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Frigidaire dryer quit

I have a Frigidaire Dryer. The other day, I turned the start knob and it hummed like it was going to start but did not. The drum did not turn at all. I took the clothes out, opened the top of the dryer and tried to turn it on so I could see what was going on. The drum turned like 3X then stopped. There was a burning smell, then I heard a "pop''. Now, nothing happens when I turn the start knob. The dryer breaker was not blown when I checked it so I assume a fuse in the dryer blew? what should I do? Is this something I would be able to fix or is it something best left to a professional?

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  • shippeehouse Jul 15, 2009

    So, my husband opened up the dryer. There was a lot of lint inside, especially around the motor and its coils. He cleaned it up, put it back together and it works but it doesn't sound right to me. Also, earlier today, I put some stuff in the dryer and turned it on. The drum turned a few times then stopped. I turned it on again and it started. Motor going out?



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Sounds like the motor unless something is stuck in the blower housing such as a sock

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    lojacksdad Jul 15, 2009

    sounds like the motor unless something is stuck in the blower housing such as a sock



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