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279787 Dryer Drive Motor For Whirlpool / Maytag / KitchenAid

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SKU: APN279787    
Condition: New
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Replacement drive motor used for some Amana, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool dryer models.

Directly Replaces: 279787, 279787SKID, 3387185, 3388237, 3388238, 3391890, 3391891, 3391893, 3395654, 661655, 8528320, 8538263, 8539556, W10250900, W10317045, W10396028, W10438969, W10508322, SM279787, 158, AH334287, AP3094233, EA334287, EAP334287, PD00002347, PS334287.

For replacements with belt switch - The original motor will have two terminals on the overload protector switch on the motor, the replacement motor only has one. Use the included wire kit and adapt wiring to accept the one terminal on the overload. See included instructions for more detailed information.


  • Drives the rotation of the drum.
  • Fits large capacity Whirlpool built dryers with lint screen in front.
  • Includes (1) Drive Motor Assembly, (2) Jumper Wires, (1) Wire Nut, Instructions.


  • Color: Gray / Orange / Black / Copper.
  • Material: Metal / Plastic.
  • Electrical Specs: 120V, 60Hz, 6.2A, 1/3HP, 1725RPM, CL.B.
  • Overall Dimensions: 9-3/4"L x 6"W x 5-3/8"H.
  • Additional Dimensions: Blower Shaft measures 1-5/8" diameter; Drive Shaft measures 1-1/4" diameter.
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279787 Dryer Drive Motor For Whirlpool / Maytag / KitchenAid

Repair Skill Level: 3 | Moderate
Minimal disassembly and some basic tools may be needed.

Failure Symptoms: Dryer won't start; Dryer tripping breaker; Dryer stopped spinning mid-cycle.

Part Description: The motor drives the rotation of the drum.

Testing: The drive motor turns the drum and the blower wheel to exhaust the air. Before replacing the motor, first check the thermal fuse, start switch, and door switch which tend to fail more often than the motor. If nothing else has failed begin checking the motor. Remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for any obstructions. If no obstructions, try rotating the drum by hand. If the drum won't rotate, determine what's causing it to get stuck. If the drum turns freely, the motor might be defective. Additionally, if the dryer trips the breaker the motor may have shorted out. Use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If there's no continuity, replace the motor.

Bonus Tip: Overloading the dryer is a common cause of broken dryer parts. Learn your dryer's max capacity to get the best longevity out of it.

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