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Is is easy to get something out of the dryer that I accidentally dropped down my lint trap?

The dryer is a Kenmore Series 70. I've already unplugged it and unhooked the hose in the back. Something fell out, but I am not positive whether it is the thing that fell in there.

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No mine is at the bottom of the door which is a front loader. I was trying to see what was making a noise in my dryer and I thought there may be something wrong with the clip. So I took the plastic that holds the lint trap off and disconnected the two electrical connections. My wife then vacummed out the inside of the door and into the bottom of the dryer and forgot about the electrical wires that were sticking out and they dropped down into the door.

Anyone know how to get them back up so I can plug them in without tearing the dryer apart?

Curt
by Manage My Life
November 15th, 2011
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I've had to clear things out of the top-mounted lint chute twice on my Kenmore gas dryer. The easiest, fastest way to remove items both times was this: unplug, turn off gas, remove the gas line, grounding wire, and dryer vent hose. Lay the dryer down on the front. Tip dryer up so it's standing on the top (a plastic bin under the top protects the switch console. Once inverted, whatever was in the chute easily slid out with gravity's help. Reverse the steps above to put the dryer back in working order. The entire process took about 15 minutes, including time to clean the floor under the dryer.
by Manage My Life
June 29th, 2011
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Lyle W
Based on your description, I assume that you have a Kenmore Series 70 dryer with the lint screen housing in the top panel as shown in the first image below. There are several different types of Kenmore Series 70 dryers. In this type of dryer, an item dropped down the lint screen housing would likely wind up at the bottom of the blower housing if it did not get blown out through the vent in the back of the dryer. If you think that an item is still in this area, you can check this area by following these steps:

Unplug the dryer to completely disconnect electrical power. If the dryer is gas, shut off the gas supply.

Remove the back panel of the dryer.

Remove the lint screen and remove the two hidden screws as shown in the second image below.

Release the top panel and hinge it up and back as shown below.

Carefully remove the screws that secure the lint chute.

Once you remove the screws that secure the lint chute, you should able to pull it backward and check the housing for an item. Carefully reassemble the lint chute on the housing. Make sure that the gaskets are proper secured back in place.

These tips should help you resolve this problem. If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details and the full model number of your Kenmore Series 70 dryer.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
May 6th, 2009
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