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Re: Hotpoint belt pulley won't tighten back up
You must have the belt routed wrong. Pulley should be pushing up on belt to tension it. I cannot see your repyl due to some tech issue w/ the site, so it may be a day or so before I can reply again. Please leave feedback for me if appropriate. Thanks
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in electric dryers,no heat is often caused by burnt-out heating elements,then overheat thermostats,and lastly operating thermostats.this assumes power and drum operation are nominal. some elements are in a "containment vessel". the really tough ones are behind the drum WITHOUT a separate enclosure. as it. is with dryers,the drum belt is best untightened by undogging it from the idler pulley.
1.Unplug the Maytag dryer from the dryer electrical outlet and pull the dryer away from the back wall.Use a putty knife to press in the locking clip between the front and top panels.While pressing the clip in with the putty knife,lift the top panel up to unlock it from the clip.Raise the top panel into the service position allowing it to rest on the back hinges. 2.Locate the door switch connection on the inside front right corner of the Maytag dryer.Press the locking tabs in with your fingers and pull the wiring harness away from the door switch.With a Phillips-head screwdriver,remove the screw on both inside corners that secure the front panel to the sides. Lift the front panel up and away from the dryer. 3.Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the four retaining screws that secure the drum bulkhead to the front of the side panels. Remove the bulkhead from the dryer.Reach under the drum and pull the idler pulley to the left to release the belt tension.Remove the belt from the motor and idler pulley. Lift the drum up and out of the dryer unit bringing the belt with it. 4.Remove the two screws that secure the heating element to the rear bulkhead with a Phillips-head screwdriver.Disconnect the heating element terminal wires by grabbing them with needle-nose pliers at the wire leads and pulling them off of the terminals. 5.Place the new Maytag dryer heating element into the dryer and slip the wire leads over the terminals.Secure the heating element to the rear bulkhead with the retaining screws.Lift the drum and belt and place the drum back inside the dryer cabinet.Route the belt around the motor and idler pulley.Shift the idler pulley back to the right to apply belt tension. 6.Reattach the front bulkhead to the dryer using the four retaining screws.Position the front panel into place and secure it to the sides with the retaining screws. 7.Bring the top panel back down and push the front corners in to engage the locking clips.Push the Maytag dryer back into its working position and plug the power cord back into the dryer electrical outlet.
Initially sounds like the heating element(s) are burnt out. Probably needs replacing. The top should be removed and the drum removed, be sure to note the routing of the belt around the drum and pulley on the bottom. Once the drum is out, you can see the heating elements, but look behind the drum once the top has been flipped back, it may be accessable without removing the drum.
You will have to unplug the dryer and remove the front panel with the door, mark and remove the wires to the door switch, then there should be two screws on the inside which you will need to remove then tilt the panel out and lift to disengage the tabs connecting it to the main cabinet. Then you should be able to remove the old belt, carefully lift the drum and slide the new belt under it. Then this is where you will need to be a contortionist and take care as there are many sharp edges under there. Locate the motor and tensioner pulley, place the belt around the tensioner and while pushing back against the spring on the tensioner hook the belt to the motor pulley, then move belt on drum so it is aligned with lower pulleys. Turn the drum by hand a couple of times to make sure everything works.
Heating element is behind the drum. Disconnect power. Use putty knife to release 2 spring clips holding top at front edge of dryer. Swing top back. Remove two screws holding dryer front to sides near open top. Swing dryer front to the side. (you don't have to disconnect the door switch wires) Remove plastic tub block at top center of opening. Release belt. Pull up on back of drum, then pull drum out through the open front of dryer.
Further dissassembly is required. You'll want to do this anyway to inspect the heating elements. Some of what I say my not apply to your model (because you did not list a model number). 1. Disconnect power to dryer. 2. open door and remove screws going up into the dryer top. (two or four) Usually these are phillips screws, but you may find tri-wing phillips or T-15 torx. 3. swing top back, allowing access to remove the two screws holding the front panel to the side panels. (near the top) 5/16 hex or twin drive (phillips / #2 robertson square drive) 4. tilt front panel forward, lift off and swing to the side. You don't have to remove the door switch wires if you don't want to. 5. Pull drum forward a few inches. (it's a tight fit to get it past the dryer sides) 6. release dryer drive belt. 7. Finish removing the drum.
8. inspect coil heating elements. If one or both have a break in them, you can replace just the coils, you don't have to get the entire big metal part that holds them. 8. Clean and reassemble. (check the teflon rear drum sleeve bearing and the front drum support slides. now's the easiest time to replace them if needed.) 9. put the drum back in, then the belt back on by reaching your thin arms way back to the belt tensioning pulley. The grooved side of the belt touches the drum and goes down directly to the motor drive pulley on the left, then around the tensioning pulley. 10. Put front back on dryer. 11. turn drum by hand several revolutions to make sure the belt is not twisted or comes off. 11. Finish reassemble, connect power and test. You're done !
You probably need to thread the new belt over the drum by removing the circular rubber front seal temporarily. After putting the seal back on, ease the belt into the correct position and thread over the pulley on the motor. You will probably find it easier to put it over the pulley wheel of the motor first, with the belt partially off the drum. Then rotate the drum manually whilst easing the belt over it.