Dryer rust

Old 06-18-04, 07:43 PM
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Dryer rust

undefinedI have a Kenmore dryer 1988 model 110.87872100. Rust has formed in the rear where the drum rotates. Can this back panel be replaced.
Old 06-18-04, 08:00 PM
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In most cases, the rust, if not too much, can be sanded and touched up with appliance paint. Which can be purchased at the local appliance parts store. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

The back part can be removed as a seperate part, once the rotating tube is removed. Some dryers do not have a real drum with a bottom. They are rotating tubes and the back section remains stationary.

Once the rotating tube is removed, the seperate back part can be removed and replaced if it is badly rusted. Paint touch up may be as successfully done in large areas.

The metal parts and or pieces are enamal coated. Which cannot be touched up with appliance paint in large areas. Check with the local appliance parts store sealers.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

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Old 06-18-04, 08:23 PM
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RE:Dryer rust

THe 110 in your model no. says the dryer is made by Whirlpool. Your best bet is to take the front open, remove the belt, idler pulley, and drum. Cover the motor and wiring. Cover the left and right support rollers. Cover the burner assembly also. Sand down the rusted spots to the metal. Clean all of the area to be painted with alcohol or smomething to remove any grease or dirt. Mask off the air intake from the burner and the filter area (if its not rusted) then repaint the back wall with appliance epoxy paint or a good quality enamel. Atleast two coats, it has to be able to stand 160 to 180 degrees of heat when the dryer is running. Give it a few days to dry completely, don't hurry the process. Paint puts out flamible fumes when drying so be very, very careful. If you want to replace the back wall it might be cheaper to buy a new dryer. Doc E

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