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Replacing Your Clothes Dryer

By Bluehammer Admin

With lots of small moving parts, having a clothes dryer stop working is inevitable. The following are some helpful tips when it comes time to replace your clothes dryer.

Cost Factors of Replacing Your Clothes Dryer

The biggest factor in the project cost of replacing your clothes dryer is the cost of the appliance itself. Clothes dryers come in all types, sizes and features from economy to designer. Below are the main cost factors in the project of replacing your dryer.

  • Removal of the old clothes dryer
  • Purchase, delivery and installation of the new clothes dryer
  • Replacing gas lines (if applicable) and the material costs
  • Replacing the vent tube and the material costs
  • Hauling away and disposing of the old clothes dryer

Should I Replace My Dryer or Try to Repair it?

Believe it or not, clothes dryer issues are usually fixable depending on how willing you are to troubleshoot. Remember to always disconnect the electricity before working on your clothes dryer. Some of the main reasons a dryer stops working or stops drying are caused by common parts failing or wearing out. For example, there are door switches that make sure the door is closed before connecting the current to allow the unit to operate. Repeated use of these switches can make them fail. These switches are inexpensive and a quick search online can get you to fixing your exact model in no time. If your dryer motor is running but the drum isn't tumbling you are probably looking at a worn out belt. The belt connects the drum to the motor making it turn. See below on how to replace your belt.

Replacing Your Clothes Dryer Belt

Follow the steps below to replace your clothes dryer's motor belt (it is best if you have the replacement belt before you begin the work—again, be sure to confirm with the owner’s manual that you have the proper belt for the dryer you are working with.)

  • Turn the power and gas off (if applicable)Never work on an appliance while it is still connected to power or gas as this could be dangerous.
  • Remove the lint screens and screwsYou need to remove the lint screen so you can raise the top of the appliance.
  • Raise the appliance topThe top of the dryer opens by prying a screwdriver carefully near the left and right edges releasing the locking clips. Open the top fully.
  • Disconnect wiringSince you will be removing the door panel, you will need to disconnect the wires connected to the door switch. They should simply unplug.
  • Remove the door panelUnscrew the front door panel and set it aside. Now you have full access to the dryer drum.
  • Remove and replace the beltTake notice of how the belt is attached to the motor pully and drum. Remove the old belt and install the new belt wrapping it around the drum and then around the pully from the motor.
  • Re-assemble and testRe-assemble the appliance reversing the steps before (Attach the door panel, connect the wiring close the appliance top, replace the lint screen and turn on the power) and test.

Gas or Electric Dryers

You need to know whether your current dryer is gas or electric before you choose a new one. To check if your dryer is gas, you can simply look for a gas line to your existing dryer. Also, If you have an electric dryer, your electrical plug will look different than your other appliances.

Removing Your Old Clothes Dryer

Follow the steps below to remove your existing clothes dryer.

  • Turn off the gas if needed and unplug your clothes dryerAlways make sure you have turned off the electricity and gas.
  • Disconnect the gas line (if applicable)
  • Pull out your dryer and disconnect the vent tubeThe vent tube transfers moisture and/or carbon monoxide from the unit to outside. If it is in good condition you can re-use the part, however vent pipes are inexpensive and having the peace of mind you have a new clean vent may be worth the purchase.
  • Remove the dryer

Installing Your New Clothes Dryer

Follow the steps below to install your new clothes dryer

  • Attach the vent tube to the dryer and the ventThe vent tube usually connects easily with a spring like clamp.
  • Re-connect the gas line if applicable and test the connection.
  • Slide the unit into place and make sure it is secure and level.
  • Plug the unit in, turn on the gas if needed and test the operation.
  • If you have any issues, check the owner’s manual to ensure you have connected everything correctly.
  • If the unit still doesn’t work—you may have to call in a professional.

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