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Humming noise and doesn't run

My dryer has stopped running, and now when I press the start button it just makes a humming noise

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More than likely the belt has slipped off and the noise you hear is the motor running without the belt. It is not a tough fix mentally, but it can be quite a difficult do-it-yourself task. Good luck.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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