How to Disassemble a Clothes Dryer

A time will come when the clothes dryer will have to be repaired. Knowing how to disassemble a clothes dryer will save time. When the cabinet is completely removed, parts are readily accessible. A do-it-yourself home handyman can disassemble a dryer with only a couple of tools in an hour.

Unplug the dryer and move it away from the wall. This will provide work space around the dryer.

Open the lint trap door and remove the two screws with a screwdriver. Pull out the lint screen.

Remove the console by unscrewing the four screws that connect it to the top. With the screws removed, disconnect the wiring harness and set the console aside.

Insert a putty knife between the top and front panel 2 inches from the corner. Press in to release the holding clip and pull up on the top panel to remove it from the clip.

With your hands, lift up on the corner to disengage the top from the remaining holding clips. Set the top aside.

There are two screws at the top of the front panel that secure it to the side panels. Remove the two screws with a screwdriver.

If equipped with a toe panel, insert a putty knife at the top centre of the panel. Press in and release the retaining clip and pull the toe panel off by hand.

Place boards underneath the front of the drum. The boards will keep the drum in place when removing the front panel. Remove the front panel by swinging the top out and lifting it to remove from the bottom tabs.

The rear panel is removed by unscrewing the attaching screws from the side panels and bottom with a screwdriver. The dryer is now disassembled and all parts are accessible.


Tape screws that were removed from each individual panel to the panel from which they came. This makes it easier to know what attaching screw attached what panel when reassembling the dryer.


Always unplug appliances before servicing them.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty Knife
  • Screwdriver
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Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.