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Whirlpool Dryer Question - Drum sometimes doesn't spin

I have a Whirlpool Dryer model LBG6000KQ1 purchased in 2003. When I turn the timer on, I hear only the gas sound and the drum does not spin. Then I shut off the timer and then turn on the timer again and the gas comes on and the drum spins. The next time I use the dryer, I turn it on the timer and I hear only the gas turn on the the drum won't spin again. I heard a one-time thump sound. I turned off the dryer timer, then turned it on again and it worked fine the gas came on and the drum spinned . Question: What is causing the thump sound and why won't the dryer drum spin ? P.S. I purchased the dryer in 2003 and I changed the drum belt 5 years ago. Thanks for your help and blessings !!!

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It sounds like there may be an issue with the motor or the motor switch. The thump sound you heard could be the motor attempting to start but not being able to, which can also explain why the drum won't spin. It could be a problem with the wiring, capacitor, or the motor itself. You may want to check the wiring to ensure there are no loose or damaged connections. If the wiring appears to be in good condition, it may be best to call a professional technician to inspect and repair the dryer.

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