ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer
Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair1- 2 hours
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
The dryer was making horribly loud sounds, and sometimes catching my clothes where the drum meets the door and messing them up. It was also taking a long time to dry. I ended up replacing the following parts: 1) FRONT DRUM BEARING, 2) THREE DRUM SLIDE BEARINGS, 3) AIR DUCT FELT SEAL, 4) REAR DRUM BEARING, 5) HEATER COIL (not the entire heater coil assembly ~$100, but the restring kit ~$15) 6) IDLER PULLEY WHEEL, 7) SEAL on AIR DUCT ASSEMBLY (just went to home depot and found a 3/8" foam seal with one sticky side in the section where home weather proofing stuff is). Everything is very easy to understand and complete for the 'occasional do-it-yourselfer'. The following things i would offer as advice to those attempting to do this: 1) Remember to remove the wires from the DOOR OPEN INDICATOR SWITCH before you try to pull off the front end. 2) Vaccuum all the lint out. Be diligent about the lint in the motor stuff, and the air duct fan. 3) The pully tensioner is tough to access. Removing and re installing the belt is challenging because you have to reach under the drum, into the machine 'blind'. It will help to have a pully diagram. The belt goes over the tensioned idler pulley before going around the right side of the drum (if you're standing looking at the front of the dryer). 4) There are tabs, which hold the electrical connectors in the bracket of the heater coil assembly. Having Strong needle nose pliers is reccomended. Also, it may be easier to bend the tabs down on the new heater coil if the heater when the heater coil peice is not attached to the back of the dryer, after the new coil is already restrung on the ceramic holders. Although there's only 3 wires for the heater coil, remember which wires go where. 4) The front drum bearing requires a surprising amount of force to remove and re install. Remember to take off the plastic felt seal tab on the side before you remove, and to put it back when youre done. 5) The screws in the back of the drum which hold the bearing slide on are tough to put back on since you need to reach through the drum and screw with one hand, while holding the piece in place on the back of the drum with the other. Having a helping hand there makes it easier.