This DIY dryer repair guide has step-by-step instructions for replacing a dryer drive belt. The dryer drive belt turns the dryer drum when the drive motor turns. If the drive belt breaks, the motor runs, but the drum won't move. You can easily check whether the drive belt is broken by lifting the top and inspecting the belt. Replace a broken or damaged drive belt with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.
The video below shows a gas dryer, but the repair steps are the same for electric dryers. This repair procedure covers Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate dryers with a lint screen housing located in the top cabinet panel.
This video explains how to replace a drive belt on a dryer.
Shut off the power
Unplug the dryer. If it's a gas dryer, shut off the gas.
Wear work gloves to protect your hands.
Raise the cabinet top
Pull the lint screen out of the housing in the top panel of the dryer.
Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2 screws that secure the lint screen housing to the top panel. To release the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place, push a putty knife under the lid near the left and right edges of the front of the dryer.
Lift the top and prop it securely against the wall behind the dryer.
Remove the lint screen.
Remove the lint screen housing screws.
Release the panel locking clips.
Lift the top panel.
Remove the front panel
Use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tab on the wire harness plug for the door switch. Disconnect the wire harness.
Use a 5/16-inch nut driver to remove the front panel mounting screws from the inside of the cabinet.
Pull the front panel forward slightly, and then lift and unhook it from the 2 bottom hangers.
Pull the front panel off of the dryer and set it aside.
Disconnect the wire harness for the door switch.
Remove the front panel mounting screws.
Remove the front panel.
Remove the drive belt
Pull the broken belt out of the cabinet.
Install the new drive belt
Position the new drive belt on the dryer drum. Lift the front of the drum to access the drive motor and idler pulley.
Thread the drive belt through the idler pulley.
Push the idler pulley to the right and loop the drive belt over the motor pulley.Tip: While the cabinet is open, vacuum the dust and lint from inside the dryer cabinet.
Thread the belt through the idler pulley.
Reinstall the front panel
Position the front panel on the hangers at the bottom of the cabinet.
Line up the mounting holes and reinstall the screws in the top of the front panel to secure it to the dryer cabinet.
Plug the wire harness back into the plug on the door switch. Make sure the locking tab engages properly.
Reassemble the top panel
Lower the top panel and snap it into place.
Reinstall the screws in the lint duct housing and reinstall the lint screen.
Restore power to the dryer
Plug the dryer into the wall outlet. If it's a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply to the dryer.
A rattling noise or lack of air flow through the dryer could indicate that the blower wheel is damaged. Follow the steps in this repair guide to replace the blower wheel in your dryer.
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