I have an OLD.. maybe 20 year old Kenmore dryer.. Tonight, the drum
stopped turning. Everything else is working- controls, gas, etc.
Does anyone know what the price range will be to get this thing
running again? I just set up an appointment for a service call from
Would the price to get this old clunker back on track be just the same
as buying a new one? $500 will be my limit.. I just want to get 1-2
more years out of this thing before getting a new washer and dryer-- I
want to put it off as I am planning to get new kitchen appliances in a
few months.. thanks.
Why Sears? Do you have too much money?
Call a local appliance repair shop. Chances are it is a belt or the motor.
Belt is probably $30 plus a service call of $100 or so. Motor can be much
The last place I'd call for any service is Sears. They have a poor
reputation for cost.
Cancel it. If you have even basic mechanical abilities, it's an easy fix in
most cases. Replacing a drive belt isn't likely to require any tools beyond
a screwdriver; the hardest part is going to be figuring out how to get the
case off of the dryer, and there are online resources that can help with that.
One tip: when replacing the belt, you'll need something to hold up the front
of the drum while you thread the belt through the tensioner assembly. Try a
quart paint can -- should be just the right size.
Not if the problem is a broken drive belt. Replacement belt should be about
$25-30, and readily available at any appliance repair shop. About a 30-minute
do-it-yourself job, counting the time it takes to figure out how to open the
While looking for a washing machine motor on eBay I found very little
info/parts using Kenmore as a search word but found lots using Whirlpool.
There is a good chance your dryer was made by Whirlpool and a good chance
that's it's worth repairing. Like everyone else said, take a look at it try
to determine what's wrong then come back here and ask more questions. I
knew almost nothing about washing machines and, thanks to this newsgroup, it
is now working again and I spent less than $40 on parts and now I know that
I should probably keep it because many of the new ones are crap.
Not sure of the gas driers, but on an electric the drive belt is about
$17 and a reasonably handy guy or gal can change it in just over an
hour - about 20 minutes the second time 'round unless you have a bad
Just did the one at the cottage 2 weeks ago - not counting running in
to town to buy the part it took just over 15 minutes, including
vacuuming out some lint. It had been over 5 years since I had last
done one, and my memory isn't what it used to be.
On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 04:01:57 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
On an Inglis built Kenmore, you pop the bottom front cover off to
check it - and then pop the top (hinges up to the back) and pull the
front off to change it. Needed to remove 4 scres, loosen 2 more,
disconnect 2 wires, and that was it. The top has 2 spring clips after
you remoce the screws in the lint filter, the bottom panel has 3 snaps
across the top and hinge/clips at the bottom.
2 screws from the inside at the top come out, and 2 at the bottom
(covered by the lower panel) come loose to pop the front off.
Disconnect the wiires from the door switch first!!
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