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Plastic piece fell down lint slot

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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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.

Reassemble as needed.



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