I have the opportunity to purchase this dryer but I noticed that the back of the drum is rusty. How hard is it to fix this? Do I need to replace the whole drum? If I did it myself, how hard would that be. Is it worth the cost?
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Re: rust on back of drum
Best thing to try is scrubbing with a dry plastic scourer (scotchbrite) and see if the rust is just a tiny bit on the surface or if there is quite deep rust.
if the rust is shallow and comes off easily, once you have scrubbed it off, it is relatively unlikely to come back, possibly once more, then you should find it is gone for ever.
If the rust is deep and hard to remove then the quality of the metal is either poor by design or by lack of quality control. you can find all sorts of products to stop or cover the rust - if you wanted to paint it, clean as much rust off as possible first, buy a "rust converter" product from a hardware store and a really good quality enamel paint designed for metal with a primer. try a small patch first just to check it is ok when you dry a load.
Replacing the drum itself is technically relatively simple, however there are numerous other parts which have to be moved or detached and some replaced, so unless you have easy access to spares then it is not worth the trouble, and the labour bill will not be realistic compared to a new dryer.
replacement drums can probably be found, although kenmore are particularly well known for a lack of spares support - prices can vary hugely depending on the number left in stock and the number of that model that were made in the first place. I would be surprised to get one for less than $100 - more like $200.
properly done, painting works fine, so it is a good cheap option.
Hope this helps - ask again if you need more help, and see if you can post a photo of the rust. :)
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replace the drum guides that hold the drum in place these are small plasic guides and they do tend to go with time and use of the dryer this is also what is causeing those rust colored marks on your clothing as well if you are able to message me back your make and model number i can provide you a schematic showing where these guides are located and how to go about ordering new ones for you unit also if you have any further questions message me those back as well and please remember when our chat has concluded to rank how this opinion has helped it allows me to help others in similar situations Thanks Rick
I had the same problem. Unfortunately, it is caused by a rusting drum edges, if you can believe it. My dryer was only 6 years old when this problem occured. There are felt gaskets on the front and back of the drums where it contacts and rotates on the frame of the dryer. You can take a white cloth and run it around the rim of the front and back of the drum and I suspect you will end up with some discoloration on the cloth. I had these felt gaskets replaced, but that is only a temp solution. When the drum is taken out and the old felt gaskets are removed, you can clean the edges of the drum and get a lot of rust/brown off the drum. New gaskets are only a temp fix. I did it about 1 1/2 yr ago, and I think the problem is starting again. Probably time for a new dryer or time to pull the drum and clean it. New drum probably cost prohibitive if you can get one. What a bunch of **** for a 7 1/2 old dryer. Next dryer will have a stainless steel drum. Hope this explanation helps you with your problem.
Go to this site .They have replacement parts . But it is easy to get it to a appliance repair person as it needs some professional knowledge on how to take it apart and put it together . Merry Christmas to you .
Apparently a common problem with 4-5 year old Kenmore and Whirlpool dryers. The paint is rubbed off the back panel by the felt seal attached to the rotating drum. The bare metal gets rusty from the damp clothes. The rust is rubbed off by the felt seal. The entire felt seal will turn brown. The stains are transfered to the clothes. The rust stains can generally be removed by additional cleaning.
I'm going to replace the felt seal on the drum, clean the rust off the back panel and see how long it lasts. Seal w/ adhesive is $30-40.
Some have suggested painting the back panel, but i don't think fresh paint is going to last long. The original paint was probably electrostatically applied and maybe baked on.