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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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Re: felt belt hanging above dryer door

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.

Posted on Jul 11, 2007

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Re: felt belt hanging above dryer door

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

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I had this same problem 3 weeks ago, and here is what I found.
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