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Remove blower blade from motor

Dryer began squealing and smoking. Opened cabinet and cleaned all areas per manual. Cannot figure out if it is the motor or the blade that is making the noise. How do I detach the blower blade from the motor. Motor plate says "Hold wheel and turn shaft clockwise", cannot budge it at all.

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Re: remove blower blade from motor

A guy who has been repairing these for twenty+ years told me sometimes the blower fan is just too tight to remove. If so, you have to use a screwdriver or punch from the motor side and literally break the plastic fan apart. I thought that was going to be my problem, but..... With wrench tightly fastened to the nut at the back of the motor and resting against the post of the rubber wheel, I put a sturdy wrench on the shaft at the front of the motor and whacked it in a clockwise direction with a hammer. It snapped and came loose! Hooray. Try that before you demolish the blower fan.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
If your dryer cabinet is feeling very wam to the touch and your clothes are not drying properly it is always caused by poor air flow problems.
Here are steps you should to attempt to get it working normally again:
1. Pull out the lint filter
a. Inspect the cavity where the lint filter was (use a flashlight). Make sure there is not lint build-up under the lint filter. Use a folded wire coat hanger and a vacuum with a crevice tool to remove any lin in this area.
b. Wash the lint filter with vinegar and water then soap and water. Fabric sheet particulate builds up on the lint filter. It will appear clean but can still be almost completely blocked.
2. Remove / dis-connect the vent duct from the back of the dryer.
a. Turn on the dryer briefly and check air-flow. The air-flow should push a relaxed hand gently away from the immediate area of the vent duct connection. If you do not have good air-flow here you must inspect the internal ducting of the dryer for restrictions. Use the folded wire hanger and a vacuum to remove any debris from the internal duct vent ducting.
3. Inspect the ducting from the rear of the dryer all the way through and OUTSIDE the home. The vent flapper outside the home is most often one of the primary reasons for poor airflow. Clear the lint from both sides of the metal flapper outside the home.
4. Lastly if after doing all of the above you still have poor air-flow the most likely failure is the blower wheel attached to the motor shaft. Either there is a problem with the fan blades or the center hub has failed allowing the blower wheel to spin on the end of the motor shaft.

A final comment... when you think you have the internal dryer ducting clean.. start over cleaning again for a 2nd cleaning. I cannot tell you how many times I have performed in-home service and the customer said they had done all of the above yet when I clean the same ducting I can fill a 5 gal SHOP-VAC 50% full with the lint they did not remove.

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