HELP - My Dryer Won't Spin - Part 2 (of 2)

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Earlier this week I vented my frustration that my dryer was not working properly AGAIN!  Well, now she's back up and running - YAY!

THE PROBLEM:

 Last weekend I tossed a load of sheets in the dryer and everything seemed fine.  30 minutes later I checked the load and it wasn't quite dry.  I turned the dryer on again and everything seemed OK.  About 5 minutes into the cycle it sounded like there where tennis balls or sneakers inside the dryer.  Since I had not heard this sound during the first dry cycle I went to check. 

I opened the dryer mid cycle and discovered that while the clothes were hot, they were not spinning.  I (correctly) assumed that the belt was broken.  Just to be sure I was on the right track I removed the dryer lid and checked the belt.  The belt was laying on top of the drum and I easily lifted it off the drum with my hand.

Broken dryer belt
With broken belt in hand I logged on to my favorite online parts shop.  There are a lot of places to buy parts online but my favorite is Appliance Parts Pros.  They offer fast, friendly service, great prices and the parts come quickly.  Truth be told, most parts are actually cheaper on Amazon.com but by the time I add in express shipping the prices are all the same.  PLUS, I can call Appliance Parts Pros with questions about the repair.  The people at Amazon know bupkis about fixing things, so I stick with the company that offers me the best service.

It took 2 days for the parts to show up.  They arrived last night so here's what I did.

THE FIX:

First - UNPLUG THE DRYER!!!!!

I removed the screws that hold the dryer lid in place.


There are 2 screws inside the dryer door holding the lid in place.
 Then I lifted the lid from the dryer.  Set the lid aside.


Remove the dryer lid
 Next I removed the front panel from the dryer. The front panel is held in place by 2 tiny screws


Front panel screws (one on each side)

The first time I took my dryer apart it took me FOREVER to find these screws.  With the dryer lid removed, look inside the dryer cabinet.  There are 2 tiny front panel screws.  One on each side near the top.

Once these screws are removed you can tilt the front panel towards you.  Be careful: there are wires that connect to the front panel and it's heavy!  The wires must be unplugged carefully.


Front panel tilted out.  CAREFUL - this panel is heavy!


The wires that connect the front panel to the dryer can be tricky.  They are plugged into a tiny panel that is partially hidden.  Two of the wires can be "unplugged" my giving them a little tug.  There is a 3rd wire that needs to be squeezed to be disconnected.

Front panel wires
Once the wires are disconnected the look like this.

2 wires slide on. The third wire I had to squeeze to disconnect.
Now that the front panel is removed and disconnected it's time to install the belt!  Set the front panel aside.

To be honest, there really aren't any pictures of how to install the belt itself.  The belt goes on top of the dryer drum (tread side down) and around 2 pulley's. 


Dryer drum with belt (tread side down)
I have done this process twice before and each time I needed the pulley diagram.  Looping the belt around the pulley(s) is a blind process.  It's done by feel.  The first time I did it it took me more than an hour of cussing.  This time I did it in about 5 minutes.

Here is the diagram for the GE dryer.


Dryer Belt Diagram
With the belt installed I was all set.  The only thing left to do was put everything back together!

I reinstalled the front panel.  The biggie here it to make sure that everything on the front door assembly is in the right place.  I noticed that my lower dryer felt was worn and that my top bearing and glides are worn.  I've already ordered those parts and will replace the worn pieces when they arrive.

Once the front panel was back in place I plugged in the dryer to test everything out.  Everything looked good!

I reinstalled the top panel and Voila!  Back in business!

FIXED!


The great thing about doing my own repairs is that I have the chance to notice worn parts before they create a bigger problem.  Next time I'll blog about replacing the dryer felt, front gasket and slides.  (Exciting stuff!)

I hope this repair was helpful and inspires you to make some of your own appliance repairs!

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4 comments

  1. I typically can figure out how to get into appliances like this...eventually. Thanks for posting - you saved me a whole bunch of time!

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  2. Should the pulley touch the drum?

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  3. Should the pulley touch the drum?

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    1. I think probably not, but it really depends on your dryer. Look up the pulley diagram for your particular model of dryer. There are LOTs of diagrams available on appliance parts pros. Or just google "dryer belt diagram [your dryer manufacturer]". Good luck!

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