Proper Operation
Learn how your appliance is supposed to operate so you can determine if it is malfunctioning.

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Replacing the Belt

The drive belt turns the drum. Due to its benign environment, the belt rarely breaks but it can wear out and literally be hanging in there by a thread. The following procedure will help you replace it.

Replacing the Belt

  2. If you have a lower access panel, remove it by pulling the top towards you and lifting it off the two lower support brackets.
  3. Remove the lint filter and the two screws that were under it.
  4. Pull the dryer away from the wall.
  5. (Figure 1) Get a putty knife and slide it in between the top and the cabinet about 2.5" in from each corner to release the clips holding the top down. Push in and pull up on the knife to release the clips. Don't use a screwdriver for this step or you will damage the dryer finish.
  6. (Figure 2) Get a 5/16" nutdriver and lift the top up. You can rest the top on your head for this step. Reach in and remove the wires from the door switch. Mark them if there a three wires. Remove the clip holding the door switch wires. Replace the clip after removing the wires. Remove the two 5/16" sheet metal screws inside and near the top on both sides of the front panel.
  7. (Figure 3) Now pull the top of the front panel towards you until the drum drops out of the front bearing. Lift the front panel clear of the two screws at the two lower corners. You don't have to loosen these screws. Lower the top.
  8. If your belt broke, you won't have to worry about removing the idler pulley. It will have jumped out of its slot and be laying on the bottom of the dryer somewhere.
  9. Get a replacement belt using the model number of your dryer or the part number printed on the flat side of the original. Make sure you get one that has the same number of grooves in it as your old one and is of similar length.
  10. Slip the new belt around the drum. Make sure that the belt is positioned with the grooves towards the drum and is not twisted.
  11. Slide the foot of the idler pulley spring into its slot and push it down to secure it. Loop the belt through the slot under the idler pulley, swing the pulley to the right and loop the belt around the motor pulley. Release the idler pulley. Check to see if the belt is lined up perpendicular to the shaft so that the belt won't jump off the pulley when you start the dryer.
  12. Lift the top (hold it on your head again), position the front panel on the two lower 5/16" screws, replace the door switch wires and retainer clip, lift the front of the drum onto the front bearings and replace the two 5/16" screws securing the front panel to the cabinet. Lower the cabinet top and lock it down. Replace the lower access panel if you had one. Replace the lint filter chute screws and slide the filter back in.
  13. Plug the dryer in and check for proper operation.

Figure 1 (Return)

Clip LocationPutty Knife

Figure 2 (Return)

Remove wires from door switch

Figure 3 (Return)

Dryer Drum Motor and Idler pulley assembly