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    • Part Number: AP5617520
    • MFG Part Number: W10427633
    • Made by: Whirlpool
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Note: This question is for the older version of this part, but we thought you might still find it helpful

I put on a new belt. About a month later my daughter washed a heavy comforter, and the belt basically came apart in pieces. Is that the reason?

Tracy for Model Number Whirlpool WTW4850HQ

ANSWER Hi. An overloaded washer will be harder on the motor, belt and gears. There has to be a natural gap at the top of the load to the top of the tub cover of 2-3 inches. The agitator mover (vanes) grab the clothes while swishing back and forth pulling them down from the center of the tub and rotating them outward towards the insides of the inner basket. This movement loosens the dirt as the detergent works as well chemically. Suspending the dirt and flushing it out the spinning tub sides, going down the drain. Having said all of this, if there is not interior room in the inner tub for this constant action, it over-loads the motor, belt and gears. Since the belt is the "weak link" in the chain, then it will break. Another thing to do is if you do have this extra large tub size and the room discussed after loading then use a Delicate cycle and a slow spin speed for easier duty on the washer. Consider it the cheap part & lesson issue. Use a commercial type of washer at a laundry mat next time as they are commercial type of washers for the comforters. Belt part # W10006384. Thank You. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Friday, October 05, 2012

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