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I have an Amana Dryer model #LE4307W. The drum will not rotate when the switch is on unless you sort of give it a push with the door open. Close the door quickly and it continues to rotate, but will not start by it's self. If you try and load cloths while it is turning it will stop. I can hear a humm coming from inside. I have replaced the belt and the rollers are free to turn. Any ideas?????

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If you have to"push start" the motor to get it going, you will need to replace the motor. The windings have become weak and cannot get the initial start cycle going. Here is the motor to order.

The part comes with a 365 day, any part, any reason return policy.

Posted on Nov 09, 2012

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  • John Towner Nov 09, 2012

    Thanks, that's where I was headed. How difficult is it to replace the motor. I am pretty mechanically able.

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    Richard Roth Nov 09, 2012

    It is really simple to replace the motor. It just involves a couple of screws and the belt removal. If you order the motor thru that link I supplied, they have a 365 day, no questions asked return policy. Other parts distributors have 30 days and most won't cover the electrical components at all. Let me know if you run into any problems while you are installing the motor. I am pretty much here 12 hours a day.

  • John Towner Nov 12, 2012

    I have ordered the motor and hopefully that will correct the problem. Thanks for the help.



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