Laundry Center Common Parts


The agitator is mounted inside the spin basket of the washer. The agitator rotates back and forth to move the clothes inside the spin basket to clean the load.


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Blower fan blade

The blower fan blade is a turbine-shaped fan blade that rotates on the end of the dryer motor shaft opposite from the drive pulley that rotates the drive belt. The fan blade blows exhaust air from the dryer.

Drain pump

The drain pump removes water from the washer during the wash cycle.


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Drum glide bearing

The drum glide bearing is a plastic bearing on the front of the dryer drum. It allows the front of the drum to glide smoothly on the felt seal of the front panel when the drum is rotating.

Dryer door switch

The dryer door switch recognizes whether the door is open or closed. The dryer won't start unless the door switch senses that the dryer door is closed. The door switch also turns on and off the drum light on models with a light.

Dryer drive belt

The dryer drive belt wraps around the dryer drum and connects to the drive motor pulley and the idler pulley. The idler pulley maintains the proper tension on the belt. The drive motor rotates the drive pulley, which in turn rotates the dryer drum.

Dryer drive motor

The dryer drive motor rotates the motor shaft, which in turn rotates the idler pulley, which rotates the drive belt that's wrapped around the dryer drum. The motion of these components rotates the drum. The drive motor also rotates the blower fan blade on most dryers, which exhausts hot air from the dryer.

Dryer heating element

In a laundry center with an electric dryer, the dryer heating element is a coil or other arrangement of wire in which an electric current produces heat to dry clothing.

Dryer timer

The dryer timer on the control panel enables you set the drying time by turning the timer's control knob. A small motor on the back of the timer advances the timer during the cycle. The timer's internal cams open and close switches or contacts to operate the various electro-mechanical components in the dryer (mainly the drive motor and, in an electric dryer, the heating element).

Felt drum seal

The felt drum seal is a felt gasket on the front and the back of the dryer drum. It seals the drum to prevent air from escaping and enables the drum to slide smoothly against the front panel and the back bulkhead.

Gas valve coil kit

In a laundry center with a gas dryer, the gas valve coils are the part of the dryer gas burner assembly. When the proper electrical current is applied to these solenoid coils, they open the gas valves for ignition and continued heating of the dryer.


The gearcase drives the agitator and the spin basket. The washer gearcase has internal gears that create the agitation motion. For the spinning motion of the spin basket, it shifts the drive shaft and spins the drive tube.


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High-limit safety thermostat

The high-limit safety thermostat shuts off the heat when the dryer overheats either because the operating thermostat fails or the heating element has a short circuit. The high-limit safety thermostat resets when the dryer cools.

Idler pulley

The dryer drive belt is routed across the spring-loaded idler pulley. The idler pulley exerts pressure on the outside of the drive belt to keep it tight so it grips the dryer drum and rotates the drum during the drying cycle.


In a laundry center with a gas dryer, the igniter lights the dryer burner during the drying cycle.


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Leveling feet

Leveling feet are used to level the laundry center. The feet screws change the feet's height, ensuring that the laundry center can be properly leveled. It is important to level the laundry center to prevent vibration.

Operating thermostat

The operating thermostat—also called the cycling thermostat—senses the air temperature inside the dryer drum. It cycles the heating element in an electric dryer and the burner is a gas dryer, turning the heat on and off to maintain the temperature at about 150 degrees Fahrenheit for the Normal setting.

Outer washer tub

The outer wash tub is stationary and houses the inner metal spin basket. The outer tub has a bearing to house the shaft for the inner spin basket. Water seals in the bearing prevent water from leaking around the shaft.

Snubber ring

The snubber ring allows the tub support assembly to move during when the load is slightly off balance while the base remains stationary. Replace the snubber ring if it's worn or broken, causing the tub to bang against the sides of the washer cabinet when the load is balanced.

Spin basket

The spin basket is the perforated container that holds laundry during the wash cycle. It's inside the stationary outer tub of the washer. The spin basket has a shaft that connects to the drive system. The drive system rotates the shaft and the basket to produce spinning action during the cycle.

Thermal cut-off fuse

The thermal cut-off fuse is a safety fuse that's usually mounted on the side of the dryer heater box. If the dryer overheats because the heating element isn't cycling off, the thermal cut-off fuse shuts off power to the heating element. The thermal cut-off fuse doesn't reset when the dryer cools and must be replaced if it trips. This fuse is normally sold in a kit that includes the high-limit thermostat.

Thermal fuse

The thermal fuse is usually mounted on the blower fan housing in the dryer. It detects the temperature of the air venting from the dryer to the outdoors and trips if the air becomes too hot. In an electric dryer, the thermal fuse shuts off the dryer when it trips. In a gas dryer, it prevents the dryer from heating. The thermal fuse typically trips if the vent tube is clogged or the exterior damper is closed.

Washer drive belt

One end of the washer drive belt attaches to the drive motor pulley, and the other end attaches to the gearcase drive pulley. The drive motor rotates the belt, which in turn rotates the gearcase pulley to agitate the wash load in the wash cycle and spin the load in the spin cycle.

Washer drive motor

The washer's drive motor provides the force to rotate the spin basket. It also drives the shaft of the gearcase to move the agitator in a laundry center with a top-load washer.

Washer electronic control board

The washer electronic control board manages the washer functions in the laundry center. It controls the fill valves, the drive motor and the drain pump.

Washer lid lock switch

The washer lid lock switch monitors whether the washer lid is open or closed, and locks the lid. The washer won’t agitate or spin if the lid lock switch can’t detect the position of the lid.

Washer lid switch

The washer lid switch is a safety device that detects whether the washer lid is open or closed. To protect you from injury, the washer drive motor won't run when the lid is open.

Washer timer

The washer timer controls the components in the washer. Also called a cycle selector, the timer has a motor that advances the internal cams inside the timer body. The cams open and close electrical contacts to energize and de-energize components during the wash cycle. A control knob on the stem of the timer lets you select cycles on the timer.

Water inlet valve assembly

The water inlet valve assembly, which is electrically operated, controls water flow into the washer. It has a solenoid coil that opens the valve to allow water flow when activated.

Water-level pressure switch

The water-level pressure switch senses, controls and maintains the water level in the outer wash tub. The pressure switch senses the water level through an air tube attached to the bottom of the tub. As the tub fills with water, air pressure in the air tube pushes up on a diaphragm inside the water-level pressure switch. A post attached to the diaphragm opens and closes electrical contacts inside the body of the water-level pressure switch to shut off the water when the washer is full.