This is an excellent forum that has saved me money in the past. I am hoping to get my mother's Maytag SG1000 stackable washer/gas dryer running again, and could use your help please.The dryer belt snapped.
Using this thread: http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?topic=15073.0
and reading the info from member "Maytag Man 6725", I was able to figure out that I can do this task myself.
I saw the link to the repair manual here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzIiBNwRIV4Na21DLXBtSnZiXzg/edit?pli=1
....and saw the directions for "Installing Drive Belt" (section 3-14 of the manual).However, it is unclear if I need to remove the drum (tumbler) in order to install a new belt. Can I simply just remove the front panel of the dryer and manipulate the belt around the dryer drum?
Please understand, my mother is older and she freaks out when she sees things like this disassembled. I can't get her out of the condo during this procedure, so the less panels and parts lying about the better. Even though it seems that removal of the drum is a 15 minute job, I don't know if I can get an uninterrupted 15 minutes. Hence my question. I am a grown man but still "the baby" of the family- even though I wrench the cars in the family my mother is amazed if she sees me change a smoke alarm battery...go figure.
Please lend me your advice, and thank you!
Edit: I saw directions to replace a broken siphon valve. It snapped this week when her condo association hired a "professional" chosen company to clean dryer ducts. I have been doing it myself every year, and know the routine of disconnecting the discharge line as well as the water lines while climbing over the spare refrigerator in the utility room (don't ask). But these guys just yanked the washer out and snapped the siphon. (The dryer belt snapped the day before!) Anyhow, just got both parts from AppliancePartsPros.com
The machine is 26 years old (1989) and has only needed a gas valve coil in all that time.