I have a Kenmore elecrtic dryer that went on the blink this weekend.
I set the timer (which I can hear running) and push the START button.
I hear a humming sound whilst pushing the button but nothing happens.
I took the back off and wiggled the wires. Still doesn't work. I
couldn't see the belt very good from the back but it look attached. I
can move the drum one way manually.
I have limited tools (my trusty swiss army knife is alls I have used
thus far if this gives you an idea). Should I just bite the dust and
call a repair person, or are there a few things I can still check.
Thanks in advance.
On 9 Aug 2004 11:33:01 -0700, bj firstname.lastname@example.org (bj) wrote:
If the belt was broken, I think you would be able to turn the drum
both ways relatively easily, and you would hear the motor running even
though the drum wasn't turning.
Might be the door switch (it stops the drum when you open the door).
Try removing the front panel (unplug the dryer first!). There are
usually two screws at the bottom that you have to remove and then tilt
out the bottom. The switch is probably on the back of the front
panel. Make sure the connections are good and that the door actuates
bj email@example.com (bj) wrote in message
Model#? Kenmore is made by several different companies.
Some model# helps.
Hummmmmmming and no go is often a sign of the motor receiving power
but cannot run. Motor stopped for some reason ( seized drum support,
something caught in the fan blower, motor jammed up with lint ) or a
bad motor :(
*Some* general motor troubles.
Appliance Repair Aid
A new dryer doesn't cost too much, esp. compared with repair time
and parts for an old one. And you wind up with a new one.
I just replaced my broken Frigidaire from 1975 with another
(GLER642A_) for $280. Seems to work okay. It doesn't match
the old washer, is all.
===========================Could be the starting capacitor on the motor if it is a capacitor start
type. Simplest way to check it is
replace it with a new one. DIY cost about $5 to $10.
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