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Diagnosing A Worn Or Broken Washing Machine Belt

Possibly the single most essential component in a washing machine is the drive belt. This belt is in charge of physically moving the tub. But when the belt becomes excessively worn – or even torn – it can no longer play this important role. 

Here you’ll learn more about what effects the belt to go bad and how to identify the problem correctly.

Belt Problems

Washer’s belt is constructed to be especially durable and long-lasting. However, problems usually occur when the drum is physically unable to rotate. This scenario is often caused by a small piece of clothing like a sock stuck between the drum and its body, thus preventing the drum from spinning. Similarly, if the machine was overloaded, the drum may not rotate correctly. In any of these scenarios, the belt and its engine will continue to run, trying to move the stuck drum, making the belt slip on its pulleys.

This creates a significant amount of friction – often enough to cause the rubber belt to begin burning or melting. Even if the belt can be kept intact, it will no longer work properly if it becomes too stretched.

Diagnosing A Bad Belt

The first mark that your belt might have been damaged is the smell of burning rubber. This indicates that the belt was damaged as a result of a stuck tub. To perform a visual inspection of your bid, you will first need to tilt the washer backward. Use a couple of bricks or small cans of paint to prop up the washing machine’s front edge. This will let you easily see the belt and its motor assembly.

If your washing machine belt shows any signs of wear, cracks, or burns, plan to replace it immediately. If you need a professional to perform repairs, please do not hesitate to contact us.