Not on the side of the dryer.
Not behind it.
Inside the machine, where I had no way of removing it.
What's more, he said it was very dangerous. Lint can catch on fire in a second!
So after he replaced the thingummy and removed all the lint from deep inside the machine, I took a look around the outside of my dryer and discovered this, between the machine and the wall:
Euwww. I dampened a paper towel, attached it to the end of a yard stick, and swabbed that area down.
Ick. By the way, you DO know to clean the lint trap before every load you dry, right?
Lint trap = place you don't want lint to linger.
After all, that's why this is embedded in the plastic on the trap:
Then I peeked behind the dryer and saw that the hose to the outside had a tear in it, and lint was spilling out:
Ack! Major fire hazard. So I pulled the machine out from the wall and disconnected the hose to clean it out. I asked The Hubby if he'd try patching the vent with duct tape:
Unfortunately, all he could do--after duct-taping the vent hose--was to clean up the fuzz off the floor.
Turns out, our venting isn't even up to code. The better venting tube is all flexible metal, not paper-and-metal, like ours.
First thing tomorrow, I'm calling the repair guy.