Loud metal on metal noise, and sparks in rear of dryer
We have a stackable kenmore washer/dryer which has been great, until a couple of days ago when we had to stop using it for fear of fire! I had a load of clothes in there and thought a large metal zipper or something metal fallen from a pocket was causing the problem, but when I took all the clothes out and turned the dryer on by itself the terrible noise continued. When I opened the door to stop the machine I could see the heater coils heated to red and sparks flying in the rear of the machine. We opened it up at the back (what a job!), though couldn't find anything loose. We've vacumned out the excess of lint and are now putting it back together to test it! Before we do though, any idea's on what's causing this problem and if we need to do more?
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I've seen sparks flying out of an appliance before!
It could be a bad motor so be careful if you plan to plug it in again!
I would leave the back cover off before trying again so as to see what's sparking!
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Your problem could be a bad bearing...The drum rides in a bearing at the rear middle of unit..Its basically a plastic insert...When the dryer is first started the bearing will squeal until the plastic warms up..Normally you will hear the squeal at the back middle of dryer...Your problem may also be the belt tensioner...Again a plastic wheel with a metal bearing inside...Normally this squeal will be from start to finish..
If you try to wash too many items with the water level set to low it is hard on the drive sysem and will kick out the motor.
When the motor resets it should work again but its very bad for the motor so II would try not to do it again.
It appears your timer/main controller has failed in this instance.
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its the wrong seal. do not lubricate it at all rubber sweals with any kind of petrolium product.
many door boots look right for the model but will be thicker then needed. and will cause rubber to hit the basket.