I removed the motor and had it tested, the guy blew out the dust and put power to it and it ran, no problem. I brought it home and hooked it back up and it worked. What could cause an intermittent start up problem like this? I'm worried that I will put it all back together and have the same problem again...any help would be appreciated!
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Re: Still having start up problem...
???? got me. coulda been a build up of lint around the copper windings, although the motor starts on the bench under the tension of belt perhaps too much?. and if there was that much lint built up in and around it I would look into reventing, or at the very least cleaning out your vent system
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If it didn't do that before removing the capacitor & wires then I would assume it is something you have done wrong. Maybe put a wire back in wrong place. There is a wiring diagram on back of dryer. Motor not starting could be the capacitor, you really need to test it with a capacitor tester. It may also be the motor bearings seizing up. If motor is tight to turn when belt is off then it will be time for a new dryer. Too expensive to replace the motor on such an old dryer.
are you sure the switch on the door is working properly has this been checked properly if so the probelm could be with the motor as the build up of lint could cause it to over heat therefore blowing something on the board this will need to be checked you will need to check that you have got power going to the motor and the correct amount of power myself i would have said replace the switch on the door but if you are sure you have checked this then the problem could be the motor or the board that powers the motor check all conectionsand look to see if you can see any areas that look like it has over heated if you have a resistance testor you could check the board if not you will need to go to a repair shop and get them to test the board and motor for you hope this is some help
DO U HAVE THE SCHEMATIC? U HAVE TO FIND THE WIRES FROM THE DOOR SWITCH USUALLY YELLOW OR PINK? AND THE WIRE FROM THE START PUSH BUTTON, THEN FOLLOW THEM TO UR MOTOR AND CONNECT UR POWER TEST LEADS TO THEM , U CAN START IT WITH THE BELT AND DRUM CONNECTED JUST TO SEE IF IT RUNS/
The problem is definitely not the motor but rather the motor relay or the electronic control. Either the motor relay is not working to close the motor circuit or the electronic control is not powering up the motor relay to serve its function.
The motor relay and the heater relay are identical and can be used interchangeably. The heater relay may be used in place of the motor relay if the dryer heats up when the start switch is held on. It indicates that the heater relay is working.
Disconnect power to the dryer then pull the end cap trims off then remove the control panel securing screws. Once the screws are removed, rotate the control panel up to the rear of the dryer.
Disconnect the wires and remove the relays then puteachintheplaceoftheother. Refer to the component layout diagram for the location of the relays.
Reconnect the wires then rotate the control panel down back into position then plug the dryer in and start it. The dryer should start and continue to run when the start switch is released since the working heater relay is used but will not heat up indicating that the motor relay is not working. Otherwise the fault is in the electronic control.
Did you clean the exhaust from the wall behind your dryer to the outside. This is more important than the dryer exhaust system itself. If not get behind dryer and remove exhaust to the wall and using a leaf blower,(electric) put it inside house vent then push dryer back to hold in place go outside and watch to see what all blows out. Good luck.
Assuming that the fuses you speak of are the external pair, and not the internal motor or timer resets:
Check the fuse holder for corrosion on the plates. Often the fuse is not properly seated because of this build-up and therefore has an intermittent connection. This will cause the fuse to either heat up, or overload; ultimately failing.
To remedy this, turn OFF the breaker, or main switch if necessary, and fix a wooden dowel with a piece of emery cloth (or sand paper) on the end. Remove any visible black corrosion from the contact plates. Finish with a spray of WD40 to protect the plates and fuse end. Replace the fuse, ensuring that it's tight, reinstate power and try again. Was this helpful?
The fuse may not be good. Check continuity with a test lite or Ohm meter. Try turning the breaker off 2 or 3 times and if it still dosn't come on you may have a short somewhere in the dryer and its flipping the breaker off like it should. Test with a test lite or a volt meter. No power check both main power legs to ground and see if one reads grounded It should because the motor used is a 110v usually only the elements are 220.
If no power when checked you'll have to dig and find the short but remember to remove the motor from your search so you can look for grounds on the heater circuit.
I would say to replace the motor. The only thing I would suggest is see where you have power and where you do not have power. If it is plugged into the wall outlet then you should have power going everywhere including the motor. If the motor has power and will not start up then replace it. But I would check EVERYTHING out and make ksure that it is the problem and nothing else is the problem
hi thanks for the question on the ge dryer the blower loosens off the motor shaft and then rubs on the front to check disconnect power open door a few screws on the inside of floor top remove screws lift top remove 2 screws on inside of front remove front set aside blower is on left see if the blower is too far forward if so loosen 3/8 nut push blower back tighten the nut good and tight re assemble and try te dryer thanks the appliance doc