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Whirlpool gold ultimate care II dryer GEQ9800pw1-- Where is the service panel located? The back panel will NOT come off. I took all the screws out and it seems to be "glued down". Can you service this from the front "KIK" panel?

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  • tculpeppe623 Jan 31, 2010

    Yes, you can help me some more. The reason I needed to remove the kick panel was because my dryer overheats and then trips the breaker. I put in a new bias thermostat hoping this would help. It did not. I have some other things to try. Any ideas?



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To answer the question regarding access to servicing your model of dryer, it is done from the front. You'll want to re-install any screws/fastener's removed from the back before you proceed. Some dryer's can be serviced from the back...not your's.

**Turn off the power by way of shutting off the breaker at the service panel or unplugging from the wall**

Starting with removing the "kick plate" or "toe panel". The top can also be removed from the front, that requires unscrewing the two screws at either side of the control panel and "flipping" it back to reveal the screw's which hold the top in place. (move the unit out from the wall a few inches for clearance of the wall so you don't damage the control panel or the wall)

If you look closely to the seam where the kick and main front panel meet you'll see clip's at either end. With the aid of a flat screwdriver or puddy knife, push in slightly on these clip's (one at a time) as you pull the kick forward gently. The panel should pull forward on both sides and is then held in place by way of hinge bracket's/clip's at the bottom and will pull off easily.

With the top and front "kick plate" removed you can now remove the entire front panel if necessary. To do this...Undo the spring's from the door hinges. Loosen the screw's at either side supporting the panel (don't remove them, just back them out slightly) then move up to the top of the panel. On the inside of the cabinet facing the front panel will be a screw on either side you must remove completely. While you are removing these upper screws, lean into the panel or have someone support it as it will fall forward when the screws are removed as well it put's less stress on the screws allowing them to be removed with less effort.

**Before pulling the panel off completely take a picture or make a drawing of the location of the door switch wires, you will then need to remove the wires and the panel should be free to remove.**

Hope that explain's the procedure enough for you to move forward. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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