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Dryer hums When I turn the start knob, the dryer only hums, drum does not turn. Belt is not broken. What could the problem be?

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First, can you turn the drum by hand easily in both directions, if yes, then you have a bad motor, if no...unplug the dryer. open the door and in the opening on the top edge there are two screws, remove these. The top on the dryer can now be removed. Inside the top there are two screws that hold the front to the cabinet, remove these. The front can now be removed and rotated to the side. You can now see the fan (blower), make sure there in nothing caught in it, if there isn't, you probably have a bad motor

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The motor could be bound up or going out on it. you would need to take it apart and see if theres something binding it up

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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