How to Replace a Frigidaire Washer Belt

Replacing the belt on the Frigidaire washing machine is a job that can be completed in about a half-hour. Occasionally, the belt will wear out or break because of constant movement during the operation of the washer, requiring that it be replaced. Accessing the interior of the washer can be done by removing just a few screws when you need to perform any maintenance on the washer. You can change the belt yourself and save the time and expense of calling a repairman to do the work for you.

Step 1

Unplug the power cord of the Frigidaire washing machine before attempting to replace the belt. 

Step 2

Locate the screws on the bottom of the front panel, unfastening them with a screwdriver, and lift the front panel from the bottom to unhook the top from the metal clips. 

Step 3

Remove the front panel from the washer cabinet, setting it out of the way, and locate the idler arm and motor at the bottom of the washer. 

Step 4

Move the idler arm forward by hand to relieve the tension on the belt, and remove it from around the motor and transmission pulleys.  Discard the belt.

Step 5

Place the new belt around the motor and transmission pulleys, allowing the idler arm to move back into position to add tension to the belt. 

Step 6

Attach the front panel to the metal clips at the top on the front of the cabinet, and secure the bottom of the panel with screws. 

Step 7

Plug the power cord of the Frigidaire washing machine back into the electrical outlet. 

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver


  • Always unplug the Frigidaire washer from the power supply before attempting to replace the belt.

About the Author

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.