How to Remove a Dryer Drum
When you have to replace drum rollers or the drum boot it will be necessary to move the drum out of the way. By learning how to remove a dryer drum, you will be able to access these parts. Dryers are relatively the same, and the disassembly process is universal. Depending upon your particular model, the dryer drum can be removed within thirty minutes.
Disconnect the power supply to the dryer by unplugging it from the wall. If you have a gas dryer, turn the gas supply off at the shutoff valve.
Use a screwdriver to remove the top control console by removing the two screws that hold it to the top panel. Depending upon your model, the screws may be hidden behind a decorative trim which is popped off with a screwdriver. Set the control panel out of the way without removing any wires.
Remove the screws at the back of the top panel using a screwdriver. From the rear of the washer, slide the top panel toward you to release it from the front clips. Set the top panel out of the way.
Disconnect the wiring harness from the door switch by pressing in on the plastic locking tab with your fingers and pulling it off.
Remove the toe panel if your dryer is equipped with one. Insert a putty knife between the toe panel and bottom of the front panel. Locate the retaining clips, and press in to release and remove the toe panel.
Remove the screw at the top of each side that holds the front panel to the side panels using a screwdriver. Pull out on the top of the front panel, and lift up to remove it from the dryer.
Reach underneath the drum and behind the dryer motor with your hand, and locate the idler pulley. Push the idler pulley to the left to release the tension from the dryer belt.
Remove the belt from the motor pulley. Take note of the routing of the belt for reinstallation.
Use a screwdriver to remove the four screws that hold the front baffle of the drum to the side panels.
Lift up on the drum with one hand, and grab the dryer belt with the other. Slide the drum out of the dryer.
- Always disconnect power to appliances before attempting repairs
Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.
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