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Hoover Condensing dryer malfunction

After about 18months of problem free service our Hoover HDCC6 stopped working (at about 2 a.m.!). The first time this happened there was a strong smell of electrical burning and the dryer had tripped the main circuit breaker. If you try to switch the machine on now the element clearly heats up but the drum does not turn. Motor is not running and drive belt looks fine and truns manually witht he motor (which therefor seems not to be seized). Burning smell seems likely to be due to element being hot without motor running drum or fan perhaps?

I wondered if there was a motor start switch or capacitor the gave the motor its start up surge (which might be greater than it's operating current due to initial load?) that could be the problem...?

Any thoughts appreciated - seems a shame to ditch the whole thing if replacing a part could fix this.

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  • maelich Nov 07, 2007

    Thanks for this - really helpful. I'll give these suggestions a try.

    Is replacing the motor reasonably straight forward?



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Hi Mike,

The motor probably has experienced locked rotor current and fried the windings. Of course the capacitor could have shorted. If you can find it, look at the capacitor and if the can looks like it's lid is swollen or pooched out, then go for replacing the Capacitor. If you remove the motor and smell the case and it smells burned, you motor is shot. It does not have to lock down to be bad. The windings do not rotate in an AC motor.

Posted on Nov 03, 2007

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    Greg Stokes Nov 03, 2007

    PS. is a good place to get the parts you need.

  • Greg Stokes
    Greg Stokes Nov 07, 2007

    Hi Mike,

    If you have some mechanical skills and ingenuity, you should have no problem at all replacing the motor yourself. Just be sure to have the dryers Cord disconnected from the outlet. Remember they build about 300 of these things a day, with a handful of people. Go for it, you can do it. Check out the website, sometimes they have good diagrams to investigate how things go together.



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