Tip & How-To about Dryers
If your clothes dryer is not turning the drum, then you have a big problem. If the clothes are not being tossed around so that the warm air can flow through them the drying just is not happening. There a re a couple of common problems that will cause the dryer drum not to turn.
If you are getting the hum from the motor but no action then you need to determine if the motor is running or if the motor is not running but trying too. To my ears I can tell the difference right away. The trying to turn hum is a much lower hum and not the whining hum of the motor spinning freely with no load on it. The best thing to do is to check the belt and see if the belt is around the motor pulley. If the belt is still on the pulley then the motor is not turning. Check the drum to see if you can turn it by hand. If it is stuck then figure out what is holding it from turning. If it spins then the motor is bad, replace the motor.
When checking the belt, if you find that it is not on the motor pulley, then you will need a new belt. When you get the new belt, check out the belt routing diagrams in my tips section for the diagram that fits your dryer.
If the drum will not turn, you probably will want to get a new belt and new guide wheels, rollers, slides, glides or whatever supports the drum. Check out my tip on dryer noise, for more information about that.
Main thing is to not assume that the motor hum is a bad motor. As you can see there are other possible causes for problems that can show the same symptoms.
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Dec 02, 2013 | GE Profile DPSB620ECWW Electric Dryer
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The automatic preheat and drying cycle kicks in as the final wash spin is under- way. The system employs a condenser dryer in which the hot air used to dry the clothes is channeled into a drum, instead of being released into the great outdoors via a dry vent hose. Cold water is drawn into the drum at the same time. The two mix, and the result is a condensing process.
The chlothes should be dry. there may be a damp feeling to them but otherwise dry. If your machine is not drying then the element could be going bad, or a thermal cutoff. those would be the easyiest fixes.
The BIG drawback is drying. It takes about 90 minutes to dry a load, and the clothes come out very wrinkled. Because the drum is so small, the clothes don't 'toss' in heated air and don't fluff at all. Clothes also come out stiffer than a regular dryer.
Jan 06, 2011 | Equator EZ 1500 Front Load Washer / Dryer