My wife turned on the dryer thi morning, and the drum was not turning,
but all else seems to be in order. It is, of course, out of warranty.
The background is that yesterday she heard something rattling in the
dryer and assumed it was coins from a pocket or something like that.
She shut it off, and forgot about it until this morning. When she
turned it back on, she got everyting but the barrel rotation.
Suggestions? I've never repaired one of these, but if its something
simple, I'd rather give it a shot than pay for a dervice call.
Most likely the belt that goes around the drum broke or slipped off
The "trick" with dryers is getting them open.
Usually you stick a flat bladed tool into the seam at 2 places and
that pops the front off. Then you will be able to see what's going on.
Do some searches for your model for details.
Sounds like either a broken belt, a broken guide roller or a broken
Hard to say which of those would make the dryer "rattle" (all?) but
any of them could cause the drum not to spin.
I had a broken guide wheel once which shifted the drum just enough
that the belt just slipped as it spun since the drum moved enough to
release the tension.
To clarify, I had in my mind that I had a front loading washer and
matching dryer. In retrospect, I would have made the same assumption
(that all dryers were front loading) had I read that. I would have
assumed it was a belt, as was suggested, but for the rattling sound
that did not abate when the dryer was emptied of clothes (before it
stopped spinning). After it was taken apart, everything was fine
except the belt, which had not sheered through but was frayed. Part
of the belt had pulled away and was apparently slapping the internals
and the drum, causing the sound, before it ultimately just stopped
On Thu, 31 May 2012 07:25:30 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Can you hear the motor running? If so then it's most likely the belt has
failed - although it may have failed for a reason other than old age
(particularly given the rattling sound you mentioned), such as something
from a pocket jamming the drum, or one of the drum support wheels failing.
It shouldn't be difficult to take apart so you can look for obvious
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