Start button humms when pushed won't start dryer
I know this is NOT what you want to hear, but the drive motor is failing. No, let me be specific... the motor BEARINGS have failed. There are 2 bearings on your motor, one on either side. They are permanently lubricated and not serviceable. Unfortunately, they can not be replaced without replacing the whole motor. Sorry.
Care to know how it works? There's one motor that performs 2 functions (hence the 2 shafts, hence the 2 bearings). One function is to turn the drum, the other is to power the blower assembly for air circulation.
From my experience w/ Kenmore (which is almost always built by Whirlpool, btw) I'd almost bet that you have noticed that it takes a long time to dry the clothes, right? Like you put it on timed dry and when the dryer buzzes, you come in to find the clothes still damp and hot? Then you re-set the dryer for another 30 minutes or so? Almost always this is the case.
The blower is designed to expel warm, moist air continually. When the dryer vent (to the outside) gets blocked, this air has no place to go. The heat inside the cabinet increases because of the blockage and heat stresses affect the interior components. One of the components especially vulnerable to this heat is the motor bearings. When they over heat, the "permanent" seal expands and blows out. This allows the bearings' lubrication to leak out. When the dryer cools down in between uses, the bearings contract thereby pulling in lint and dust. This cycle continues for a long time.
As the bearings continue to deteriorate, the motor must work harder to overcome the "grip" the bearings have on the shaft. This continues until the motor can no longer overcome the resistance (much like the **** during the French Occupation) and all you hear now is the low pitch sound of a motor in its' death throws.
My advice? Well? The motor itself costs around $140.00. You'll also need to replace the blower which will be another ~$30.00. So for about $170.00 in parts, you could do this. But I gotta tell you, it's one of the most difficult jobs on a dryer that there is to do. I've done around 500 of them and even knowing what to do it takes me about an hour and 15 minutes (the ENTIRE dryer must be disassembled, repaired and rebuilt). If you call a repair tech to come do the job, the repair cost would be near $300 if not more.
So this is your call. If you decide to do the repair, write back with the entire model number (open the dryer door, it's on a sticker on the panel [not the door] and it'll start like 110.*********) and I'll get you part numbers and walk you through the entire procedure. Deal? Cool.
Hope this helps.
Mar 23, 2009 |
Kenmore 63942 Dryer