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Maytag Gas Dryer - Shuts off before clothes are dry - was cleaned ?

Hi -- first of all, I'll say that I'm NOT the most technically inclined person (nor is my husband).

A few months ago he had to replace the dryer vent hose (?). Oh brother.
He ended up doing a slap-dash job ... and put a couple of holes in the wall too. BUT THE DRYER WAS WORKING FINE.

About a week ago he came home with a new metal vent, some tape, proper tools, etc. Cleaned out the lint from the back of the vent and put a new vent pipe in the wall (apparently the one that was in there was short - only stuck out about an inch from the wall, very hard to attach vent pipe/hose to dryer).

Then I looked on-line and found out how to take the front off the Maytag Gas Dryer. (use a putty knife to pop the top, and then remove the two screws).

OMG!! Dust bunnies from Hell! Lint - packed around the blower and everywhere. I clean my lint trap after EACH load, but the inside of the dryer was a mess. So I cleaned it out as well as I could.

I'd like to know how to take the lint screen area COMPLETELY off the door, so I can really get down into the area to clean it.

But here's the problem -- NOW THAT IT'S CLEANED OUT - IT DOESN'T DRY THE CLOTHES! I have to run the dryer 2 or 3 times because it shuts off before the clothes are dry.

Also I noticed that sometimes the outside of the dryer feels REAL hot, and other times just warmish.

HELP!!!! What's wrong?

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Check to make sure no "dust bunnies" got inside you vent hose blocking air flow.

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