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Felt belt hanging above dryer door

About a week ago I opened up the dryer box (removed door assembly) to vacuum out any build up of lint. Now I have a grey felt strip about 2 inches across dangling in the doorway and emerging all around the top edge of the drum. Now do I need to buy a part or is this something that I caused by vacuuming out the interior. Is it something that is usuallly wedged in place or has broken or lost its stick-um? Thanks for any words of wisdom.

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  • Joe Lukert Jul 09, 2007

    Ok I went to a parts site and found felt drum seals ranging from $10 to 25 and $10 for the high temperature adhesive also found cylinder felt seals. I thought remove door, repostition felt and maybe glue if needed. Now what is a partial machine strip down? That sounds like I am over my head and need to call the guy in the blue jumpsuit. My lint fire hazard worry seems to have just caused problems and there was neligible lint after almost 3 years anyway.



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A few screws and locking clips and the whole front will come off, is that what you mean by a "partial machine strip down"? I took off the front to vaccum out lint that was not there and later found the felt strip was out partially. My old dryers would fill up in the box so I thought I would have to routinely clean this one, oops I created my own problem I think. Thanks for both lightning responses and it is back to the dryer for me as I think you have SOLVED my problem.

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It sounds like the front drum seal, this is what the drum runs on and seals the surround for fluff ingress. if it is hanging down then it is damaged and will need replacing which will be a partial machine stripdown.

Posted on Jul 09, 2007

  • tony howlett Jul 10, 2007

    if there is not much lint got through you may have found the problem quickly. if you feel you can pull the door opening forward enough to replace the seal then certainly try it, the only reason we strip it down further is to guarantee a good and lasting repair, tony.



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type I: maytag:kenmore stackable:speedqueen:
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type II: Kenmore:whirlpool:ge:frigidaire
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  • remove door switch cable from door switch
  • lift door off set aside
  • remove screws from bottom bend of front panel
  • lift front panel off
  • remove doo switch cable
  • sent front panel aside
  1. drum motor felts and bearings are now accessible.
  2. lift drum and withdraw fully forwards
  3. with drum removed check support rollers for free movement, check drum slides and/or drum felts for wear, easier to replace now, if worn, than have bearings or slides cause belt to break again.
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tensioner sketch is approximate, pulley may be on top run pulling down, or bottom run pushing up

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