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Drum Support Roller Kit – Part Number: 12001541
Drum Support Roller Kit
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PartSelect #: PS1570070
Manufacturer #: 12001541
This drum support roller includes one drum roller and two bearings. Most dryers use two drum rollers, and it is recommended to change both at once.
$19.12
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Roller Shaft – Part Number: WP6-3129480
Roller Shaft
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PartSelect #: PS11743031
Manufacturer #: WP6-3129480
This roller shaft is the axle for the drum roller, also known as drum roller axle.
$12.51
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Front Glide Kit – Part Number: 306508
Front Glide Kit
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PartSelect #: PS1804752
Manufacturer #: 306508
This front glide kit comes with a blue plastic glide, a brown cork pad, and two metallic rivets. Two kits are required per appliance. A rivet tool is required for this installation.
$18.75
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Retaining Ring – Part Number: WP9703438
Retaining Ring
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PartSelect #: PS11746909
Manufacturer #: WP9703438
This metallic retaining ring is less than an inch in diameter. It is made entirely of metal.
$10.04
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Multi Rib Belt - 91-5/8 Inches – Part Number: WP33002535
Multi Rib Belt - 91-5/8 Inches
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PartSelect #: PS11741110
Manufacturer #: WP33002535
At 91-5/8 inches in length, this dryer drum belt from Maytag has five ridges. It is all black in color and is made entirely of rubber. This flat belt is 3/8 of an inch wide.
$36.18
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Idler Pulley Wheel and Bearing – Part Number: WP6-3700340
Idler Pulley Wheel and Bearing
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PartSelect #: PS11743032
Manufacturer #: WP6-3700340
This idler pulley wheel is white and made of plastic. It is two inches in diameter and comes with a center bearing.
$28.20
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Lint Filter – Part Number: WP33001808
Lint Filter
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PartSelect #: PS11741075
Manufacturer #: WP33001808
This is a rectangle shaped lint filter screen used for some gas and electric clothes dryers. The dimensions of this lint filter screen are approximately twelve and a half inches long by seven and thre...
$56.92
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Drum Roller Shaft Washer – Part Number: WP312535
Drum Roller Shaft Washer
PartSelect #: PS11740748
Manufacturer #: WP312535
This roller shaft washer is just under an inch in diameter and is used for some of Whirlpool's brands of clothes dryers.Sold individually.
$17.59
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Door Catch Kit – Part Number: LA-1003
Door Catch Kit
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PartSelect #: PS2162263
Manufacturer #: LA-1003
This kit comes in two pieces: the catch and the clip.
$41.25
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Light Bulb - 10W – Part Number: WP22002263
Light Bulb - 10W
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PartSelect #: PS11739347
Manufacturer #: WP22002263
This ten watt appliance light bulb is two inches tall. It is used with both washers and dryers.
$20.81
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Idler Pulley Shaft Washer – Part Number: WPY312527
Idler Pulley Shaft Washer
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PartSelect #: PS11757538
Manufacturer #: WPY312527
This idler pulley shaft washer is used with many clothes dryers. It is less than an inch long, and it is black in color.
$17.16
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Dryer Drum Felt Seal – Part Number: WP33001807
Dryer Drum Felt Seal
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PartSelect #: PS11741074
Manufacturer #: WP33001807
This seal can be used for the front or rear drum. Adhesive is NOT included. For adhesive search: WPY055980
$20.32
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Mitchell
January 21, 2024
This dryer has worked great since we bought it new a million years ago, but finally the belt is squealing a bit and it doesn't seem to get as hot as it once did. Is there a general repair rebuild kit for standard items that fail over time?
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Hi Mitchell, thank you for your inquiry. Based on the description that you have provided, we would recommend replacing the belt, part number PS11741110, to remove the squealing sound issue. If your dryer is not heating enough, you may have a clogged lint filter and dryer vent. We would suggest cleaning the vent and the lint filter to fix the issue. We hope this solves your problem!

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Tony
June 20, 2023
Is this an electric or gas dryer?
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Hello Tony, thank you for reaching out to PartSelect. Model MDE5500AYW is an electric dryer. We hope this information is useful!

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Kevin
April 4, 2024
The dryer will not heat to dry the clothes
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Hi Kevin, thank you for reaching out. We have researched and found that the issue is with the dryer thermal fuse, part number PS11740687. It is a safety device and shuts off the dryer when the dryer overheats. You may need to replace the thermal fuse to fix the issue. We hope this sorts out your problem!

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Michael
December 16, 2019
Hello, having trouble with the sensor on the dryer, does not light up and tell you any time. The dryer runs but shut off and the clothes are not dry. Inconsistent
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Hi Michael, thank you for your question. Looking at your model information there are a few parts that you should take out and test to see which one is giving you the issue. The first parts to check in this case would be all of your thermostats and thermal fuses. You can test those parts with a multi meter and they should be reading 0 ohms to be working correctly. If those parts are fine, you should then go on to testing your heating element as well. You can also test that with a multi meter and it should be reading between 0 - 50 ohms. Something else you should also check would be your filter and ducts. Make sure there is absolutely no blockage that would restrict air flow in your appliance. I hope that helps. Good luck with your repair.

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Stan
February 9, 2020
Dryer keeps turning off when started showing a code pf then we can restart and it will run sometimes taking a few times
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Hello and thank you for writing. The PF is a power failure code and it indicates the control is not sensing any voltage. The PF could be caused by a voltage drop during a storm but you should be able to clear it and run the dryer. We suggest to try a hard reset: Go to your breaker box and shut the breakers for your unit off, wait 5 minutes and then turn the breaker to on again. That should hopefully clear this problem. If this does not fix this problem then your control panel PS2036215 might be faulty and possibly needs to be replaced. We hope this helps. Please contact us anytime.

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Lint into venting area.
Removal of old lint collector and replace with new one.
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Lint Filter
  • Anthony from DeKalb, IL
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
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The old lint screen had a couple tears in it
No problem at all, just took out the old one in front and slid in the new one.
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Lint Filter
  • Ron from Monte Vista, CO
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
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Motor buzzed and dryer drum would not spin when pressing start
From the first time the motor buzzed (but dryer tumbler then started to turn), 2 weeks elapsed for the dryer drum to stop turning altogether. If this occurs, DO NOT continue to push the start button because the motor armature wiring will heat up and the insulation will begin to melt and smell - a SAFETY HAZARD. Unplug dryer and lockout/tagout as appropriate.

Through basic troubleshooting, discovered the motor had seized up. Since the unit was about 10 years old and it had to be disassembled for replacement, the decision was made to replace "likely to fail mechanical components including motor, belt, both rear drum rollers/shafts, idler arm pulley/assembly/wheel, associated washers, snap rings and both front glides. Reviewed the PartSelect website and drawings, ordered the parts and they delivered on time. Buy the correct sized snap rings at a local hardware, they're much less expensive. Also once inside your dryer, you'll likely find alot of lint to vacuum out...have fun.

I went online and Googled several resources that showed how to remove the front dryer panels, as well as PartSelect repair stories. From that point on, I took photos as I was disassembling so I would know how to put it back together. Utilize pictures or whatever system you prefer to keep track of taking something apart and putting it back together.

Remove the dryer door, then the front panel Disconnect wires to the light, dryness sensor and door switch. Note belt and pulley configuration that is near the motor-this will help you later when reinstalling the belt. Also note if the ribbed side or the flat side of the belt is against the outer drum wall. Remove the door shroud.

Slip the belt off the idler pulley wheel. Remove front drum support, then dryer drum Note which end of the dryer drum is the front and the orientation of the glides on the drum support. Discard old belt. Drill out and remove the old front glide supports, then install/rivet the new glides.

Remove both old rear drum rollers/shafts, washers, etc. The rear drum roller shafts are secured to a back bracket by a hex nut....feel around you'll figure it out. Replace new roller shafts. Lightly grease using a high quality silicon grease, then replace new washers, roller, snap ring, etc

Carefully unplug wiring harness on motor, there are fragile clips on each end. Don't forget a separate ground wire from the harness is attached to the motor mount bracket. Carefully release tension on the idler arm spring. Using the correct size nut driver, remove three screws (on this model) then take out the motor/idler arm assembly. Remove the old idler arm/pulley assembly. Remove the motor mount clips on each end of the mount (I used a wide blade screwdriver). Remove and replace the motor. Motor configurations changed after Whirlpool bought Maytag, so orient it correctly insuring mounting gasket "nubs" on each end of the motor correspond to the cutouts on the motor mount. Reinstall the motor mount clips. Replace the new idler arm assembly/pulley wheel; grease moving parts with high quality wheel bearing grease. Replace motor/mount bracket assembly back into the dryer. Replace ground wire to motor mount bracket and plug wiring harness back in. Reinstall idler arm spring.

Place belt back on the dryer drum and move into place on rear rollers. Reinstall front drum support. Dryer drum should turn relatively easy. Insure belt is oriented on the drum correctly before connecting belt to motor shaft end and idler arm wheel pulley (the picture you took comes in handy here).

Reinstall the rest of the parts in reverse.
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Idler Arm and Shaft Idler Pulley Wheel and Bearing Roller Shaft Idler Pulley Shaft Washer Multi Rib Belt - 91-5/8 Inches Drive Motor - 115V Drum Roller Shaft Washer Front Glide Kit Drum Support Roller Kit
  • Frederick W. from Austin, TX
  • Difficulty Level:
    Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench set
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