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Kenmore/Whirpool electric dryer


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#1 Lurker_Momof6_*

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 04:52 AM

My Kenmore electric dryer Model # 86873800 has been working only sometimes.  I believe something is blocking the blower wheel as it is taking all of my strength to move the drum.  I was cleaning out the blower wheel and when I turn it it is squeaky and loud.  What now?  Any help is greatly appreciated. 

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:26 AM

See if something is against the blower wheel causing the squeeking, make sure the belt is on right, not wrapped around the bracket.  If all looks ok would suspect the motor bearings are bad...
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:31 AM

I opened it up, cleaned around the motor and then when I tried it it worked.  The next load it would not turn on.  The drum is difficult to move still.  What are the motor bearings?  I'm clueless.

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:45 AM

Motor Bearings??  The bearings the motor shaft turns inside of......If the motor bearings are bad you will be replacing the motor...
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:48 AM

Well, it is back on and running...I dunno.  Seems like the drum is just not being turned well.  Should I replace the belt and the idler thingy?

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 06:20 AM

Might not hurt to check the drum rollers, belt and idler, any or all can put a drag on the drum causing a drag on the motor.....
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 06:23 AM

Thank you so much for all your help.  I think I will do just that.  It can't hurt to replace the belts and such.  Might quiet it down too.  With all these children, quiet is much needed.  Anything is better than replacing a motor.  Thanks again.

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 05:18 PM

Does it make a buzzing noise  when you push the start button? If so, motor is on it's way out.

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 09:20 PM

Hi - also try just removing the belt from the pulley.  Let it hang there.  Then try turning the drum with the door open and grabbing one of the paddles.  Also with the belt still off, but the unit together otherwise, turn the dryer on and see if the motor starts up and runs with out the belt and drum load on it.
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 03:58 AM

Well, I tried it without the belt and it ran for about 5 minutes and then just stopped.  I guess that would be the motor huh? 

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Posted 07 November 2005 - 04:25 AM

Hey, I couldn't give up.  Just won't let the dryer win.  I cleaned out behind the motor (really thick lint) and turned it on with the drum out and everything.  It did a complete 30 minute cycle.  I am going to try to reassemble it and go for it.  I don't think it is the motor.  It ran so quiet.  I think I will just replace the belt and stuff.  Any more suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  I don't know what I would've done without all this help.  Thanks so much.




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