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I have a Kenmore front load dryer. I need the bottom panel off how do I take it off?

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  • roedogg Feb 09, 2008

    Thanks, I am trying to change the thermistor control, I see it. Is there an easy way to do this, the air duct seems to be in the way and the wires are on the thermistor very tight. I am afraid I will break the tab from the thermistor and have to rewire it. I clearly don't know what I am doing.

  • roedogg Feb 10, 2008

    Thank you, honestly I got impatient and called a repairman, I couldn't find my needle nose pliers, or a screwdriver long enough. I didn't want to take everything apart and wasn't 100% sure it was the problem. Apparently, it wasn't the only problem the mositure sensor wasn't reading on the ohm meter. At least I didn't have to change what I thought was the problem the Control Panel board.

  • AKCLC Mar 03, 2008

    I have a general electric gas dryer and need to replace the drum felt is making horrible noise. Mod # DNSR473GVOAA but can not figure out how to get the panels off? How do I remove the panels to access the drum?

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First of all, UNPLUG the dryer if you plan on servicing the inside. There are still dangerous voltages present with the dryer turned off.

Lift the front of the dryer slightly in order to place a block of wood under the front feet (I recommend a couple of small pieces of 2 x 4). This will give you access to the screws without having to hold the machine up at the same time. There should be a couple of torx style screws under the bottom seam of the panel. Remove these screws and the panel should drop down and come off. Sometimes these panels can stick. If this occurs, tap on the side slightly and it shoudl come free. I hope this helps you. If you have any further questions, please post back with your comments.

Posted on Feb 07, 2008

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    Jeff Rockwell Feb 09, 2008

    An easier way to gain access is to remove the drum, but I don't think you want to do that. On this model washer it involves removing the dryer top, operator control panel, the front panel with the door and the drum. This elevates a somewhat simple job to one that becomes quite involved for someone that has never worked on one of these type dryers before. I try not to discourage anyone from attempting to make repairs themselves. However, if gaining more access can make the job more difficult, I will not recommend it. The wire lugs can be a bit tight at times. This is actually a good thing. We don't need wires coming loose inside a dryer. If you are able to get a good grip on the wire lugs with a pair off needle nose pliers, I would recommend you give that a try. Try not to grab the wires. Grab the lug itself. Slowly rock the lug back and forth sideways as you gradually pull. It should come off. Are you attempting to replace the thermal cut-out? If this is the TCO or High Limit Thermostat, you may be able to remove the back of the dryer and get better access that way. Let me know if this helps.

  • Mshi320 Feb 13, 2011

    I got the front panel off, cleaned inside and put it back together and now it makes a high pitched whirring sound. everything's back in place. Any ideas

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