How to Replace a Dryer Belt on Whirlpool Models

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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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

Flip the top over so it is out of the way.

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

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.

Step 8:

Remove the old belt.

Step 9:

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.

Step 10:

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.

Step 11:

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.

Step 12:

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.

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62 Discussions

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monte the magnificent

Thank you for the great instructions. Made the job easy to comprehend. Worked like a charm! Now i don’t have to wear wet clothes anymore!

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Ugebeze
Ugebeze

2 months ago

Hi instructables, I would be so glad if my issue could be solved..I have a whirlpool looking dryer since I have being using it for years this is the first time is having issues.. I have being surfing through the net for days now is so frustrating that I can’t even find any sample of my product online. When I turn it on usually it brings up a green light but when d fault started it suddenly started indicating an orange light from a different side from the turn on light indicator, I never knew there was a light there till it turned on. The indicator symbol on the light looks like a water melon design honestly I don’t even know what it means since most of the instructions of the dryer was in a German language but yet it was manufactured in Italy... out of curiosity I decided to see if I could trace what the problem was and then I came across the vent which I cleaned out the dust n then tried to turn it on again still the green light didn’t come up just the orange light with d water melon looking sign...just about few hours ago I decided to dig further by losing the up panel and then I noticed there was a belt on top which was broken though I don’t even know where the pulley is or how to get there.. am gonna snap the dryer maybe u could give me directions on a video clip on to fix it thanks.

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aussiemomx3
aussiemomx3

3 months ago

TaDaa yay me !!! Just finished up putting it all back together & drying a load now!! Thanks so much for the terrific instructions & photos ! You Rock !! So glad I Googled a dryer belt & came across your post rather than going straight to YouTube. I say “the dryer isn’t turning but there’s heat I wonder if they all have a belt”My husband says “ So we need a new dryer?” I say no / I got a belt today for $29 !!! Pretty sure he could’ve found a new dryer for that !!! Hehehe thanks again & keep up the great work!

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TomK147
TomK147

6 months ago

Thank you for the fabulous Instructable! My belt tensioner popped off. With your instructions and pictures, I was able to fix it quickly and keep the laundry moving. Thanks again !

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ChristyG29
ChristyG29

Question 1 year ago

What if plastic wheel is gone?

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DavidP889
DavidP889

Question 2 years ago on Step 10

Do you put the ribs up or down on the drum?

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DavidW852
DavidW852

Answer 1 year ago

Ribs against the drum and also the motor pulley.

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SteeleWizurd
SteeleWizurd

Question 1 year ago

What size belt is required?

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DavidW852
DavidW852

Answer 1 year ago

Just ask for a Whirlpool belt.they all take the same belt and all Whirlpool dryers are 29" so I am told.

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DavidW852
DavidW852

1 year ago on Step 10

In step 10 of the belt installation the "extra hand" to hold the drum up is a 12 inch rubber tarp strap hooked on the top front lip of the drum and the other end hooked to back of the dryer housing.

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mswolfman
mswolfman

Question 2 years ago on Step 7

How does the front panel fit on the drum ?

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mswolfman
mswolfman

Answer 2 years ago

Not an answer trying to get one

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mswolfman
mswolfman

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

Ok I replaced the belt, now having trouble lining up drum, ok how does the front part of drum fit on front part after placing door back on. I do believe I should have look before taking off.

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GeraldG42
GeraldG42

2 years ago

Excellent guide! It's worth mentioning that it can be a challenge to get the belt around the idler pulley and the motor shaft -- while lying on your side, arm fully extended along the floor on the inside of the dryer beneath the drum, and probably with poor lighting!

I had to use a screwdriver to lever the loop in the belt up and around the motor shaft. That idler pully has quite a spring, and in that position, you don't have much leverage yourself.

But the screwdriver-lever got the belt into place around the pulley and motor. Then I had to work the screwdriver free from beneath the belt, where it got trapped!

In the end, it took less time to replace the belt than to get the whole contraption back together again. (That includes opening it a second time because I left the screwdriver inside.)


It was a bit more of a comedy of errors than the instructions suggest, but -- hey! -- it worked out.

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HeatherS244
HeatherS244

3 years ago

Perfect instructions and pictures. I try to be a diy person, so far so good! My belt had fallen of and the pulley was out of place. Thanks to you my dryer is working again! Yeah so happy!

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SeanL78
SeanL78

4 years ago

My issue is the belt came off than i found a an arm with a pulley inside...the only spot the pins in the bottom line up theres no screw hole, and even if there was it does nothing to tighten the belt.

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ElaineM29
ElaineM29

4 years ago

Being a self proclaimed "JANE" of all trades, I was able to repair our dryer using these instructions with the greatest of ease! Great Job!I would like to add one thing to STEP 10: if anyone is like me and question EVERYTHING, when you place the belt around the drum, make sure the "grooved side is on the drum and the flat or colored side (depending on the belt you purchased) is facing up toward you.. It will make a difference!

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energi
energi

Reply 4 years ago

Thank you very much Elaine! Being the woman of the house, and about to embark on this situation (after being told it would be an easy repair for my husband to do), it helped me to see you here. What might be obvious to some who are used to dealing with mechanical situations might not be so obvious to newbies. I appreciate you speaking up about your experience with this.

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rojaintu
rojaintu

Reply 4 years ago

That was obvious when you see the motor pulley had same grooves and moreover grooves would'nt really serve any purpose outside

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Mercm001
Mercm001

4 years ago

Very helpful. Couldn't figure out how to re-position the roller after the old belt broke(roller fell with no tension on it). This answered that question and more. Thank you!