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Taking the back off a GE dryer

How do you get the back off of a GE dryer to clean the guts of lint?

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You typically don't remove the back of a GE dryer. The Top comes off with 2 screws located in the top of the door opening and then the front has 2 screws that are located on the inside wall. Remove those screws and pull the front of the dryer out towards you from the top to expose the door switch and wires, disconnect those, lift up on the front and you have access to the entire inside of the shell.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008

  • Sil Marilli Jun 05, 2011

    The wife was complaining about how the dryer wasn't drying the way it used to. She thought perhaps we needed a whole new one, but I thought perhaps there was a lint buildup either in the exhaust tubing or around the fan. Since GE, in their infinite wisdom, fails to provide adequate repair procedures for simple cleaning, I was under the impression I had to remove the rear. This hint saved me a lot of time and effort, not to mention $$$. Thanks for the tip.

  • Robert Fawbush Jun 06, 2011

    You are more than welcome. I do apartment maintenance and there is wher I learned the trick to GE dryers. Simple machines when you look at them, but extremely difficult to disect with no instructions. Very glad to have helped.

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