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Dryer wont turn on

Control works, when you hit start the light moves to sensing but the motor doesn't start

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Ours was doing the same thing you would hear a click and nothing but the sensing light. I found the thermal fuse to be blown Part #3392519. Easy to get to through the front cover under the load door. I went ahead and vacuumed and cleaned out the inside and vent tube.

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Dryer will come on but wont start. Sensing light is on

-There are couple things that cause a dryer no to work:
-Thermal fuse, heater element, door switch, start switch.

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My servis tumble dryer wont spin i have had a look and the belt hasnt snapped and the motor is still working

Do you hear the motor turn on when you start the dryer? If the belt is loose then it could cause it not to turn.

1. If you are able to run it with some of the housing removed, then do that and verify where you are losing your ability to spin.
- Make sure the motor is engaging and actually turning the belt. If it is turning and moving the belt, check to make sure the belt is routed correctly and not slipping on any of the pulleys. If it is, then it may just be time to change the belt.
- If the motor does not spin, listen to the motor and see if you can hear it kick on when you try to start a cycle. If you don't hear anything, turn the power off (unplug from the wall to be safe) and disconnect the connection to the motor. Use a voltmeter or multimeter and connect the probes to the two pins that provide power to the motor (can't say which ones specifically. There may be a service wiring diagram tucked away inside the dryer houseing somewhere.) Plug the dryer back into the wall try to start a cycle which observing the meter. If you are getting no voltage then the motor is not getting the signal to kick on, which means it is some kind of controller device (timer switch, selector switch or control board depending on your device) or a relay. If you hear the motor kick on but won't spin, there are a couple things you can try (unplug the dryer first for both): 1) Take the belt off the motor pulley and try to move it by hand. If it doesn't move smoothly then it could be seizing internally and needs to be repaired or replaced. 2) Disassemble the exhaust housing and check for any small items that may have snuck in past the lint filter somehow. If a small item made it's way past the filter it could jam itself in the blower assembly (which is most likely driven by the main motor) which would either cause the motor to fail or a belt to fail. Either way, **** out all the lint within the exhaust system while you have it open as it's good practice! :)

- Refering to the service wiring manual (which may be tucked away inside the control panel housing) is key. If the motor is not kicking on then you need it to trace its path for power and the signal to turn on. If it is turning on and moving, it's a matter of finding which physical piece is failing (which can be hard to do online).

- If the drum spins easily by hand then it's most likely in the hardware that transfers the energy from the motor to the drum. If it doesn't spin very easily, you may want take the drum out and check for any objects that may have wedged in between the drum and the housing. Also check the plastic shims and cloth gasket to make sure they have not worn excessively. Lastly, make sure the drum has not warped at all.

Dryers are fairly simple machines. Let me know how it turns out for you.

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Will only work with light amount of clothes in dryer, if medium amount just hums and will not start

With the door open hold in the door switch in and turn the drum while someone hits the start switch, if the dryer starts when you do this you may have a bad motor, what this is doing is "jump starting" your motor winding's. If it doesn't start by doing that then you may have a problem in your belt/idler pulley system.

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Our dryer doesn't stay on when you hit the start button. It turns off when you release the button.

The seal in ccircuit for run usually goes through a switch in the motor, whitch if it sticks or the switch goes bad, it wont stay running.

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My dryer will turn on, when I push the start button the sensing indicator lights up, but the drum doesn't turn and no air flows. I had a tech come out and tell me it was the main control board. We...

Most dryers have a belt that goes around the drum attached to a spring pulley and the motor pulley, if the belt breaks. the drum will not spin. and most dryers also have a safety switch in between the door and the dryer, if this switch is bad,will not let the drum turn. most dryers have a vented slot in the rear of the machine at the bottom, if you remove this vent you should be able to see how the motor moves the drum. good luck!

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Wont start. Extra dry light on and cool down light on.

Fault #3 Drum Stalled; unable to move.
  1. Check drum movement mechanisms: belt, motor and motor harness (if motor moves drum slightly, treat as fault #2)
  2. Replace the motor control module.
  3. Replace the motor.

Fault #2 Drum Gap Cannot be Located
  1. Ensure sensor module is correctly located and clipped in.
  2. Replace the lens on the sensor module.
  3. Replace the sensor module.
  4. Remove Top Deck and clean the sensing bumps on the outside of the drum end.
  5. Replace the drum.

May 02, 2009 | Fisher and Paykel DEGX1 Electric Dryer

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Dryer problem

You need to listen for the motor working ? Open the dryer door hold the door switch in and start the dryer . A buzzing sound may indicate a bad motor. If you hear a slight spinning noise ,it may just be the belt.

Sep 24, 2008 | Dryers

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Dryer wont start

Commonproblems...blown house fuse, broken belt ( on some models )...door switch...*thermal fuse open (venting needs attention )...broken or burnt wire....timer....motor, in order from mostcommon to least common. * If you find a blown thermal fuse, always clean, change, adjust the ventingsystem and vent hood first, then it is often a good idea to replace the operatingthermostat at the same time. This is a picture of some modernthermal fuses.

I hope this will solve your issue.

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