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