Motor wouldn't start intermittently. Exhaust fan seal and gas valve wire harness were damaged by lint fire.

ApplianceSpeed Queen Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers
Socket set

John From Pittsburgh, PA

May 30, 2008

12 out of 13 people found this instruction helpful

1. Unplugged the dryer and turned off the gas. Removed front panel and lower access panel to get at to internals.
2. Removed two screws and rotated cabinet top up out of the way.
3. Removed lint filter, air duct and damaged blower (exhaust fan) housing seal.
4. Released tension on the belt. Removed front bulkhead and drum.
5. Removed exhaust fan housing cover and unscrewed the exhaust fan impeller from the motor threaded shaft.
6. Removed the exhaust fan housing from the motor mount.
7. Removed the motor mounting clamps, removed the motor frame ground, unplugged the wiring harness from the motor and removed the motor assembly.
8. Vacuumed out all lint. Lubricated the idler pulley and both cylinder (drum) rollers.
9. Installed replacement motor assembly in the motor mount and secured with two mounting clamps. Plugged the wiring harness connector into the motor. I had to fabricate a longer motor frame ground (#12 AWG and two crimp ring lugs) because the ground connection point on the new motor was different than on the original motor.
10. Reinstalled the exhaust fan housing on the motor mount, threaded the exhaust fan inpeller onto the motor threaded shaft and reinstalled the exhaust fan housing cover.
11. Removed the original gas valve wiring harness and installed the replacement harness. The original harness had some melted insulation.
12. Reinstalled the cylinder (drum) and the front bulkhead. Re-tensioned the belt using the spring loaded idler pulley.
13. Reinstalled the new felt seal, air duct and lint screen.
14. Rotated the cabinet top into position and secured it with two screws.
15. Reinstalled the front panel and lower access panel. I reversed the swing of the door, while I was at it.
16. Plugged the dryer in, turned on the gas and fired it up. IT WORKS PERFECTLY. Clothes dry in record time because ot the new seal. Repairs cost less than $150.

Note: My wife is somewhat disappointed because privately she was hoping for an excuse to buy one of those new dryers with the "Steam Cycle".

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Motor Assembly (Threaded Shaft) (Now subbed to Motor Assembly - 120V 60Hz)

Part Number: PS2021298

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USE WPL 37001007 (Now subbed to Gas Valve Wire Harness)

Part Number: PS2039380

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Blower Housing Felt Seal (Now subbed to Blower Housing Felt Seal)

Part Number: PS2045812

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