I've got a Frigidaire dryer. Model FDEB23RGS1. About six years old.
Lately, when run, it's made more noise than it used to, and would
sometimes just shut off mid-load for no apparant reason after about 30
minutes or so. I'd then have to wait a while and then it would run
for a while longer.
Now it only runs for a few seconds and then shuts off. Even if it's
only in the `Cool down' part of the section. The dryer definately
isn't overheating, at least not the heater part.
I've opened it up and cleaned it all out. The amount of lint was
scary -- obviously I should be doing that a lot more often.
I've disconnected the drive belt and tried to run just the motor and
blower, and it runs for a few seconds, then the pitch of the `hum'
gets higher and higher as the motor slows down and then it stops after
a few seconds. It sounds like it's working too hard and tripping
something. It won't run again for a while, but then it resets or
something and will run for a few more seconds.
Unplugged, I can turn the blower or the motor, but it seems to have
more resistance than it should -- but that's just my opinion, I've not
worked on these before. (Remember, the drum belt is disconnected at
this point, so I'm not moving the drum.) It turns easily enough by
hand, but the moment I stop turning it, it stops going.
The drum itself seems to turn easily enough. There's a good deal of
friction, especially in the front (where it just slides on foam and
plastic) but it doesn't seem unusual. (But I'm not certain.)
Back to the motor/blower -- it doesn't make any unusual noises when I
turn it by hand, but I'm guessing that the bearings on the motor or
maybe the blower are shot. But shouldn't I expect to hear something?
I guess it could also be that the brushes have popped out of place or
I know how motors work, but my experience is with small DC can motors,
not 240 V AC motors, and guess my next step is to remove the motor and
blower assembly and see what I can find.
The dryer has a four prong plug. (It's an electric dryer, if that's
not obvious.) This wouldn't be three phase power, would it?
(Hmm, I do have the schematic. Duh. Looks like it's got L1, N and
L2, with 120 volts between L1 and N, and 120 V between N and L2. And
I guess the last plug is ground. Except that N is the ground,
according to the schematic. Eh?) Either way, it doesn't sound like
three cycle power, which simplifies things.
.... though when I look at the motor on the schematic, it looks like
it's got six lines coming in, from L1, L2, N and various switches. So
I'm not clear how I'd run it on the bench, or if it needs 120 volts or
220 volts. (But my guess is 240 volts.)
I'm guessing I won't easily be running it outside of the dryer.
Should the motor turn easily enough that I can spin it up with my hand
and it'll keep running after I do it?
Is it likely that the blower assembly has failed? (My guess is no,
that it's something in the motor, since there's a lot more in the
Looks like the motor (131560100) is available online for $130-$160, or
I can get it on Ebay for $50 except that there it's called `Electrolux
Motor, Main with Pully'. Sounds like the same motor, but it's hard to
be sure. Or should I just remove the motor and blower and bring it to
somebody who's got actual experience here, rather than just my
theoretical knowledge? :)
(Is it even cost effective to repair a motor like this compared to
just replacing it? Especially if I can do it for $50+$20 shipping?
Perhaps I should just order the motor and be glad I think I can fix it
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
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