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Whirlpool Gas dryer LER7646DQO. Will rotate but binding, motor labors when starting up. Heats fine. Ideas?

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Check the wheels that the tub is resting on for poor lubrication. Try to lift up the tub with something you can pry with. Just enough to take the weight off the wheel, one at a time and then turn by hand the wheel and see if it/they are dragging or jammed.

If you find one or more wheels jammed or dragging, then replace it/them and you should be good to go.

While you have your dryer all twisted and partially dismantled, take a few moments and clean out the LINT DUCT all the way from the TUB to ALL THE WAY outside the home. Damp lint does not move very well and if it has been collecting for months or years you could be clogging your dryer drum wheels, and/or the belt that turns the drum and setting yourself up for a nasty fire in your dryer, that could easily burn down your home. You may have to reroute your hose if you find ANY PLACE that the hose goes up hill or has a bunch of turns in it. Make sure the Duct is level, or slightly slopped down, and keep your turns to the very minimum. Changin direction of a Lint Duct might look cool, but every turn will cut your air flow by 40 percent. Does not take long for the lint to build up, and spark a fire and then it will get really unfriendly around your dryer.



Posted on Oct 20, 2013

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    Kurt Nov 03, 2013

    Jim, I finally was able to check the wheels and they are fine. Cleaned all the lint out. I disconnected the belt & rotated the shaft. There is a squeak when I rotate it. It's at the same point in the rotation. When I start it with no belt on, it makes a noise, as if laboring, on start up. Then it sounds fine. It still has difficulty rotating the drum.

  • Jim Wirth Nov 03, 2013

    It sounds like something is not routing true to the designed path of the belt. When you had the wheels free to check rotation, did they appear to spin in a straight path and/or was there a slight wobble to them, either wheel. Also, when you had the belt path released, did you notice how consistently the idler wheel was tracking, was it free, no wobble. I know this is taking longer than you want,

  • Jim Wirth Nov 03, 2013

    unfortunately having you check this and then the next step are time consuming when using a any sort of text trouble shooting process. It does appear to be in the containment path of the the belt path. Check at points where the drum comes in contact with anything, belt, rollers, idler, and motor and felt track the tub also rests on. Start eliminating points of contact. When you see what is dragging on the tub,

  • Jim Wirth Nov 03, 2013

    Sorry this text is coming in segments. FIXYA will not allow more than so many characters. Send me an email jwirth at peak dot com .

  • Jim Wirth Nov 03, 2013

    I will email you the whole text. kindly, Jim Wirth, Eugene, Oregon

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    Kurt Nov 08, 2013

    Jim, email bounced back. Thanks.

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So,. basically your drum doesnt turn. SO your getting heat still even though the drum isnt turning. Is this right? Sounds strange??? Do you hear any humming noise when you push the start button? I need to know a little more about the problem because im kinda confused as how you decribed the problem. Iv never seen a dryer heat but the drum not spinning. especially your model dryer. Its electric heat right? because if the drum doesnt spin, maybe your motor is bad. and if your motor is bad, then your heating element wont heat up because the centrifical switch in the motor is not switching to complete the circuit to the heating element. So this is why im confused when you said" Dryer heats when knob turned but when "push button" pressed, drum doesnt run." Because your belt wraps around the motor pully and the motor is what makes the drum turn. Like i said, i never seen this model dryer heat with out the motor operating. So if you can give me some more info, ill do my best to help you out....Thanks!!!!

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Could just be a matter of wires coming loose. The movement and vibration of the spinning could have shaken wires loose. look for any wires not connected to anything.

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