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Amana Dryer won't start

I've got an old Amana dryer (17-18 years old) that had been working just fine until a couple days ago.

When I push in the timer knob to start, it makes a buzzing sound and won't start. Sometimes I can repeat that and it will buzz and then "catch" and start working. Other times it will just stop buzzing and nothing happens other than the clicking of the timer.

Don't know the model number but it is old. The timer knob is on the left instead of the right like you normally see with Amana's today and the right side has button to select permanent press etc.

I'm guessing its either a thermostat / temperature fuse issue or a timer issue. Is there any easy way to figure out which?

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  • markferg Aug 14, 2008

    The buzz is identical to the buzz indicating that the drying cycle is over and it is time to take out the clothes, though not quite as loud.

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Depending on your interpretation of the 'buzzing' sound compared to mine, I'd say it may be a relay chattering or the motor trying to start up but the windings are beginning to fail. You may want to clean the motor housing from dust etc and make sure that you do that with the power disconnected. Also: with no clothes in teh dryer..try rotating it around and feel for any spots in that rotation that may be binding.. if the drum has excessive restriction while rotating.. the motor may not have enough torque to overcome that and just buzz,,, Hope that helps...

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