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Lint is collecting inside the housing not exiting via vent.

I need to be able to get inside the dryer in the back so I can re-attach the connecting vent tubes /hoses (the parts which when connected carry the lint and moisture out and away to the exhaust flap on the outside of the house. When I took off the hose where it connects to the dryer, I found the other that the hose has to be connected to just laying inside loose, and handful after handful of lint.

There doesn't appear to be an obvious panel or door to gain access to the interior of the housing so I can see what I and where to re- attach the parts correctly.

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  • repo4u Feb 08, 2009

    i have same problem and along with the lint mess it gets hot and shuts off



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You would need to remove screws holding on the door as well as the opposing screws , after remove th edoor the front "u shaped" panel will pull foward and off, yo may be able to acess the venting from this point

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Check that the dryer duct at the back where it connects the dryer to the wall has not collapsed to restrict air movement to the house vent duct.

Check that the vent duct all the way to the outside of the house is not fully or partially restricted in any way.

Make sure the lint screen is clean.

Make sure there is no buildup of lint inside the dryer where the heat enter the drum.

You should be able to walk outside with the dryer running, and feel a blast of air exiting the dryer vent. If not, find the restriction.

A dryer warming up, and then shutting down is normally a sign of a restricted vent duct at some point in the system. Particularly if nothing is done, and the dryer heats up momentarily when the cycle is tried again.

Reply back your findings for further instruction or information.

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