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Amana dryer drum.

My amana dryer drum isn't working. when i go to turn it on it makes a weird noise and won't rotate. i'm wondering if its a motor problem, and if i can fix it myself. i'm kind of a handyman but i don't want to make it worse...

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  • gindo Jun 10, 2008

    I have the same problem. Did the advice help you fix the problem?

  • Reskin Apr 19, 2009

    I had the same problem. When I open the front cover I found broken belt. I have to find out how to put back the new one. Any suggestion.

    My dryer is Amana Model ALE643RBW.

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It could be a broken belt, an obstruction of teh fan or one of many things. Heres the catch, it isnt working so how in the world could you make things worse???

Take it apart and get in there to see what the problem is.

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Look for an obstruction in the blower. You may have to remove the panel and bulkhead to find it. Remove the dryer from its power source before any disassembly.

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Dec 18, 2015 | Amana DLE330RAW Electric Dryer

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My Kenmore Dryer, Mdl #86681800 won't start when hot


The most likely reason it that the electric motor is failing; the thermal protector on the motor is resetting after the motor cools down. The buzzing is due to a locked rotor in the motor while it is overheated.

Another much less likely possibility is that there is excessive drag on the drum causing the motor to overheat because it is working too hard spinning the drum. Excess drag is due to worn rollers, etc.

Try rotating the drum in the CORRECT direction by hand and see if it seems really hard to rotate. You can try this on a friend or relatives machine to see how much drag is normal.

To determine which way is the correct rotation, just start the dryer, open the door and look fast! To test, just turn it in the same direction as it was rotating before it stopped.

Mar 09, 2013 | Kenmore Dryers

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Dryer makes a buzzing noise when I turn it on but it doesn't come on, just buzzes.


Open the dryer door and slowly rotate the dryer drum in a counterclockwise (CCW) direction. Rotate the drum 2-3 revolutions and then shut the door and see if it will start. If it continues to just hum and not start could indicate a voltage issue, motor issue or a friction issue. Open the door again and locate the door switch plunger in the upper or lower corner on the hinge side of the drum opening. Hold the plunger in while someone begins rotating the drum counterclockwise. While turning the drum counter clockwise and holding the door switch plunger inwards press the start button. If it starts, there is likely a friction problem or motor problem.
What is the model number?

Nov 06, 2012 | Dryers

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10 yr old Amana electric dryer. Will not turn on only buzzes and smells hot when you push the button, drum will not rotate clockwise


Hi

ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR DRYER BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO DO ANY WORK ON IT.
Sounds like your problem may be the belt may have slipped off of the motor pulley, or idler arm pulley, or a something jamming the rollers you cannot see.
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Note: This method works for most front loading machines.
If you have to check/replace/repair your drum motor,drum seals,belt,rollers, etc.
If replacing drum seals be sure to use a good grade of weather proof cement to hold the seal/s in place, some seals are furnished with the cement to glue it in place.
Remove the electrical console that holds the timer switch,start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer if necessary. Be real careful not to knock any of the wires off of the timer switch or other electrical connections.
Remove the lint filter and the two screws that hold the filter housing to the top of the dryer lid.
Then remove the top of the dryer by inserting a screwdriver between the top and frame on each side of the dryer to pop the lid up from the retaining clips.
Note: Some of the tops tilt backwards on a type of hinge and do not have to be removed completly.
Remove the front of the machine by disconnecting the door switch and removing the two screws located on either side of the dryer frame.
Move the door and front of machine forward to remove.
This will expose the belt,idler bracket and drum, remove the drum and belt and this will expose the drum rollers, idler arm bracket with pulley, and motor with pulley. Pay attention to the route of the belt, this will come in handy when you go to reinstall the belt and drum.
Sometimes the belt will slip off of the idler arm or motor causing the drum not to turn.
Note:The way the belt goes back on is, as the belt comes off the drum has to be doubled (pushed together to form a loop) and goes under the idler pulley then to the motor pulley.
Here is a link to see a picture of your belt routing in case the belt is broken when you open your dryer:
http://www.expertappliance.com/dryerbeltconfiguration.html

While you have the drum out, I would recommend that you remove and lubricate the drum rollers.
And also clean the shafts of the rollers as they will collect hair,dust,etc and cause problems and then lubricate the shafts and rollers with a good grade of machine oil like 3 in One oil or a vasoline type of lubricant. This will save you a problem later with the rollers getting dry and making a squeeling noise, also check your drum rollers for flat spots, if they have flat spots on them this will cause a thumping type noise.
You will need to replace the drum rollers if they have flat spots on them.
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Oct 01, 2012 | Amana Dryers

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My dryer makes a buzzing noise when i try to turn it on, but it won't turn on at all. What could the issue be?


The motors centrifugal switch may be stuck. Try having someone start it while pressing in the door switch while you rotate the drum with your hand by grabbing one of the drum vanes. I don't know which direction your drum rotates. Try both. This may start the drum turning on its own and resetting the switch.

Sep 20, 2011 | Kenmore 62722 Electric Dryer

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I have a speed queen dryer and all it does is hums and instantly has a burning/hot smell. Any help would be great, thanks.


Hello James,
If you can rotate the dryer drum easily by opening the door and rotating by one of the drum baffles and it rotates easy and noise free,the problem is going to do a bad motor

Gene

Aug 08, 2011 | Amana NDE7800AY Electric Dryer

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When I press the button to start the dryer it just makes the noise but doesn't kick on. The light was off a few weeks ago and i never got around to change the bulb. But I did pull the dryer out to clean...


I believe the light and the fact that it is not running are unrelated.
The light may simply have come loose and needs refitted or may need to be replaced. I'll need the model number of the dryer to help you further on this.
For the noise, try this (you may need two people):
1. Open the dryer door and locate the door switch. While pushing the door switch in, have someone else push the start button. 2. You'll hear the noise. Keep pushing both buttons and take your other hand, reach in side and grab one of the drum fins and manually push the drum in a clockwise direction. 3. The drum may take off on its own. BE CAREFUL TO REMOVE TO HAND QUICKLY TO NOT GET BUMPED BY THE FINS AS THEY BEGING TO ROTATE.
If it does not start, the motor needs to be replaced.
If this works, turn the dryer off, close the door and try to start it again just by pushing the start button. If it works, it may have been something obstructing the drum from turning. OR, the motor could be going out. It may continue to start on its own for an unkown period of time, a day, a week, and year. But eventually it will go out and will need replaced.
Replacing the motor is a bit involved, but if you want to attempt it I can walk you through it. I'd need the model number to go any further.
Most dryers, however, have a 5 YEARS warranty on the motor, so you might consider a repairman. Make sure they are Amana certified and there will be no cost to you for the motor. The labor, however, may be up to you and could be expensive.
I'm willing to assist you on whatever you decide.
Best, G

Aug 03, 2010 | Amana Dryers

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My dryer had a high pitch squeak during operation for a while then suddenly seized and will no longer rotate.


there are really 3 items that could be causing your noise.
the most likely cause is you drive motor, it can get a worn bearing and make the noise, then when it becomes really bad, it just wont turn anymore.
also you could have a worn bearing in the idler pulley or drum support, but these usually wont stop the unit from running.
a new motor could cost about 150 bucks, idler 20 supports 25 each@2.

Mar 03, 2010 | Amana ALG643RB Gas Dryer

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The dryer just makes a humming noise when I turn it on, but won't turn all the way on


When you say it won't turn all the way on, does that mean the drum isn't rotating?

If yes, the belt from the motor that goes around the drum might have broken and you can hear the hum of the motor spinning but no longer rotating the drum.

The other thing I can think of is that the motor itself has failed, possibly seized, and you can hear the motor trying to spin but it cannot. With the dryer unplugged and empty of clothes, try to rotate the drum. If it rotates extreamly easily, then the belt has broken. If you cannot rotate it at all by hand, then chances are the motor is seized. It should rotate with moderate effort.

Mar 08, 2008 | Dryers

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