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What causes Electric dryer to not start & run

Turning the momentary start switch just gives a strong hum. Like a motor with a bad starting capacitor but there is none. Motor turns free and so does drum. slide bearings good

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Open the door and depress door switch have someone activate start button when humming rotate drum if it starts and continues to run replace motor

Posted on Apr 05, 2015

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    Gale H Apr 05, 2015

    Thanks Dryon, After finding a solid ball of fluff in the blower, I did as you said and it runs repeatably now. Still not sure if it is motor or too much start resistance. If I were fixing for someone else, I would just change motor but will change slider plates and see what happens over time. Thanks again for a very practical diagnosis step!

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    Gale H Apr 05, 2015

    Please excuse my screwing up your name, Dyron!

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