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Kenmore Dryer - lint screen (on top) won't go in

mjg9766

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I removed the lint screen yesterday after it got very full (from anold blanket). I was trying to get all of the lint out of the dryer - when I tried to put the lint screen back in, it was blocked. It'll go in about 6" then it seems to hit something. Any ideas?
 

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Hi,

Sounds like some of that lint got stuck in the filter blower wheel/housing.

You can remove the back access panel, Make sure you unplug it first!

Jeff has instructions with photos on his website:

Link>http://www.applianceaid.com/fanblower.html

But you may have to remove the whole housing if you say something got stuck in the upper part of that housing. Just follow the steps as per the Link, then pull out the whole housing to clean it.

Jake
 

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Thats a good invention Jeff!:)

I rarely get service calls out for lint clog at the top of the filter housing, i always take the filter housing off just to do a clean out, mainly at the blower wheel, just for general maintenance to keep the air flowing good.:cool:

That device you have a Link to sounds great to solve the problem.:cool:

Jake

 

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Okay - I've donethat(the web-sitehelped)-- still no luck. It seems to be something stuck on the left side in the track. I'm using something that is flexible but strong - just not strong enough to knock it out. Any more ideas?

Thanks for the help - I'm a mother of 4 -- can't be without my dryer! :)

-mindy
 

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Mindy,

I have come across a relatively rare service call that involves a complaint of the lint filter not going all the way into the housing.

Usually something small like a BB or jewelry fell into the lint filter housing and is caught in the side rail of which the filter glides into.

In all but one of those--I was able to successfully dislodge the foreign object using a metal wire coat hanger. Basically, I made the wire straight but left a hook on one end and then I kept "fishing" for the thingamajig by pulling up against the side of the filter housing.

If you look at your lint filter--you'll see that the sides are flat.

This what helps the filter stay in place as you slide it back into the housing.

With a light--you can also see the dryer has ametal housing for the filter--it has a slot on both sides.

This slot is where the object is stuck---about 1/2 way down.

It took me about ten minutes of patience--but I heard something fall and went "clink".

The filter went right in.

Good luck, John

Sorry for the over-simplification--but this was a bit different to describe than usual.
 

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I was doing that -- finally enlisted help from my husband. He was able to wedge his hand in and work the piece free with the help of a nail. Took a while, but thank goodness for my husbands small frame! I will be able to do my laundry tomorrow!

Thanks for the help.

-mindy
 

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Not a problem--your welcome.

Make sure to compliment your husband too:D

With four kids--that's a lot of laundry--you are problably doing 10 to 12 loads of wash per week. That's over 500 loads per year:D

Take care,

John
 

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**He was able to wedge his hand in and work the piece free with the help of a nail.**

Thankx for the update!

Gotta wonder what it was that made it's way down there?!?

jeff.
 

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we're not positive what was blocking it - found a screw and another piece of a screw.

Thankful it's out what ever it was.

-mindy
 
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