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Sunday, November 16, 2003

Appliance Tip of the Day: Dryer Disassembly

appliance tip of the day archiveAt some point during the life of your dryer, you're gonna need to open it up to do some surgery. Here are basic disassembly procedures for the most common dryer brands and models. And, Hoss, a genuine manufacturer's repair manual can be a valuable accomplice in your dryer repair odyssey. Come git you some.

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grasshoppers visualizing a dryer disassembly with the master

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I have a small addition to your instructions for disassembling early model (pre-1990) GE electric dryers. In my case, it was to replace the belt.

After removing the four screws securing the top, and the two screws at the bottom of the front panel, I still couldn't remove the drum (no clearance). By removing the two screws on the inside top front that secure the front panel, I was able to swing the front panel down to horizontal, and the drum slid straight out.

Thanks for the many tips on your site.


By Blogger Snorpus, at October 02, 2004 12:11 PM  

I can't tell you how happy I am that I ran across your web page. I have been trying for hours to put a new belt on my Maytag dryer and after searching every newsgroup and web page for help I finally found yours! You had exactally what I needed (just a simple picture of how to route the belt). Thanks a lot.

By Anonymous Joe, at July 19, 2005 7:38 PM  

You're site was of great assistance. Thanks alot!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2005 7:51 PM  

Your picture of the how the belt is routed on Mayag dryers was a blessing. I was ready the call the supplier and bless them out for sending the wrong belt. I spent hours trying to figure this out.
Thank You
Super website

By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 03, 2006 9:47 PM  

Great info on replacing the belt on Maytag dryers! Finding parts wasn't too difficult... but how to disassemble and install new belt??
Needless to say I am Very glad you folks put together this Very helpful web site! After studying the pics, I was able to replace the belt and install new idler pulley in about 15 minutes!
Thanks again, this info was a real time-saver!

By Anonymous tony22r, at February 11, 2006 2:01 AM  

I'm back at your site a second time to fix a dryer that loves to be BAD :-) You guys are awesome, amazing and very cool to be offering the wisdom that even I, so-not-super-repair-woman, was able to use to diagnose and fix first my whining screeching noise and now my faulty door switch. (which by the way I ~may~ have been responsible for breaking by slamming the door too hard...maybe)
Anyways just wanted to say YOU GUYS ROCK! Thanks so much!

By Blogger NSERts, at March 14, 2006 7:20 PM  

Many thanks for your info, I just did my first dryer repair (Maytag dryer belt) and it was a snap thanks to your site. The links to the photos were especially handy.

The Samurai Appliance Man is a bookamrk no man should be without.

Thanks Again,

By Anonymous JohnnyG, at April 29, 2006 5:22 PM  

These pages rock!!! I pulled out my dryer switch and diagnosed the problem in about 8 minutes. I'm currently drying my last load with the switch bypassed with a **temporary** jumper. New switch will be ordered tomorrow.

Thanks for the pictures!!


By Blogger alanj, at November 21, 2006 2:58 AM  

One thing you might mention in your incredibly helpful guide to the Maytag Dryer belt is that the evil geniuses at Maytag made a grove in the drum very close to where the belt is supposed to run. If(make that when) the belt falls into that groove while replacing the belt or idler wheel, when you put it back on it will seem as though you have not properly looped it around the motor and idler wheel, even when you have. It will seem as if the belt is (has somehow become) too long, and drags against the alignment slot, until you rotate the drum enough to get the belt out of the groove and up on the drum, where it belongs. I respectfully suggest you might add this tidbit to your otherwise excellent instructions.

Now, my belt is back on. The dryer is running smoothly without banshee squeel. Spouse is happy. Back to my quest for free beer!

By Blogger dark, at October 07, 2007 10:53 AM  

You are a genius, and a great asset to society. Blessings to you. I will tip a Leinenkugel in your honor.

By Blogger ron, at October 30, 2007 11:38 AM  

Thank you for making my first ever dryer belt replacement (on a came-with-the-house older GE dryer) a complete success! The nasty squeaking is gone at last!

By Blogger Carla, at November 17, 2007 3:36 PM  

I had to replace the theromostats on my dryer. I had no idea how to go about it until I happended upon your website. Now my dryer is working again thanks to your instructions. I saved myself a HUGE house call bill and my cloths are dry again!. Thanks again.

By Blogger dennis, at December 27, 2007 8:38 PM  

Thanks to the Samurai, I got change left over for some liquid carbs by performing the repairs myself with his help. Come on down Kemo Sabe!! We'll hoist a few for the holidays. Why call a repairman when the Samurai is here?? Got a couple of cold ones for you in the cooler. Let me know!!!

By Blogger twinkies69, at December 27, 2007 9:40 PM  

Great information. Pictures were very helpful. Can you assist in determining what type of "noise" it makes (re: so that I know what to fix - Belt, Rolers or Motor).

Thank you! Casey

By Blogger C - Molifua, at April 21, 2008 3:32 PM  

Awesome! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of appliances. I would have destroyed my dryer by prying up on the lid if I had not found your site to learn how to access the heater element. Thanks, again!

By Blogger T.C., at September 02, 2008 10:17 AM  

Thanks, the directions and snapshots were spot on for my frigidaire fde546res1

By Blogger BeenThereDoneThat, at January 17, 2009 3:09 PM  

Ooowwaaahh great sumarai repair mahn, sank you so much for your wisdom. Wet garhments I must wear no longer.

By Blogger Samulonis, at March 21, 2009 2:05 PM  

I just closed my old Hotpoint dryer after opening to inspect for parts that need replacement. One thing I would add to the instructions to access to the idler pulley for removing the belt. The picture for removing the drum center bearing clip shows the entire back. There is a black panel at the bottom. This must be removed to expose the drive motor and get access to the belt. When going around the perimeter removing screws, do not remove those along the top at the back panel. Get low enough to see below that line and you will find three more screws indented about an inch in from the rear panel. They are the correct top screws to remove.

Also, when removing the spring clip on the drum bearing shaft, be careful to get any shims that may be between the clip and the rear of the bearing. Mine has three. You will want to replace them when you reassemble the unit.

I am ready to order parts now and quite confident that I can open and reassemble the unit easily. Thank you for the info.

By Blogger Stuart, at April 03, 2009 4:20 PM  

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! here i just bought a new dryer but was cheap and didnt get the warranty. I was so upset when the drum stopped spinning so i did a google search and your pictures are truly worth millions! It was such an easy fix and repair and I couldnt have done it without this help forum! (the belt needed to be re-looped cuz the bottom roller fell out of place) THANK YOU AGAIN!!

By Blogger jordanlongacre, at February 18, 2010 1:12 AM  

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