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How to access the element and fuses for whirlpool, kenmore, etc.

First you need to determine if your dryers blower housing and other components are located in the rear of the dryer or underneath the dryer. The quickest and most simple way to do this is to look at the front of the dryer and see if it is one complete front or two pieces. There will be a small gap completly across the front about a quarter way up if its two. If its two pieces then your work is going to be up front. You remove the lower kickplate with a flat screw driver and pressing the clips, one on each side in the groove. If its a solid front then you'll need a 1/4 " driver or drill with 1/4" socket, adapter, etc. From the rear of the dryer, there are about nine 1/4 inch screws you take off to access the area your looking for. Hope this helps, good luck. Now to look around the drum area, it also depends on if its one or two pieces. If one, remove the lint trap and take the two phillips head screws then take a flat head and pop the top up. Then inside, top front left and right sides there are two screws, either 5/16" or 1/4" screws you need to remove to pull the front off. If two pieces you'll have to pop the top as earlier, but you'll have to remove the kickplate, then two additional screws at the lower portion of the top piece as well as the top. In either case you'll need a multimeter that can test for continuity. Locate the elemnt and fuses. YOu'll be able to find them because the element is inside a square silver box and the fuses are on the side of the box, and are located on the your right hand side facing regardless if in the rear or in front. The element and fuses can all be checked by placing a voltmeter to the continuity setting and checking each one. they all should test good for continuity.

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how to access behind the dryer drum


Hello. I don't have the make/model number but I'm going to attempt to help you! Assuming that the dryer has the top mounted lint filter, the blower housing cover will have 2 screws which attach the blower housing to the top cover visible when the lint filter is removed. You must remove power from the dryer to proceed. The tool has fallen into the blower housing where the blower fan is located. The vent tube must be removed(pipe that attaches the dryer to the wall). Next, the rear cover of the dryer must be removed to expose the blower cover, usually mounted on the left side( if you're facing the rear of the dryer). Remove the 2 screws from the top of the dryer(underneath the lint filter), next, remove the 3-4 screws which hold the blower cover onto the blower housing. Usually, in order to remove the blower cover and access the fan area, it will have to be firmly pushed upwards and at the same time, pulled outward at the bottom to clear the bottom lip of the dryer. Vacuum out any debris inside the cover and fan, remove the lost tool, and then(and this can be a pain to do) replace the blower cover. Be patient(you have to slide the cover up, back into position and push firmly in order to get it to go over the bottom lip of the dryer again. Be careful! There are many unfinished edges in dryers and it's like putting your hand into a box of razor blades when handling parts such as these) Replace the mount screws of the housing cover and rear cover of the dryer.(Positioning of the rear dryer cover can be tricky to get the screw holes to line up again--the rear cover has a lip beneath where the vent pipe is located that sits on an edge--it sometimes can be difficult to get positioned properly so be patient and don't get frustrated!) Once you get a couple of screws in, the rest should line up reasonably. I hope I helped you!

Dec 19, 2015 | Washing Machines

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how do I remove the back panel of my Kenmore 70 series dryer?


First you need to determine if your dryers blower housing and other components are located in the rear of the dryer or underneath the dryer. The quickest and most simple way to do this is to look at the front of the dryer and see if it is one complete front or two pieces. There will be a small gap completly across the front about a quarter way up if its two. If its two pieces then your work is going to be up front. You remove the lower kickplate with a flat screw driver and pressing the clips, one on each side in the groove. If its a solid front then you'll need a 1/4 " driver or drill with 1/4" socket, adapter, etc. From the rear of the dryer, there are about nine 1/4 inch screws you take off to access the area your looking for. Hope this helps, good luck.

Apr 26, 2012 | Kenmore Dryers

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where is the blower housing


There are 4 different designs that used on these dryers and each one has its own specific way to access the element, blower, fuses. etc In this FAQ I will describe each design and method to access for each one. ---------------Design 1: This design for this dryer has the heating components located in the front of the machine, which means to gain access you'll have to lift the top and remove the front. You can visually verify this specific type because the lint screen is located inside the dryer requiring you to open the door to gain access to it. As with any do itself repair, always unplug the machine before you start. Here's the method of access listed in numerical order. 1) Remove the lower kick plate by pressing in the two clips, one on each side located in between the upper and lower portion of the front In doing this you'll gain access to the element, located on the right hand side facing, the high limit and thermostat fuse located on the element, the cycling thermostat, located on the blower housing, and thermal fuse, located next to the cycling thermostat. In gas models the gas coils and ignitor may be located on the left hand side facing. If changing the belt, rollers or motor, continue to step two. 2) Lift the top by placing a flat head screwdriver in between the front and the top of the dryer and pry it upwards. In some cases there are two metal clips, one on the left and one on the right, that need to be pushed forward to lift the top up. 3) With the top up and the kickplate removed take the door springs off, one on each side, and remove the door by taking out the 4 screws one upper left and right, one lower left and right, off and don't forget to disconnect your door switch-----------------Design 2 : In this design the heating components are located in the rear of the machine. All you have to do is get behind the dryer, remove the 9 1/4" screws and remove the panel. The element eill on the right had side with the two fuses located on it, the cycle and thermal fuse will be on the lower left on the blower housing. To access the belt, rollers etc, remove the lint trap on top, take out the two screws that are underneath it and using a flat head screwdriver pop the top up. Next, located the two screws that are on the upper left and right inside front of the machine that hold the front. Remove these and then you'll be able to lift and pull the dryer front completely off.--------------Design 3 : In this design the components are located in the front of the machine, but to access them you'll follow the method used in design 2 for accessing the belt, rollers, etc.take out the two screws that are underneath it and using a flat head screwdriver pop the top up. Next, located the two screws that are on the upper left and right inside front of the machine that hold the front. Remove these and then you'll be able to lift and pull the dryer front completely off. The set up will be like design one.--------------- Note: The best way to determine if your dryer is desgin 2 or 3, remove lint trap and pop the top. When you've got this done, you'll be able to look in between the inside rear wall and the rear panel and see if the element, fuses atc are there. If not it will be design 3---------Design 4 : HE, HE2, Duet, etc the way you take the top off is a little different. For these machines, there are 3 to 4 screws located on the top back side you'll need to remove, and then the dryer top can be slid back and removed. From there you'll remove the kickplate in come cases by taking the 3 or 4 screws off located at the bottom of the kickplate. With that removed you will be able to remove the front, but only after you remmove the control panel. The In some cases the components will be located in the rear like the second design.

Oct 22, 2011 | KitchenAid Dryers

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no power of any kind


This is commonly caused by a blown Thermal Fuse. The fuse is a small white component mounted on the blower fan assembly. There should be two wires running to it. UNPLUG the dryer and disconnect the component wires before taking any resistance readings. You should read something close to 0 ohms with a multimeter if the fuse is good. If the fuse reads bad, you must replace it.

The location of your blower fan housing depends upon the MODEL NUMBER. Since you posted no model, the easiest way to determine where these components are is by the location of the dryer lint screen.

If the lint screen is on TOP of the dryer, all your heating circuits are BEHIND the dryer. Just remove the back panel to access. The blower fan housing will be located on the lower left hand side.

If the lint screen is in the DOOR of the dryer, the heating circuits are INSIDE the dryer cabinet under the drum. You will need to remove the lower toe panel under the door for access. If the dryer has a solid front with no lower panel, you must lift the dryer topand remove the entire front panel for access. The blower fan housing is on the left hand side of the cabinet under the drum.

The following link can give you some more guidance on dryer no power issues:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3574266-thorough_dryer_advice

Refer to the section that explains the possible components for "Dryer Does Not Run At All". The Thermal Fuse is the most common cause, but there are other possibilities to consider.

Now...if the thermal fuse has blown, it usually blows for a reason. The most common cause is poorly installed, kinked or clogged exhaust vent ducting. I would strongly recommend you thoroughly inspect the ducting, air blower and cabinet interior before replacing any defective components. Otherwise, these same components will fail again.

If you have any questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Mar 30, 2010 | Whirlpool Dryers

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whirlpool ler5620kq1 electric dryer


If you have verified the voltage at the wall receptacle and at the terminal block in the back of the dryer to be 220-240VAC, you need to check the Thermal Fuse inside the dryer to determine if it is still good. On your dryer, the thermal fuse is located behind the back panel on the blower fan housing. To access, follow these steps:

1. UNPLUG the dryer before servicing. Dangerous voltages are still present inside the dryer with the unit turned off.
2. Remove the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer.
3. Remove the back panel by loosening all screws holding the panel in place.
4. The blower fan housing will be located on the lower left-hand side (as viewed from the rear).
5. Look for a small white plastic component on the housing. This is the Thermal Fuse.
6. Remove the wire leads and perform a resistance check. If good, the fuse will read about a short (0 ohms). If bad, it must be replaced.

Illustrations of your dryer are available at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number and look for item number 7 under the "Bulkhead" heading. Repairclinic.com and appliancepartspros.com are also excellent sources for finding parts.

If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Jan 12, 2009 | Dryers

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