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The dryer smells when running like a burnt smell. How can I take it apart to clean the inside?

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Remove screws on front of dryer there should be four two at top and bottom under door .you will see your heating element you need to clean it very good then check yor hose on rear to make sure it;s clean and not clogged.. you will probley see a lot of lint.but take your time and good luck..vickie

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