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Gler341as2 Dryer Won't Start!

When I turn the start knob it makes a buzzing noise. The light inside still works, there's no lint build up, and I had a Sears repairman diagnose it as the timer....but when a new timer was installed it still did the same thing.

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  • vanessarucke Apr 18, 2009

    Thank you! It it starts on it's own every time (maybe it just needed a jump-start?!). Do you think it's for sure fixed??? Thanks again....loved your help! 



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Darn those Sears guys...

Look Vanessa, I know this isn't gonna be what you want to hear... that "buzzing" (kinda like a low growl sound) is your drive motor telling you that it's not gonna play anymore and that it wants a new motor.

Here's a way to test this. Open the dryer door and reach inside and grab one of the "baffles". Now turn the drum in both directions at least a full turn. Now look around the front panel where the door seats up against it, you'll see a door switch. Use a piece of duct tape and tape it down completely (we're making the dryer "think" that the door is closed... sneaky, huh?).
Now turn the timer to timed dry. With one hand poised on the start button and the other hand poised on the baffle inside the drum, hit the start button and SIMULTANEOUSLY rotate the drum by hand. This should get it going if only for a few minutes. But it DOES verify that the motor has locked up and should be replaced.

Here's the thing. I wouldn't recommend replacing it whether you do it yourself (it's a really tough job, btw) or hire it out it'll be expensive. Probably more than the dryer is actually worth.

You know? If you run that test (above) and find that the motor is the problem, you may be able to get your money back from Sears and the part hanger monkey who installed the timer! OR they may apply what you've already spent toward a motor replacement! I don't know if Sears operates that way, but with my company (Austin Appliance) I'd make it right by you. There's no reason for you to pay a service call when the diagnosis was faulty. When I arrive at a customers home and CAN'T diagnose a condition? (it's happened maybe twice in 5 years) I don't charge a penny for the call.

Let me know what you find, deal?

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  • Tracy Farrell
    Tracy Farrell Apr 18, 2009

    Let me know if you need any clarification on anything I said.


  • Tracy Farrell
    Tracy Farrell Apr 18, 2009

    Vanessa (love the name),

    Most probably this will happen again. Generally speaking these motor failures occur due to improper ventilation. Improper ventilation is noticed by "long dry time"... where you have to run the dryer for more than one cycle to get the clothes dry.
    In these "long dry time" scenario's, the motor will overheat and blow out the bearing seals. After the seals are gone, there is no where but down for the motor. Eventually it will tank out and seize.

    So you don't have much longer with your dryer. You'll have to decide whether to replace the motor or replace the dryer. If you were my customer, I'd recommend replacing the dryer. I HATE giving bad news like this... I really do. But someone has to do it, right?

    Let me know how it goes from here, will you?


  • Tracy Farrell
    Tracy Farrell Apr 18, 2009

    And thanks for the rate!




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