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It smells like it's going to catch on fire - I was told to try to replace the belt - will that help? How do you put it on?

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  • pwhite7408 Mar 14, 2008

    Thank you for your help. My husband had it apart already and had the back part off and saying how bad it was when I took him this note from you - we cleaned it up, changed the belt and now it smells alot better - hopefully it's good - I don't want a fire! Thanks for your concern and help!!



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First check you vent system it must be four inches all the way to the end not a lot of hose behind it just enough to reach the outside vent housing im going to give you the procedure for the belt but consult your owners manuel for proper venting as this will make the drier to hot if not vented prioperly unplug the drier pull it out from the wall about a foot facing the drier take a small putty knife and insert it about 3" from the edge push the knife in till you feel the spring clip push in on it and lift the top then repeat that on the other side fold the top back till it leans against the wall look in the drier on the front edge of the front door panel there are two 5\16 in screws there remove them and un plug the light switch and the door switch assembly .grasp the front door panel and give it a quick snap forward to disengage the retaining clips and the door from the drum remove the door .Lay on the floor reach in and remove the belt from the idler pulley and blower motor pulley .once you get in there see if the drier is full of lint

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

  • robert samples Mar 14, 2008

    no appliance company's build dryers to catch on fire its bad for business the only thing in dryers that catch on fire is things people put in them if you had a lot of lint in that dryer then your not vented properly ill reply tomorrow and tell you an easy and proper way to do it ok its late here good for you btw the wires are rated at 800 f and that dryer has three saftys in it



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