How to Replace a Whirlpool Dryer Belt in 7 Steps

Paradise Appliance
July 31, 2023
Dryer Repair

This guide applies to most Whirlpool Dryer models, such as: 

  • Whirlpool Dryer 1LE4900XKW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 1LE5920XKW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 1LG9801XKW1
  • Whirlpool Dryer 2LG5701XKW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 3CE2110XMW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 3CEP2910BW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 3CFE2510W1
  • Whirlpool Dryer 3CG2901XSN1
  • Whirlpool Dryer 3CSP2760BW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 3LE5700XKW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 3LG5701XKW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 4LEC6646DN0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 6CE2950XWW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 6LE5700XSW0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 7MGX4626EZ0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 8LDR3422YG0
  • Whirlpool Dryer 8LGC7858AN0
  • Whirlpool Dryer BYCCD3421W0
  • Whirlpool Dryer CE1750XWN0

Signs Your Whirlpool Dryer Belt Needs Replacing 

If you’re experiencing issues with your Whirlpool dryer, such as clothes taking longer to dry or strange noises coming from the machine, it could be a sign that your dryer belt needs replacing. Your dryer’s belt is responsible for rotating the drum, and if it becomes worn out or damaged over time, it can cause serious problems. 

What You Need for Replacing the Belt 

Replacing a whirlpool dryer belt is a task that requires some preparation and the right tools. Before starting, make sure you have the following items: 

  • New belt that matches the model of your dryer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Vacuum cleaner to clean the interior of the dryer 
  • Gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges and dust

Once you have all the necessary equipment, you can proceed with the steps for replacing the belt. Remember to follow them carefully and take your time to avoid mistakes. Doing so will allow you to successfully replace the belt and get your dryer working again in no time.

How to Replace a Whirlpool Dryer Belt 

Step 1: Unplugging the Whirlpool Dryer 

Before you begin the process of replacing the belt on your Whirlpool dryer, it is essential to unplug the machine. This step is crucial to ensure your safety and prevent any electrical accidents. 

Once you have unplugged the dryer, you can proceed with the next steps. It is also essential to ensure that you have enough space to work on the dryer and that you have a clear understanding of the process. 

Step 2: Removing the Front Panel of the Dryer 

Now that you have unplugged your Whirlpool dryer, it’s time to move on to the next step of replacing the dryer belt, which is removing the front panel. This step is crucial as it gives you access to the drum and motor, allowing you to replace the belt with ease. 

To remove the front panel, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the two screws at the bottom of the front panel. Next, use the flathead screwdriver to gently pry the top of the front panel away from the dryer cabinet. Once the top of the front panel is free, lift it up and away from the dryer cabinet. 

Be sure to set the front panel aside in a safe place, as you will need it to complete the final step of the process. With the front panel removed, you now have access to the drum and can proceed to the next step of the process.

Step 3: Loosening and Removing the Drum from the Cabinet 

This step requires a bit more effort and attention to detail, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. First, locate the drum support rollers and remove them from the cabinet. You’ll also need to disconnect the belt from the motor and idler pulley. Once the rollers and belt are removed, you can carefully lift and remove the drum from the cabinet. 

It’s important to be gentle during this step, as the drum can be heavy and easily damaged. With the drum removed, you can move on to step 4.

Step 4: Identifying and Removing the Old Belt from the Drum 

Now that you have successfully loosened and removed the drum from the cabinet, it’s time to identify and remove the old belt from the drum. Before doing this, make sure to take note of how the old belt is positioned around the drum. This will make it easier for you to install the new belt later on. 

To remove the old belt, simply slide it off the drum and set it aside. If the belt is stuck or difficult to remove, you may need to use a flathead screwdriver to pry it off. Be careful not to damage the drum or any other parts of the dryer while doing this. 

Step 5: Installing a New Belt Around the Drum 

Now that you have successfully removed the old belt from the drum, it’s time to install the new one. Begin by placing the new belt around the drum, making sure that it is positioned in the same place as the old one. 

Next, you will need to loop the belt around the motor pulley and idler pulley, ensuring that it is taut but also not too tight. Once the belt is in place, rotate the drum by hand to ensure it moves smoothly and the belt is properly aligned. 

Step 6: Reinstalling the Drum into Cabinet and Securing Tightly 

Now that you have successfully installed the new belt around the drum, it’s time to reinstall the drum into the cabinet and secure it tightly. This is a crucial step in the process, as a loose drum can cause the belt to slip off and lead to further damage. 

Begin by carefully aligning the drum back into the cabinet, making sure it sits securely on the rollers. Once in place, tighten the screws or bolts that hold the drum in place. It’s also important to ensure the drum is level and secure before moving on to the next step. 

Step 7: Placing the Front Panel Back on the Dryer 

Now that you have successfully replaced the belt on your Whirlpool dryer, it’s time to put everything back together. This step involves placing the front panel back onto the dryer. This step is relatively simple, but ensuring the panel is securely in place is essential. 

Start by aligning the panel with the clips on the bottom of the dryer. Once the panel is in place, push it toward the dryer until you hear a clicking sound. This sound indicates that the panel is securely attached to the dryer. 

Finally, use the screws you removed earlier to secure the panel back onto the dryer. Make sure the screws are tight but not so tight that they damage the panel or the dryer. 

Congratulations, you have now successfully replaced the belt on your Whirlpool dryer!


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