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GE gas dryer not turning on

Model DWXR473ETWW, 10 years old. When turning the start switch I hear that it has power, it makes a humming noise like it is trying to start. It never actually engages to turn on. There were no real warning signs other than it did this about a week ago, but then started. Doing laundry this weekend though, it never started.

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  • demitc Feb 01, 2009

    it is not just a humming, it actually sounds like the motor is turning. Also, heat is still coming out. I tested by hoding the Start dial in the on position for 30 seconds. Could this be just a broken belt?

  • demitc Feb 01, 2009

    OK, just took the small access panel off and found a broken belt. Now, how do I replace that? Looks like I would have to access it from the front of the dryer.

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Humming sound might be igniter trying to fire up but fails.
It might be eitther bad igniter or bad gas valve.
Please kindly let me know if you need more info. I am always here to help
Good Luck

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