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When drying I hear a sound like a loose fan belt? What can I do to check to see if the belt is loose?

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You will have to disassembly the front panel of the dryer and check you drom belt and rollers. Unplug machine open door remove screws and with a screw drive gently pry up on each top corner. Good Luck Tim

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I had a book written for you and remembered something basic I learned in electronics school and had to delete it all. Sigh. So with a smile I start all over and hopefully make this short.
Are you certain there is a belt?
Let's assume there is. A belt means a motor is spinning the belt which is spinning another pulley or "wheel". You could be correct that the belt needs to be changed. They stretch over time causing slippage. That is one way you hear "squeak". The other way which I hate and am dealing with on my car right now is the pulley or pulley's themselves.
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You may have a belt and two pulley's (or more like in a car) and have a good belt but a bad pulley. Most people throw away the product thinking it is no longer useable when all that is needed is to loosen a single screw in the middle of the pulley and replacing it with it's exact make giving the device another jillion years of use.
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