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A bird has managed to get in through the vent and die. We're trying to take the front off of the dryer but there must be a screw somewhere that we can't see. Do you have drawing of how the dryer is put together so that we can take it apart or maybe a suggestion on how to get the dead bird out?

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Take off the back and save on time, the front is plastic notches and one screw buried inside on the blower! Go to and punch in your model as looking for parts, there good and giving good pics.

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Please help...i have a brand new whirlpool dryer mod #wed9450wwh and it takes forever to dry a load of clothes...a small load or a large load. i have tried every setting and bought a new dryer...

Check the vent cap on the outside of your home to see what the air flow is like when the machine is on. It should be forceful enough to blow your haire back if you were to put your face in front of it. Make sure the vent hose behind the dryer is as short as possible and is not pinched or coiled. This definitely sounds like an air flow issue.


Mar 21, 2011 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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Dryer get scorching hot immediately. The blower side is cool and we have removed all the lint from the dryer. Any ideas?

you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vac out the inside of dryer where the motor is and if the vent line is long i use a leaf blower to blow out the line.if the filter is on top,unplug the dryer first before you touch it,pull out the filter and remove the two phillips screws in front of it,then remove the vent line and take off the back panel.on the left side you'll see the duct that the filter slides into,remove the 4 screws that hold in on and remove it and clean it out,go outside and make sure the vent is clear,if there's a cage or a screen on it remove it and throw it away,blow out the vent line,next pop the top panel up with a screw driver,there are 2 clips one on each side that holds the top to the front panel around 2 inches from each side in the front,put the screw driver in between the panels and pop it up,on the right side there's a wire harness,pull it apart,it's easier to stick a screw driver in the holder to separate the harness,then there are 2 5/16 inch screws one on each side around 3 inches down from the top,remove them and pull up on the front panel and remove it,vac out the inside of dryer,if you have a shop vac blow all the lint off of the motor and you can blow all the lint and dust forwards so you don't have to remove the drum,some people have trouble putting the belt back on when the drum's this once a year and you won't have any fires and you won't pop any thermostats or thermal fuses in the dryer.let me know how you make guy wrote back and said he had a birds nest in the vent line and the leaf blower cleaned it all out

May 11, 2010 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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Hi...I have a Kenmore Gas Dryer (110.74642400)...I had a repair man come to fix and replaced the thermal fuse...however, it is not working again. It worked for about 3 weeks after he replaced that...

if he changed the thermal fuse he should have cleaned out the dryer and vent line for you because it's just gonna pop again and again until the dryer gets cleaned need to unplug the dryer,pull it out and remove the vent line and the back panel,on the left side there's a duct that the lint filter slides into,pull out the filter and remove the two phillips screws in front of the filter on the top panel,go in the back and take out the four screws that hold the duct in place,remove it and clean it out,vac out any lint in the back of dryer,put the duct back the left of the duct and around four inches up you'll see a white thermal fuse part number 3392519,pull one of the wires off and check it with a meter,if it's bad change it,if the vent line is long i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,you could have a birds nest in there or the lint just could have built up,make sure the outside vent is open with nothing blocking it,any screens or cages remove them all they do is catch lint.put the back panel on and the cleaned out vent line and put it back into place,don't put back the two phillips screws yet,next with a screw driver pop the top panel up,stick the screw driver in between the front and top panel around two inches in from the sides of dryer and pop up the top,next remove the two 5/16 inch screws one on each side of front panel and unplug the wiring harness in the top right side,you might have to stick a small screw driver in between the plastic to separate the plug,then pull up on both sides of front panel to remove it and vac out the inside of dryer.put it back together and you should have no more problems,let me know how you make out

May 07, 2010 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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How to take front panel off samsung dv218 ae dryer

I was timid at first and then I tried it. It was much easier than I expected. Unplug power. Take the large square top panel off the dryer after removing two large screws on the back. You will see 4 screws nailing down the plastic control console bar. Remove the 4. You will immediately be able to pull out the control console with wire attached. Do not disconnect the wire bundle. Just temporarily move the console on the top of the large stainless drum. You will then see 4 screw attaching the front of the dryer to the case. Remove the 4 and remove another 2 on the door rim. Do not remove the 4 screws near the door latch and 2 large screws for the door. You should close the door as usually. Disconnect the top door sensor wire. Swing down the door. It will come off easily. You will see a screw that attachs the heater assembly (that has two thermostats and one heater) to the chasis. Always wear gloves to prevent cuts.

If you search the web, somewhere a good netizen posted pictures for the removal. You don't really need the detailed instructions. It is pretty straightforward.

By the way, if you are only replacing the thermostate on the heater assembly, you can open the vent cover attached to the lower back of the dryer. You will see them there. To remove the entire assembly, I suggest removal of the front (as above) and the vent cover. Some people managed to replace the entire assembly without removing the front. I tried it. It was too difficult to maneuver. Not worth trying. Justo open the front. Trust me. It is easier than you think. I hope someone had told me this before I changed my heater assembly.

My 20 month old Samsung DV218AEB (same as DV218AEW except blue color) dryer all of sudden had no heat. No error code at all. Everything else appeared OK. I opened the vent cover and disconnected on wire from the heater connector. The heater tested open (resistance was infinity) with my multimeter. It should read 10 ohms. The two thermostats both were fine. Their resistances read below 1 ohm. Repair man said this kind of failure is very common for Samsung dryer. I should have kept my working 19 year old Whirlpool dryer!

Apr 17, 2010 | Samsung DV218AEW Electric Dryer

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Sep 02, 2009 | Whirlpool GEW9200L Electric Dryer

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Electic Dryer taking a long time to dry clothes.

unplug dryer there is a panel on the back of dryer bottom 2 screws to remove pull panel out reach inside take belt off motor(note how it comes off) about half way up the back of dryer is a cover (about 3x5) take that cover off you will see a E clip...remove it with a flat screw driver next open door look up and see screws and remove them lift up on lid and from inside remove screws that hold front panel note the way the wires are on door switch lift panel up and out... pull drum out watch for round bushing and washers take lint filter out clean ...lint passage and fan all pipes and element... remove all lint ..if you can get an air tank,it is best to blow the motor out with air ...on the belt puly center should be grease if not put some in...try not to move the element too much( and break it

Aug 20, 2009 | Maytag Dryers

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Dryer must be run several times before clothes will dry

Hi Herrony,
You have a ventilation issue. Somewhere in the internal (inside the wall) vent plumbing is a blockage. This keeps air exiting. Check this website for more information. Before calling a vent cleaning service, locate the dryer exhaust on the outside of your home and check it for obstructions (lint, bird nest, etc...).

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Apr 02, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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I have water developing in my duct. What's going on?

I would suggest you try this simple easyfact finding venture:
remove the vent fromt he dryer(take a bucket as the vent is going to have water in it) pour the water out of the vent,leave the vent off and try drying some loads,IF the unit works as it should( normal dry times) then you will need to have the vent cleaned to the outside. many birds like to place nests in them!
Good Luck!!

Feb 28, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MDE5500AY Electric Dryer

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No heat here either

It appears so. Plugged dryer vent should not cause a problem with control board. Good service tech should be able to use a cordless drill powered brush to clean entire length of vent, providing the vent is not the flex plastic ****. A simple clamp on amp meter test would confirm the dryer element (electric model) to be working. I'd advise you to turn your dryer on and see if you have a strong flow of air out of the outside dryer vent cap. (outside the house, where the bird nest was) Sounds like you could possibly use a new dryer vent cap, with a bird screen cover and a large 4 inch flap. (not the low profile 2 inch flap)

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Kenmore 110.72512101 gas dryer

Are you getting little or no lint on the lint screen? Are the clothes coming out nearly as wet as they went in, but feel warm? If so, you probably have a blockage somewhere in the vent/duct. Don't just check the back of the dryer, but also check the duct thru the wall and the point where it exits the house (exterior wall or roof). Many times birds will nest in the exterior vents or if they have a screen to keep the birds out it may become clogged with lint. If you have a window nearby try drying a load with the vent hose disconnected from the wall and hang it out the window (you COULD vent it into the house, but you may end up with lint everywhere and a lot of moisture in your house).

Jan 02, 2008 | Kenmore 75944 Gas Dryer

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