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Whirlpool dryer heats but the drum doesn't rotate

My Whirlpool Imperial 8 cycle 5 temperature dryer heats but the drum doesn't rotate.

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  • therose09 Jan 09, 2009

    I forgot to mention that the motor 'hums'. Does that indicate anything in particular?

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There is usually a large belt that goes around the drum to turn it ...it is either fallen off the motor pulley , broke .....or the motor may be gone in it ....not sure if there are any fuses for the motor on your dryer .
If you can tip the dryer over the bottom is usually open and you can see the motor and belt from there

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

  • Terry Shackleton
    Terry Shackleton Jan 09, 2009

    if the motor is humming it could be stuck or maby the belt has fell off and it just spinning ...have to look under it to see what is happening

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