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The tumbler dryer will not turn, It will not go around. There is heat

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Sounds like your problem may be a broken belt, or the belt may have slipped off of the motor pulley, or idler arm pulley.
If you have to check/replace/repair your drum motor or belt and if you have a front loading machine:
Note: This method works for most front loading machines.
Remove the electrical console that holds the timer switch, start switch, etc. from the top of the dryer. 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 screws that hold the filter housing.
Then remove the top of the dryer.
Note: Some of the tops tilt backwards and do not have to be removed completly.
Remove the front of the machine, this will expose the belt 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.
While you have the drum out, I would recommend that you lubricate the drum rollers at the shaft of the roller with a good grade of machine oil like 3 in One oil. This will save you a problem later with the rollers getting noisy, also check your drum rollers for flat spots, if they have flat spots on them this will cause a noise like a thumping type noise. You will need to replace the drum rollers if they have flat spots on them.
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Posted on Sep 11, 2010

Testimonial: "Very detailed, but far too intimidating and complicated (not your fault) to actually attempt to repair. the belt just slipped off and that's a lot."

  • nothreat321 Feb 27, 2011

    His warning about disconnecting the power is very important, people can get a good little jolt from 110 @10amps, but 220 @30 amps can and does kill people. Needless to say it would also be good too disconnect the dryer vent tube and clean it out as much as possible.



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SOURCE: maytag electric dryer. Tumbler won't turn.

The first thing to check is the drive belt. you will need to turn the dryer on its side and look to see if the drive belt is broken. If this is o.k it will be the motor.

Posted on Dec 08, 2008

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SOURCE: dryer tumbler won't turn but heats up

turn on for a short time and listen for a low hum. if present, this means the motor is stalled. take of top and give the drum a push. if it then starts to run then the motor capacitor is faulty

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This sounds to me like the the timer switch is faulty and needs to be replaced.

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SOURCE: Dryer won't heat. Motor turns tumbler. Tried

Heres what you'll need to do.

First pull out your lint trap and place your hand down in the lint trap hole not very far just enough to feel a good amount of air blowing on your hand. If you feel no breeze in there you need to clean the ducting, starting at the back of the dryer (where you hook it up at) and ending out side your house (where vents at). Snake it your self or have someone do it but just the same it has to be done.

Secondly you'll need to change you thermal fuse. If after snaking the dryer still doesn't heat. Changing the thermal fuse is easily done. Firstly you must unplug the dryer and then remove the cover off of the back of the dryer. Then you'll see the thermal fuse
e05e4038970ae97c (most of them look like this). Change it and put the dryer cover back on, plug it in and your ready to rock and roll.

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the belt

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The drum is not turning, where is the belt?

depends on the dryer model.
whirlpool kenmore and others from White industries is wrapped around the drum. U must open it up from the top and front.
Maytag and others r around a pully and I think r accessed from the rear. may as well buy a front seal and high temp adheasive for the drum belt style. It will probably need it.

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First, you open the door and place your wet clothes into the tumbler. After you shut the door, you adjust the heat settings. Most dryers have three settings-low, medium, and high heat. Next, you set the timer. It's usually a dial-type timer with various settings. You can set the timer for a specific length of time, like 20 or 80 minutes, or you can let the dryer decide when it's time to turn off. Newer dryers have cycle settings like "optimum dry," "less dry," "fluff," and various others. Some have controls for cotton clothes or permanent press, or other options. Also included is a notification switch, that when set on "loud," sounds a buzzer to let you know the dryer's done. After all the settings are set, you press the "start" button.<br />The motor begins to turn and the belt rotates the tumbler. At the same time, air is drawn into the dryer. Also at the same time, the heating coil flares to life (or the pilot light ignites the heater in a gas dryer) and warms the incoming air. The tumbling clothes heat up and the water within them turns to steam. The exhaust carries the steam out of the dryer, usually through a duct that sends it outside. <br />Sounds simple enough, right? But how does the dryer know not to get too hot, and how does the timer actually work? <br />When you open the control panel on the dryer-which is not recommended unless you know what you're doing, by the way-there will be wires going this way and that. The cycle controller is usually square and has a round device attached to the top of it. The round device is actually a small motor. The motor has a small gear on it that connects to a larger one with a dial inside the cycle controller. As the gear on the motor turns, it turns the dial very slowly. The dial usually has a set of four cams attached to it. As the dial turns, the cams engage certain contacts within the cycle controller. The contacts determine everything that happens, from the length of the drying cycle to whether or not the air gets heated.<br />To ensure your clothes don't go up in flames, dryers have temperature sensors installed in them. They are little silver discs, about the size of a quarter, and there are usually two of them. In most dryers, one is located near the heating coil and the other is in the front section of the dryer. They also have a set of contacts within them, so that when the temperature gets too hot, the contacts separate and the dryer automatically turns off.<br />If you take the top and front of the dryer off (again, not recommended), you will see the exposed tumbler. A belt goes around the tumbler and winds around a pulley that's connected to a motor. There are rubber wheels underneath that sit in a groove in the tumbler to ensure an even and smooth rotation. Depending on the dryer you have, the motor may control the exhaust fan as well.<br />One of the most important factors in how a dryer works is air flow. The dryer has to bring in air to heat in order for everything to work. Most dryers have a hole or ventilation duct located on the front of the machine. It's not visible with the cover on. Air is sucked in through that hole and is forced past the heating element. The heated air flows into the tumbler to heat the clothes. The steam is then sucked out of the dryer through the lint trap and out of the building. The lint trap is usually located right below the door of the dryer. For your dryer to work as efficiently as possible, make sure to clean the lint trap after every load. A fan is used to both bring the air in and send it out. It is located between the lint trap and the ductwork leading outside.<br />For all intents and purposes, the dryer is a very simple machine. It is designed so well that the only thing that really changes over the years is the look of them. But just because they're designed well doesn't mean you'll never have a problem with them. If you are currently having a problem with your dryer, check out our easy repair guide before calling in an appliance repairman. The problem may be an easy one to fix, and you could save yourself a bundle.<span><br /></span>

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Breaker popped, so went and turned it back on. Now there is no heat. What could be the problem?

In your dryer behind the tumbler there are coils with insulators. up against the dryer wall their should be many holes that allow the heat to come into the tumbler. run your dryer about 3 minutes with settings on heat , then open the door and peer thru to the back while the tumbler is spinning. if you don't see part or full radiat heat. the heating coils will have to be replaced. you can purchase them from most appliance parts store. just make sure you provide the brand and model # and possibly the ser#. good luck!

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    turn on for a short time and listen for a low hum. if present, this means the motor is stalled. take of top and give the drum a push. if it then starts to run then the motor capacitor is faulty

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