Introduction: How to Replace a Dryer Belt on Whirlpool Models
Step by step instructions to replace a dryer belt on a Whirlpool dryer. This is a easy repair that most do-it-yourselfers can do. It can save you time and money since you won't have to call in an expensive repairman for a very common problem.
Step 1: Tools
The tools you will need for this repair are as follows:
- 5/16th nut driver or socket
- Phillips screwdriver
- Putty knife
- Container for screws
Step 2: Warning
Before beginning any appliance repair, it is extremely important to make sure the appliance you are repairing is unplugged and is completely disconnected from power.
Begin by removing the lint filter. This will expose to screws that need to be taking out. Use your 5/16th screwdriver for this step.
Using the putty knife, place it in the opening between the top of the dryer and the front of the dryer and pop it up. Repeat on the other side.
Flip the top over so it is out of the way.
Remove the two screws holding the front of the dryer on. These screws are located on the inside of the dryer in the front upper corners.
Now that the front of the dryer is released, pull the top out from the dryer and then lift it off the tabs on the bottom. This will release the front piece and you can swing it to the side. Disconnect the lid switch wires if they are not long enough to allow you to do this.
Remove the old belt.
Note: Since dryers can get quite dirty, its a good idea to vacuum out the inside while you have the front off. To do this, simply pull out the drum, vacuum, and replace.
Place the new belt around the dryer drum, and then run the belt underneath the dryer and through the pulley as shown. The idler pulley should apply tension to the belt. Note: images for this step are shown without the drum. With the drum in place, you may need an extra hand to hold the drum up to get easier access to the motor and idler pulley.
Check the rear felt on the back of the drum and make sure it is not folded under. If it is, use a screwdriver to pop the felt out while rolling the drum.
Replace the front of the dryer. Make sure the small tabs on the bottom of the dryer are lined up with the small holes on the front of the dryer. Finish by screwing the front of the dryer in place, replacing the lint trap screws and replacing the lint trap. If you need to purchase a dryer belt for your dryer, check out http://www.partselect.com.