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Drum not rotating true

I have opened up the front and made sure things were safe to turn on and watched the drum turn, it has a lump to the rotation and I noticed the drum was not a true circle spin it seems to be out of of balance, when it started this problem it sounded like a blanket that was knotted up and thuding against the drum

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  • Tim Buckley Dec 26, 2008

    as the drum rotates, it sounds like there is a shoe thumping around in there and the drum has a little upwards movment as it gets to the same point on it's revolution.


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Check the rollers

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Try this first:
Unplug the dryer, reach inside and try to rotate the drum 1/4-1/2 turn, sometimes motors get dead zones in them and this will rotate it out of the zone if that is your problem.
If that did not work then chances are that you have a broken belt.
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If you remove the front of the dryer, it will expose the drum and the belt, if you remove the drum it will expose the drum rollers, motor, and idler pulley.
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Oct 04, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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I have a Whirlpool gas dryer that buzzes when I turn it on and gets hot, but does not rotate.

The problem you describe sounds like a broken belt. The steps below outline how to check for that and disassemble if necessary.

Disconnect Power. Lift Cover on lint filter. Remove two Phillips screws taking care NOT to allow them to fall into the blower housing. Place putty knife in the seam between the top and front panel about 2” in from either side. Push in on clip while pulling control panel forward and tilting putty knife handle up, all at the same time. Same on opposite side. Raise top all the way.

Check for belt on drum half way back on the drum running from left to right. If belt is missing or broken replace with part number 341241 later in this process.

Looking down inside dryer on left and right see a 5/16" hex head screw about 6 inches down. Remove each side while holding front panel in place. Pull top of front panel about 3 inches forward from sides and then pull up. This will disengage the front panel from lower pressure clips and allow you to turn it sideways and expose the dryer interior. Rotate front panel to right to get it out of the way watching to ensure wiring is not damaged.

Place new belt over drum groove side down if old one was broken. Check white idler pulley for free rotation before installing in holes of floor under motor pulley. Replace with part number 691366 if rotation of pulley is not free or if it appears worn. Loop belt with ribs inward and pass through the open space in the idler arm below pulley then pass loop over motor pulley rib side down. The configuration at the motor should now look like the Whirlpool model in the image below:

Grasp front edge of dryer drum and rotate counterclockwise slowly to align idler and motor pulley and to remove any twists in the belt.

Reverse disassembly process to re-assemble. Good Luck

Sep 09, 2009 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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My dryer has power but the drum will not turn

Belt, Motor, motor start capacitor or Door switch. you going to have to open the back cover off and see what is taking place. check belt making sure good and tight, idler pulley may be worn also. If motor only making a hums sound when you press start it may be burnt out. you can check if the motor is good or bad by removing the belt and manually rotate the shaft motor pulley, if the motor is stiff and impossible to rotate manually, it also a sign the motor burnt out. if the motor turn and run freely without the belt, the problems maybe with the pulley or the drum, try to rotate the drum and making sure it rotate freely using very little effort. if door switch faulty, the unit will not work.

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Try turning the drum while holding down the start button the belt could be twisted

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there are 2 screws holding the loewr panel on the unut, you can remove the panel and watch it operate to pinpoin the"noise" most likely cause is a roller on rear wall, or perhaps a faulty front set of glides( the drum sits onthem)

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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.

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ritz, it could be the motor, but eliminate these other things first. You want to make sure you don't have a drum roller in back binding, I see a lot of this on Maytags. Another would be the blower wheel, it could be binding or have something stuck in it. The blower wheel will be in front. You will have to remove the door, remove the screws holding the hinges in, the door will lift up and off. Then the spacers on the other side. Now the front panel will pull out and off. Here you can get a look at the blower wheel, and rear rollers. Just hang the door back on and close it to run it. You may have to remove the front drum support and remove the tumbler to get into it further if necessary. Catriver.

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Loud noise

First, UNPLUG YOUR DRYER! Now open the dryer door and remove the 2 screws at the door hinges... remove the door and set aside, then remove the 2 screws opposite the hinges. Grasp the front panel near the top, just below the top panel and pull it toward you... do this on both sides. Tilt the panel forward then lift it off of the lower clips.

With the front panel gone, you'll see a 5/16" screw just below the top panel on both sides, top left and right. Remove these and the clips too... now you can lift the top panel like the hood of your car.

To gain further access, remove the 6 (3 on each side) screws holding the front drum support/blower vent panel, then set this aside.

If you want to remove the drum... first, take a flashlight and look closely at how the belt is routed around the idler pulley and the motor shaft. (You'll have to re-route it for reassembly.) Reach in there with both hands, with one hand rotate the spring loaded idler pulley back to release tension off the belt, then with the other hand remove the belt from the motor shaft. Now lift and pull the drum out the front of the cabinet.

Check to make sure the rollers in the back rotate freely. You can remove the rollers, buff the roller shafts with emery cloth, lube the shaft with light oil (like sewing machine oil) and reinstall the rollers. Lube the idler pulley also. Rotate the motor by hand and listen for the squeak you described.

Also check the front drum support panel you removed earlier. The drum rides on this as it rotates... As you are looking at the drum support from the drum side, inspect the 10 o'clock to the 2 o'clock area closely. If the glides (teflon) are worn it'll squeak when it rotates.

Hope this helps. Oh yeah! Almost forgot.... the belt won't squeak at all. It'll be the motor, rollers or drum glides.

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