Question about Dryers
Sounds like the start windings or circuit is not engaging. When you press the start button, you engage the start and run windings of the motor. Once the motor starts running, the start windings drop out and the run windings keep it going. Your manual pushing is taking the place of the start process. I'd look at either replacing the motor or check out the start circuit. If the unit is electric, you may want to go price shopping as a new unit may be smarter than doing a repair. At least you'd know what's out there.
Good Luck and hope this helps.
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Feb 17, 2015 | Amana Dryers
If you hear the motor humming and not starting at all it most likely has a severe friction problem with the drum or motor. It could possibly have some type of garment jamming the blower wheel preventing the motor from starting too.
Open the dryer door and manually rotate the dryer drum counter clockwise (CCW). It should take very little effort to rotate the drum. If it's hard to rotate that could explain why the motor hums instead of starting up. If it turns freely, shut the door and see if will start. If it still hums and not start it may have bad motor or a low voltage supply to the motor.
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