Maytag stackable gas drier does not start turning reliably
The dryer acts like the motor is overloaded then overheats and occasionally will not start. The empty drum turns - by hand - but seems way too hard. The rollers in the rear seem to turn ok when the drum is lifted to free them. Does the front of the drum have a friction support? If so, how can it be checked and if necessary replaced or repaired? Thanks, Erv
Re: Maytag stackable gas drier does not start turning...
GE dryers tpically use polyethelene slide strips located at 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock. There is a special grease specified by GE to lower friction and increase the life of the slides, with the key feature being that the lube does not damage the poly slide strips. The strips are available in a kit or premounted on the steel bracket. If you are comfortable with drilling out the rivets that hold the strips in place, just get the strip set - about $ 18 a year ago. The premounted strips will be less aggravating with only a slightly shorter install time.
You'll find the strips mounted inside the front cover just below the door opening.
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Lots of things.
Here are a few.
If the belt drives the drum, and the drum is not turning freely, perhaps it is loading the motor with too much resistance and the motor is overheating and shutting off.
If there is a bad ground wire anywhere in the system., perhaps the motor is not being grounded properly, and is having an electrical "melt down".
If the dryer is overheating because of lint accumulation inside the pipes of the dryer, perhaps the extra heat is shutting the motor down.
If the dryer is overloaded with clothes or whatever, perhaps the pull is too much for the motor and it overheats.
God bless your efforts.
Motor thermal overload circuit is engaged or may be defective.
Motor may be bad or something is causing it to overheat.
Try waiting for dryer to cool down. (An hour or two) If motor operates, then you have a motor that is going bad or not getting enough juice at the outlet. I am assuming it is a 220 outlet?
Is there or have you ever noticed a burnt smell coming from the dryer? This will also indicate an electrical or motor problem.
Hope this helps.
The most likely reason it that the electric motor is failing; the thermal protector on the motor is resetting after the motor cools down. The buzzing is due to a locked rotor in the motor while it is overheated.
Another much less likely possibility is that there is excessive drag on the drum causing the motor to overheat because it is working too hard spinning the drum. Excess drag is due to worn rollers, etc.
Try rotating the drum in the CORRECT direction by hand and see if it seems really hard to rotate. You can try this on a friend or relatives machine to see how much drag is normal.
To determine which way is the correct rotation, just start the dryer, open the door and look fast! To test, just turn it in the same direction as it was rotating before it stopped.
Open the back to get to the motor and check to see if the belt is loose on the motor pulley. Try to turn the empty drum by hand--does it seem bound up? Turn the motor pulley, does it seem hard to turn? Maybe the motor pulley is loose on the motor shaft. Run the dryer for a short time to watch the action of the drive belt.
Reach inside and turn the drum. If it is hard to turn then something may be causing the motor to get hot and quit on overload. An overload is wired into each motor to prevent the copper from melting. If the drum is hard to turn you might want to inspect the rollers and idler. ACCESSING YOUR MACHINE
bad motor,,should have change it when you had it open,,thats the overload you hearn inside the motor,,when hot it clicks off and when itcool it will run a while than click off...again...need help changing ..
dryer won't run, but hot air blow and humming when turned on Belt is off, idler is off or broken. Replace the belt and idler. Make sure it is installed correctly with tension on the belt. It will take care of your problem
When I try and start my ge dbb3300eaoww dryer it buzzes as if it wants
to start if I spin it with my hand it will work. I put a new belt on it
and it does the same thing. Motor start switch is bad. This is typically replaceable with out replacing the motor. Will take care of the problem.
My drum will sometimes stop turning in the middle of a cycle, and the
motor just hums. I pause the dryer, open the door, rotate the drum,
unplug and plug the electrical, and then it will usually complete the
cycle. Does that mean the belt is "occasionally" slipping? How do I
check this? Replace the belt. It has stretched to the point it no longer can carry the load. Should consider replacing the idler at the same time. This will take care of the problem.