i removed my dryer filter and noticed a lot of dust balls at the bottom of the casing that holds the filter. i wrapped a small, damp rag (a 1/4 length of facecloth) around a stick and tried to clean out the debris, as my vacuum hose extender would not reach that far down. i lost hold of the rag and it just seemed to disappear. i think that it may have gone into the dryer motor area. i am afraid to start the dryer, in the hope that it will be forced back toward me. this happened when the dryer was new. someone forgot to replace the filter and a sock got into the same area and stopped the motor. however, when the repair man came, he removed the sock in about 2 minutes. i didn't watch to see how he accessed it. i would like to try it myself and avoid the $125. service charge. would appreciate your help. thanks, sall
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Re: rag lost under dryer filter
Sall, there should be a lower panel on this dryer that can be removed. Two screws on the bottom and it should pull out and down. Once the panel is off you will be looking at the blower housing. With the filter out, remove the screws securing the blower housing and lift out. Now the blower wheel is exposed and you should be able to see the rag. Catriver..post back.
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Brian, look inside your drum for some curved strips of metal that may be 6-8 inches in length. There may be two of them that run parallel to each other about half an inch apart. This is your moisture sensor. If you use dryer sheets like a lot of people do you may have an issue where there is a build up of residue from the dryer sheets on the sensors. Take some rubbing alcohol and some cotton balls or a rag and wipe down the sensor strips. If they come back blue in color there is build up on the strips. Keep wiping down until you no longer get any blue color. That build up can make the dryer think that the clothes are dry and shuts the dryer down. Hope this helps, I have done this on a couple of different dryers and it made a big difference.
Seems unlikely for the ball to escape, so be sure it is in there. Perhaps you can tilt the dryer up in front and support on blocks while you look under for it and look for the hidden fasteners which may be spring clips holding the cover!
You have two problems
1...Plugged up vent pipe,dryer blower,or jammed/broken blower wheel
2.Drum rollers getting noisy.
Clean entire dryer, tubeing and vent pipe. Check blower wheel for obstructions,ie.ball pen,sock,ball of lint,etc.
ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE STARTING ANY REPAIRS Note: This method works with most front loading machines. Remove the electrical console that holds the timer switch, start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer if you have to. Note: Some tops hinge and tilt backwards so they do not have to be removed and the electrical console with stay with the lid. Also remove the lint filter and the screws holding the lint filter housing in place. Be REAL CAREFUL not to knock any of the wires off of the timer switch. Then remove the top of the dryer. Remove the front of the dryer by removing two screws located on either side of the top of the dryer housing and unplug the door switch. This will expose the drum and belt. Remove the drum and belt and this will expose the drum rollers, idler arm pulley and motor.Now is a good time to replace the front felt seal on the drum if it needs to be replaced. Be sure to use a good grade of weatherproof cement on the seal to glue it to the drum, sometimes the glue is furnished with the seal. Now is also a good time to check the belt to see if it has slipped off of the idler arm pulley and also to check the belt condition for wear. Be sure to note the route of the belt, this will come in handy when you go to reinstall the belt. Check your drum rollers for flat spots or wear, if they have flat spots or wear they will make a thumping type of noise. If your drum rollers have too much wear on them replace them. If the drum rollers don't have flat spots or wear on them and are only squeeling then they probably only need lubrication. Remove the rollers and clean the shafts that the roller rolls on, remove any hair,dust,etc from roller and shaft. Lubricate the shaft of the rollers with a good grade of machine oil such as 3 in One oil, or a light lubricant like Vaseline. Reassemble the dryer. Plug back into your electrical receptical. This should solve your noise problem. Please take time to rate me
Remove lint screen. Remove bottom front kick panel (usually three to four screws on very bottom front), There is a metal lint filter air duct assembly that has three to four screws holding it on. Usually one on each upper side of the duct, and one that has a bent metal bracket holding the bottom to the blower housing. This metal duct is dead center in the dryer under the door and ducts over to the bottom left. Remove the screws and pull the duct down and out. You can now clean this assembly. Needless to say, always unglug the dryer or turn it off at the circuit breaker before doing this job. I recommend that you do this at least once a year on the dryer, and clean out the washer lint and coin catcher at least once a year. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists.
Take the top off the dryer. You can access it from the back and remove the screws. You will probably find a lot of dust as well. You can also lay the dryer on its frontside to get to the bottom. There isn't going to be anything you can damage here. Vacuum it well especially around the motor.
I use a putty knife to press against the spring clips to pop the top. Then I use a quarter inch nutdriver to remove the screws holding the front panel on. I remove the wires from the door switch and lift out the front panel. I remove the drum and put the dryer on a work bench or a tailgate. I inspect the blower wheel(most of the time they get loose). I get the ball of lint out of the front panel filter housing. I vacuum out the dryer with my shopvac. I oil the rollers and idler and inspect the drum slides for wear. I loop a new belt rib side down to the drum and set it back in the dryer. With my left hand I drop the belt under the motor pulley and raise up the idler looping the belt on it and let the tension hold the idler. I manually slowly turn the drum to make sure the belt is secure and not twisted. I place the front back on. Snap the top down and give her a try. Piece of cake.
I have come across this before. Here is what I think might be the problema. Keep in mind as the filter housing gets more and more blocked it tends to trap more and more lint in the opening between the drum and the filter housing. This causes a big ball of lint to glob up in that opening. To properly clean it you must remove the filter housing. That means you gotta get the front off and remove the tub. Then remove the screws holding the filter housing below and above and get it out of the dryer. Wash it down. Blow out the rest of the inside of the dryer. Air must be able to move freely throughout a dryer. So get the filter out. pop the top with a putty knife, remove the front panel screws. raise up on the front panel to keep from breaking the bottom panel clips. take the idler loose, get the drum out. then get the filter housing out. This is not hard.
idf top mount filter remove screws under filter lid remove nback cover remove 4 screws holding cover and lint housing to back pull housing down and out ..something may be hitting wheel just clean and reassemble ..on inside door filter remove bottom cove remove filter remove screws holding filter/blower cover in place ckd for smae objects clean and reassemble
Here is the answer to my own question and for anyone else who may have
a similar noise problem with coins , metal objects, etc getting under
the vanes or fins in the dryer drum. DISCONNECT OR UNPLUG DRYER-Remove
4 screws from the back edge of the control panel on the back of the
dryer. Then lift up on the backside of the cover that also has the
control unit attached to it. Slide the top cover towards the front of
the dryer and then lift up on front and lay the entire cover and
control panel towards the back of the dryer. A wall works great to hold
this out of your way. The control panel remains on the cover and the
drum will stay intact. Rotate the drum to locate which fin or vane the
object is located. Move this vane to top and then remove three screws
that is holding the vane. These are course threaded screws that screw
into the plastic vanes. a nu6t driver was required. After removing the
vane I found a quarter, and a few lint balls, There are only three
vanes in the drum, so take about 10 more minutes and remove all three
vanes to clean out the lint.To reinstall cover slide the cover back
onto the two clips(one on each side) push towards back, checking to
make sure front is held down by the clips, then replace the 4 screws on
backside of dryer. If the lady of the house is around, it would now be
a good time to clean out from behind and under the dryer to get up the
rest of the dust, lint, and whatever remains or was lost.