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Stackable Washer/Dryer Repair
#1
Hoping for some hits from a guru that has faced repairs to their Kenmore stackable washer/dryer.

My 1999 model has the shower/tub on one side of the rear bath, and a set of cabinets on the other one of which contains the stackable washer/dryer.

Here is the dilemma:

My dryer has stopped producing hot air.
I have ordered a new element, both thermostats and a new belt.

I have removed the pieces holding the dryer in place.
Now it looks like a dead end to me.
I have  a 24” wide isle between the tub and the face of the opposing wall where the washer/dryer is.

The washer/dryer is 27.5” deep according to the specs.  There is very little room between the top of the washer/dryer at the ceiling – 9”

I believe I need access to the back of the unit to do the repair.
I see no way to get there.  Even if I pull it out all the way against the tub, there is no way for it to be moved as 3.5” remain in the cabinet.

There is a vent fan above the unit and I suppose with a whole lot of work that could be removed.  I don’t know whether that would allow me to drop in behind the washer/dryer but that sounds like a terrible idea.

Thanks for any thoughts.  I have not called Newell as I consider that a last resort.   Russ
Russ White
#530
1999 45' Double Slide - Factory upgrade 2004
#2
I heard from Richard and Tom.  The founding Guru suggests I might be discovered months later behind the dryer if I chose to access the back by removing the overhead vent.  He suggests I don't do that!
Richard thought he could move his shower door to allow the stacked washer/dryer to be moved into the isle.

I have attached ( I hope ) a couple pictures of my master bath configuration.  It should show the tub directly across from the washer/dryer and I annotated one of the pics to show the width at that point.

Richard also asked if it might be possible to separate the dryer from the washer without access to the back.  I have no idea on that one, but will try to find out.   I am not too hopeful.  I always dreaded the day my refrigerator dies beyond repair and has to go out a window.   I never thought I might have an appliance that would not go out at ALL!

So jump in here and tell me what I am missing please!
   
   
Russ White
#530
1999 45' Double Slide - Factory upgrade 2004
#3
Is there enough headroom to tilt the unit forward and then reach around the back to work on it?
Forest & Cindy Olivier
1999 Foretravel 36' U320
former 1998 Newell 45' 2 slide #486 

former 1993 Newell 39' #337 
2011 Chevy Tahoe 

2010 Silverado w/ RZR 570LE
#4
Russ,
If it is like my ancient Fridgidaire stack set the dryer can be separated from access on the front. I believe it will be held in place with some screws & plates on each side where it sits on the washer. Try finding some Youtube videos on it.
#5
I found some YouTube videos searching Google with the following keywords : motorhome kenmore washer dryer stack removal
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
#6
I am sorry that these are probably not soothing words. But you are facing my second biggest concern about Newell repairs. My first was the salon slide seal replacement. Which we went through 6 months ago.

I am hoping for you that there is some combination of twisting and combobulating that gets that thing out to reach the parts.
Paul
Coach #540
2000 Double Slide, Bath and a half, Average sized fan for its age
Fulltiming our way around the Western states for a while


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