Things You'll Need
Phillips or slotted screwdriver
The U.S. Product Safety Commission notes that overheated clothes dryers can cause fires through the buildup of lint inside the body of the dryer. The lint blocks the airflow, causes the dryer to overheat, and the same lint that blocked the air flow then catches on fire. Keep the lint catcher clean in your Whirlpool dryer, and clean the inside of the dryer out every couple of years to avoid creating a fire hazard.
Grab the lint screen and pull it up and out of the lint catcher in either the door or the top of a Whirlpool dryer.
Roll the lint from the lint screen with your fingers. Clean the screen with soapy water if necessary.
Wet the screen with hot water. Scrub both sides of the screen with mild detergent and a nylon brush.
Rinse the screen and dry it thoroughly with a towel or allow the screen to air dry. Insert the screen into the top of the Whirlpool dryer or dryer door opening.
Inside Dryer Chassis with Top Lint Filter
Unplug your Whirlpool dryer from the wall receptacle. Pull the dryer away from the wall and remove the exterior dryer vent from the Whirlpool dryer.
Remove the screws from the lint filter opening in the top of the dryer. Remove the screws from the back panel of the dryer and remove it to expose the vent pipe cover.
Remove the screws holding the vent pipe cover to the back of the dryer. Pull the vent pipe away from the dryer body.
Vacuum inside the vent pipe and around the dryer drum to remove lint that has escaped the vents. Use a vacuum with a hose that gives you access to the front corners of the dryer.
Replace the lint pipe, rear dryer cover and replace the screws in the lint filter opening on top of the dryer. Install the vent onto the dryer, plug the dryer into the wall outlet and push the Whirlpool dryer back against the wall.
Inside Dryer Chassis with Door Lint Filter
Unplug the dryer from the wall receptacle. Pull the dryer away from the wall and remove the exterior dryer vent from the dryer.
Remove the bottom panel from the front of the dryer. Grab both sides of the panel and pull to release it from the spring clips that hold it to the dryer chassis.
Pull the end caps off each side of the dryer control panel to expose the screws holding the panel to the top of the dryer. Remove the two screws from the control panel and tilt it away from the dryer, exposing the screws holding the top onto the dryer chassis.
Remove the screws from the top of the dryer. Pull the top of the dryer toward the front of the dryer to slide it off the chassis.
Remove the two screws from the top front corners of the dryer chassis. Remove the two screws beneath the bottom left and bottom right of the dryer door.
Pull the door panel from the front of the dryer. Remove the clamp holding the vent duct to the dryer door. Pull apart the connectors holding the electrical wires to the dryer door.
Vacuum the vent tube and around the dryer drum. Use a vacuum with a hose to get any lint from the back of the dryer.
Reverse the steps to put your dryer back together. Install the vent onto the dryer, plug the dryer into the wall outlet and push the dryer back against the wall.
Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.