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Old 09-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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Stackable Dryer RnR, Journey 36M

Well, last Saturday was our down day here at Disney World, so my son Randy helped me remove and repair the dryer.

I wasn't sure exactly what was bad, the motor ran and timer worked, just no heat. So I ordered a complete heating unit assembly, which included the heating element, thermostat and the safety cut-out. Cost $126 plus shipping (total $142).

(It turned out the safety cut-out was bad, Open. This is a one shot device, cannot be reset.)


To remove dryer I:

-removed top vented double doors.
-removed cross brace which top and bottom doors latch to.
-removed dryer bottom trim cover.
-remove 3 screws on front stack plate.
-uplugged ac cord (I attached a rope line to plug to help during install).
-removed shelves from bedroom medicine cabinet.
-removed false top in medicine cabinet.
-removed left false side in medicine cabinet.
-removed 3 screws from Z bracket (attaches dryer to aluminum frame.

Used a screw driver to carefully lift dryer high enough to clear front bracket.

Pulled dryer forward and lifted out. (I was concerned about the vent hose, but it slid right off the aluminum vent hose. Before I reinstalled dryer I turned the clamp so I could tighten it from the medicine cabinet.)

Replacing the heater assembly was fairly easy, following instructions I got online.
Removed top, right side panel and rear heater cover assembly. The replacement connector plug did not have keyways, so matched wires from original plug.








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Old 09-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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Good presentation. How easy did it all go back together?
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Very easy. I was concerned about the vent hose, but being corregated aluminum it stayed in place, and was easy to reattach. It took a little wiggling to get the rear bracket to slide back into the dryer, but not much.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:53 AM   #4
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Thanks for posting this.
I have a 2011 Journey 40U with a similar problem. It heats on low heat but no heat on high heat.
I'll need to R&R the dryer to repair, so I appreciate the advice.

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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I ordered from Westland Sales, 503-655-2563

Very helpful on the phone.
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Very easy. I was concerned about the vent hose, but being corregated aluminum it stayed in place, and was easy to reattach. It took a little wiggling to get the rear bracket to slide back into the dryer, but not much.
Glad to hear it was not a problem. I am wondering what I will need to do to clean my vent hose when the time comes. I certainly don't relish the idea of pulling the dryer down!
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:15 AM   #7
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The hose is very short. You should be able to clean it by removing the outside chrome cover. I removed mine because I thought I might need to remove hose clamp attaching hose to outside vent if the hose did not come loose from dryer. My cover is attached by 2 screws, then pushes straight up. The top of the cover has 2 tabs near the middle that slide down behind the vent assembly. There was a bit of resistance as they are pushed into a bit of the black vent sealant.

Quite a bit of crud buildup inside this cover.

I think the way the dryer and vent hose are originally installed, the vent hose, corregated aluminum, is attached to the dryer. When the dryer is installed, the hose sticks out the wall. From the outside. they attach the hose to the vent, apply sealant, then compress the hose as they attach the vent to the wall.
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Thanks for this info Dan. I will do just that and not be concerned about the removal resistance. Just careful. Like any other dryer, fire is a potential if the vent and hose is not kept clean and open.

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