My 70's style dryer (avocado green) has just stopped working. The
electricity is getting to it since the light on the front is on. The drum
doesn't budge. It's like the drum is stuck. The motor sounds like it is
trying to move the drum, but is stuck. I took off the front panel and the
belt appears tight, like it should be. Any suggestions??
There is a poster here that specializes in appliance work. I hope
he responds, I believe this is his site:
It should give you some good diagnostic advice.
For anyone else to help, we should probably know what brand dryer
you have. Can you take the belt off the motor and have the motor
run normally? I think this would indicate the drum being in a
bind. Your dryer is probably 220 volt. There is a chance it has
blown one side, try resetting the breaker, although your symptom
does not sound like this is the problem.
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Take the belt off the motor pulley and turn the
machine on. If the motor hums a little, give the
pulley a flip to help it start (careful to not get
anything caught). If the motor starts, try holding
the pulley (with gloves on) when the machine is
started (be ready to yell stop to the motor
controller). If motor starts turning the pulley
and has a lot of power, the problem is not in the
motor. Non starting or if starting with weak
power means that something in the starter circuit
is haywire; best to just get a new motor.
Yes, you should have gone with the Harvest Gold. They had many less
The drum is mounted on a set of rollers and they have bearings in them for
everything to turn. . Good chance they are not turning and should be
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