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Wont start up.

After dryer starts and runs one load it will not start up, when you push button a loud humming noise and overheating smell results.(like wiring).

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  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2007

    mde9306ayw. Dryer will come on for a few seconds then shut off. I took the drum out and turned the dryer on and actually watched it shut off. I witnessed the smoke coming from the motor. I'll try cleaning it to see if that helps. If not, I'll replace it. I worked on this long enough....

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    When start button is pushed dryer makes loud humming noise but no action begins at all.

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    there's a loud humming noise when unit is turned on, then PAU appears on screen



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Sounds like the motor is failing. The main cause of failure is overheating due to clooged venting. Is the dryer taking more than 60 mins to dry?? If so then the vent is clogged. Its likely too that the motor is covered with lint and not being able to properly dissipate its own heat, you could clean it and see if it helps but usually once they are shutting down overheated (the burning smell is the motors' internal windings being very hot) they need replacement.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007


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