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Combo Kenmore dryer buzzes when turned on. Dryer

Combo Kenmore dryer buzzes when turned on. Dryer will not work.

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Your dryer motor is being told to turn, but cannot. One possible reason is due to lint build up on the motor shaft.

Here is how it works: the motor has a set of starter coils, and a set of running coils. There is a momentum actuated sliding switch on the shaft. When the motor starts from the normal rest position, the spring loaded switch on the motor shaft makes contact with the set of starting windings on the A/C motor. When the motor reaches a certain speed, the momentum of the motor causes weights on the collar to try to move outward. Through this outward movement, the force is directed through a mechanism which moves the collar on the shaft to the other set of contacts for the running coils of the motor.

In some cases, lint builds up on the motor shaft and can cause the sliding switch to lock into place instead of being able to slide back and forth. If the collar is locked into place over the running contacts, you could get this buzzing noise. The motor is trying to run, but doesn't have enough torque to start, and therefore will sit and buzz....

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