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GE Dryer DWSR473GV0WW periodically just hums when turning on switch

Recently, my dryer has stretches where it doesn't start when we turn the Start switch; instead, just hums. Humming sound appears to be coming from 'inside' the dryer, not right at the switch. Have tried cycling from one cycle to another, opening and closing door - nothing. Some time later, we can return to the dryer and try it again - voila! all's working again. Am wondering if I have a dying Start switch? I have the same problem, but I can not find a part on a parts list for a motor capacitor. I have a GE DVL223EA0WW. The motor just hums when turning on the switch.

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    motor(279827) hums, will not start. replaced door switch and motor(8538262). now it does nothing.

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Might have a dead spot on the armuture or lint in the motor and or the centrifcal switch try taking it apart and cleaning the motor if that doesnt work replace the motor

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AC induction motors do no have armatures.

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if it hums when you start it means switch is ok. problem may be the motor capacitor. to check, take off the top and give the drum a push in the normal direction of rotation. if it goes then motor capacitor is faulty - cheap part

Posted on Mar 28, 2007

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