Question about Whirlpool Dryers
Disconnect the unit from its power supply before servicing!
Most Whirlpool dryers are disassembled by:
1. Raising the cover of the lint filter retainer housing on the top panel of the dryer, (if this where it is located), and removing 2 screws.
2. Using a flat blade screw driver, slide it between the top panel and the front panel approx. 3" in from the corners and pry upward gently. This will release the top from the front panel.
3. Remove the 5/16" screw from the inside corner where the front joins to the side panel, (Repeat procedure on the other side).
4.If your model has a separate lower panel, remove it by using the flat blade screwdriver and sliding it in frrom the side and gently twisting to release the retainer spring clip, ( Repeat procedure on other side). Remove door springs. ( make sure your door is latched tightly 1st).
5.Loosen or remove 2-5/16" screws from under the door at each corner.
6. You should now be able to remove the upper portion of the front panel.
Posted on May 28, 2008
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Unplug your dryer from the electrical outlet. Remove the lint trap by lifting its cover and sliding it out. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the two screws that hold in the housing of the lint trap.Lift up the top panel of the dryer and take off the holder for the door switch wire. Look for the screws that hold in the front panel of the dryer, located on top of the front panel, and unscrew them. Take the panel off the dryer by lifting it off.Look inside the dryer, find the broken dryer belt, and before taking it off, note the way it is routed around the pulleys, then take it off. Install a new Whirlpool dryer belt by slipping it around the tumbler with the grooves facing the surface of the tumbler. Ask an assistant to hold up the tumbler while you move the belt into the proper place, aligned with the black line around the width of the tumbler.Wrap the new dryer belt around the pulleys as noted in Step 3. If you don't remember how, or the old belt was snapped and not aligned properly, look at the dryer belt diagram in your user's manual.Align the front panel of the dryer with the tumbler. Put back in the two screws that hold the panel in place. Open the door of your dryer and with your hand, turn the spinner one time counterclockwise. Reconnect the holder for the door switch wire, being careful that it doesn't touch any moving parts.Use the screwdriver to carefully position the rubber seal along the back of the tumbler. Make sure the seal is on the outside of the tumbler and that none of it sticks to the inside of the tumbler.Slide the lint filter and housing back into place, and screw in the two screws that hold it in. Plug the cord of the dryer back into the electrical outlet and check that it spins properly.
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