"they eliminated the lint screen in the 2100 with a design feature that catches the lint in water and flushes it down the drain. Nice idea, but not quite perfect in results."
THE PROBLEM: With use the lint eventually sticks inside and restricts, then plugs the air outlet, making the dryer useless." If you have a lint screen, you should be OK. If not, you might want to try the process. For the 2100XC, cycle 11 is "silk", which adds A LOT of water to the drum. Cycle 2 is "heavy duty". You'd have to check for comparable cycles on an older unit. Michelle 2003 U320
Clearing lint from Splendide’s Interior Duct
1. Run the unit without clothes and with the dry time off on cycle # 11.
2. When the water stops entering the unit push and hold the start button until all the lights come on then release the button.
3. Next, move the cycle knob to cycle # 2 and press the start button once (do not hold).
4. Let it run through that complete cycle.
5. Do this twice.
If in frequent use, do this once each month to avoid buildup.
If the above treatment fails, try it again, adding a cup of white vinegar to break down the deposited soap and fabric softener.
FALL BACK PROCEDURE IF THE ABOVE PROCEDURE FAILS
1. Pull the unit out and remove flexible exhaust duct.
2. Pick out as much lint as you can from the air outlet on the back of the dryer.
3. Put a garden hose in the outlet and blow the blockage into the washer.
4. Run the washer on a short cycle. The blockage breaks up and goes out the drain.