Easy DIY On How To Replace Dryer Belt 

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The ability to have clean, dry laundry on demand is a basis of modern life. If you’ve ever lived in a house or apartment without its own laundry facilities, or if your own machines have broken down, you know how inconvenient it can be to rely on a laundry mat.

When repairing washers and dryers, it’s interesting to note that the severity of the problem does not necessarily equate to the cost of the repair. In other words, while the problem may seem big (for example, a dryer that won’t start), the solution may be simple and inexpensive. An excellent example of such a repair is a broken dryer belt. 

Signs you need to replace your old dryer belt

Before we talk about how to replace dryer belt, here are 4 potential problems that could indicate you need to replace your dryer belt.

The dryer does not start

Of course, there are many possible reasons why your dryer isn’t responding when you press the start button. You could have an electrical issue, a power issue, a door sensor issue, or some other problem. However, this problem can also be caused by a faulty dryer belt, so you should look into that possibility as well.

Before the clothes are dry the dryer stops 

If the dryer stops spinning before clothes are completely dry and won’t turn back on, the problem is most likely with the dryer belt. If you can get the machine back on after a premature shutdown, the problem may be with the sensor that detects moisture in the machine.

Belt noise

Rhythmic thumping noises that cannot be attributed to a sneaker or other heavy object moving in the dryer are most likely due to a loose dryer belt. If you can stand the noise, you can wait until the belt breaks to fix the dryer. But it would be more convenient, and even better for your dryer in terms of wear and tear, if you changed the belt now.

The drum does not rotate

If you hear your dryer’s motor running but the drum isn’t moving at all, the problem is almost certainly with your dryer’s belt. Without the belt attached, the motor will run as it likes and the drum will never move.

Replacing the dryer belt 

Hiring a technician to fix your dryer would cost between $50 and $100. However, you don’t need spend this amount. Replacing your dryer belt is something you can do yourself with simple household tools and a few tips. The most important thing is to find the correct type and size of belt for your dryer.

The process can be a bit more complicated if you have a stackable washer dryer set, as you would need to unplug the dryer before you can change the belt. This is a two-man work as dryers can be heavy.

What you will need

Before proceeding, you must first reserve all the tools and materials you will need.

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • 5/16th nut driver or socket
  • Putty knife
  • Work gloves
  • Flat-edge screwdriver

Disconnect the power supply

Before accessing the dryer belt, the power must be turned off to prevent electrical shock and damage to electrical components.

Unscrew the lint shutter assembly

Several whirlpool dryers have a lint screen on the top panel that can be removed by pulling up and out. Once the lint filter is removed, the lint filter assembly must be unscrewed in order to remove the top panel of the dryer.

The lint trap has two screws that should be removed and stored in a safe place. Be careful when removing screws during this repair, as finding a missing screw in your dryer can be frustrating and time consuming.

Remove the top

The top panel of the dryer is secured with locking tabs that can be pressed in with a putty knife. Locking tabs are located on the two front corners of the top panel.

Slide the putty knife beneath the top panel for each of the two front corners. The putty knife should press against the locking tab and then push up to release the tab and top panel.

Once you’ve pressed each locking tab, you should be able to lift the front of the panel to reveal the dryer drum.

Remove the screws which secure the front panel

The dryer’s front panel of is secured using two screws. They are located in one on each side of the top of the front panel. The bottom of the plate is secured with a clip on each side.

On most Whirlpool dryers, the 5/16 socket or socket wrench can be used to remove the front panel screws. Once you have removed the screws, store them in a safe place.

Remove the front panel

After removing the faceplate screws, you should be able to lift the faceplate off the tabs that hold it in place on the bottom.

If your model has two panels, the door panel and a smaller lower access panel, use the putty knife to get behind the access panel and remove it.

When you remove the lower access panel you should see two springs that need to be removed. Then there should be two screws that can be used to attach the plate. The screws must be loosened, not removed, before the lower access panel can be removed.

Remove old belt

If the belt is not broken, it should be removed by pushing the idler pulley away from the dryer, allowing the tension to be released and the belt to be removed.

Place belt on drum

Make sure the belt is not twisted, then wrap the new belt around the dryer drum. The groove side of the belt had better face the dryer drum.

It will likely be necessary to slide the belt back onto the drum where it was before, which is usually indicated by the marks left on the drum by the old belt. If the belt is not in the same position as the old belt, it will be difficult to line up with the idler pulley and engine pulley.

Place the belt

With the belt wrapped around the drum, it should now be wrapped around the idler pulley and motor pulley to secure it to the drum.

Lift the idler pulley up and slide it to the side of the dryer. Next, pass the belt around the motor pulley.

Then make a loop with the belt and pass it over the pulley. The belt must not run in a circle around the pulleys; It should wrap around the motor pulley and then up and over the S-shaped idler pulley.

As mentioned above, threading the belt can take some practice. If the above instructions don’t work, try running the belt around the idler pulley first. Also, the ease of threading the belt may vary depending on the model and type of belt needed.

Test the belt

Spinning the drum should confirm that the belt is centered on the pulleys and is working properly.

Tips for replacing the dryer belt

Before proceeding to the previous step, you need to make sure that your belt is actually damaged. One way to find out is to spin the drum by hand. If the belt is in good form, you will feel resistance. But if it breaks, the drum would spin freely.

Conclusion

With the new belt attached to the drum and wrapped around the idler pulley and motor pulleys, you can now reassemble the dryer.

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