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Cleaning out dryer

I would like to open up the dryer and clean it out

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  • bolisa Apr 01, 2009

    I have lint building up behind the drum of my dryer, and I can see it through the holes in the back of my dryer, how do I get that out?

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Okay. If the dryer is running well, there's no need to open the dryer to clean it. Clen aou the lint filer and wuth a special brush get any lint out of the area where the lint filter goes. Run a brush or vaccuum cleaner hose or your hand up the lint tubing and get all the accumulated lint out. Don't forget the vent leading outside.

If you MUST go into the dryer to clean it, check for a repair manual online or at an appliance store. ALWAYS unplug it from any power and if it's a gas dryer be carefull with the gas line. You may have a valve to temporarily shut off the gas flow. Turn it off in case you break the line when moving the dryer, if necessary.

Depending on the model dryer you have will determine how you get in. There are usually mounting screws on the bottom or bottom front (someone had to assemble it and if they can put it together you can take it apart) that hold the sheet metal "skin" on the frame. Once you 've removed the front and are inside, you'll see if the drum rides on rollers or just on a felt seal on the front. The tension of the belt may pull the drum down so be careful and watch out for sharp edges on that sheet metal.

This would also be a good time to check the belt for fraying. If it's an electric dryer there is a heat coil. Look for loose or heat-damaged wires.

Disconnect the vent tubing from the vent in back and using a brush designed for dryers, or a vaccuum cleaner, or your hand, pull any lint out of the dryer vent hose and the dryer itself. You might lube the rollers if it has any and check if the drum rides on supports or a felt seal that might be wearing down. And give the lint filter a good cleaning. Check it for holes, tears, and other damage.

Once all the lint is gone, and you find the spare change that dropped into the bottom, and maybe found that missing sock, you reverse the process. Put it all back together, making sure the drum spins freely by hand. Reattach the vent hose, and then plug it in, (turn on the gas if applicable), and before you shove it back into place give it a test run to make sure the motor turns the drum and the heat works.

Dryer maintenance once a year will keep it clean and running well.

On the other hand if it requires special tools, or if opening it up will void your warranty, call a qualified repair technician.

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