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How to Remove Kenmore Dryer Back Panel

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By N0rdn3ss

My Laundry Question

How do i remove the back panel on a Kenmore Elite High capacity Dryer?

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Our clothes dryer no longer provides hot air, it does provide air but there is no heat.

I have removed all of the screws from the back panel of the dryer (after removing power). I can not seem to get the back panel to release. It seems like there should be a fairly straight forward way to remove the panel. The back piece doesn't lean back so you can remove it from the bottom tray like you see in most repair videos

I'm am trying to check the heating element and the thermostat but i can not get the back panel off the dryer.

Lessons Learned

  • I think a good lesson is to always remember to vacuum the excess lint around all the intakes. Excess lint can cut down on the amount of airflow thru a dryer.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

It sounds like it could be a problem with your thermal fuse or heating element. Kenmore dryers can be serviced from the front bottom panel.The heater element, high limit thermostat, thermal fuse, and the cycling thermostat can be serviced with the bottom panel off. There are two clips to be pressed in about 4 inches in from the side at the top of the panel. Press on these clips, pull out on the panel and lift it off a couple clips it mounts on.

If you need a user or repair manual, you can find it here and replacement parts here.

Good luck!

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