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All dryers have to have a way of allowing the tumbler (that's the thing
you put the clothes in) to turn freely, not all of them are the same
tho,some use bearings, some use slides,others use rollers. Over time
these rollers will need to be oiled,the slides will get thin and start
metal to metal contact causing a noise, The rear bearings will then start to make their way to china and
cause the tumbler to rub into the heating element and OUCH! These
things will cause the motor to prematurely DIE! Its best to examine the
dryers, rollers, and slides when you first hear the noise, but who does? SOME PICTURES
Hello, that sounds like a bad motor, you can know very quickly by unpluging the dryer, get to the back panel behind the switch. take one wire off the switch, grab your continuity checker, have someone push the switch, if it is good then its the motor. another way you can check is take the two wires for the switch and just touch them together if the dryer starts then it is the switch. Visit here for more help
My Hotpoint dryer is seven years old and did the exact same thing. When I got over the anger and the thought of spending 4 or 5 hundred dollars to replace it I started messing with it. I finally decided that since it buzzed when I tried to start it there was current there. The only other thing it could be was the drying cycle knob. I held the start knob and let it buzz while I slowly turned the dryer cycle knob to the right. As I turned through each cycle it would hit "off" and the buzzing would stop and then resume as I moved past the "off " setting. On the third trip around the dryer "started" and has been working since. Maybe something got out of kilter. Apparently the problem was in the knob that controls the drying cycles.