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Blows hot air but does not spin. I have the top. back and front off and do see where a belt would go or even the motor. any ideas. Thanks Ron

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There can be many reasons why your dryer will not start or turn...

The most common causes are the belt breaking or jumping off, or the motor goingbad...

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Dryer Repair - The Dryer is not Turning

Dryer Repair - The dryer will not start


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