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Dryer hums when start switch is turned

My dryer is a Hotpoint NCL333EB (made Nov '03). The other day, after being shut off to check the load, the dryer would not restart. It only hummed when the switch was turned.

All of the suggested solutions I have read mention popping the top of the dryer. However, there does not appear to be any way to do this. Opening the front door reveals no accessible screws for the top panel.



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  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    dryer hums byt won't start

  • berkeleyins Dec 07, 2008

    when i tape down the door switch and turn the tub inside it starts. however when i stop it and try to start it again it starts the humming sound and will not start unless i manually start it

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You don't have to "pop" the top off the dryer. the only thing you can do to possibly solve this problem without a professional is to:

  • tape down the door switch with strong tape, or have someone else hold it down.
  • physically turn the tub inside the dryer while pushing the start switch.
  • this will hopefully loosen whatever has the motor stuck.
if this does not work then the motor in the dryer might be bad or going bad, especially if a burning smell is present when you hear the humming sound.

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