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Sears Dryer 417.80042990

When drying clothes they seem to get stuck somewhere in the drum and get scorched with a brown spot about a 1/4" wide and 1.5"s long. The dryer is 6 years old.

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  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2007

    I am having the same problem with scorched clothes. It does not matter what the temp is set to or whether there are a lot of clothes, a medium or small load. It doesn't matter whether it is a light piece or a heavy piece of clothing. It might be happening to most of the clothes, but I am obviously seeing it on lighter colored clothing for the most part. It can ruin a $50. dress shirt in a matter of 15 min. I have found that saturating the spot with a small amount of peroxide followed by a small amount of ammonia then rubbing with a toothbrush followed by a rinse in cold water will take some of the mark out. It's not the ideal solution but helps. I've had it with Kenmore products.

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2008

    I have the exact same problem.

  • judeebee Aug 09, 2008

    I have the same problem - dryer is 9 years old and I bought it new. I like the way the stacking washer and dryer fit in my closet. I am not able to do the repair myself and hate the brown spots on my clothes. I know they still make these units. Has this problem been fixed on the newer models? At this point, should I have this fixed or get new?

  • sejman Nov 08, 2008

    I just did the fix using the new felt/plastic guide. My dryer is about 8 years old and the plastic guides were completely worn through - and we are just a family of 4. The instructions made a note to inspect the inner drum area that rides on the felt/nylon guide, saying that it must be smooth with paint intact. Right! There was no paint left on mine - it was worn very smooth except for two areas that had rust stains. I can't believe that a painted surface would remain painted while riding on this felt/plastic surface for very long! The worst issue is the rust - it is what caused the "scorch" marks on the clothes. I used some fine sandpaper to remove the rust areas from the drum, but I'm not optimistic that it won't reappear given the warm humid environment of a dryer. Hopefully the new guides will keep the gap between the front of the drum and the guides smaller and make it less probable that clothes can find their way into this area.

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What is happening here, is that the front bering (the area between the front and the drum) has become worn. Its not a very expensive or time consuming job really. Remove the top, then remove the front. You will tilt down the front and door assembly. Dont worry about the drum falling out, Frigidaire uses a ball and hitch rear bering that will hold it in place. On the very top of the door opening indise the front cover (where the drum rides on that felt) you should see a felt like covering with like 4 or 5 plastic type drum glides. Replace the top half of this felt with those plastic glides attached (should be attached). Just re-glue the felt to the drum (glue should come with part, and watch it, this glue is for real if you get it on you). If you wanted to be a real explorer, its always a good idea the lube or grease the rear bering of these Frigidaire's while your this far into it. If you want to, just remove the belt (remembering how it went back on the idler pully), then, with two towels around your hands, grasp the drum at around the 10 o'clock position and tug upwards to remove the drum from the rear bering. Also be sure to remove the drum upper support (yellow looking clip thing front center that will hold the drum until you remove it). Use a good quality-high temp grease inside the bering and the ball on the back of the drum. This will ensure you wont have to go back in there again normally for the rest of your dryers lifetime. Enclosed a picture of the front bering glides and felt:

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And a small break down of the front section. Your part will be #20 that you will be replacing.


http://www3.sears.com/imaging/ImagePageJava.shtml?productTypeID=0151200&brandID=0582&modelDesc=DRYER&modelNumber=41780042990&documentID=P0010402&documentTypeID=PLDM&documentClassCode=PM&titleType=DOOR&titleID=00002&

Let me know if you need any further assistance or have any other concerns or needs. Good Luck!!!! Jim

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