Motor turns OK when the drum is empty but as soon as there is any load the motor won't start - just buzzes. If I give the fan on the motor a little spin by hand off it goes. I took the belt off and checked that the drum isn't binding and it turns OK. I'm almost certain that this is the motor but would like a confirmation before I part with the cash for a new motor. Thanks
I picked up a second hand unit which had the same problem.
I removed the back (philips head srewdriver and 1/4 in socket) and vacuumed all the lint from around the motor, and the vent at the back.
The motor drops our easily for cleaning (1 screw). Make sure the belt tensioner goes back in the same slot.
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The most likely cause is a slipping drive belt from the motor to the drum. Check the tension on the belt, but if the belt is worn, replace it. If the belt has been slipping for a period of time , it will probably be worn out.
Motor making a buzzing sound, is the motor actually turning? If so it is probably the belt.
If motor not turning, try taking the drive belt off and if the motor now runs, you may have seized drum bearings = expensive, buy a new dryer !
Was the belt changed recently? The reason I ask is because it sounds like the belt was put on backwards, meaning the ribbed tire looking side of the belt is facing upwards instead of making contact with the drum. The symptoms of this are the exact same you are describing.
i think the belt is slipping bad on your dryer,,
what puzzels me is you say you can here the motor hum? is it a hum? or a buzz?? if its a buzz then its more likley to be the motor as its past its best and it needs if it needs a new motor as well, it would work out cheeper to buy a new tumble dryer
If the drum is very stiff to turn could be the drum bearings shot which would account for the broken belt, replace belt and it liable to break shortly after again. hover are known for there bad bearings and they cost a small fortune.
check it out have a look and see if there is nothing jaming the drum inside, i am certain your belt has gone and maybe down to the stiff drum making belt break, replace belt but bare in mind it may break again if the drum is too stiff.
choice is yours really. bearing kits cost more than 50 quid in general
If the drum turns, it could be as simple as a blown fuse or breaker. The dryer has doule breaker or fuses at fuse panel. If the one blows, the heater will not work but motor willturn as motor rums on 110volts. It may be cut out thermostat or could be element, but check the power to the plug of dryer out let and make sure you getting 110 volts on from neutral to both sides and 220 between two live lines.