Tumble Dryer Belts
Tumble dryer belts are, these days, a bit different to what they were some years ago. As with most things, technologies and manufacturing techniques have moved on apace and even something as simple as the humble drive belt has changed.
New Dryer Drive Belts
The big change from older belts that were tensioned by what was called a "jockey pulley" or "jockey wheel" are now what we call a "stretch belt" and no longer require the addition of a tensioning wheel.
Although the old pulley system was, latterly, a very reliable one the tensioning wheel, arm and spring would all too often fail, it's removal reduced noise which was becoming an issue on the sales floor. That aside, it removed the cost of several components as well as making it so that there were less things to go wrong.
So, in recent years we've almost seen the extinction of the jockey pulley and the arrival of stretch belts.
However, like most things, there are pros and, there are cons to these new belts.
The Belt Won't Fit
We will often get told, even by the odd engineer, that the new tumble dryer belt won't fit the dryer. It's very common, we'll be told that the supplied belt is too small and that it will not go around the dryer drum and motor, it's impossible to fit it.
That's not true.
So long as we have been given the correct model information for the dryer and, this will often require the serial or date code etc. to make sure, the belt will be correct and it will fit the dryer.
The problem is that the belt actually stretches to fit, thus giving the required tension without the requirement for a tensioning pulley. The downside is that they can be an absolute nightmare to fit!
The first one that I personally encountered was on a Servis tumble dryer and fitting it took me almost two hours, much cursing and cut fingers as well as an almost complete strip down of the dryer. Even the pros can struggle to fit these belts at times so don't think that it's always easy as, it's not.
When fitting you would think it impossible to go, the belt looks hugely smaller than the run it has to make. But these belts stretch quite a bit and have to be that way so as they give the correct tension.
There are some specialist tools to fit them but opinion is split on how effective these actually are. The general sentiment would appear to be that they are really best placed for use in a factory or workshop and not really for use in the field asides from which, you couldn't exactly say that they were cheap, usually running to about £70 or so.
Usually though, most of us will jut wrestle with the belt to fit it and normally, although it can be a real hassle and struggle, it will go on just fine.
Model Number Required!
For a lot of tumble dryer drive belts you do need the model number to make sure you get the correct part.
For most you will find the model number printed on the control panel of the machine, as Zanussi, Beko and others do or, more often, on the rating plate that you will normally find inside the door, on the filter flap or on the back.
Without the model number and, sometimes even the serial number or PNC, it may not be possible to identify the correct drive belt that you need.
Finding A Tumble Dryer Drive Belt In The Shop
Finding a drive belt in our online shop is dead easy, simply go to the shop using this link that will open a new window or tab (or the ones below) then type in the model number of your washing machine or washer dryer into the "Search" box. Press search and it will bring up all the parts we've used on that particular model.
You can of course narrow the returns by adding "drive belt" to the search, just as you would in the likes of Google, to look for a specific spare part.
Many, many drive belts that are in the online store we physically hold in stock and are often shipped the same day that we receive your order. Even if it is a door seal that isn't so common we would usually have most within a day or two and it would ship the same day it was received.