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How do I remove the panel under the door of the dryer to check for any lint build up?

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How do I get into my whirlpool duet front loader dryer to clean the lint out

Hello. First, turn the power off to the dryer or remove the power cord from the AC outlet. Next, locate the 2 screws in-between the upper and lower front panels and at the bottom front of the dryer--there will be 2-3 screws, usually 1/4 inch hex head, and remove them--use a magnetic nut driver, it makes it a whole lot easier! (note:sometimes, to replace the panel, you have to push up on the bottom of the panel hard to get the screw holes to line up again.) Set the panel aside. Open the dryer door and remove the lint screen from the holder. Close the door. Next, notice the blower housing cover, pic 3, #45, lower left corner. There should be 3-4 screws holding the cover to the blower housing. Remove the screws and cover--use caution--most metal edges inside a dryer are unfinished and razor sharp--akin to putting your hand inside a box of razor blades(ask me how I know this, lol). Remove any lint build-up inside the cover with a vacuum. Again, using a vacuum, suck out any lint from inside the blower housing and fan as best you can. Take care to not damage the fan blades! Now, try to remove as much lint build-up as you can with the vacuum. Be especially careful when vacuuming around the mouth of the heater element. Do the best you can. At this point, re-assemble the dryer using the reverse of assembly. If there is still a lot of lint inside the cabinet and you can't reach it--STOP! In order to remove the remaining lint requires removal of the front bulkhead(large metal plate that supports the front of the drum), drum belt, and drum from the cabinet. This is INVOLVED and can be very difficult to re-assemble if you have never done it before. Call for service. I hope I helped you!




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How do I take the cabinet off a GE gas dryer model # DHDSR46GE1WW to check inside?

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Remove the two screws at the front above the drum opening (with the dryer door open). The top panel then lifts off. I removed the screw at each side that holds the front panel to the side panels, tilted the front panel forward, which disengages the front of the drum from the front drum glide bearing. I then lifted the front panel slightly, unhooking the bottom of the panel from the dryer base, and swung the front panel aside.

Oct 10, 2017 | Dryers

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A leading cause of poor drying results in that type of dryer is lint build up in the blower/lint filter housing. That build up will restrict air flow through the dryer causing very long dry times. To repair that the front panel would need to be removed and clean all the lint build up from that housing and blower wheel area.

To remove the front panel DISCONNECT POWER TO THE DRYER, on the bottom of the dryer inside of the door rim will be 2 phillips headed screws,remove those and lift off the top. At the top corners where the front panel connects to the cabinet will be 2 more phillips headed screws remove those and the front panel will pull off and out of the way. With the front panel off the blower housing will be in the lower left side clean lint from it and also the sure to clean all the lint from the lint filter housing which will be attached to the back side of the front panel. In addation to cleaning that area be sure to check and clean the exhaust duct tube as well.


Oct 13, 2011 | General Electric Dryers

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I need to change the door switch. I have the part. Should I take off the top or the front to change that part?

For the model dryer you have listed, the easiest way to access the door switch is to lift the top panel. The switch can then be removed and replaced by following these steps:

1. UNPLUG the dryer and remove the lint screen.

2. Remove the two screws that were under the lint screen and lift the top panel.

3. Unplug the door switch connector plug and any ground wire that may be installed on the casing.

4. Remove defective switch and replace.

NOTE: Now would be a good time to do a routine inspection and cleaning of the interior dryer cabinet to ensure there's no lint build up.

Once repairs are completed, lower the top panel back in place and reinstall the two screws along the lint screen opening.

NOTE: Placing a piece of duct tape over the dryer vent chute will help safeguard against dropping anything down in the blower fan assembly. If you drop any screws down the chute, you will need to remove the dryer back panel to retrieve them.

If you have any questions about this repair, or if the model number is different, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Apr 26, 2011 | Roper RGX4634KQ Gas Dryer

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Runs for a while than shuts off if i take the back off it doesn't shut off.

Usualy this is caused by poor airflow through your dryer. Remove the lint filter and check for a lint build-up near the bottom of your lint filter. If you see a lint build up use a vacuum crevice tool and something long like a fly swatter to loosen the lint as you vacuum. Also check the dryer vent tubing and the outside vent flapper for obstructions. What is happening is your dryer is heating up until the high temp limit protection rhermostat shuts off the heating element.

What I just mentioned is apparently not your problem. You said that your dryer runs then shuts off completely. Check to see if the motor is easily roated by hand with the belt installed. If it is difficult to rotate there is a bearing problem somewhere causing heat to build up in your motor until the thermal overload shuts off the motor. There is a drive belt idler near the motor that can also cause excessive drag on the belt if the bearing has failed. The last thing to check would be the drum rollers located in the groved area on the outside of the rear of your dryer drum. If these have stopped turning they act like a drum brake and can also cause the same symptoms. Removing the back panel allows the chassis to shift enough for the drum to ride lighter on the drum roller even though it may not be turing it is enough for the dryer drum to skid / slide on top of the stuck drum roller yet not shut off.. Hope this helps and good luck. I can help with access issues need be here.

One question I have is does your dryer door open and close properly? Some times a bad door seal or door catch can cause the same symptoms. Open and close the door and losten for a switch click as the door opens or closes not far from the closed position.

Jan 06, 2010 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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How do you access the 70 series gas dryers ingition system ?

I'm assuming your dryer is similar in design to the one you posted this question under. If it is, you need to follow these steps to access the dryer interior cabinet:

1. UNPLUG the dryer and remove the lint screen. If the lint screen is on top of the dryer, proceed to step 2. If the lint screen is located inside the door, skip to step 3.

2. Remove the two screws that were under the lint screen and lift the top panel, proceed to step 4.

3. Lift the top panel of the dryer. On some models this is accomplished by accessing three screws under the operating console. On other models, you simply stand in front of the dryer and grab each rear corner of the top panel and pull the top towards you. This will release the retaining clips and you will be able to lift the top open. Proceed to step 4.

4. Unplug the door switch conector plug and any ground wire that may be installed on the casing.

5. Locate the two screws that hold the front panel in place. There should be one screw on each side in the cabinet interior.

6. With the door shut, lean against the front panel and remove the two screws that hold it in place. Once the screws are removed, grasp the front panel at the top center and lift straight up to remove.

You should now have complete access to the dryer interior.

If you experience any difficulties following these procedures, please post back with a model number (located on a nameplate around the door opening) so that I may be able to provide you with better assistance. I hope this helps you.

Jan 04, 2010 | Kenmore 74602 Gas Dryer

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Broken Belt on Whirlpool Dryer How do you get to the motor

Okay...follow these steps:

1. UNPLUG the dryer before servicing.
2. Lift the lint screen door on top if the dryer and remove lint screen.
3. Remove the two screws under the lint screen door.
4. With the screws removed, the top panel will slide towards you, then lift up. Open the panel up and rest against the wall.
5. Carefully disconnect the door switch connector plug (white plastic connector).
6. With the door securely closed, remove the two screws that hold the front panel in place. There should be one screw on the interior cabinet on either side. Position your body to hold the panel in place as you remove the screws in order to prevent the panel from falling.
7. With the door latch disconnected and screws removed, the entire front panel should lift up and off. Set aside.
8. You should have access to the dryer interior now. The drum is designed to be removable. You can replace the belt with the drum in place, or remove it. The choice is yours. NOTE: This is a good time to remove the drum and inspect the dryer interior for lint build up and lubricate the drum roller supports.
9. The following link will explain how to properly route the dryer belt on your dryer:

Scroll down to "Whirlpool". You should be using diagram H.

NOTE: If you removed the drum, make sure it is properly re-installed before installing the belt. This is accomplished by inserting the back of the drum so the rear groove rests on top of the rollers. While holding it in place and supporting the front of the drum, slowly rotate clockwise until you feel the rollers engage into the groove.

10. Re-install front panel by aligning the two small square holes on the back of the front panel bottom with the two small black cleats on the side panel front edges. This may require assistance if you cannot accomplish on your own. Insert panel and hold in place as you reinstall screws.

11. IMPORTANT: Reconnect door switch connector plug or dryer will not run.

12. Lower top panel back in place and re-install the two screws under the lint screen door.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you require further assistance, please let me know.

Dec 11, 2008 | Dryers

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Put dryer belt on maytag dryer

generic maytag dryer belt replacement

type 1:older models by Maytag with lintscreen under door
  • unplug dryer
  • remove 2 screws from under front panel
  • tilt front panel up from the bottom and unclip top
  • remove door switch wires
  • set front panel aside
  • remove front drum retainer 2 screws each side
type 2:newer models by whirlpool lint screen in top cover
  • unplug dryer
  • remove lint screen
  • remove 2 screws under lint screen
  • with putty knife or other blunt blade
    unclip spring clips at front corners of top panel
  • tilt front panel up
  • remove 1 screw each side of front panel 1/2 way from top
  • remopve door switch wires
  • tilt front panel down and unclip
  • set front panel aside
  • withdraw drum forward
  • examine drum rollers for wear
    if worn or locked replace in pairs
  • examine felts and nylon glides(if fitted) for wear
    if worn replace
  • examin case floor for tensioner
    (sometimes broken belt ends pull the tensioner out of place its easy to see the slots on the case floor for the 2 feet and spring, looks like a power socket)
  • loop new belt around drum at wear mark of old belt
  • insert drum
  • loop belt around motor pulley
  • pull tensioner to end of travel against spring
  • loop belt around tensioner
  • relax tensioner
  • rotate drum by hand to make sure belt wont jump off
reassemble in reverse order

Oct 29, 2008 | Maytag Dryers

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Replace thermostat SDE305DAYW

To replace a thermostat, 1st unplug the unit. Next remove the bottom panel (2 5/16 screws) The part under where your lint screen goes is your is your lint duct. Next to it on the right and back just a little bit is your thermostat. Most people change a thermostat when there are other problems causing long dry times. Check your vent to make sure it's clean and flowing well. Make sure your vent hose behind the dryer is not kinked or bent. Clean your mositure sensors (the silver bars on the inside of your dryer drum) by rubbing them with the abrasive side of a sponge or a smooth sand paper to remove the clear build up from detergents and dryer sheets. Lastly check the area underneath your lint screen. Is there much build up? This can be mostly cleared just by using a long thin vaccume cleaner attachment.

Jun 18, 2008 | Dryers

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Heating element

IF you have the dryer pictured above,

You'll have to remove the console (screws behind covers on endcaps.) Then flip the console up and remove three screws holding the top panel down. Slide the top panel toward you and remove. Disconnect light and door switches (top front left.) Remove the toe panel (putty knife on two tabs top left and right.) Open the door and remove the lint screen. Close the door and remove the metal triangular box around the lint screen. Remove the screws at each corner of the front panel. Lift and rotate the front panel slightly clockwise to get the basket off the rollers. Reach under the basket to disconnect the belt from the motor. Lift the belt and the basket out of the machine. You can now reach the heater on the bottom left.

Before you do anything, unplug the machine, remove the lint screen, toe panel, and metal box and check the white plastic thermal fuse on top of the blower housing with an ohm meter. It should read less than one ohm.

Mar 09, 2008 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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