Whirlpool model LEP 6848AW0 electric dryer, hear humming, heats up, doesn't tumble, was told it was the belt and was told its difficult to get to, was told entire drum had to be removed to check out the belt. Need to know if i'm getting ripped off or can I do this myself.
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Re: Dryer won't tumble
It is not hard to do at all. Start by yanking out the filter. Then remove those 2 phillips scews that hold down the top at the filter housing. Next use a putty knife to pop the top by pressing against the spring clips that hold the top down to the front. Next remove the 2 screws holding the front on. Raise up on the front to release the front from the case without breaking the el cheapo retainers. Once you have the front out your way get the drum out. Oil the wheels and idler using a high temp resistant quality turbine oil. Zoom spout oil is cheap and easy to find at any ace hardware. Rout the idler as pictured HERE using the whirlpool/kenmore pic. Piece of cake!
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if the dryer heats the motor should be good. if it hums its either runing or the hum is a stall noise . if belt is in tact then if motor were going so would the drum . so i think the motor isn't going just humming and the heat sw in the motor is stuck closed with lint and you need to replace the motor .. take the belt off and turn motor if it turns free . the blow it out good and reinstall belt and try again ..mm
Possibly the belt assembly. if you open the door and try to turn the drum does it turn with a little resistance, noises? this model has rollers, pulley, and a four groove belt 92 1/4" , sometimes the pulley sticks after yrs of use, belts wear, drum misaligns. the humming should be the motor trying to work.
if it comes on and runs and has heat but the drum does not turn the belt is broken. To replace the belt unplug the dryer, remove the lint filter, remove the 2 philip head screws,with a stiff putty knife pry up in the top of the cabnet on the right and left to litf the top, disconect the door swithch remove the screw from each side and lift the front off romove the old belt the reinstall put new belt around the drum groove side toward the drum. put the idler pully in the slot closest to the motor be sure the tab is under the base and the 2 catches stit in the slot. now pull the belt through the idler pully and around the motor shaft. the reinsatll the front secure with the screws reconect the door switch,close the top, put the 2 screws back in where the lint filter goes then put in lint filter, plug in dryer and test.