How to change the dryer belt on this unit?
Answer Hello Greg,
You would need to remove the front panel for dryer to change belt. You would remove access panel, You will then have to remove 2 screws from top corners of unit and take front panel off. Remove front bulkhead and put belt around drum. Reinstall bulk head. Form a loop with the belt at the bottom and place over the motor pulley. Make sure that the idler roller is to the left. Route the loop over and between the motor pulley and idler pulley.
While replacing the drum rollers and front bearing kits, is it a good idea to replace the belt. Also can all of this be done through the front or do I need to pull off the back?
Answer Hello Sean,
If the belt is not showing wear then you would not need to replace it. If it is showing wear you would want to replace the belt and you would do all the work from the front.
makes a rattling sound at start up and is noisy when turning, sounds sort of like a bearing, all original still and @ 13 years old, , I'm pretty handy but it looks like I need to pull out from wall and open the back to work on it. What parts do you recommend to fix?
Answer Hello Sean,
You would only have to pull this unit out a little to be able to raise the top. There are 2 clips in between the cabinet front and top panel that you have to depress to lift top and unplug. Then there are 2 screws, one on either side, holding the front panel on. Remove front panel and front bulk head. Then remove drum. The parts that you would want to replace would be the rollers 12001541. You will also want to check the idler arm and spring.
Hello! What parts are needed to correct: The electric dryer makes a hard stop when it is finished. Makes a loud Rump kind of sound. It also rattles as it runs. What is it? when cleaning out the dust from the back -- facing back of dryer on the lower right side, your right, we took off the small opening. We could see small thin pieces of rubber on the dryer floor. When loading dryer, noticed that a thin felt piece which goes in a circle on the back of the wall, has a lump of about 2 or 3 inches where the rest of the felt is smooth.Should we be concerned about this? We have noticed that the heat doesn't seem to be as hot as it use to be. Could this be a problem? Thank You.
Answer Lori, the "rump kind of sound" and 'Rattles as it runs, is most likely the blower wheel Y303836 after all these years, it has probably " rounded" off and the motor shaft is spinning inside the center mount assembly. The pieces of rubber on the dryer base is indications of a worn out drive belt Y312959.The "lump" in the drum seal is "Normal", this is where the drum seal ends meet and they overlap each other. As long as there are no tears, pieces or areas protruding or missing from between the tumbler and bulkhead, you're OK,there.
Is the Whirlpool belt (AP4290988) the same as a Maytag belt (3-12959-3B)?
Answer Hello Bobby! The Maytag manufacturer part number should be 3-12959 and is the same as our part number Y312959. Thanks!
I have removed the drum tumbler from dryer and have installed the belt.I have installed the belt around tumbler and around motor pulley.I can't figure how that part works. The belt is very loose.
Answer Natalie, Check and make sure the belt is not in the groove, molded into the front and rear of the tumbler. The belt has to be on the "flat" portion of the tumbler approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in front of the rear groove. and make sure you have the belt properly routed around the large white plastic idler pulley( the drawing in the instruction sheet is from the back of the machine, with the louvred access panel removed. Make sure there are no twwists in the belt, andf that the groove in the belt face away from the drum (or up, so you can see them). Good Luck and Thanks
The dryer is vibrating and nosier more than usual but still functioning. What could the cause be and what parts are required?
Answer Hello Al,
The noise and vibration are probably from a bad drum roller 12001541(There are two of these), and/or a bad idler pulley 6-3037050. The shafts don't have to be replaced if they have a smooth, shiny surface left on them. Just loosen the 1/2 inch headed nut on the rear where it mounts and turn it the shaft to where a shiny surface is where the worn surface was to begin with. Do not lubricate with a wet lubricant as this will cause lint to stick and work into the bearings and they will fail in a fraction of the time. If lubrication is needed, use baby powder or corn starch. Graphite will stain clothes if it works it's way into the drum. Also be sure to wipe all of the shafts with a dry paper towel to remove the coating of fabric softener that is always present in a dryer. If the front support bearing needs replacement also the part number for the kit is 306508.
Be sure to unplug the unit or turn off the breaker and check for an absence of voltage before starting and I strongly recommend wearing gloves for your protection.