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Dryer wont start

Push start button sounds like starting let go stops smells burnt in back thermal fuse control panel

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  • shotguned03 Jun 22, 2008

    The dryer motor looks like it is sealed and can't be taken apart, how can I tell if the brushes are bad?

  • shotguned03 Jun 22, 2008

    It's a general electric model #DDE7500GALAD, motor # looks like 5KH47AT43S, thank you!

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Sounds like your motor has a problem . Maybe carbon brushes are gone

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

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    eric bosman Jun 22, 2008

    If you have a sealed motor the only thing to do is replace the whole motor.

    Please state brand and model number . I can check what you can do

  • eric bosman
    eric bosman Jun 22, 2008

    Follow this LINK for parts and diagram

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