How do you change a dryer drum belt?
Answer Hi Joel, it is probably easier than you think but the applications vary depending on the model so please submit your model number and we can help you with instructions. The model number is either on the back near the top or inside the door. Sometimes you will find it on the side of the unit near the front. Thanks!
My dryer stopped working. It has power, lights, etc. but won't spin. It was squealing for a while, so I assume the belt broke. It is a couple of years old and gets alot of use. Would you recommend replacing the idler and rollers as well?
Answer Hello Dawson,
A belt 661570 normally won't just break. A dryer belt breaks because the drum opposes rotation and the motor slips in the belt, wearing it out. You don't have to replace all of the parts in there, but you do have to spin the wheels, (idler wheel 279640 and drum rollers W10314173), and any of them that oppose rotation have to be replaced to prevent the belt from breaking again.
Drum squeeking when it rotates (even by hand). I ordered the dryer repair kit (AP3109602). Is there anything else that I would need to order / replace? What is meant by "Thin Twins"? I believe it is 27" wide.
Answer Hi J.R. The thin twin is just a name for the 27" Washer / Dryer (twin) Model. They match in the smaller size. The kit you ordered is fine. When you have the inner drum removed hand rotate each roller and see if the roller shafts part # W10359272 are squeaking or if the idler assy. part # W10547292 needs replaced. It is usual that the roller shaft closest to the heater assy. will dry out and be noisy. The blower wheel is unique in this model that instead of it mounted vertically, it is under the center of the drum and is encased in a horizontal casing driven by a separate motor part # 8544775. Sometimes the blower wheel will have something stuck inside it and has made the blower wheel needing replaced part # 8544737. Thank You.
Followup to previous question & answer - The support and idler rollers are outside the drum and lint tube so I don't understand how lint is a factor. Also the center section appears to be solid steel so again I don't understand how it can be impregnated with lubricant.
Also - you missed the 2nd part of my original question - 4 support rollers and soon will have an idler - 5 rollers. Why are there only 9 triangle clips and one thin plastic washer ? Is the washer for the idler ?
Answer Hello Fred. The dryer drum rides on felt seals. They are not completely sealed. Especially where the duct is long, crimped or stopped up, the lint, heat, and moisture will blow past the drum seals. The bushings are impregnated with a dry lubricant. This is what we are told by the manufacturers. Any other questions pertaining to the impregnation of lubricant into the bushing material should be directed to the manufacturer. Since they made them, I assume they would be able to explain the manufacturing process.
Second part of the question: There are 2 "triangle clips" for each drum roller, (One on either side of each roller). One "triangular clip" Keeps the idler wheel from dropping off of the idler pulley shaft. The washer is for the idler pulley. It keeps the idler pulley from wearing through "triangular clip". If there is any more questions, please be sure to contact us! Hope you have a great day!
I ordered AP3109602 (4392067) for this dryer. The idler was missing and is in transit now. I have two questions:
1 - the support wheels I received have a metal core but in the Q & A for this part it says no lubrication is needed. It seems to me that metal rotating on metal surely needs some grease or oil. Please clarify.
2 - I have 4 support rollers and soon will have an idler - 5 rollers. Why are there only 9 triangle clips and one thin plastic washer ? Is the washer for the idler ? I do not want to disassemble the dryer without being 100% sure I have all the parts and that they are the correct parts. Thanks
Answer Hello Fred. Think of it like this, if you lubricate where all of that lint is circulated in the air, the lint gets pulled into the bushing and will lock it up faster than it will without lubrication. Plus, the bushings are impregnated with a self lubricant so as it wears, it actually lubricates itself. We are taught as technicians by the manufacturers that if anything in a dryer requires lubrication, it is to be lubricated with a dry lubricant such as corn starch or baby powder. NOTE: You cannot use graphite. If graphite gets into the drum with the clothes, you got a real mess! I don't know if you need it or not, but there's a manual that explains the do-it-yourself repair of this style unit.677818L. I hope this helps to clarify your understanding and if you have any more questions let us know. Have a great day!
I have heat and power on my unit. Why wont it start?
Answer Hello May. Check the door switch W10318609 and see if it is bad. Also, check and make sure the belt is not broken. If so, it will prevent the dryer from starting. You can test the switch with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. Hope this helps. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
Do you have a video demonstrating the installation procedure for this kit?
Answer Hello Guy. No, we are working daily on creating videos for every part we can provided. As of this time, we do not have one for this dryer kit 4392067. Hope this helps.