The Kenmore 27-inch drier model 11068972892 includes a fairly simple configuration. This permits the do-it-yourself homeowner to perform basic repairs without using special tools. Although replacing a worn drive belt calls for partial cabinet disassembly, the entire procedure can be performed in less than one hour.
Unplug the dryer power cord from the wall socket, or switch off the relevant breaker switch before starting work. Slide the drier about six inches from the wall. In case you’ve got a later version of this 11068972892 drier, pull the lint screen out and remove the two screws near the front corners of the lint screen recess using a number two Phillips head screwdriver. Skip this step if your specific model does not have any top-mounted lint screen.
Proceed to the left of this machine. Insert the blade of a putty knife into the seam between the top and front panels, approximately 1 1/2 inches in from the left corner. Press the blade gently and then lift the corner of the top panel to release the spring clip holding on the very top to the front panel. Duplicate by discharging the right hand clip precisely the same.
Lift the top panel. Drape a thick cloth over the leading edge to prevent harm. Rotate the panel up and back and rest it against the wall.
Find the door switch connector within the front left of this opening. Insert the blade of a small flat head screwdriver under the leading edge of the wiring harness socket to release the security clip and then pull the plug out of the socket.
Remove the two screws inside the opening securing the side panels into the top border of the front panel with a 5/16-inch nut driver.
Put on a pair of functioning gloves to protect your hands from the sharp edges. Grasp the inner lip of the front panel, lift it up and forward slightly. Hold all of the bottom border, lift the panel off the two retaining hooks on the lower border of the side panels. Lift the drum and move the door forward to free it from the felt drum seal and then stand the panel against the wall.
Reach under the right side of this drum and locate the spring loaded drum belt idler pulley. Increase the front of the drum slightly from the bottom to release belt tension. Push the idler pulley to the right toward the small motor pulley, lift the belt off the motor pulley and alleviate the idler pulley till it rests on the base panel. Lift the old drive belt off the top of this pull and pull it forward and off the drum.
Slide the new drive belt above the drum using the ribbed side downward and settle it above the mark left from the old belt. Reach underneath and rotate the spring-loaded idler pulley toward the motor pulley. Slide the horizontal side of the belt under the idler pulley and the ribbed side above the motor drive pulley in a zigzag manner. Ease the idler pulley from the motor pulley to apply stress to the belt. Expand the drum one full turn to correctly align the drive belt across the drum.
Lift the front panel and then align the two slots on the lower side edges with the upward facing hooks on the side panels. Push the bottom edge in with your foot, then lift the drum so that it lines up with the felt seal within the front panel door opening and then rotate the top forward all of the way. Push the top border down to slide the panel onto the securing hooks.
Replace the two top side panel screws removed before and tighten them securely using the nut driver. Push the door switch onto the wiring harness socket until you feel the security catch snap into position.
Pull the top panel from the wall, then remove the rag and then rotate the panel down onto the drier. Push the front corners of the top panel firmly until you feel the spring clips snap into position. Ease the top of the lint screen chute forward to align the screw holes. Secure the top panel into the lint screen chute using the two screws removed earlier and replace the lint screen.
Plug the power cord back into the wall socket, slide the machine back from the wall, and then turn the drier to be certain that it’s functioning properly.