Archive for the ‘Clothes Dryer Parts’ Category

Whirlpool Clothes Dryer WED5100VQ not spinning and belt not broken

January 11, 2010

Question: I have a Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number

WED5100SQ0 and when I set the timer the heating element turns on, however, when I hit the start button the clothes dryer does not tumble. I checked the clothes dryer belt and it is fine. There is no noise when I hit start button on my clothes dryer and it does not turn on or start. What can be wrong?

Answer by ApplianceJunk.com, Appliance Repair Advice

Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0

Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0

It sounds like a problem with the motor or motor switch. A start switch is mounted on the front of the motor. It could be stuck in the “run” position because the heater element should not have power unless the motor is running and that motor switch is tripped.

I would take it apart and see if the motor has a lot of lint build-up around it making the start switch stick.

View repair diagrams for a Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0

View replacement parts for a Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0

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Gas in Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer turns on and off, loses heat

December 11, 2009

Question: My Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer, Model number 11072822101, cycles on and heats normally for about 5 – 10 minutes but when the gas cycles on it goes for about 10 seconds and then stops. After about   break a minute it then tries again. During this time the dryer tumbles and the blower blows normally, just no heat. I have opened up the dryer and cleaned it out and suspect that I must change out some sensor, but I don’t know which one to replace.

Answer: There are two small coils on the gas valve. There is a good chance that one of them is getting hot after awhile and stops working. Then after it cools down for a bit it works again.

The coils can be bought in a set and should both be replaced at the same time. Sometimes you can run the dryer until it stops heating, then feel the coils to see if one of them is getting hot or if you have an ohm meter, test it.

More Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer Repair Help.

Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer Repair Parts.

Frigidaire clothes dryer overheating and too hot to touch

November 10, 2009

Question: The top of my Frigidaire FSE747GES1 clothes dryer is too hot to touch and the top rear of it is scorched. I tore it apart last night and completely cleaned the entire route of lint from the lint collector in the front, all the way through the exterior house wall. After all the cleaning, the dryer is still too hot to touch after a few minutes of running: THIS MAY EXPLAIN OUR SUDDEN $180 MONTHLY ELECTRIC BILL!!!

Most all web posts related to overheating dryers point to an airflow problem, but we clearly don’t have that problem.

After reading a million web posts about dryers overheating, I’ve come to 2 possible conclusions:

1) The 240v heating coil is possibly grounding out (touching metal where it shouldn’t) and thus causing the element to be heated continuously because it also will bypass the safety thermostat?

2) Possible cycle thermostat failure?

I went through the schematic and parts list from the link  and can’t find any other thermostat, other than part #33 which appears to only be the safety one.

I need to crack this unit back open asap, but before I do, I was hoping to get info on the location of the operating thermostat and a price.

Answer: Here’s a link to the Clothes Dryer Thermostat you need. It’s located on the fan blower housing.

Frigidaire Dryer Thermostat

Frigidaire Dryer Thermostat

You may also have a problem with a grounded element. To read more about grounded elements, visit ApplianceAid.com for a further explanation on Grounded Elements on Clothes Dryers.

Another reason your clothes dryer can be too hot to touch is due to clogged or blocked air vents. Clean any lint from the inner and outer ductwork. If your dryer can’t get rid of any excess heat or moisture, the heat will build up in the dryer drum, and becomes a fire hazard.

To find more Clothes Dryer Repair help, visit the free online clothes dryer repair help guides on APWagner.ca.

Need a part for your clothes dryer? Purchase electric clothes dryer parts and gas clothes dryer parts online and have the part shipped to your home in Canada at apwagner.ca.

Fall home maintenance checklist

September 18, 2009

Fall is here and it’s time once again to break out the rake and clean the gutters.

Periodic home maintenance will help to prevent expensive repair jobs down the road and this Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist from the NationalPost.com is a good place to start. This story offers important inspection suggestions and tips every home owner should perform.

Some appliance-related items from the story include:

1. “Clean out the dryer exhaust vent.”

    We want to add: Clogged clothes dryer vent’s are one of the cause of house fires in the U.S. (according to Consumer Reports, about 4,000 per year) To aid your cleaning, purchase a vent cleaning kit that attaches to your home vacuum cleaner.

    If your dryer venting has become bent and pushed in over time, replace it with metal clothes dryer ducts, either flexible or solid.

    2. “Check for proper operation of gas or propane dryers as they can vent carbon monoxide into the home”

      We want to add: Purchase a carbon monoxide and install one on every level of your home. According to the HomeSafe.com website, “Do not install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up.” That’s good to know!

      Also, check over your air humidifier machine. Purchase or order any humidifier filters, humidifier wicks, cleaners, water treatments, or other humidifier parts now.

      If your humidifier is not working properly, use the internet to look for free sources of humidifier repair help.

      General Electric Clothes Dryer Squeaks

      September 10, 2009

      Question: My GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww, still squeaks after I replaced the little drum tabs. Where else should I look to solve this problem now?

      GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww,

      GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww,

      Answer: The first part of this answer comes from ApplianceAid.com.

      For GE Clothes Dryers that squeak, listen to the noise carefully, a slow or fast noise can help point you in the direction to look for the trouble maker.

      Slow squeaking or scraping noises: Check the front glides (there are 2 of them to change) or the rear bearing area, the rear bearing sleeve is inside the middle of the heater housing and the shaft part is attached to the back of the drum.

      For help taking apart older GE Clothes Dryers, visit ApplianceAid.com

      For other types of clothes dryers:

      Check the parts that support the Clothes Dryer Drum:

      • the center spindle that supports the clothes dryer drum,
      • drum support rollers (it is recommended that the whole set be replaced at the same time)
      • clothes dryer belt

      Often times these parts wear out from normal wear and tear and simply need to be replaced. For example, a center spindle often supports the clothes dryer drum. This spindle may be a ball-and-socket support, or it may be a shaft inside a sleeve. When these component bearings get worn out, they may make a squealing or rubbing sound. Replace this bearing when it gets worn out.

      HowStuffWorks has some good, generic, instructions on how to repair and replace dryer drum rollers.

      Other causes for a noisy clothes dryer:

      Sometimes the Clothes Dryer’s blower wheel gets clogged with lint and it simply just needs to be removed. Other times the blower wheel wears out and needs to be replaced.

      Check inside the drum and make sure nothing is loose inside of it.

      Remove the lint trap and look below the lint trap holder for any loose items that may have slipped through the cracks.

      Clothes Dryer maintenance and repair kit. Avail. for $29.95

      Clothes Dryer maintenance and repair kit. Avail. for $29.95

      Make it easy on yourself, purchase a clothes dryer repair kit and get everything you need: 4 tri-rings, 2 support rollers, an idler pulley, a multi-rib belt, a clip, and instructions all for under $30 (not including tax and shipping.) It works on Whirlpool, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, Roper, and other brands of dryers.

      Important appliance upgrades for your home

      September 3, 2009

      Homeowners are often unaware that a few simple and cheap upgrades to your appliances could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

      One recommended upgrade is to replace rubber washing machine fill hoses more secure braided stainless steel washer hoses. Over time old rubber washing machine hoses can split open and easily flood your home.

      Some stainless steel hoses even come with leak detection / shut-off assembly. How it work is that a spring holds a plunger open allowing the inner hose to carry water. If an inner hose ever should leak, water fills the outer hose where a sponge in the hose end (connected to the water line) absorbs water, pulling a plunger down to stop water flow and show red in the indicator window. The outer hose is sealed and won’t leak. Any remaining water pressure won’t re-open the hose, but will help keep the hose closed.

      If you have a clothes dryer, replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting with safer rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct work. Over time, foil covered flexible clothes dryer hoses gets smashed-in, causing pockets were dryer lint can build up, posing a fire hazard. Although no statistics could be found for Canada, there are about 12,700 clothes-dryer related fires each year in the U.S.

      In addition to being safer, clean ducts also improve the efficiency of your dryer and shorten the time it takes to dry your laundry.

      Break the bottle habit and consider installing an in-door  ice and water dispenser to your refrigerator. refrigerator water filters. Stop lugging home heavy bottles of water that, when empty, often spend decades taking up space in some landfill. Instead enjoy fresh clean filtered water. Other options include adding a water filter to your faucet, whole-house or buying a pitcher water filter.

      A few appliance care and cleaning tips

      If you own a high-efficiency washer, chance are you noticed that it sometimes smells. A washer cleaning tablet will eliminate the smell from your HE washer. Affresh™ Washer Cleaner has been specially formulated to remove and prevent the build-up of odor causing residues in all brands of HE Washers. Affresh is also easy to use, place one tablet in the empty wash basket and run a normal cycle or a clean cycle.

      Remove scratches from stainless steel appliances with a product like Scratch-B-Gone. It also helps to restore the original finish of stained, heat-scorched or rusted stainless steel surfaces like those on stove tops and grills.

      If you have an enamel range, touch up nicks and chips with appliance touch-up paint.