Introduction: Fix Your Kenmore Stack Washer
This instructable will show you how to fix a Kenmore stack washer with some simple diagnostics.
- Phillips Screwdriver
Time to Complete:
- About 30 mins
**Note: Always wear safety gear and unplug electronics before working on them.
Step 1: What Went Wrong...
To give a little background this washer was making loud banging sounds as it ran (see the video above.) The banging sound was very regular which led me to believe it had to be something loose and connected to the motor somehow.
Step 2: Open Wide!
There are 2 screws on the bottom of the front panel. Once removed, slide the panel down before pulling it off. This exposes the drum, motor, transmission and other major components of the washer.
Step 3: Here's the Problem
Looking under the drum I could clearly see that the belt was damaged. As seen in the photos, it was shredded and barely holding together. The loose flap was swinging around banging into stuff, making the loud noise.
I used the part number off the old belt to buy a new one for $15 at a local appliance parts store. This part is also available online for $10 but would take 7-14 days to ship.
Step 4: Replacing the Belt
First off, the idler pulley is spring loaded and is designed to keep tension on the belt. Give it a good inspection and consider replacing this part, if needed.
Replacing the belt is a little tricky but not too bad. The easiest way is to wrap the belt around the motor and idler pulleys, compressing down on the idler, and begin wrapping the belt around the pulley under the drum. Once initiated, roll the drum pulley around until the belt has seated fully in the groove (just like putting a chain on a bicycle.)
Step 5: It's Fixed!!
Give your washer a test run and put the front panel back on. You're done. It's really that easy!!
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