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I have an electric dryer. It's about 15 years old. The heater element works but the drum doesn't revolve.

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This problem sounds like a simple broken belt problem. most dryers, you can pop the top up and it swivels on the back. Then you can see if the belt is intact or if maybe it just slipped off the pulleys. If you can get the old belt out, then you can take it to a appliance store, and they will read the numbers off of it, and give you a new belt. You can easily see how the nes belt goes on by looking at the wear marks on the pulleys and drum. The motor usually has a spring loaded bracket that holds the tension on the belt. If not, you will have to loosen the motor bracket, insert the new belt, and then apply tension to the belt while you tighten the bracket
If this doesn't work, then maybe it is another problem. I had a belt get stuck one time because a rat got caught in the belt and hung everything up. A great rat trap, but a mess to clean up.

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Sounds like the drive belt has broken or come loose. If you can open the front of the dryer, you can replace the belt. If you have the make and model number, visit for parts. They've got pictures so you can match up easlily

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