I have a 6 year old dryer that will not turn on... the drum doesn't turn, but the interior light is on. I have checked the fuse box, unplugged and replugged the dryer and it won't come on. The timer runs when turned to a timed setting, but when I press the button to turn it on, it does nothing - no sound, no starting.
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Re: dryer won't turn on - interior light on
It sounds like you have either a broken drum belt or a door switch that isn't working. If the dryer belt breaks, the drum will not turn, but you will probably still hear the motor running. I don't think your model has a broken belt switch that disables the motor (at least I couldn't find one). You didn't mention anything about hearing a motor running, either. The likely cause, then. would be a door switch. If the switch was not making contact when the door was closed, it would give the very same symptoms you described. Have you tried pushing on the switch with the door open to see if the drum light goes out? If the light DOES go out, we probably have a primary power problem to the drive motor. If the light DOES NOT go out, replace the door switch. You can find the part at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your model number and you can locate the switch under the "Cabinet Parts" heading as item number 10 (part #3406107). Let me know how you diagnose this and get back to me. If it is the switch, I can give you steps on how to replace it. If its not, then we'll have to troubleshoot a little further. I'm trying the simple approach first before attempting to disassemble the dryer. I hope this helps you.
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How could the belt be in working order if the drum doesn't spin? Check to see if the belt has come off the motor. If the motor runs but your dryer doesn't spin, the belt is off. If the motor runs with the belt on but it still won't spin then you'll have a lot of black smoke because your drum is jammed. In other words, there are a number of things that could be wrong, but not very many.
not a good model number,most likely you have a broken belt as long as it starts,heats but the drum doesn't spin,if you get a buzzing sound and it doesn't start you could have something stuck in the blower wheel,the motor is jammed or the motor is bad,you can open the door,push the door switch in,spin the drum with your other hand and have someone push the start button,if it starts you have a bad motor.
The most probable solution is a new motor, but you may get lucky. I would first make sure that there isn.t something that fell down the filter hole and is caught in the blower blade. Possibly the rollers are jammed and won't let the drum go, but usually when it groans and won't go it is the motor
drum rollers/glides, may be that the motor needs to be oiled, in which case you will need to unplug dryer and drill a hole in the casing not to deep just to where it goes through the casing, then moisten the cotton fabric. Hope this helps Tim:
If the drier drum is still turning I would suspect a separate fuse is open for the heating element. Checking this may require openning the back cover. It may also be a defective or open heating element.
It sounds like your motor may be going out (search for motor replacement solution here).
Hopefully it is just a problem with grit in the system, or perhaps the felt gaskets have worked themselves loose. Either way, to clean out grit and inspect the system you'll need to access the interior and remove the drum. Here's how:
This will require you to disassemble the dryer. This is not hard - it will require the following tools:
crosstip medium screwdriver 1/4 inch socket 5/15 inch socket
TURN OFF GAS
Disassemble by taking apart the FRONT of the dryer:
a. Remove the door and opposite side door plugs (crosstip screws)
b. Remove the front panel - this exposes sheet metal bolts (5/16 inch) some with crosstip on left and right of unit. Set panel aside (right side) WITHOUT unplugging wires
c. Unscrew all the exposed bolts.
d. Top bolts left and right secure the unpainted metal hooks which secures the top of dryer. Unscrew these bolts and wiggle the metal retainer hooks off. Lift top and support to create 6 inch gap in the front (top unit hinges in back and has electrical connections - do NOT disconnect wires)
e. Release belt from pulley by reaching left and under drum (this is out of sight)
f. gently lift out drum and belt and set aside
This has exposed the interior.
Now: Maintenance time!
Using compressed air blow out all vents and the motor.
Wipe dust and grit out of crannies
Vaccuum bottom interior
Blow it out again
Using ultra fine steel wool (#0000) rub all contact areas of drum - belt region, and ends that contact the felt gaskets and the rollers at the rear
Check to ensure the felt gasket is in good shape all around the drum contact area. If it is torn, malformed or missing you'll need to replace. With any luck this is where your noise is coming from.
Check the blower cage. Ensure this is free of grit. It is worth taking off the eight screws to wipe out/blow out interior.
Worse case scenario - your motor is on the fritz (although this motor should give you 8-12 years of service). This will require removal, replacement. Motor cost is about $100. Labor will be more.