Samsung manufactures high-quality home appliances such as TVs, ovens, and dryers. But sometimes things can go wrong with them and they will need to be repaired. One of the most common repairs is to replace the belt on a dryer. Over time, they wear out and sometimes snap.
Replacing a drive belt is very straightforward. Simply follow our step-by-step guide below, and your dryer will be all fixed up in no time.
This guide covers most Samsung dryer models, including:
Disconnect the Dryer
First things first, you need to disconnect the power and pull the switch out. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to pull the dryer out from its cabinet or from against the wall so you can work on it.
Remove the Old Belt
- Unthread the screws that secure the top panel on the dryer. Slide the top back and remove the panel. Set it aside out of the way.
- Remove the screws that go down through the plastic tabs on the back of the control panel unit.
- Lift the control panel, tilt it forward, and you should be able to remove the panel. Take care not to pull it out quickly, as there are wire harnesses that you’ll need to disconnect before it can be fully removed. To disconnect the wire harnesses, release the locking tabs and then disconnect the wire plugs. Set the panel aside.
- Open the dryer door and remove the two screws that are located just below the lint filter.
- Remove the screws that secure the top of the front panel to the support piece. Pull the panel out slowly and disconnect the wire harness that connects to the door switch. Tilt the panel down and lift it off the base frame.
- Disconnect the harness that is connected to the light bulb.
- Remove the support piece by unscrewing it. There should be two screws on each side (one on the top and one on the bottom) that you’ll need to remove.
- On some models, there will also be a screw in the housing that supports the control board (which is connected to the support piece) that you’ll need to remove.
- Lift off the support piece and set it aside.
- Release the top wire harness from the harness restraints, and then place it out of the way (you don’t have to take it fully off).
- Release the wire harness that is connected to the sensor (it’s at the bottom of the dryer unit). To disconnect it, press in the locking tab and pull it off.
- Remove the bulkhead by removing the screws that secure it to the cabinet. Once unscrewed, remove the bulkhead and set it aside.
- You should now be able to have access to the drum belt. If the old belt is still intact, then to remove it you need to release it from the idler pulley and the motor shaft. You’ll find them at the bottom of the dryer under the drum.
- Lift the dryer drum off the rear drum rollers, and slide it out through the front of the cabinet.
- Now that you’ve removed the drum, you can remove the belt off the drum. And that’s it! You’ve successfully removed the old belt.
Install the New Belt
Now that you’ve removed the old belt, it is time to install the new belt, which you can do by:
- Draping the belt around the drum – make sure that the groove side of the belt sits against the belt.
- Lift the drum back into the dryer cabinet, and place it on the drum rollers. Make sure that it is flush against the rear bulkhead.
- Line up the belt on the center of the drum.
- Reach underneath the drum and reconnect the belt to the idler and motor pulley (put it back on the same way you took it off).
- Test that the drum and the new belt are on correctly by manually turning the drum around. The blower should turn when you turn the drum.
- Place the front bulkhead back on and screw it back into place. Don’t forget to also screw in the screw down on the blower housing (if your model had one).
- Reconnect the lower wire harness to the sensor – making sure that the locking tab engages.
- Place the upper wire harness back into the harness restraints, and connect it to the light bulb.
- Reattach the support piece by aligning it into the right slots, and then secure it back into place with the screws.
- Place the two harness connectors for the control board through the opening on the support piece.
- Place the front panel back into place. Make sure that it is in the right slots and clicks back into place. Secure it with the screws.
- Reinstall the console by first reconnecting the wire harness (making sure the locking tabs are engaged), and place it into the correct position. Secure it with the screws.
- Screw the two screws back into the lint filter housing.
- Place the top panel into the correct position and then secure it with the two screws at the back of it. And there you have it! The repair is complete.
Reconnect the Dryer
Now that the repair is complete, you can put the dryer back into place and reconnect the power. It’s a good idea to test the dryer out to see if the new belt is operating correctly.