How to Repair a Kenmore Electric Dryer That Won't Spin


Electric dryers that don’t spin during a cycle usually have a broken or worn out dryer belt. Replacing the dryer belt usually resolves the problem. Attaching a new belt isn’t a very difficult process, but it does require some heavy lifting. Those with back problems or other health issues may not want to attempt this task. Keep in mind that Whirlpool manufactures Kenmore dryers. Be sure to take your old belt with you or write down the serial number when you purchase a new belt.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • New dryer belt
  • Unplug the Kenmore dryer and pull it out a few feet so you have some space in which to work.

  • Detach the front panel of the dryer from the top panel. Place a flathead screwdriver between the two panels and locate the spring clips in the top corners of the front panel. Use the screwdriver to pull up on the springs in both corners. This frees the top panel, allowing you to lift it up and over so that it rests on its back hinges.

  • Remove the back hinges on the top panel using a Phillips screwdriver. Two hinges are located on the underside of the top panel. Unscrew the four Phillips screws—two in each hinge. Place the top panel away from the work area. This will give you more space to work.

  • Place your hand along the right side of the drum and the motor. Locate the pulley where the dryer belt rests. Push the pulley to the left to release the tension. Remove the dryer belt from the pulley. This removes the small end of the belt from around the pulley. The large end of the belt should still be wrapped around the dryer's drum.

  • Grasping the drum and belt, lift both items up and out of the dryer. Take the old belt off the drum and replace it with a new belt. To install the belt, you simply fit the large end of the belt around the drum of the dryer. Place the drum back into the dryer.

  • Pull the pulley to the left and wrap the new belt around it. Slowly push the pulley to the right to increase the tension in the belt. Do this until the belt is tightly in place.

  • Place the top panel back on the dryer and reattach the rear hinges. Slowly push the top panel down until the front corners lock into the spring clips.

  • Plug in the Kenmore dryer and push it back into place.

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