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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Hello Deborah, it could be a number of things, First the belt, usually if you hear a humming and the drum isn't turning, Its a broken or slipped belt, the hum you hear is the motor turning, But with no belt the drum can't turn
other things that can go wrong and cause this are the safety switch located by the dryer door has failed, or a thermostat located in the rear of the machine is bad or stuck
if you feel you can check these things , thats cool, just let me know you want to give it a try ,
so you hear the motor spinning (the hum of a motor), then most likely the belt has broker or the tensioner pully has broken/fallen off..
Was it making any funny noises before it failed. Thumps, squels, grinding...?
Usually driers have very little bottom and you can see the motor, tensioner and belt by turning it on its side. or pull of the bottom. Be sure to unplug it and if it is gas, turn off the gas. if gas be really careful with the hose... IF YOU ARE A LITTLE UNSURE and it is gas, just call a repair person. Electricity burns and sparks, gas explodes!
Sounds like you may have a motor issue, they can get lint trapped inside, and it causes the motor to overheat, and eventually go out. You can remove the top, then the front, and see if thats the problem. Usually, once the motor starts making noise, its time to replace. Right now, the packings in the motor are cold, and once they heat up, they stop making noise, so it could last quite a while.