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Metal screen where heat input is has sharp edges...

My Amana gas dryer has a heat input toward the rear of the tumbling compartment covered by a metal screen with 1/4" holes. There is an accumulation of dark residue and it appears that part of the screen. The sharp edges seem to be damaging the clothes. There does not seem to be a way to remove and replace this screen without changing out the entire rear wall of the dryer. Any suggestions?

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  • gokings814 May 10, 2009

    If you look on the #7 rear bulkhead diagram, it is item #2 "heat duct cover". I cannot find the screw that is listed on this diagram in order to replace the part though. (part no. 503605). The diagram you referenced is very helpful though.

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Http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/model-display.php Go to this site and put in your model number. The picture I found does not fit your description.

Posted on May 10, 2009

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    mike kirschbaum May 11, 2009

    If you can't see the screw #3 you are going to have to get heat duct #1 exposed. That may be a real chore, I'm suprised they didn't make the screw accessable. Hopefully the drawings will help you to see how the unit comes apart. You may be able to get the part from your local dealer.

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