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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 behind it and it continued to work and the light came back on. Then it just stopped.

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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

Posted on Aug 03, 2010

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