Dryer Belt installation Guide

In this Dryer belt installation guide, I will walk you through the steps for installing a belt on GE dryers, Maytag dryers and Whirlpool dryers. Dryer belts are often the first things that will go wrong with a dryer. When working on dryers always inspect the dryer belt and if it is cracked or any of the grooves are missing it is wise to go ahead and change it. Below are descriptions on how to replace a dryer belt along with dryer belt diagrams to help you understand how the belt connects. Note that the belt diagrams below are the view that you would see if looking from the back of the dryer. With the exception of the first Whirlpool dryer belt diagram, it is the view from the front.



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GE Dryer Belt Installation



In this section of this dryer belt installation guide, I will describe how to install a GE dryer belt.

1. Disconnect power from dryer.

2. Open the door and remove the screws in the door pointing upward.

3. Once done, the top will either lift up or you will be able to remove the entire top depending on how old the dryer is.

4. Once the top is up, remove the two screws that point forward. That should allow the front to lean forward.

5. Lift the front up and remove it. Note if the dryer is older you may have to loosen the two 5/16 screws at the bottom before the front will lift up.

6. Once the front is off you can reach under the tub and unhook the belt by pulling the idler pulley to the right. This will relieve the tension on the belt so that you can remove it from the motor pulley.

7. Now you are ready to install the new GE dryer belt.

8. Wrap the dryer belt around the drum with the grooves of the belt facing down towards the drum.

9. Pull the belt around the drum several times to ensure it is not twisted. Note that if the belt is twisted it will more than likely jump off the first time you turn the dryer on.

10. On older dryers there is an access panel on the back of the dryer that will allow you to see the motor and idler pulley. I recommend connecting the belt through this access hole.

11. If there is not an access panel on the back of the dryer, you must connect the dryer from the front. Reach under the drum and connect the belt to the motor pulley. Then pull the idler pulley to the right and loop the belt on the idler pulley. I usually do this in two stages, first I loop the belt on the idler pulley shaft then reposition my hands to get a better grip then pull the pulley again to loop it around the belt.

12. Reassemble the dryer.



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The dryer belt diagram below should help.

Whirlpool Dryer Belt Installation



This section of the dryer belt installation guide will describe how to install a Whirlpool dryer belt. There are two common types of Whirlpool dryers. One has a lint trap on the top of the dryer and the back of the dryer can be removed (although not necessary to replace the belt) and the other has the lint trap in the door and the back cannot be removed.

Lint Trap On Top

This section of this dryer belt installation guide will discuss how to replace a dryer belt on a whirlpool dryer with the lint trap on top. If you have a Whirlpool dryer with the lint trap on top and the back can be removed follow these steps.

1. Remove the lint trap and remove the screws under the lint trap.

2. Pull forward on the top and at the same time lift up on the top.

3. Remove the screws pointing forward and remove the front.

4. Pull the idler to the right to release tension from the belt and unhook it from the motor pulley and remove the belt.

5. Now you are ready to install the new belt.

6. Wrap the belt around the drum with the grooves down toward the drum.

7. Pull the belt around the drum several times to ensure the belt isn’t twisted. Note that if the belt is twisted, it will jump off the first time you turn the dryer on.

8. Pull the idler pulley up and to the right then feed the belt through the idler pulley bracket and around the motor pulley.

9. Reassemble the dryer.

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The diagram below should help.

Lint Trap In Door

This section of this dryer belt installation guide will discuss how to replace a dryer belt on a whirlpool dryer with the lint trap in the door. If you have a Whirlpool dryer with the lint trap in the door and the back cannot be removed follow these steps to replace the belt.

1. Disconnect power from dryer.

2. Remove the bottom front panel by pressing in on the clips in the crack under the door.

3. Hinge-up the control panel. Depending on the model you might have to remove two screws on each end of the control panel or press in on two clips.

4. Remove the top by removing the screws under the front panel. On some models you don’t hinge the control panel up, you just press in on two clips at the front (between the front and the top) to release the top.

5. Unplug the door switch.

6. Remove the two screws pointing forward that hold the front on.

7. On some models you will have to remove screws that hold the air-duct to the blower. Others you just have to remove a clip at the bottom of the air-duct.

8. Once the front is off the reach under the tub to unhook the belt by pulling the idler pulley up and to the left to release tension on the belt so that you can remove it.

9. Wrap the belt around the entire tub with the grooves down.

10. Pull the belt around the tub several times to ensure that it is not twisted. Note that if it is twisted it will jump off as soon as you turn the dryer on.

11. Wrap the belt around the motor.

12. Then pull the idler pulley up and to the left and connect it to the belt.

13. Reassemble the dryer.

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The diagram below should help!

Maytag Dryer Belt Installation

If you have an older Maytag dryer follow these steps in replacing the dryer belt. Note that this doesn’t include Amana style Maytag dryers or Whirlpool style Maytag dryers.

1. Disconnect power from dryer.

2. Remove the front panel by removing two screws at the bottom or pressing in on two clips under the front panel and pulling out on the bottom of the panel until the top clips release. Note if you don’t see any clips or screws you may have an Amana or Whirlpool Maytag dryer.

3. Once the front is off remove the drum support by removing the four screws.

4. Reach under the tub and disconnect the belt by pulling up on the idler pulley to release tension. Then unhook it from the motor pulley.

5. Wrap the new belt around the drum with the grooves up.

6. Pull the belt around the drum several times to ensure it is not twisted. Note that if it is twisted the belt will jump off.

7. Hook the belt on the motor pulley.

8. Pull up on the idler pulley and wrap the belt around the pulley.

9. Reassemble the dryer.

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The diagram below should help.

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