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Re: Taking the back off a GE dryer
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.
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A clogged or partially clogged vent will reduce the air flow through the dryer and greatly increase the drying time. I assume you checked the drying time again after you cleaned the vents. Have you also checked that the lint trap is clean? Make sure no lint has found it's way around the lint trap and has jammed the intake.
I would be very suspicious of the 240 v breaker double breaker feeding the dyrer; maybe the dryer is only running on 120 vac instead of the full 240vac. The motor would be getting full power, but the heating element would only be getting half power.
We had the same problem and we had cleaned the vent but the problem was the vent was packed from inside the wall up to the
roof. Our dryer is not vented through the wall and oustside it is vented through the wall and up to the roof our was cloged up to
the screen in the roof. We used fridge brush with hard brissles a
ajustable handle dust mop that gave us the length we needed and
a wet dry vac you would not believe how much lint was packed into
the vent pipe if you need more info email me.
Dryer Repair. In most cases the problem lies in the vent. Your vent may have partially blocked with lint. The first step is to have vent cleaned out by a vent cleaning company or else buy the "whirlybird" drill attachment and do it yourself. Of course, this is assuming you are getting heat inside the drum. Hope this helps,
This may sound a bit over simplified but when a dryer starts to get hot inside it is a sign of an airflow problem.
Start with the outside vent flapper. Check to see if there is lint build up on the flapper / louvers.
Pull off the vent hose and check for lint build up. If the vent hose is a flexible plastic hose they have a tendancy to clog with lint in the sprials and then the lint contines to build up until airflow is restricted.
After checking external vents and ducts next remove the lint filter. If you use dryer sheets wash the filter with white vinegar to remove the build up. It may appear clean but the material from the dryer sheets clogs the filters.
In the area around the lint filter check the ducting / air passages for lint build up and clean it.
In the process of all the cleaning do NOT use anything sharp. A vacuum crevice tool and a Looped metal coat hanger do wonders for cleaning assistance.
Before you reconnect the dryer vent try running the dryer with a light load of anything wet to see if it drys properly with the vent disconnected. After that reconnect the vent and repeat the same drying test to see if the drying times are close to the same.
This should solve your hot dryer problem.. If it does not then respond here and we can talk about taking your dryer apart.
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the air flow out of the dryer it should be a very high volume.
I recently solved this problem on my ELECTRIC dryer by taking apart the lint
collection area. Some dryers allow you to do this by removing a couple
screws surrounding the lint screen holder. Others require some
dis-assembly of the top and front panel.
Once you have access behind or below the lint screen, use your hands or a
strong vacuum (shop-vac) to clean out any collected lint that has
fallen below the collection screen and settled in the exhaust duct. I
pulled out about 100 cubic inches (~1.6 liters) of collected lint, cat
hair, and debris that was obstructing air flow.
Obstructed airflow can cause metal parts near the electric heating element to
overheat and scorch clothing and is a serious fire hazard. I expect similar problems can occur with gas dryers.
The main area that you have to clean is the pipe leading from the back of your dryer to outdoors. Pull your dryer away from the wall. Unplug it. Unfasten the vent pipe. Now look into the back of the dryer exhaust and remove any lint you see there then look into the vent pipe and remove any lint. Finally go outdoors and remove any lint you see in the pipe or the pipe grill/cover.