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Whirlpool WED5300STO When pressing start button, only dryer heat element turns on drum does not turn, can not turn off, must unplug to turn off, can plug back in, element is off but when pressing start button same as above will be repeated.

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If you have airflow through the machine, then the motor is running. You have probably lost the drum drive belt. To replace it, you must remove the top and front panels, plus remove a rear access panel on the lower back to reload the belt on the motor and idler. Hope this helps!

Posted on Oct 16, 2010

  • jzalesak Oct 16, 2010

    No blower is not blowing the motor is not running only the element heats and can only be turned off by unplugging dryer.

  • drallim Oct 17, 2010

    Look for an access panel on the back to check the motor electrical connections (pull the plug while working inside unless you are doing voltage checks) for looseness or disconnect. Try to turn the motor by hand to make sure it is not bound-up. If you have access to a voltmeter, measure the voltage at the motor terminals when the machine is plugged in and 'start' pressed. If you can't measure the voltage, it may be time to call for professional service (is the machine under warranty?). Good luck!



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