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



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Checking 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 check it.

Checking the Belt

  1. UNPLUG THE DRYER.
  2. Disconnect the vent hose and pull the dryer away from the wall.
  3. Remove all of the sheet metal screws securing the rear access panel.
  4. Remove the panel out and inspect the belt. Pull it through towards the motor so you can inspect all of it. If it is severely frayed, you will have to replace it. Don't worry about cracks.

Replacing the Belt

  1. UNPLUG THE DRYER.
  2. Disconnect the vent hose and pull the dryer away from the wall.
  3. Open the front door and remove the screws using a Philips screwdriver.
  4. Get a 5/16" nutdriver and lift the top up. You can rest the top on your head for this step. Remove the two 5/16" sheet metal screws inside and near the top on both sides of the front panel.
  5. Lift the front panel and door up and off the 2 screws on the bottom and swing it around and prop it up against the side of the dryer without disconnecting any of the wiring.
  6. Remove all of the sheet metal screws securing the rear access panel and pull the panel out.
  7. Note how the belt is looped around the pulleys. Draw a little diagram so that you can remember. Relieve the tension on the belt by pushing on the idler pulley and then slip the belt off the motor pulley and then the idler pulley.
  8. Now lift the top up and pull the belt towards the front of the drum. Lift the drum up just enough to slip the belt out between the drum and the drum slides.
  9. Slide the new belt in the same way that you got the old one out.
  10. Route the new belt around the idler pulley and motor pulley.
  11. 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. Replace the rear panel and screws.
  13. Lift the top (hold it on your head again), position the front panel on the two lower 5/16" screws, Replace the two 5/16" screws securing the front panel to the cabinet. Lower the cabinet top. Replace the screws.
  14. Plug the dryer in and check for proper operation.