Question about Maytag Neptune MDE5500AY Electric Dryer
I want to get inside and look around at the belt?If I have to replace it do I have to take the back off or the top or both?
Remove the top sheet metal screws at the top rear of this unit,,then pry up the top,,,back to forward!!!,,,then have a look at the belt,,,,Replacement cost of belt usually around $12
Posted on Jan 16, 2009
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Remove the power cord from the wall outlet.
Open the dryer door. Remove the screws located along the inside of the doorway with the Phillips screwdriver.
3Pull the top part of the front panel away from the MDE5500AY dryer to disconnect it. Lift the front panel up to disconnect it from the metal clips on the dryer cabinet.
Unplug the wire connector leading to the door switch.
Unscrew and remove the four screws connecting the front panel to the rest of the cabinet. Lift the front panel up and away from the dryer to remove it.
Pull the idler pulley toward the left to relieve tension in the belt. Slide the belt off of the idler pulley and the Neptune dryer drum.
Route the new dryer belt around the drum and along the pulley system. Release the idler pulley to restore proper tension in the belt. Rotate the drum to ensure the belt is positioned properly.
Replace the front panel onto the dryer cabinet. Replace the four screws that connect the front panel to the cabinet of the MDE500AY dryer.
Plug the wire connector into the door switch assembly. Lower the front panel down into its original position.
Replace the screws along the inside of the doorway.
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Unplug the electrical cord before replacing the dryer belt.
Pull open the dryer door and locate the screws underneath the top lip that secure the top of the dryer.
Unfasten the screws holding the top on with a screwdriver and lift the top, flipping it back and resting it on the hinges.
Unfasten the holding the front panel on the cabinet, using a screwdriver. These screws are at the top on the inside of the panel.
Disconnect the door switch wires on the back of the front panel by hand, pulling the connector straight out off the electrical prongs and setting the front panel aside.
Locate the idler arm pulley next to the motor on the bottom of the cabinet near the back and push the idler arm forward to relieve the tension on the old belt.
Remove the old belt from around the idler and motor pulleys as well as from around the dryer drum and take the belt out of the dryer cabinet.
Place the new dryer belt around the drum in the center of the cabinet, fitting the belt inside the V-groove in the center of the drum, and lay the rest of the belt on the bottom of the cabinet near the idler pulley so you can access it easily.
Move the idler arm forward to allow room for the belt and thread the end of the new belt around the idler arm pulley and over the motor pulley, letting the idler arm move back to apply tension to the new belt. Check the new belt over to verify that it is lined up correctly in the V-groove on the drum and around the pulleys and that there are no twists in the belt.
Place the front panel back on the dryer cabinet, securing it with the screws on the top of the panel with a screwdriver, and plug the door switch wires back into the electrical prongs, pressing the switch wires on by hand on the back of the front panel.
Lower the top of the dryer back down onto the cabinet and secure it with the screws underneath the lip of the front panel.
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