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First; unplug the dryer from the wall. Now that the unit gas no power to it, you need to remove the front panel to open the top. 1) open the door, you will see a total of 8 screws. Remove them starting on the hinge side (once those are out you can take off the entire door) then the other side. With the screws all out, the front panel is ready to come off. 2) the front panel sits on a couple of holders at the bottom, lean the panel towards you and lift, it will release. 3) you will now see a hook type holder on both sides securing the top down, remove those and the top should flip up on the hinges you already identified. Hope that helps good luck

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