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Re: fixing a gas dryer belt
That I believe is an older model GE with the idler bar instead of the short bar. I believe there is also a rear panel that you can remove to gain access to it. I dont remember for sure if it keeps tension up or down. Loop your belt around the motor pully, then find out which way it keeps tension on the belt, then loop the belt around the idler pully and release so that it keep tension on the belt itself. Let me know if you need further information.
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See if there is a pulley on the belt that can be moved to tighten the tension. Often the motor's mounting bolts can be loosened and the motor itself can be moved to tighten the belt and restore friction. If not possible, a new tight belt is in order.
If you are referring to the tension pulley that keeps the belt tight on the drum, just follow these steps to reinstall:
1. Make sure the drive belt is looped around the dryer drum with the groove side facing the drum. (Try to line the belt up with the wear marks already on the drum).
2. With the tensioner in your left hand, insert the clip end of the idler pulley into the grooves on the dryer bottom casing with the idler wheel pointing to your left. (The grooves are directly in front of the drive motor.)
3. While holding the tensioner in place with your left hand, insert the belt UNDER the wheel with your right hand and pull it up and over the drive motor pulley.
If this does not explain it well enough, you can also verify by going to repairclinic.com. Click on the Repair Help link and look for the "Dryer Belt Diagrams" link under the Special Features section on the next page. Look for Whirlpool and refer to diagram H.
If you have any questions, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER (located on a nameplate around the dryer door opening) so that I may be able to confirm your dryer configuration. I hope this helps you.
they should be on a tensioner that automatically tightens check the spring on the tensioner if it is weak replace it they usually last the life of most dryers however you have a commercial one so Lord only knows how many hours a day it runs
guess what when you buy the new belt the instructions are on the package and the belt is only about 20-$30 bucks try it yourself and be sure to unplug the unit when you do it nothing greater than doing a project youself and it works after your done......
You have to pull the back off the dryer.Then you,ll be able to see how it comes off.Ussally its on two pulleys similar to a car.There may be a tensioner on it to to keep it from slipping.If there is one you,ll have to losen it to remove the belt & replace it,then tighten the tensioner back up.Ussally you keep about a 1/4" to 1/2" free play on the belt.You use a sraight edge on the two pulleys to measure it with the belt on,tighten belt tensioner till you have the recommended tighteness.