I have an electric Kitchen Aid 'heavy duty' washer and dryer in my
They came with the house, they could be 10 yrs old, but I'm not sure.
Last night the dryer broke.
It still produces heat, the light still goes on when you open the
door, but they barrel doesn't spin.
I reached in and turned it by hand and it does move, so its not
It just seems like the gears/belt/chain or whatever is the drive
mechanism has broken.
A year or two ago something similar happened with the washing machine
and I was able to fix it with the help and parts provided by someone
on this forum, so I'm hoping to get lucky again.
Sounds like the belt broke. I'm surprised it would still produce heat.
Usually there is a tensioner pulley connected to a switch. When the
belt breaks it opens the circuit, preventing the dryer from even
coming on at all.
Belt broken or off. Front or top of the drier should come off. Top
id the more common access for front loaders. Might have clips that
you need to release with a thin screwdriver.
Not many have a switch on the tensioner. Most rely on a heat
activated safety switch.
As others have said, it's almost always the belt. It's a simple
repair, but I'd always replace the drum pads with the belt. It's
pretty easy and you're in there anyway. For instructions and parts do
a web search using the dryer's make and model number. You should find
everything you need. If you're at all handy, the repair might take an
hour the first time you do it.
The hardest part of this is getting the front loose, usually the top
pops off being held by two clips at the front left and front right-
hand corners. Lift the top while pushing a thin screwdriver into the
clips. Once the top is up, you will need to prop it against something
to avoid it going completely back and breaking whatever serves for
rear hinges. The front just pulls forward, when you do that the drum
will likely fall down with no front support. I use a couple of 2x4
scraps to hold the drum up. The belt is easy to replace, the only
problem is getting it to go around the tensioner pulley correctly. I
am sure someone here can better describe how to do this. But don't be
afraid to tackle the job, it is really very easy compared to what you
did on the washing machine.
By the way, there is no such thing as a heavy duty washer or dryer.
This is a marketing gimmick. To you, it means stronger components for
greater durability, while to the retailer it means the capacity of the
machine. As long as the buyer keeps thinking the former, the retailer
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