Removing the back of your General Electric dryer may be necessary at times to check the drive belt assembly, replace a timer module or a door latch, test the thermostat or replace the heating element. To remove and replace the back panel of a GE dryer, you will need only a couple of items.
Things You Will Need
- Phillips head screwdriver
- GE user manual, if available
For electric dryers, always turn off the electrical breaker controlling the dryer plug outlet and unplug the dryer. For gas dryers, turn off the gas supply to the dryer. If your dryer is hard-wired into the wall do not remove the back or any panels, call a qualified electrician. If you disassemble a GE dryer without disconnecting the power, the heating element will short out.
Disconnect all Power Sources
Turn off the breaker controlling the electric dryer plug outlet. Unplug the dryer from the wall. Turn off and disconnect the gas supply for the gas dryer. Check for any signs of burning, melting or warping around the plug or connections.
Disconnect the Vent Hose
Turn the plastic casing that holds the vent hose in the direction of the arrows and disconnect from the dryer. Metal strapping can be loosened and slipped off. Disconnect the hose carefully to avoid crushing it. Check inside the vent for trapped lint and dust.
Unscrew the Dryer Back Panel
Remove the screws attaching the back panel to the dryer frame with the screwdriver. Some models have a small circular inspection panel on the back held in place by only one screw at the top center. Set the screw(s) aside in a safe place so you can replace them when closing the back.
Remove the Back Panel
On older GE dryers, slide the back panel up an inch or two and remove it from the dryer. On newer models, remove the small panel near the bottom of the dryer.
Complete Your Inspection and/or Repair
Inspect the dryer's internal parts to identify what may need to be repaired or replaced. In some cases, you may need to take the dryer top off as well to access certain parts for replacement. Replace the dryer back and screw securely into place before reattaching the vent hose and connecting the power or gas supply.
While you have the dryer back off and the vent hose disconnected, use a vacuum attachment to remove dust, lint or debris from the dryer and hose before reassembly. This can improve the efficiency of your dryer.
While most major GE dryer repairs require removal of the entire top and front of the machine, if your dryer has a removable back panel it is an easy way to visually inspect the dryer. You can quickly confirm what’s wrong with your dryer before complete disassembly.