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Trying to access gas valve on whirpool estates dryer

There is no access door does the entire front panel come off and how do I do this. I am a heating and cooling contractor and should not have a problem solving issues of gas valves fame sensors ignitors etc. I just cant get into it. help

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  • b31bummer Jun 22, 2009

    The dryer is a whirlpool estates model number TGDX640JQ3 To get the panel off just use a little pressure? Front clips will pop out? It almost looks like the front panel needs to go a specific way. Any more details?

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You acess these from the front of the unit.you can take the front door off and the front clip should pop open. you can get the repair manual and parts from www.techray.com click on the guru guy and use the drop down menus to get your parts. It looks like you know what you are doing but if you need assistance please let me know

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If your talking bout a dryer then yes. standard front loader? have to take off panel and remove tub. let me know what kind of dryer and i can tell you how to remove panel

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I know this is rather lengthy, so take your time and read thoroughly. This is not a difficult repair at all. If you still have questions, please let me know. I hope you find this helpful.

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