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When cool dryer starts and runs it will run for about five minutes and shut down. When try to start the motor hums and the tumbler will not rotate. Also if start even when cool the dryer will run, if I close the door and try to restart even after only a few moments the motor hums and the drum will not rotate.

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Hi,
Your motor is going bad...it will heat up rapidly and then not start....there is a slim possibility that the capacitor is just bad, but to check that you will need to give the drum a spin and then slam the door and start it before the drum stops again... if it then runs you probably just have a bad capacitor...

Here are a couple of tips that I wrote will help you to figure out why your dryer will not run...

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" It won't tumble If your dryer doesn't tumble, check these:

Belt
Motor
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Belt Dryers have a drive belt that turns the clothes drum. If the belt breaks, the drum stops rotating. Then you need to replace the belt, and often the idler pulley, because the pulley tends to wear out at the same time.

Click here for a belt installation diagram.

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