21 year old range/microwave had prpblem popping popcorn lots of old maids. Cooking other food only noticed some things cooked slower.

ApplianceWhirlpool Range

Model

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Walter From Fountain Hills, AZ

Sep 24, 2009

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Before ordering any parts I remembered seeing a fan above the nylon roof of the microwave. I had seen a belt that drove it on a prior repair 3 years ago.

I then removed 1 screw holding the electrical panel so I could tilt it open. Since power was still plugged in I didn't put my hand in. I used a flashlight and the broken belt.

I could also see the moter that turned the belt and tested it by starting and stopping the microwave and could see the motor pulley spin when it slowed to a stop. I then closed the control panel and screwed it in place.

That confirmed I proceded to go to the internet with the model # for the rane/microwave and looked for parts.

I had an easy job looking the part and saw that the fan as I had called it was named Stirrer because it kept stirring the microwaves over the food.

Overall I looked at 2 venders and chose Part Select because they showed the same catalog page and part numbers, and they had a better price.

I had my part/ belt in 4 working days and installed the new belt in about 15 minutes. This time unplugging the range so there was no power to be concerned with. It was a matter of picking out the old belt and putting the new belt on the motor then walking the belt over the large pulley at the Stirrer since the belt will stretch a bit.

Buttoned it up and later tested with popcorn and it left only a small amount of old maids.

Thanks, Walt

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BELT-DRIVE

Part Number: PS336307

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