I have a new Whirlpool Dryer, WGD5800SW0, with the lint tray on the top of the dryer. It pulls out at a difficult, low angle. I accdiently droped the extension piece to a dustbuster down the shaft. It's still in the dryer, but I can't get my hand anywhere past the opening of the hole in the back because it veers off at an angle. I can hear the drum hitting the piece when the dryer is on, and I'm worried it'll melt, etc. Can I get at the piece myself, by taking apart a few items, or should I call an appliance guy? Thanks.
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Re: Plastic piece fell down lint slot
You can take it apart however you need to be careful.
You will need a vacuum. socket set and other hand tools.
First unplug the unit, now pull it away from the wall
remove the back panel remembering once you remove any panel you will be exposed to sharp edges.
on your left facing the rear of the dryer is the vent work to the fan motor, you need to remove this, your attachment should be inside this piece. If you have to remove any wires label them well with masking tape, and some ID system you can remember
Use your dustbuster and vaccuum out all the lint and other fall out, make sure the venting is in good working condition replace as needed.
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Unplug the power cord of the
Whirlpool dryer from the electrical outlet before installing a new belt.
Remove the lint filter from underneath the lint filter cover. 2 Unfasten the screws underneath
the lint filter cover with a screwdriver, setting the screws in a safe
place. Slide a putty knife between the dryer top and the cabinet near
the front, lifting up on the knife to detach the top from the plastic
clips on the cabinet.3 Flip the dryer top back against
the wall so it is resting on the rear hinges. Locate the screws on the
inside of the upper front panel near the top.4 Unfasten the screws on the
inside of the upper front panel with a screwdriver. Lift the panel up
off the metal clips on the front of the dryer cabinet. 5 Unplug the door switch connector
from the back of the upper front panel by hand, setting the panel out
of the way. Slide the putty knife between the lower front panel and the
dryer cabinet, pulling the knife away from the cabinet to detach the
panel from the plastic clips on the cabinet.6 Place a couple of wood blocks
under the lip of the dryer drum to hold it in place. Locate the idler
arm near the motor at the base of the dryer.7 Move the idler arm forward to
relieve the tension on the belt. Take the belt off the motor and idler
arm pulleys, lifting the drum up and sliding the belt off the drum.8 Install a new belt around the
dryer drum, looping it over the idler arm and around the motor pulley.
Move the idler arm back into position to add tension to the new belt.9 Remove the wood blocks from
underneath the lip of the dryer drum. Plug the door switch connector
into the back of the upper front panel by hand.10 Slide the upper front panel over
the metal clips on the front of the dryer cabinet, securing the top of
the panel with screws. Fasten the lower front panel to the front of the
dryer cabinet, pressing the panel onto the plastic clips by hand.11 Flip the dryer top back down
onto the top of the cabinet, pressing down to secure the top to the
plastic clips on the cabinet. Fasten the screws underneath the lint
filter cover with a screwdriver.12 Slide the lint filter back under
the lint filter cover by hand. Plug the power cord of the Whirlpool
dryer into the electrical outlet.
You may be able to run the dryer with no problems at all but it depends on where the cap fell. It could melt if it gets hot enough. It could also get caught in the blower motor which is used to expel air outside.
Luckily, dryers are light. Best thing to do is pull it out until you can remove the back cover. (unplug it first) Then vacuum and clean all the dust and lint you can. This should be a yearly thing at least anyway. Replace the back plug it in and slid it back. I do mine every 6 months or so.
HI, You should remove it. Here is how
UNPLUG the dryer! Remove the two screws under the lint screen and pop the top up by inserting a flat blade screw driver in the gap between the front panel and the top. Remove the rear panel of the dryer and
locate the four 5/16" screws that hold the lint screen housing to the bulk head. Pull the lint screen housing away from the bulkhead and reach in to remove the item that fell.
Please let me know if this help or if I can assist you
If it is whirlpool--Make sure it has power. Then:Check the door switch.
A little lever sticking down through top rightof door opening. If it is
not there you will need new doorswitch(sometimes the little lever
breaks off). If it is there and doesnot click when you press it in you
need a new door switch. if it clicksand clicks when you close the door
then you have a bad thermal fuse.The thermal fuse is found by taking
the back of the dryer off. The fuseis an oblong white plastic piece
with 2 wires attached.
Door switch part number 3406109 Thermal fuse part number 3392519
Did a piece of the lint tray break off into the workings? Maybe stuff fell off the lint tray into the workings. It sounds like you're going to have to have the machine taken apart to find the problem unless you can see something down the lint tray opening, and retrieve it with a hooked piece of wire.
Take a hanger Metal one, stick it down there and twist tell you get a good grab on the sock and pull it out. The other way is to open the back up and get in there. The machine will not work at all cause it can not exhaust