How to change a clothes dryer belt

Purchase this 3-rib dryer belt for your Whirlpool or Kenmore clothes dryer online.Check out and buy additional clothes dryer belts online at
Purchase this 3-rib dryer belt for your Whirlpool or Kenmore clothes dryer online. Check out and buy additional clothes dryer belts online at your clothes dryer’s drive belt is a relatively easy and quick repair that you can perform yourself. While changing the dryer belt, it is also recommended that you replace the idler pulley, glides, and rollers as these clothes dryer appliance parts help the dryer drum to turn. If these parts are worn, it could be putting extra stress on the dryer belt which will cause it to break prematurely.

Always unplug your dryer before performing any work to it to reduce the possibility of electric shock.

If your clothes dryer drum is not turning, read more about possible causes online here.

If you heard a loud bang or can hear a buzzing noise while trying to run your dryer, but the drum will not turn, chances are the drive belt has snapped. Fortunately, this is a relatively easy repair job that you can perform yourself with a few simple tools. Here are some good sources with step-by-step instructions and helpful diagrams.

Before you begin your repair, make sure you have the proper parts for your clothes dryer. Purchase dryer belts, idler pulley, glides, and rollers online at

“How to Install a Dryer Belt”

The Virtual Repairman shows you how to change the dryer belt on a Whirlpool or a Sears Kenmore gas dryer. However, according to the Virtual Repairman, the operation is similar to replacing the belt on an electric clothes dryer.

“How to Change a Clothes Dryer Belt”

This WikiHow article has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and photos for changing your dryer’s belt. If you are an appliance repair novice, the ten-minute video at the end of the instructions is a must-see. Further proof that this is and easy and fast repair, the man performing the repair in the video timed himself and even with the additional time to film and explain as he went the repair still took him only 14 minutes.

Helpful tips for this repair:

  • Use a camera to take photos during the different steps of disassembling your machine as it might help you to put it back together again.
  • Sometimes your replacement part comes with instructions on how to install it specific to your make and model of appliance.
  • Use your appliance’s manual to help you make your repair, or look up an electronic copy online.
  • has diagrams of clothes dryers and other appliances online which will aid you in your repair. Search for a diagram of your appliance by entering the model number in the model number search.


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