Washing Machine Belt is a wide rubber-like strip that fits between the motor and drum. As the motor moves, the belt forces the drum to rotate. This belt is responsible to rotate the drum during the wash cycle.
If the belt is starting to wear out, it can cause the washing machine to work less efficiently.
In some cases, it can even cause the washing machine to stop working entirely.
It might be time to change the washing machine belt if it is starting to show signs of wear and tear.
These signs can include cracks, fraying, or stretching.
One of the most common challenges people have when trying to change the washing machine belt is figuring out how to remove the old belt. The belt may be hidden under a cover or it may be difficult to get to.
Another common challenge is getting the new belt to sit properly on the machine.
If the belt is not installed correctly, it can cause the machine to work improperly or make noise along with vibrations.
It can be difficult to change the washing machine belt, especially if you don’t know where to start.
In this article, you will learn:
- How to change the washing machine belt?
- Importance of changing the belt
- And commonly asked questions
Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
What you will need?
Changing the washing machine belt is a fairly simple process that can be done in a few minutes with a few tools.
Here’s what you will need:
- A new washing machine belt
- Screwdriver (Both Types)
- A new set of screws
- Cloth OR Brush for cleaning dirt
- Instruction Manual (For locating the belt)
To remove the old belt from the machine, you must locate it first.
Steps to replace the washing machine belt
Step 1: Power Off and disconnect from the power supply
The first step is to power off the washer and disconnect the power cable from the power supply.
Step 2: Find the washing machine belt
The very first step is to remove the access panel and find the washing machine belt.
To remove the access panel, consult the user manual for its location, usually on the front or back.
Unscrew or release any fastenings, and carefully lift and set aside the panel.
Note that the access panel’s size and placement vary by washing machine model.
That being said, the easiest way to find the washing machine belt is to look for the belt cover.
The belt cover is usually located on the front or back of the machine.
In some washers, belts are located under the washing machine drum.
Once you find the cover, you can remove it to access the belt.
If you cannot find the cover, you may need to consult a technician OR check the washing machine manual.
Step 2: Remove the old belt
Once you have found the washing machine belt, you will need to remove the old belt from the machine.
To do this, you will need to remove the screws that are holding the tensioner bracket in place.
Once the screws are removed, you can pull the old belt off of the machine. Be careful not to damage the surface while removing.
Before you install the new belt, you will need to clean off any dirt or debris on the surface of the machine.
Step 3: Clean the dirt or debris
Cleaning the dirt or debris off not only helps to prevent the new belt from slipping off but also makes your washer efficient.
If the belt slips off of the machine, it can cause the machine to work improperly or make a noise.
To clean the surface of the machine, you can use a rag or brush. If there is a lot of dirt or debris, you may need to use a vacuum cleaner.
Step 4: Install the new belt
Once the surface of the machine is clean, you can install the new belt.
To do this, you will need to put the belt around the drum of the machine.
Once the belt is in place, you can replace the screws that hold the tensioner bracket in place.
It is important to make sure that the screws are tightened evenly around the bracket.
If they are not, it can cause the machine to make noise and vibrate.
Step 5: Replace screws holding the tensioner bracket
The screws that hold the tensioner bracket tend to rust and since you are already unscrewing, why not get a new set of screws. It is important to make sure that the screws are tightened evenly around the bracket.
Also Read: How to Clean a Portable Washing Machine?
Step 6: Test the washing machine
After you have installed the new belt, you will need to test the machine to make sure it is working properly.
To do this, you can run an empty wash cycle.
If all goes well try running a full wash cycle with a load of laundry. If the machine is not working properly, you may need to consult a technician.
Changing the washing machine belt is fairly simple if you know what you are doing.
If you face any challenges or difficulties in doing so, it’s always a good thing to refer to instruction manuals.
If the instruction manuals do not help, always consult a technician. As there are chances you may end up breaking something.
Lastly, if you are unable to locate the belt, do not unscrew any parts to avoid damage.
Also Read: How to clean mold from the washing machine?
Frequently Asked Questions
Even though the above article covers steps to replace/change the laundry machine belt, there are questions that we frequently hear. We have tried to put the most commonly asked questions related to the washer belt which we think may be helpful.
How often should I change the washing machine belt?
You should change the washing machine belt every 3 to 5 years, depending on how often you use the machine. If you use the machine frequently, you may need to change the belt more often.
What are the signs that I need to change the washing machine belt?
The signs that you need to change the washing machine belt include noise from the machine, excessive vibration, and leaks. If you notice any of these signs, you should replace the belt as soon as possible.
Can I install a new washing machine belt myself?
Yes, you can install a new washing machine belt yourself. However, if you are not familiar with the process, it is always best to consult a technician.
What are the consequences of not changing the washing machine belt?
If you do not change the washing machine belt, it can cause the machine to work improperly or make a noise. Additionally, the belt may slip off of the machine, which can lead to more serious problems.
How do I know if my washing machine belt is bad?
There are a few signs that will indicate that your washing machine belt is beginning to fail. One of the most common signs is when your washing machine starts making a squealing noise. This noise is caused by the friction between the motor pulley and the drive belt. Another sign that your washing machine belt may be failing is if your washing machine is leaking water. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to replace your washing machine belt as soon as possible.
How much does it cost to replace a belt on a washing machine?
The cost of replacing a washing machine belt will vary depending on the make and model of your washing machine. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $30 for a new belt.
Are all washing machine belts the same?
No, all washing machine belts are not the same. Each type of washing machine has a specific belt that is designed to work with that particular model. If you need to replace your washing machine belt, be sure to get the correct belt for your model.
Do front-load washers have a belt?
Yes, front-load washers have a belt. This belt is responsible for turning the washing drum. If this belt fails, your washing machine will not be able to operate.
Can I replace my washing machine belt myself?
Yes, you can replace your washing machine belt yourself. However, it’s important to note that this is a repair that should only be attempted by those with experience. Attempting to replace your washing machine belt without experience can result in further damage to your machine.
If you have more questions, you can always refer to FAQ Section, where we try to cover the most commonly asked questions about washing machines.