How to Replace a Dryer Belt on a Whirlpool Dryer
Repairing your clothes dryer might seem like a tall order for those of us who are less mechanically savvy, but there are some repairs you can do easily without the help of a professional. A worn-out dryer belt is one of the most common problems that your Whirlpool dryer will face, and luckily, they can be easily replaced, even by mechanical novices. With only a few simple tools, you can replace your machine’s dryer belt right at home. Follow these steps and you’ll have your Whirlpool back up and running in no time.
When to replace a dryer belt
There are a few telltale signs that your Whirlpool is in need of a new belt. One of the first things you’ll notice is unexplained noises during drying cycles. If your dryer is making unusual squeaking or thumping sounds, your dryer belt is probably wearing thin. If you can, it’s best for your dryer’s longevity to replace the belt before it actually breaks. If the belt does break, you’ll probably notice right away. The dryer will likely stop turning even when you can hear the motor running, shut down before clothes are dry, or even refuse to turn on altogether. These issues could point to other electrical issues with the machine, but the most common source is a broken dryer belt.
What you’ll need
• 5/16th nut driver or socket.
• Phillips screwdriver
• Putty knife or flathead screwdriver
• Container for screws
How to replace a dryer belt
Luckily, a broken dryer belt is a relatively easy fix. You can get new belts online and at most home appliance stores. Double check the belt dimensions required by your Whirlpool model and pick one up, then follow these steps to fix it yourself.
1. First, make sure the dryer is off and disconnected from all power sources. Move the machine away from the wall and unplug it from the outlet.
2. Remove the lint filter on top of the dryer. The filter is on top right-hand corner of most Whirlpool machines. Two small screws should be visible where the filter used to be. Remove them and put both your container for safekeeping.
3. Next, take your putty knife and slide it into the groove at the front of the dryer, separating the top of the machine from the body. Pop to top of the dryer up on both sides, so it can be flipped out of the way.
4. Remove the front of the machine by undoing two hex-head bolts in the top corners of the front panel with your nut driver. Be ready to support the drum, which should come out with the front panel. You might want to have an extra set of hands or something to prop the drum up on while you work.
5. The belt should be visible now. If it’s already broken, just remove it from the drum, but if it’s still attached, you may have to cut it off with a utility knife.
6. The new belt can now be slipped onto the drum. The grooved side should be facing inward toward the drum, and the flat side should be facing out. Then, you’ll have to loop the belt under the tensioner pulley and around the motor pulley to pull it taut.
7. You’re now free to reassemble the dryer. Fit the drum into the rim of the front cabinet panel and slide it back into the machine, replacing the two hex-head bolts that secure it. Swing the top back down and push until it locks back into place, then replace the screws and lint trap. When you plug your dryer back in, it should be all set to dry a load of laundry.