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My dryer heats but is taking longer and longer to dry the clothes. How do I remove the front bottom panel from my Kenmore Elite Dryer so I can clean it out with vacuum?

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Kenmore Elite Dryer - My dryer heats up fine but is taking longer and longer to dry the clothes. I want to remove the front panel at the bottom of my dryer, beneath my dryer door, to do routine maintenance like cleaning it out with the vacuum cleaner. Don't know how to get the panel off.

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  • Had the technician out last year to clean dryer, cost me a lot, would like to do the simple maintenance on bottom panel myself.

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

To remove the bottom panel, there are four clips -- two on the top and two on the bottom. Look into the space above the top of the panel with a flashlight. You will see two clips, each about 4 inches in from the side. Using a putty knife or a flathead screwdriver, slide it between the top of the clip and the cabinet. Press in and down on each clip while pulling out at the top side of the panel. You may need to apply a moderate amount of force to do this. When released, the panel hinges down on the lower clips.

To clear the lint path (after removing the lower access panel), remove the black metal cover that blocks about 50 percent of the front of the unit. There are sheet metal screws at the top left and right and a spring clip at the bottom. Note: remove the inside lint filter first or you won't be able to remove the cover! Removing this cover makes it very easy to clean.

Good luck!

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