How to Remove a Baffle From a Dryer


That noise that is clanking around in your dryer sounds like change. You open the dryer, pull the clothes out and find nothing. That is because the change is most likely stuck inside the drum baffle. The drum baffle is the paddle inside the drum that fluffs your clothes while they are drying. Once you know how to remove a baffle from a dryer, you can empty the "coin machine" and eliminate the clanking noise.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Assistant
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Unplug the dryer power cord from the dryer electrical outlet. Move the dryer away from the wall so that you can raise the dryer top without damaging the wall.

  • Open the dryer lint trap door if your lint trap is on top of the dryer. Remove the two screws that secure the lint duct to the dryer top with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the lint screen out of the lint duct, and close the lint trap door.

  • Insert a flathead screwdriver between the top panel and front panel of the dryer. Locate the retaining clip with the screwdriver blade, and press the clip in to disengage the top panel. Lift up on the corner of the top panel while pressing in the clip. Perform the same procedure on the opposite corner of the dryer. Raise the top panel up and back toward the wall to rest the top panel in the service position.

  • Rotate the drum with your hand until the screws that secure the baffle are facing the top of the dryer. Open the dryer door and ask an assistant to hold the drum baffle from inside the drum. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two or three screws that connect the baffle to the dryer drum. Ask your assistant to pull the baffle out of the drum after removing the screws.

  • Place the drum baffle back into the dryer drum while your assistant holds it in place as you secure the baffle from above. Insert the retaining screws from the top of the dryer drum, and tighten the screws with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

  • Lower the top panel back on the dryer cabinet, and press down on the front corners to engage the retaining spring clips. Insert the lint trap back into the lint duct, and reattach the lint duct to the dryer top with the two retaining screws. Push the dryer back against the wall, and plug the power cord back into the dryer wall outlet.

Tips & Warnings

  • While the top is open, it is a good time to clean lint from the inside back of the dryer.
  • Always disconnect appliances from their power source before attempting repairs.

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