Today I want to provide you with step by step washer appliance repair instructions for changing the drive belt on your machine. The machine that we will be using in today’s example will apply to all Whirlpool manufactured brands which would include Kenmore, Admiral, Inglis, Estate, Kitchenaid, Maytag, Roper, Jenn-Air, Crosley, Hardwick, Amana, Magic Chef, Caloric and Glenwood.
To find the specific part number for your belt, take a look at your owner’s manual that came with your home appliance, if you misplace it you can either try searching online as well as visiting the website of the manufacturer. Another option would be to visit an appliance parts website online, which will allow you to put in your make and model and it will provide you with the part numbers that way.
So how would a homeowner know whether or not to replace the belt on their washing machine? Here are some symptoms to look out for that could reveal to you that there is a problem with your belt:
- You get an odor from your device that smells like rubber is burning
- During the spin cycle you hear a very loud squeaky sound coming from your device
- Your spin cycle is not working how it should
Ok so let me show you now how to fix your washing machine, if you have any of the above symptoms. If you have read any of my other articles before, you know there are a few easy repairs that I go over and this is another one. I know you might be thinking come on now, stop pulling my leg, I know this type of service may sound intimidating but just stay with me, it really is simple, you don’t even need tools to get this one done.
First, let us go ahead and disconnect the power from the washer, either by turning off the breaker or plugging the unit out. Now we will proceed to disconnect the drain and or fill hoses, to do this you should first pull the unit away from the wall to give you enough space to work, you can also tilt it forward for more room.
Once all those are disconnected, you will now need to tilt the unit in the opposite direction, make sure you have enough room to see clearly under the machine and rest it on the wall in a stable position. The location of the belt is under the washer, it is connected to the pump pulley, motor pulley and the transmission pulley. To get the belt off simply pull the motor towards you, do not worry, the motor does have a little slack built in, once you do that the belt should come right off. Now get the new drive belt, to install this one, you should center the motor in the middle of the washing machine, do this by making use of the spring tension of the motor. Next, you can put the new belt on to all of the 3 different pulleys, then stand the machine back into an upright position, connect back your hoses, get the power back on and the job is now complete. For more tips on fixing your washer visit.
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