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A foreign object slipped down the lint vent and I dont know

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A foreign object slipped down...
A foreign object slipped down the lint vent and I don't know how to get it out.

I have a Maytag Centennial Dryer. The lint vent pulls out from the top of the dryer for this model. This happened while I was cleaning it after doing a load of laundry.

I tried using the vacuum but it doesn't reach down far enough...is it possible for me to fix this?

Please help.
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Appliance Technician: gst85, Home Appliance Technician replied 6 years ago
gst85
gst85, Home Appliance Technician
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Satisfied Customers: 3,972
Experience: i have over 15 yrs experience in home appliance repairs and installs
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gst85 :

hi you will need to open the machine .the vent leads to the exhaust housing

Customer:

How do I do that?

gst85 :

can you pull the dryer from the wall?

Customer:

yes

Customer:

I've looked at the back already...but am not sure what to do

gst85 :

do you see a panel with screws

Customer:

give me a minute and I'll take my laptop over to where the dryer is

gst85 :

sure

Customer:

almost ready

gst85 :

ok take your time

Customer:

tks

gst85 :

sur4e

Customer:

ok...I'm looking at the back of the dryer right now

gst85 :

ok do you see a panel that looks removable

Customer:

a little one?

gst85 :

yes sir.

Customer:

ma'am :)

Customer:

yes...I see it

gst85 :

oh sorry maam lol

Customer:

my name is XXXXX XXXXX that will help :)

gst85 :

ms joan!.

Customer:

lol

Customer:

no worries

Customer:

the little panel has a screw on one side of it

gst85 :

that vent leads to the blower .which is where you will fing what fell

gst85 :

ok you will need to remove it

gst85 :

i was able to find a schematic for you

Customer:

cool

Customer:

I'm not mechanically minded so you'll have to give step by step instructions on how to do this and what to use to do it with

gst85 :

do you think you can do this job lol

gst85 :

you will need tools .such as a screwdriver

Customer:

I don't know...you jumped from the little panel to the blower...so you lost me

Customer:

I think a small wrench for these kind of screws...I guess they are really bolts...lord knows

gst85 :

your removing the blower panel

gst85 :

lol that will work

Customer:

good....should I unplug the dryer first?

Customer:

it's a huge plug into the wall

gst85 :

yes tha would be safe

gst85 :

yes 220volts

Customer:

ok

Customer:

if you don't hear from me you'll know what happened

gst85 :

lol not a good thing

gst85 :

would you like me to direct you to the diagram

Customer:

so nothing weird...just unplug it?

Customer:

yes

gst85 :

sure.www.sears parts direct.com just tyrpe in your model number.

gst85 :

can you take it from hear

gst85 :

here

Customer:

give me a minute to check out the diagram...if you don't mind

gst85 :

sure

gst85 :

its going to help you

gst85 :

go under model. not parts

Customer:

ok....just getting there now

gst85 :

ok

Customer:

Can you believe the site is not available?

gst85 :

if i have been helpful to you pressing accept pays me

Customer:

it's under maintenance

gst85 :

sure it is

gst85 :

oh i see i was just on it

gst85 :

a few minutes ago

gst85 :

lol

Customer:

I can assure you I will press accept...not a problem...

Customer:

so without that diagram am I to remove that small panel?

gst85 :

sure you can

gst85 :

one minute i think i can post it for you

Customer:

awesome

gst85 :


Model #YMEDC400VW0 - MAYTAG Residential dryer





gst85 :

\this should do it

gst85 :

hope that you are able to figure it out

Customer:

doesn't help me at all

Customer:

let me tell you how I would do it based on what you've said so far

Customer:

first unplug the dryer which is what I've done

Customer:

next...remove that very small panel which is located close to the top of the back of the dryer

Customer:

then I don't know what to do....

Customer:

because the panel is so high how will I ever find what went down the lint vent?

Customer:

do I need to give you more money because I will

gst85 :

lol no maam

Customer:

tks...

gst85 :

were you able to remove the panel

Customer:

let me get a wrench....if you don't mind

gst85 :

sure

Customer:

k

Customer:

I have a selection of wrenches that are very small...any idea what size I would need?

Customer:

found it

gst85 :

ok great

Customer:

I removed it but I'm just looking at metal and wires

Customer:

still there?

gst85 :

yes

Customer:

good....

Customer:

:)

gst85 :

are you working on it now!!?

Customer:

like I said...I removed the little panel but all I'm looking at is metal and wires...

Customer:

I don't know how that solves the problem

gst85 :

you mean the little panel where the plug wires into

Customer:

yes

gst85 :

thats not it

gst85 :

the big square panel thats the width of the dryer

Customer:

that's the only little panel that I see...it's either that or remove the whole back of the unit

gst85 :

has screws around it

Customer:

oh.....you seemed to be pointing me to the little panel...

Customer:

this will take a while

Customer:

what about the vent that takes the air outside

Customer:

would it have slipped down that far?

Customer:

it might be easier to simply remove that rather than the whole panel

gst85 :

yes

gst85 :

if you remove the rear panel you can see the vent panel easier

Customer:

ok....

Customer:

will I be looking more to the bottom of the dryer?

Customer:

once I remove the back?

gst85 :

yes

Customer:

ok....then I'll have to try this tomorrow morning when I'm not so tired and frustrated

Customer:

What happens if I have more questions?

gst85 :

ok after pressing accept your question is good for 30 days

Customer:

cool

Customer:

so I just come back to the website?

gst85 :

should you have further questions or concerns

gst85 :

yes

Customer:

ok....thanks so much for your patience, Mr Gst85 :)

gst85 :

no problem here to help

Customer:

you were a good help...appreciate your time...have a good day tomorrow...and bye for now :)

gst85 :

goodnight

Customer:

nite

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