According to The Family Handyman magazine, the first step in disassembling a Kenmore dryer with the lint filter on the inside door is to remove the screws from the corners of the control panel. Next, flip the panel up and back to display the top panel's screws, remove the screws and lift the top panel off of the unit.
The next step is to open the bottom panel by releasing the panel's spring catches. This can be done by inserting a putty knife into the slots located directly above the catches. Once the bottom panel is removed, remove the front panel by unscrewing the top and bottom screws.
For dryers with lint filters located on top of the machine, the first step in disassembling is to remove the screws located alongside the lint filter slot. The next steps are to release the spring catches that are located under the top panel, then tilt the panel up to remove the front panel screws.
To prevent electric shock, it is important for individuals to ensure that the dryer is unplugged before attempting to disassemble, repair or troubleshoot the unit. It is also important to turn off the gas shutoff valve prior to working on a gas dryer.