ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer
Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair1- 2 hours
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
Roderick From Boulder Creek, CA
Sep 12, 2007
7 out of 14 people found this instruction helpful
This was a fairly complex repair as almost everything had to be removed to get to the blower motor.
Tip - Keep track of the screws and where they came out. We taped the screws to the parts they came out of making re-assembly much easier.
Needs a #2 screwdriver. A #1 is too small and can strip the screws.
First remove the control panel and disconnect all the wires. Open the platic power box and disconnect all the connecting wires and disconnect the three ground wires from the back of the dryer.
You need to remove the top of the Dryer. It has 2 screws in the read and clips at the front. Under that is a metal plate. To remove this, first pop out the plastic connectors that hold the wiring up. Remove the screws from the 2 long plastic pieces on each side. Slide the plastic connectors to release, then remove them and remove the top.
You should now be able to see the dryer drum.
Front - Remove the two metal triangle pieces at the front top of the dryer.
Remove the door by removing the hinges.
Disconnect wiring for light and door switch - we had a problem disconnecting the door switch, so left it connected - which meant that once the front of the dryer was removed, it couldn;t be moved away. Not a big problem, but a little inconvenient.
Be careful with the door switch. I opened it in an attempt to disconnect it and a little black square fell out. I put it back together, but then it didn't work properly when replaced and I had to take it out again and try it in different diretions until it worked properly again.
Remove the front of the dryer.
Take out the lint trap.
Unscrew the metal plate from the front of the blower.
You should now be able to reach underneath and feel the belt that turns the drum. This belt goes all the way around the drum and then down underneath to another motor. There is a tension bar that keeps the belt tight. Before removing the belt - make sure you know how the belt goes around the motor and tension bar - you'll need to reconnect it later.
Once the belt is free - you can remove the drum.
Disconnect the wiring for the blower motor and unscrew the blower motor from the base of the dryer.
Remove the nut on the front to remove the plastic fan cover. Remove clamps to release motor.
Replace part and reassemble.
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Part Number: PS960009