in price and it shows in the quality. BTW, I'm still having the same issues with dryer lint and always will with the faulty design. BEWARE! I sure hope this review helps someone out there spare themselves a world of laundry misery!