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Washers - Lint Filters

GE has made use of several washer lint filtering systems over the years. The following is a description of the most recent.

2001 and newer:
    The fine mesh filters were removed from under the agitator when it was found that a better pump and larger holes in the hub under the agitator did a better job of removing lint and preventing clogs in the drain system. The drain system allows water to flow through the basket and out the bottom of the tub pulling lint, hair, and small particles with the water. There is no maintenance required on this system.
1995 through 2000
  • There are 2 crescent-shaped fine mesh plastic lint filters in the bottom of the wash basket, under the agitator. Water flows through the filters from the bottom of the tub, accumulating any lint on the bottom of the filter screens.
  • During drain down and spin, the water forces the lint off the bottom of the filters and down the drain.
  • These filters should never require cleaning or replacement. However, if rubber backing from a throw rug or something similar clogs the drain, service will be required.
1994 GE and 1994 and earlier Hotpoint models
  • Self clean filtering ring with over four linear feet of filtering surface. The wash and rinse water is constantly filtered, and the spray rinse at the end of the wash and rinse cycles does the cleaning. A powerful flushing action clears the 4,912 tiny perforations in the ring, carrying lint down to the pump and out the drain. There is no need for manual cleaning.
1993 and earlier GE models
  • Filter-Flo System (exclusive to GE). The Filter-Flo pan sits on top of the agitator and features very fine holes to entrap particles as tiny as sand.
  • Water is circulated through the pan during wash and rinse cycles to entrap lint, hair, etc., and prevent these particles from being re-deposited in the clothes.
  • At the end of the final rinse, you remove the lint from the pan and discard.
  • If the filter pan gets clogged with mineral deposits, you can soak it in a pre-heated 160 degree F solution of half vinegar and half water for 15 minutes. Then brush each side of the pan with a stiff bristle brush while flushing with running water.
  • To prevent recurring clogging, you can soak the filter pan overnight in a solution of 2 cups vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water. Brush and flush. This can be done weekly, if necessary.

Caution: do not soak in a porcelain container or exceed 180 degrees Fahrenheit (the pan might warp at this temperature).