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How to open a kenmore dryer for service, running but no heat, access front or rear of dryer

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    mod: 110c64966300

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Depends on the model.

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

  • i could not find that model listed.
    but i will tell you that if the lint screen is on top then the heater is in the back.



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Put the back panel back, and hope you havent done permanent damage
the back does not come off roper dryers for service
the front does
the back panel serves solely as a mounting point for important fixtures
there is no reset button
there are thermal fuses, if the thermal fuse, mounted on the exhaust duct or fan housing has failed, it must be replaced, but they are not expensive
look like this de074eb.jpgbcb6b5f.jpg to access the dryer mechanism

unplug dryer
remove lint filter
remove 2 screws under lint filter
with putty knife or other blunt blade, depress spring catches at front corners of top cover
raise front cover
remove 1 screw each side of front panel 1/3 from top
remove door switch wires
remove front panel set aside
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while the dryer is open
Clean the lint out of fan, fan housing, ducts
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