kenmore dryer not spinning

Kenmore dryer not spinning. Kenmore washers and dryers have a reputation for being reliable and long-lasting, with many models lasting up to 20 years.

However, occasionally faulty or broken mechanisms can diminish your Kenmore washer’s quality or cause them to malfunction altogether.

The most common problems reported are washing machines that do not spin or create noise when on.

This guide will take a look at some of the possible reasons why your Kenmore machine is not spinning, along with instructions on how you may fix the problem!

Kenmore dryer not spinning

kenmore dryer not spinning

If the drum rumbles too slowly even though it’s brand new, it could be because of two things. Either there’s a fault in the system or the belt is broken.

To determine this, you will need to remove the belt and see if rotating the drum by hand is functional.

If you experience resistance while trying to make the drum roll, then there are cracks in either one or both of your support rollers and they must be replaced.

This guide will take a look at some of the possible reasons why your Kenmore machine is not spinning, along with instructions on how you may fix the problem!

Defective Drum Roller

Most dryers have two drum rollers on the rear of the drum, and some dryers have two more rollers supporting the front of the drum.

The rollers must spin freely to work properly. If one or more of these rollers are worn out, your clothes will take in less heat and not be as clean as they could be.

To determine if these parts are worn out, remove the belt from the dryer and try turning the drum by hand.

If it does not rotate freely, check for wear on each of these components (the roller shafts can often be reused if they aren’t damaged too bad).

Broken Drum Bearing

The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. Over time, this bearing becomes worn out.

If wear and tear are to blame, one may notice that the dryer either won’t turn or turns in a grating fashion with loud noises which could be due to a number of factors.

To narrow down what’s wrong with the dryer, one should remove the laundry dryer belt in order to isolate any issues regarding its motor turning properly (or being hard to turn). If those things don’t happen – then it is likely that the drum bearing might need replacing.

Faulty Drive Belt

faulty drive belt

The drive belt is a very long, slender belt that wraps all the way around the drum and between a pair of pulleys one mounted directly to the motor shaft, and another mounted on a front axle.

Over time, the belt can deteriorate from normal use. If the belt breaks, the drum will not turn.

To quickly determine if the belt is broken or missing: first, turn off power to the dryer, then reach into the dryer and feel for any tears or holes in it approaching.

Next, take out each end at near identical speeds as illustrated below by running your hand over each length until reaching its far end.

Problem with Idler Pulley

Inspect the idler pulley for the dryer drum belt and make sure it spins freely on the shaft. If the idler pulley is stuck, worn, or damaged we recommend you inspect to see if replacing both would benefit you.

Drum Roller Axle is defective

A dryer’s drum will not turn in any type of spinning cycle if the drive drum roller(s) are worn or bound up.

Replace them as a preventative measure to make sure that you don’t create a potentially dangerous situation by running your dryer without having this fixed.

To see if your drum rollers are okay, leave the belt off the dryer (because after all, you want to see what is causing the problem anyway). If it still won’t rotate freely and smoothly, replace rollers for best performance and safety.

Drum Slide issue

The drum slides are components of a dryer that provide a smooth surface for the rotating drum to glide on and off.

This allows the drum to rotate freely and prevent unnecessary strain on the motor and other parts while maintaining balance.

As they wear out, they usually become warped or damaged, making it harder for the drum to rotate back and forth.

If this happens, it may damage other parts such as the motor inside. To determine if your dryer is experiencing problems related to worn-out parts, check the condition of all of the slide components.

Drive Motor problems

The motor of a dryer turns the drum and expels the air. One way to check whether the motor is faulty, you can place your hand underneath the ventilation grill.

If there’s still a humming noise, remove the socket and see if there are screws nearby that you may have forgotten to remove.

Next, with the belt lose, try to spin it by hand. If it doesn’t budge or turn sluggishly, determine what causes it to be in such a predicament (e.g. foreign objects that might be obstructing its movement).

If it operates smoothly but there’s still no power behind it (i.e. less than normal) then perhaps the motor could do with an overhauling or replacement as well as some new parts if repairs prove difficult!

Kenmore dryer not spinning

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