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Won't start The drum tries to start, only moves a bit (1-2'') then it shuts off. It has been getting harder and harder to start, now it won't

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  • djdigiacomo Jan 09, 2009

    I have the same problem and also got a smell as it sounded like it was trying to turn.  I immediately opened the door to stop it and then tried to start it again and got nothing at all.  Not even the sound of a sick motor.


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Likely bad motor. If the drum turns freely, 99% motor. If not, check for obstruction in the blower housing. Hope this helps! Send me your model # for part lookup.

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I have a frigidare dryer 5-6 years old. Recently, started smelling like something electrical is burning. If I hold down the start button the motor will turn the drum slowly and the burning smell returns....

Check for vent blockages! Overheating may be a serious issue and fire hazzard. A slow moving drum could mean a bad traction belt, jammed mechanical part or the motor is not spinning at a proper RPM which may indicate motor damage also. The electrical burning is a serious issue also and a fire hazzard. Dryers need periodical cleaning to remove excess lint, dust and debris. Lack of cleaning causes the dryer to work harder and run hotter. Excessive heat shortens the life of many parts such as belts, bearings, electronics, wiring, etc...

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My amana LE9207w2 has been taking longer and longer to dry the clothes. I clean out the vent regularly... when I use it a lot, it shuts down for hours. Now it stopped altogether with wet clothes insid

First the dryer vent should never go out of the roof thats just asking for trouble. The dryer has to work harder to get the air out. any lint that would be in the vent when the dryer shuts off just comes back down instead of being blow outside. there is probably a buildup of lint around the exit pipe on the roof. As far as your problem either you have a bad motor or there is something stuck in your blower wheel. the best way to check this is to reach inside your dryer and try to turn the drum. If your drum spins freely then hold the door switch and push the start button keep holding the door switch the dryer will be buzzing now turn the drum if it starts to go after you push the drum then you have a bad motor. If the drum does not spin freely then you probably have something stuck in your blower wheel

Aug 26, 2012 | Dryers

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Dryer won't start but when the start button is pushed it tries to start

If the drum is difficult to turn your problem maybe that something like a sock or what not has made its way into the blower wheel assembly. When this happens trying to start the machine will temporarily start, but the wheel can't turn. The blower wheel is actually connecterd to the shaft of the motor, and being bound up the motor will overheat quickly and shut off. If you check and the blower wheel is clear and not bound up, then the motor is your issue.

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Kenmore model 110 dryer won't start. Hums a bit, then nothing. Starting to get a slight burning smell too. How to remove the top console to get to the push to start switch?

From what you described it sounds like your drum is seised, try turning it by hand. If it is seised than you will have to check to see if you burnt your motor. Good Luck

Sep 24, 2011 | Dryers

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A zipper from a comforter is lodged between the moving drum and its housing causing a possible drag on the rotating drum. not sure how to dislodge zipper or remove drum to access

The whole drum should move a bit. Try turning it by hand and pushing back on it (or pulling forward). Also, you can try lifting up quite hard (drum is free to move about 1/2" in all directions the way most are set up. I havn't seen this specific unit but it is worth a try.

Otherwise, I think there is a set of screws around the top perimeter holding the top deck on. Remove that and you will have a better view of what moves and by how much.

Remember )

1) Unplug the unit before unscrewing anything.

2) Make sure everything is put back as you found it before putting lid back on.

Also, you won't break anything by only taking it apart to look. Have fun doing it and good luck. Hopefully they used standard screws instead of some tamper-resistant fasteners that German manufactures are using a lot of lately (Braun, Krups, Bosch, ...).

Most hopefully, you can get it un-stuck by shifting the drum a bit.


May 02, 2011 | Bosch Nexxt 500 Dryer

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When start button pushed, motor tries to start turn, won't turn, shuts off after about 5 seconds. It's a whirlpool modle LGR7646eqo gas dryer, several years old.

The most probable solution is a new motor, but you may get lucky. I would first make sure that there isn.t something that fell down the filter hole and is caught in the blower blade. Possibly the rollers are jammed and won't let the drum go, but usually when it groans and won't go it is the motor

Apr 19, 2011 | Whirlpool LGR7646E Dryer

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The start button will depress but it doesn't start. Not on any selected time. It's been getting harder and harder to push it to start and we have to hold it down for a long time for the dryer to start. ...

Try this (you may need two people):
1. Open the dryer door and locate the door switch. While pushing the door switch in, have someone else push the start button.
2. You'll hear the noise. Keep pushing both buttons and take your other hand, reach in side and grab one of the drum fins and manually push the drum in a clockwise direction.
If it does not start, the motor needs to be replaced. If it is still under full warranty, simply call a repairman.
If this works, turn the dryer off, close the door and try to start it again just by pushing the start button. If it works, it may have been something obstructing the drum from turning. OR, the motor could be going out. It may continue to start on its own for an unkown period of time, a day, a week, and year. But eventually it will go out and will need replaced.
Replacing the motor is a bit involved, but if you want to attempt it I can walk you through it.
There should be a 5 YEARS warranty on the motor, so you might consider a repairman. Make sure they are Bosch certified and there will be no cost to you for the motor. The labor, however, may be up to you and could be expensive.

I'm willing to assist you on whatever you decide.

Best, G

Aug 02, 2010 | Bosch Nexxt WTMC 3300 Electric Dryer

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Drum will not spin. The belt is not broken but is hanging lose

If the motor is working...Shut off the power to the dryer, reach inside the drum and try to rotate the drum 1/4-1/2 turn. Sometimes the motors get dead zones in them and this will help move it out of the dead zone

It could also be the drum rollers that need lubrication or replacement, if they are not rotating it would not allow the drum to spin.

I hope this helps

Oct 02, 2009 | Kenmore 73952 Gas Dryer

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Drum starts but does not continue

You have one of two possible problems. 1. The run winding in the motor, or wiring to it in the motor switch is bad. = get a new motor. Or, more likely: 2. The internal centrifical switch in the motor is not moving back into the non-running position. (this results in only the start winding being energized when start switch is used.) Usually = get a new motor, but you can try to lube it up and get it moving again. You will have to open dryer top to be able to take dryer front off, then remove belt so you can remove the drum to get to the motor. Look inside the motor near the belt end. There is a collar on the motor shaft with springs on two sides of it. That collar needs to be free to move back and forth. (only about a 1/2 inch or less) Sometimes a bit of spray lube and a little manual moving of the collar is enough to free it up and save you the cost of a motor.
NOTE: Do NOT try to run dryer with using only the start switch held. You will burn out the start winding.

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