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How to Replace the Fin in a Dryer

Damon Koch

The fins on a dryer are also called the baffles. The baffles are paddle-shaped, and there are usually three or four attached to the inside of the drum. The baffles help move the air around the drum and fluff the clothes as they turn. The baffles are generally constructed of plastic and can crack or even detach from the surface of the drum. You can buy replacement baffles for your brand and model of dryer locally or online through an authorized parts dealer.

  1. Unplug the dryer from the electrical outlet in the wall.

  2. Remove the cover of the dryer by locating the screws on the top back by the control console. If no screws are visible, the dryer cover may be attached with spring clips underneath the front edge about two to three inches in from each side. If screws are present, remove them with a Phillips screwdriver. If the dryer has spring clips, release the clips by sliding a putty knife between the cover and control console. Press in on the clips with the putty knife once you feel them with the knife.

  3. Pull the cover off to expose the drum.

  4. Spin the drum around until you find the screws that secure the baffle that is being replaced. Remove the screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull out the baffle from the front, inside of the dryer.

  5. Locate the spot on the dryer drum where the old baffle was attached and set the new baffle in the same location. Secure the baffle by inserting the screws that came with it through the outside of the drum and into the baffle. Tighten the screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

  6. Replace the cover and plug the dryer back into the outlet.