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How it works: Plane Jane Crosley dryer

The Crosley dryer is probably the simplest of all the dryers to repair. To access the innards you must work from the front only on these. It is best to place this dryer on a work bench to do the servicing. Trying to repair it inside of a stuffy laundry room is not a great option. The most difficult thing is belt replacement. Laying on the floor attempting to install the belt is not a viable option in my opinion. The motor and blower move the air and tumble the drum as air flows over the element into the drum. The heating element is small and located to the top on the rear bulkhead. The thermal fuse is located on the right hand side of the heating chamber and is held in place by the same screw that holds the element in place. The dryer blower wheel is made of plastic. Over time these blower wheel's hubs wallow out. This causes the airflow to be thrown off. One main complaint when the blower wheel is bad is that the clothes take a long time to dry AND the top of the dryer is blazing hot. The filter will actually warp with the heat. To access this dryer use a thin blade putty knife to release spring clips holding down the top. Instead of yanking on the door switch wires and possibly damaging the switch I simply release the locking tabs on each side of the switch and remove it from the front panel. The front panel is held on by 2 screws and simply lifts out the way to access the inside. You want to thoroughly clean the filter housing on the front panel. Check the blower wheel for tightness. Oil the rollers and idler. I use zoom-spout brand appliance oil because it is safe for all major appliances and HVAC apps. To install a belt is fairly tricky. Your arms will get cut up if you are not careful. You cannot see the process. I have the dryer on a work table. I sit in a chair and reach in with my right arm (tight fit) and my left. I raise the idler and loop the belt under it so that when I let go it pulls downward on the idler pulley. I turn the drum several rotations to make sure the belt is lined up and not twisted! If it is twisted it will break and be destroyed in about a minute. The ribbed side of the belt goes to the drum on this puppy. That is all the smart pills I have for this go round. The heating element comes with a new limit but not a thermal fuse. The thermal fuse must be ordered separately. When replacing the element take care not to short out the limit to the frame of the dryer and that goes for the thermal limit as well. If the wires are touching then the limit will be destroyed on start-up. Tools needed for repairing a Crosley dryer is a Phillips screwdriver, snap-ring pliers for the rollers and blower wheel, quarter inch nut-driver to replace limits and element.
A cheap multimeter to check limits and fuses. Always repair this dryer while it is unplugged.  Good luck on repairing your Crosley dryer!

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