Can someone tell me the correct way to disassemble a kenmore dryer to get the drum out. We have a lint problem because the drum is off balance. I have cleaned all the lint out of everywhere else. I discovered this problem because the dryer was overheating and the automatic thermstat shut it off. Thanks
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Kenmore (Sears) dryers are usually manufactured by Whirlpool. The rear of the drum rides on 2 lower rubber rollers that go bad with age. Those rollers may need replaced. There is also a felt seal strip attached to the rear of the drum that rides the back wall of the dryer that may need replaced. Can only tell for sure by disassembling the dryer and checking.
you must disassemble the unit and clean the lint out of the heating unit area, it is lint catching fire and could be dangerous to continue using your unit in this condition. a vacuum cleaner should do well to clean the lint and the drum must be removed to do a proper cleaning
First, of course, make sure ALL the airways are clear, including the area around the lint filter, and the outside vent - lint likes to stick to the outside vent flap, so make sure you clean that off too, and that it opens and closes freely.
Here is a diagram from kenmore corp. that should help you out Maytag Dryer Belt Routing
This is the most common belt routing found on most Maytag brands clothes dryers.
you will have everything disassembled to change the belt, this is an
excellent opportunity to vacuum out the cabinet to remove dust and lint
and perform preventative maintenance on your dryer. When replacing the
Belt is is a good idea to also change the Drum Support Rollers, Drum
Glides, Idler Pulley and Clips. All of these items are easily
changeable when replacing the belt. The upside is that your dryer will
operate like new.
Only a few things will make that noise. The squeaking is caused by a moving part having trouble turning while rubbing against a fixed part.
The idler pulley is worn
The drum support rollers are hard turning on their shafts
The felt seals at the front or back of the drum is worn allowing metal to metal contact while turning
An article has fallen into the housing around the blower wheel and the wheel is rubbing on it.
Listen for the frequency of the sound. The drum rollers and drum felts will squeak at the frequency of the tub turning. The idler pulley turns much faster as does the blower wheel. Knowing this will help pin down the cause.
The following link has valuable information on taking apart your style of dryer:
This is likely the result of an air flow problem if you are sure the heater is working. Ensure
you are not running the dryer in a closed room which would starve the
dryer of air dramatically reducing the air over the clothes even if the
full length of your vent is brand new. Next, remove the vent
hose from the rear of the dryer and check for strong air flow at the
outlet. If it seems strong enough then run a vent through a window or
out into another room and do one load in this fashion. If this resolves
your problem the blockage exists in the vent line outside your dryer
and disassembling dryer becomes unnecessary.
If not, ensure you
have seen and touched every inch of interior dryer piping and hold the
lint filter up to the light to be sure you can see through it.
Disassemble and clean ANY section of piping you can't get your hand
into. The area below the lint filter tends to catch a lot of lint and
can only be accessed by removing the housing at the rear on the left
side as you face the rear. Ensure the blower wheel turns when the motor
turns. (Newer models may have the filter housing at the front)
Having performed all these actions will likely resolve the problem.
It is common for small items (such as coins) to get stuck inside the dryer drum baffles. You can easily remove them without disassembling the entire dryer. The screws that hold them in place are located on the outside of the dryer drum. In order to access, follow these steps:
1. Unplug the dryer.
2. Remove the top panel of the dryer by removing the three screws located in the back of the dryer holding the panel in place. Once the screws are removed, the top panel slides back, then lifts off.
Each drum baffle has two screws holding it in place. Remove the screws and the baffle will drop into the drum allowing you to easily check inside each one.
Another source of dryer noise is something caught in the blower fan housing. You will need to remove the lower toe panel directly below the dryer door to access. Follow these steps:
1. Open the dryer door and remove the lint screen (the blower fan cover will not come off with the lint screen in place).
2. Locate the screws that hold the toe panel in place along the bottom front edge of the panel. HINT: Propping the front feet of the dryer up can give you better access to reach the screws (a 2x4 works well for this). With the screws removed the toe panel will drop down, then come off.
3. Remove the screws that hold the blower fan cover in place.
Inspect the blower fan housing for any objects that may be vibrating against the fan blades.
If you still need further assistance, please let me know. I hope you find this helpful.
when you try to start it again do you hear a humming comeing from the motor? can you jump start it by turning the drum while holding the start button? If you say yes to these questions you have a bad motor.