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I have an Amana electric dryer that is not starting, have motor removed from dryer cabinet, armature is very hard to turn and squeaks when I do turn it. Is the motor probably bad?

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  • theimburger Dec 12, 2009

    Thanks. I'll amplify on the symptoms. This is a 15+ year old Amana dryer model LE4427W. A week ago the dryer would not start and we heard a humming noise. Then it started and ran fine after several attempts at different dial positions. The problem came back a couple days ago and this time we could not get it started and the motor was no longer even humming. I read a number of posts on this site and others that nearly all point to a likely defective motor. But a couple suggested I might try cleaning it and trying it again, though this might only be a temporary solution. I cleaned the motor as well as I could, and oiled the armature with 3-in-1 oil this afternoon and the squeaking went away, but still pretty hard to rotate the axle from the attached blower fan. I found a printed the Amana service manual but the electrical troubleshooting procedures for the motor are a bit beyond my skill level. My plan right now is to reassemble and test again now that it's clean. How should I check the input voltage?



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It seems from what you are describing that there is not enough starting torque to turn this motor. It does sound bad and I would or would have someone check the supply voltage going to the dryer so you do not have a similar problem with a new motor

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  • tim dulany Dec 15, 2009

    you can check the dryer plug for voltage with a voltmeter. If it is a 15 year old dryer, it may simply be worn. the motor consists of a rotar(which is a steel bar that spins inside a coil at a high speed) and a stator. this is a very precise fit and unfortunately, they wear out. you can also check this with a clamp on amp meter and see if you are within 10% of the rated amperage of the dryer. It should be on a dataplate on the back



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