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The drum started making a terrible racket and then it sounded like something hit the floor. Now the drum won't spin. what's wrong and can I fix it myself?

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Need to check to see if belt is still around dryer drum. also check to see if the moter that turns the belt still do this you have to take the dryer shell off.

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"Cat" noises in a dryer are usually related to a faulty set of drum support rollers or an idler pulley. You can visit, for a complete parts list and disassembly diagrams if you are going to attempt a DIY repair. Always remove the dryer from its power source BEFORE attempting repairs.

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Good day,
If your sure it is getting gas, then the problem is with the gas valve. There are 2 coils mounted on top of the gas valve and they are either shorted or open. In either case they need replace.
Simple job, just remove both wire connections, then the bracket is held on with one screw. Remove the bracket, and the coils will lift right off. Very common problem.
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The rollers are an obvious solution. You'll have to inspect them first. The belt tensioner is another item, and in rare cases the blower wheel attached to the motor.

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It depends on the noise. It could be a drum roller going bad, the idler pulley, or even something caught in the blower wheel. Can you describe the noise?

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Common faults -
1 The heating elements can fail (meaning open circuit)
2 There are cut-outs (T.O.C's) that might need resetting
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4 Moderntumble dryers also have sensors and pcb's (Printed circuitboards) thesehave programs that can fail and circuitry although most should produce an errorcode showing you were the fault is.
5 Faultyconnections and burned wires may also be the fault.

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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France @ 21:20 Mon evening.

As your husband is a technician I would persuade him to have a look- it's the cheapest answer!

I just have lots of years experience of taking things apart and (hopefully) fixing them! It sounds as if something has got through between the drum and its container. It should be possible to actually listen with head almost inside the drum whilst at the same time rocking the drum. If there is something there it should make a noise at the bottom.
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