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My Kenmore Elite Dryer 110.82836100 makes an loud vibrating

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My Kenmore Elite Dryer 110.82836100 makes an loud vibrating noise the entire the dryer motor is running. It shakes the room it is so loud. It's a fairly rapid vibration rate, as if it's the motor shaft. The dryer still works, it's just the loud noise that's bothersome. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.

This is most likely something caught in the blower wheel and y0ou ahve to disassemble the dryer fron to access the wheel v see the web site sttached for a diagram thanks

Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.
first step in disassembly of this dryer is to remove the bottom panel. Use your back button to return here after viewing the pictures. The heater element, high limit thermostat, thermal fuse, and the cycling thermostat can be serviced with the bottom panel off. There are two clips to be pressed in about 4 inches in from the side at the top of the panel. Press on these clips, pull out on the panel and lift it off a couple clips it mounts on.

To continue disassembly, pull out on the plastic end caps on either side of the control console. They are a press fit and will pull off. Take hold of the bottom of the end cap and pull on it. Remove the 2 screws under the end caps holding the control panel. Lift the panel and hinge it to the back of the dryer. Remove the 3 screws visible under the control panel holding the top down. Slide the top of the dryer forward toward yourself. It will disengage clips on the cabinet for removal. Remove 2 screws holding front to top of the dryer. Remove 2 screws below the door holding front to dryer. Disengage the clamp holding the air duct to the blower housing. Take the wires off the door switch. Take the wire off the sensor if your dryer has one. Remove complete front from dryer.

You must release the belt from the idler pulley to get it off the motor pulley to continue the disassembly. Put both hands into the area of the motor and feel how the idler pulley is spring loaded against the smooth backside of the belt. You can't see this well, so feel it and remember how the pulley is against the belt. Pull the idler away from the belt and take the belt off the motor pulley. You can now lift the drum from the rollers it rides on. This picture shows the thread of the belt with the drum removed so you can get a good idea of how it threads. The front rollers are on the front you have already removed. You can repair the rollers, heater element, thermostats, motor, and blower at this point. You must hold the pulley end of the motor shaft to get the blower off. The blower screws onto the end of the motor shaft. I have found that a 1/2 inch socket extension will fit right into the center slot of the blower . Turn the ratchet clockwise to loosen the blower wheel. Reverse this to tighten. This dryer also has a belt broken switch that will not let the motor run with a broken belt.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
This picture doesn't look anything like my control panel. Mine is the HE3 model, and the controls are located just above the Front-Load door. It's a round dial, with a set of push buttons arranged in a circle, much like an old rotary telephone dial. This circular arrangement of buttons is located in the center of the machine, just above the loader door. There's a set of LED lights located off to the right. I just want to make sure we are talking about the same machine.
Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.
OK even with the cosmetic differences, the problem is still caused by something in the blower wheel. i am sorry for the mix up in pictures! I can only send what is provided and if it is incorrect that is a problem. HOWEVER I AM SURE OF THE BLOWER PROBLEM!
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I went to the Sears link you provided, and got this message: is currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from 11:00PM CST - 6:00AM CST.


Guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow to get a better detailed picture.

Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.

I just went to the SEARS site I initially gave and the site is down for maintenance, but I am confident they have a diagram of the proper unit ! SORRY



Same here sorry

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

OK, if it's OK with you, I'll just wait until tomorrow, and see if I can get a better diagram. I don't see an easy way to remove the control panel, and I'm afraid if I just try to pull it off, I might break it. I'll keep the links to your replys, and get back to you after I make a little more progress.


Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.

Here is directions to get to the belt which are almost the same to get to the blower wheel

Disconnect the power! Pull the dryer away from the wall and remove the top cover. Remove the console. Remove the lint filter screen. Remove the two hex-head screws from the bottom flange of the toe panel. Pull the toe panel out at the bottom, pull down, and remove the panel. Remove the hex-head screw from the lint duct bracket and remove the bracket. Remove the two hex-head screws from the lint duct and remove the duct. Disconnect the 3-wire moisture sensor connector from the main harness connector. Disconnect the 3-wire door switch connector from the machine. Loosen the two top front panel screws. Remove the two bottom front panel screws.

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Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.
Thats fine with me it is late have a good evening I'll be around sometime after noon central tomorrow thanks
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thanks, I'll try to get on with this tomorrow. Thanks for your help thus far!
Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.

you are very welcome!

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
OK Russ, I went to the Sears site, and this is the model dryer I have. After looking over the drawings, it looks like I may have to start by removing the top first, as it appears that they use screws to hold on the bottom panel cover. If you would, please look at this drawing, and see if the disassembly instructions you sent me earlier will work for my model. The bottom panel seems to be secured very tightly, and I don't want to risk breaking it, if it is indeed attached by screws, as it appears to be in the drawing.
Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.
I agree, the screw in the back of the top have to be removed first! This looks time consuming, and i mnust admit to never having this model apart myself! If you wish i will allow others to jump in! THAKKS
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Well, I think I will get some help, as the dryer is in a bad place to get to, so I will likely wait until Wednesday PM to do it. I don't think I can physically handle this by myself. If you are pretty sure the blower wheel (I assume this is the rotor, in the squirrel cage blower assembly, correct?) is the trouble, one way or the other, I will get the thing apart.

I was hoping I could get to it via the bottom access panel, but from the looks of it, this won't give me access to the blower.

Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Success! It was a pretty big job, but we got the machine apart, and the blower wheel was loaded with lint and stuff. There was also a build-up of some material that looked like starch build-up on an iron. I assume this must be residue from dryer sheets or maybe fabric softener. Anyway, it was enough to throw the blower out of balance, and after it was cleaned, the noise went away. I noticed that the lint filter has a couple of missing pieces of felt around the edges. (About 2 inches missing on each side) I was wondering if this would let enough lint get by to cause this degree of clogging in the blower wheel. I'm debating whether to try to repair this with some felt, or should I just buy a new one from Sears?


This was a pretty big project, at least for me. It took about 2-3 hours to get the machine apart, clean all the lint out of it, and put it back together. We were able to fix it without taking the dryer drum out, which I think saved a lot of time, but this model is pretty aggravating to get apart and put back together.


Let me know what you think about the filter..



Expert:  RUSS replied 7 years ago.

Yes, order the screen at

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