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Lint has built up inside the 3 plastic fins of Whirlpool Duet

Lint has built up inside the 3 plastic fins (baffles--?) inside the dryer. How do I remove the fins/baffles in order to clean them out?

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  • mwaid82 Jan 31, 2010

    Model GEW9200LW0 Whirlpool Duet, purchased new in 2002.

    Lint screen is in the lower front panel, accessible at the bottom of the door.

  • mwaid82 Jan 31, 2010

    Model GEW9200LW0 Whirlpool Duet, purchased new in 2002.

    Lint screen is in the lower front panel, accessible at the bottom of the door.

  • mwaid82 Feb 01, 2010

    Your solution worked! Thanks for the helpful directions!

    We also took the front cover off and cleaned all the accumulated lint out from the inside "guts" of the dryer; also took the black cover off of the fan and discovered it was half-full of lint.

    Thanks again...I am afraid we were awfully close to having a fire!

    Anyone reading this--go clean the lint out of your dryer. Just cleaning the lint screen is not enough!!

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What is the model Number. Does your lint screen go thru the top or is it in the door.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010

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  • Ricky Harrelson
    Ricky Harrelson Jan 31, 2010

    There should be 3 screws at the back of the top section. Remove these screws going across back then slide top to rear and lift off. From here you will be able to see the screws holding the baffles. Hope this has been helpful.

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