This video provides step-by-step repair instructions for replacing the belt switch on a GE gas dryer. The most common reason for replacing the belt switch is when the dryer won’t start.
All of the information for this belt switch replacement video is applicable to the following brands: GE, Hotpoint, RCA, Americana, Kenmore Step-By-Step Instructions 1 As with any repair, be sure you unplug the appliance before beginning. 2 Your first step is to remove the screws at the rear of the control panel to release it. 3 Next, open the dryer door and remove the screws inside the door frame which secure the main top. 4 Now carefully slide the main top forward, unhook it from the control panel tabs and remove. 5 Uninstall the screws securing the front panel. 6 Now, lift the front panel up and rotate it to the side. 7 Remove the screw or screws securing the sides of the cabinet to the support panel. 8 Now reach under the drum and push the idler pulley to release the tension on the belt then unthread the belt from the pulley and motor shaft. 9 Use the belt to help lift out the drum. 10 Next, remove the screw securing the cycling thermostat and move the thermostat out of the way. 11 Uninstall the screws on the back of the motor mounting bracket and the screws at the front of the support panel. 12 Slide the blower wheel and motor assembly out of the housing and detach the idler arm. 13 Disconnect the belt switch wires. 14 Uninstall the screws securing the belt switch and remove the old switch. 15 Install the new belt switch by positioning and securing it with the screws. 16 Connect the wires to the new switch. 17 Realign the idler arm and position the blower wheel and motor assembly in the housing. 18 Confirm that the idler arm correctly activates the new belt switch. 19 Replace the screws securing the assembly to the support panel and the ones securing it to the mounting bracket. 20 Position the cycling thermostat on the blower housing and secure the screws. 21 Replace the drum in the cabinet by aligning the drum shaft and bearing with the bearing retainer on the rear panel. 22 Reach under the drum and thread the belt onto the pulley and motor shaft in a zig-zag formation. 23 Now, rotate the drum to help align the belt. 24 Replace the screw or screws securing the sides of the cabinet to the support panel. 25 Reposition the front panel by first inserting the tabs in the base with the slots in the panel. 26 Now lift up the drum and snap the front panel into place. 28 Replace the main top by inserting the control panel tabs into the slots at the back of the main top. 29 Fully position then replace the screws. 30 Secure the control panel with the screws in the back. 31 You’re now ready to plug the power cord back in and confirm that the appliance is functioning properly.