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Dryer motor not starting

I have checked all the sensors, thermal fuse, interlocks, timer, start button and everything checks out. I have voltage on each sensor and the thermal fuse when the start button is depressed. I see 120v at each terminal of the heater coil but not 240 across the two terminals (I assume this would change once the motor starts up). Could a bad motor be my issue?

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  • Tom Erkens Jan 18, 2013

    This is an electric KitchenAid dryer.

  • Tom Erkens Jan 18, 2013

    I confirmed I have 120v coming to the motor from the blue wire when the start button is depressed.

  • Tom Erkens Jan 18, 2013

    Are there two leads on the motor that I could put power to to confirm the motor is really bad? I know there is 120v on the blue line but the motor doesn't start. I assume the motor controls the heater coils once it starts successfully.

  • Mark Smith
    Mark Smith Jan 18, 2013

    I can't really be sure of that since I don't have a schematic diagram, sorry.

  • Tom Erkens Jan 29, 2013

    It ended up being the timer. The internals wore out and the contact for the white wire to the motor was no longer switching.

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Have you tried checking power at the motor? Try going back over everything you mentioned as though it is the first time.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013

  • Tom Erkens Jan 18, 2013

    I have power but I would like to test the motor to assure this is the real issue. I assume there is a way to test the motor before I order a new one.

  • Tom Erkens Jan 24, 2013

    I just got in a new motor and this didn't fix the issue. I do have 240v across the two red wires and 120v across the black and blue wires. I noticed 120v on the coil of the motor. The motor will not start. What is the purpose for the white wire?

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