Amana Drum Removal
To inspect and/or replace drum glides, belt or electric heater elements, you must remove the drum as follows:
1) Remove the cabinet front as described above, and the blower inlet duct .
2) Reach back and disengage the drive belt from the idler. (Figure SQ-3)
3) Remove the four screws from the front bulkhead as shown in figure SQ-4. Note that the bottom front corners of the bulkhead are supported by slots in the cabinet sides; this will help you support and align the bulkhead when assembling or disassembling. While holding the drum in place, lift out the bulkhead and set it aside. Then lift out the drum.
The drum glides are on the lower front corners of the inside of the bulkhead. Whether they’re worn badly or not, replace them. They’re cheap insurance against future problems. The belt can be easily changed at this time. Don’t forget to check the idler pulley for free movement.
The drum support roller shafts are held to the rear bulkhead by a nut. They have screwdriver slots cut into the top of the shaft for easy removal and replacement. (Figure SQ-5)
The front and rear felt drum seals can also be inspected for wear at this point. If you need to replace them, they are held on by a spring-loaded metal strap beneath them. Note that the outer edge of the front seal tucks beneath the lip on the front bulkhead. When re-assembling the dryer, make sure these felt seals are not pinched or wrinkled.
In electric clothes dryer models, the heater element is located inside the metal plate at the bottom of the heat riser at the left rear of the machine. Test it for continuity as described in “Problems Common to All Brands” and replace if defective.