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My dryer heats but does not spin? What can I do to fix it?

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  • missviv72 May 30, 2011

    Thanks for your assistance.

    It is a Fisher and Pykel Model ED56.

  • missviv72 May 31, 2011

    Hi there!

    I have done what you have told me, even though I am able to spin the drum by hand, it is quite difficult and does not continue once I stop spinning it.

    My husband and I opened the back of the dryer and it looked lik the drum cable was still intact, so am not sure what it could be.

    Thanks for your help.



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Hello, welcome to FixYa.

I'll start by saying your post indicates it is a dryer heating but not tumbling, however if you could post the complete model number I can speak directly about possible remedies instead of generalizing.

There so many possible scenarios I'll need to clarify the model number before detailing much of course. Thank you for choosing FixYa. I'll need to watch for your reply before moving forward.


Macmarkus :)

Posted on May 28, 2011

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    Mark MacDonald May 31, 2011

    Hello, welcome to FixYa.

    I've read your post, thank you for replying with the model number. I'll say up front I'm not as proficient with Fisher & Paykel as many other brands, but to me it sounds like a broken drum belt, thus allowing the motor to run, the heater to heat, but no drum movement.

    If you feel capable of checking the belt that is what I'd suggest, though I wouldn't be entirely sure how to access it on that model.

    You can open the door and turn the drum by hand and that is usually a good way to tell if the belt is broke or off if the drum spins freely with no resistance (this is often the first thing I will do when on-site to diagnos or repair)...with a belt intact you should also feel air blow out the back (or wherever your vent exits the machine (this may require an extra set of hands or eyes) by way of spinning the drum.

    Let me know what you find and I'll be glad to help you moving forward from there in any manner I can, albeit generalizing unfortunately. Good luck.


    Macmarkus :)



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