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There can be many reasons why your dryer will not start or turn...

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How do i pull th bottom off to clean vents?

i looked up your model dryer,your lint filter is on top so your duct or shute that the lint filter slides into is in the back.unplug the dryer,pull it a little way from the wall,look in the back to see how long the vent line is,then slide the dryer out enough so you can remove the vent line without ripping it off the dryer depending on how it's attached,some are clamped,some just slide out if connected to an elbow piece of vent tubing, taped on or some are screwed on.remove the vent line pull the dryer out and remove the back panel,on the left side you'll see the shute or metal duct, pull out the lint filter and remove the two phillips screws,remove the 4 screws that hold the duct on,remove the duct and clean it out,with a shop vac vac up any lint in the blower wheel and what's visible then set the vac to blow and blow out the blower wheel,the pipe where the vent line connects and the heater box on the right side,put the dryer back together except for the two phillips screws on if the vent line is long i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,just stick the leaf blower into the vent line and blow all the lint outside,first go outside and look at the hood where the air blows out,make sure nothing is blocking it,if there's a cage or like chicken wire remove it and keep it off so no lint can get trapped in it,you want the lint to blow outside freely,before you even start to clean out the dryer and vent you can start the dryer,go outside and check how strong the air is blowing out and then check it after you clean it out,it should be stronger,another sign that something is blocked is your clothes take longer to you should pull the front apart and clean the inside video,it will show you what to do.hope this helps and you should do this around every year to 18's easier than it sounds to do

May 24, 2013 | Whirlpool LER4634J Electric Dryer

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Won't work. No service code.

the first things to check is the door switch,open the door and push in the switch,if it doesn\'t click when pushed in the switch is bad,next thing to check is the belt,on some models there\'s a switch on the pulley assy. if there isn\'t any tension on the pulley the dryer won\'t start.if you need more help i need the model number off of the dryer,open the door and lolook around the opening where you put the clothes in and you\'ll see a tag with the model number,if the dryer hasn\'t been taken apart and cleaned out the thermal fuse could have popped,if the dryer gets to hot inside from a blocked vent line or the duct that the lint filter slides into is blocked the fuse will pop and it\'s non resetable.

Mar 18, 2013 | Kenmore Dryers

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Gas lights up for about 5 minutes and then burns out. Try to turn on dryer again, but flame won't light. I let dryer sit for aout 30 minutes and turn on again - flame starts up, but will only last...

If the flame is shutting of before it reaches the operating temperatures the likely failure is a restricted venting system. There is a high limit thermostat that will cause the flame to shut off if there is a lack of airflow due to a restriction in the vent system. Remove the lint filter screen and clean in with soap and water. The filter may appear clean but it could have a clear film of fabric softener residue covering it causing a restriction in the air flow too. After cleaning the filter reinstall it before running the next test.

For testing purposes only, disconnect the dryer vent hose from the back of the dryer and put a normal load of clothes in the dryer and start the dryer. If the clothes dry in the normal amount of time that would confirm a restriction in the vent hose or the venting system. NOTE: Do not leave the vent hose disconnected after running the test. Reconnect the vent hose.

You will likely find the clothes drying in the normal amount of time indicating a restriction in the venting.

Aug 02, 2011 | Whirlpool Duet 7.0 Cu. Ft. 7-Cycle Super...

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My dryer shuts off mid-cycle. It heats up and the drum turns but it will shut off mid-cycle. Sometimes it will re-start immediately and sometimes it takes about 15 minutes before it will start again. Any...

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.

There are only 2 causes for this....
restricted Air flow or
broken / damaged blower fan wheel

- Start by pulling the lint filter and washing it with vinegar and water then soap and water to remove any dryer sheet particulate that blocks what appears to be clean filters.
- Next clean out every dryer passage you can access.... use a vacuum with crevice tool and a "U" bent wire coat hanger to get all of the lint out of the lint filter area DEEP down inside....
- Then pull off the dryer duct from the rear of the dryer and clean the internal ducting of the dryer.
- After you think you are done cleaning... reverse the vacuum airflow to pressure... if you see lint floating in the air your not done cleaning. Start over...
- Next follow the duct work all the way through to the outside wall and OUTSIDE. Clean the dryer vent on BOTH sides of the vent flapper outside the home.

- Before hooking up / re-connecting the dryer ducting again to the back of the dryer... turn on the dryer. Use the back of your relaxed hand over the duct / vent outlet of the dryer... the air flow must be strong enough to push a relaxed hand / wrist gently away from the hole.. IF you do not have this kind of air flow after your cleaning session... the most probable failure is the hub of the blower wheel / fan is cracked allowing the blower to spin on the motor shaft.

I think once you get things cleaned up... your dryer will return to normal again. My last comment.... and I am being honest. I have made a lot of money... cleaning out dryer duct work after the customer said they had cleaned it very well. I finished the job they started.... and got paid for doing so. I am passing on 40 + years experience here for free because I believe in helping people help themselves..

Thanks for choosing FixYa,

Apr 17, 2011 | Dryers

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Dryer only gets hot about 1 out of 6 times. Have replaced fuse & thermostats. any other suggestions?

why did you replace all those parts?next time use a meter,pull at least one wire off the part you want to check,if you get ant reading the part is good,if it stays on 1 the part is bad,it's that simple,also most parts either work or they don't so if this does heat and you say sometimes it doesn't.when was the last time the dryer was cleaned out?unplug the dryer,pull out the filter,remove the two screws in front of the filter,remove the vent line,if the vent line is a long run to the outside vent blow it out with a leaf blower,then remove the back panel,on the left side remove the four screws and remove the duct that the lint filter slides into,after you clean it look for any loose wires,check where the cord connects to the dryer and check the wires going to the heating element,also with a screw driver you can pop up the top panel,remove the two 5/16 inch screws one on each side,disconnect the door switch and pull up on the front panel and remove it and clean out the cabinet,if you have a shop vac blow off the motor,if you clean the dryer once every two years your dryer will last a long time.let me know how you make out and if you need any more help.

Feb 06, 2011 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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Why is my maytag dryer running for a long time but not getting my clothes dry, and the vent pipe its clean?

I note the vent is clean.... Now start checking for heat from that vent with the dryer on. You did not mention the model number so we at FixYa do not know if this is a gas or electric dryer. If it is electric cycle the circuit breaker to off (PUSH hard to OFF) then back on. There is a chance that only 1 breaker is connected. It would run and not heat.

Also the airflow out the back of the dryer should gently push a relaxed hand / wrist away from the vent outlet. If it does not do this you have an airflow problem. Look inside the dryer vent outlet for any signs of lint build up. You can have a clean vent but a blocked dryer vent inside the dryer. Go outside the house and check the thru the wall vent hood and flapper for lint buildup. This is a VERY common airflow restriction point. check BOTH sides of the metal flapper for lint. Lastly if after all of this you still have airflow problems the blower wheel hub can be broken or lint on the blower wheel.

Pull the lint filter and wash the filter with vinegar and water then soap and water. Fabric sheet particulate can cause restricted airflow. Also take a flashlight and look hard around the lint filter area for lint build up. Use a folded metal coat hanger to assist in lint removal along with a vacuum and crevice tool.

If you do not have heat... at all... after all of this; please respond with a model number so we can sort out where to go next in troubleshooting.

Thanks for choosing FiXya.


Sep 08, 2010 | Maytag Dryers

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Turn dryer on and it starts to heat up and then the heat stops and within about 2-3 minutes will start to heat up and then the heating up stops.

Clean out the exhaust vent tubing really good.. A moister sensor will detect any build up of lint and shut the heat off

Jun 03, 2010 | Dryers

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Hi...I have a Kenmore Gas Dryer (110.74642400)...I had a repair man come to fix and replaced the thermal fuse...however, it is not working again. It worked for about 3 weeks after he replaced that...

if he changed the thermal fuse he should have cleaned out the dryer and vent line for you because it's just gonna pop again and again until the dryer gets cleaned need to unplug the dryer,pull it out and remove the vent line and the back panel,on the left side there's a duct that the lint filter slides into,pull out the filter and remove the two phillips screws in front of the filter on the top panel,go in the back and take out the four screws that hold the duct in place,remove it and clean it out,vac out any lint in the back of dryer,put the duct back the left of the duct and around four inches up you'll see a white thermal fuse part number 3392519,pull one of the wires off and check it with a meter,if it's bad change it,if the vent line is long i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,you could have a birds nest in there or the lint just could have built up,make sure the outside vent is open with nothing blocking it,any screens or cages remove them all they do is catch lint.put the back panel on and the cleaned out vent line and put it back into place,don't put back the two phillips screws yet,next with a screw driver pop the top panel up,stick the screw driver in between the front and top panel around two inches in from the sides of dryer and pop up the top,next remove the two 5/16 inch screws one on each side of front panel and unplug the wiring harness in the top right side,you might have to stick a small screw driver in between the plastic to separate the plug,then pull up on both sides of front panel to remove it and vac out the inside of dryer.put it back together and you should have no more problems,let me know how you make out

May 07, 2010 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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Ge DRYER dpgt750EC2PL back wall of drum gets very hot. Occassional smell as if something starting to burn. How do I open the top lid to get inside to find out problem

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.

Thanks for using FixYa.


the air flow out of the dryer it should be a very high volume.

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