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Old 06-27-2005, 06:34 AM
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Unhappy GE Dryer will not turn on

From reading previous entries, it appears this may be a locked up motor. Not what I was hoping for! While doing my usual Sunday laundry, I checked on a load of clothes, saw that they were not dry and went to restart the dryer, at which time she decided she was hot and tired and would not restart. When you turn the knob to start you hear a buzz or hum type noise but nothing happens. Tried turning the drum (not sure why but seemed like a good idea) nothing. I then thought maybe in the hot weather, the dryer had overheated? Left it alone for a few hours and tried again, same problem. I will try your suggestion regarding the motor being locked up and see what happens. Not sure I want to put a motor on a two year old dryer!!
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Ok, we turned the drum while holding in the door switch and turning on an voila!, it started. Does this mean the motor is bad or going bad? THANKS FOR ALL THE POSTS regarding this problem, it helped before I ever got a reply to my own post!
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Well, let us go over some items. When you tried to turn the drum did you turn it to the left??? Would it not turn?? If not something may have the drum jammed which would keep the motor from starting. When you tried to start it after that and it just hummed sounds like it had power but could not start. Later, turning the drum while using the start switch, it started which could mean either the start windings are bad on the motor or something in the dryer has the drum jammed. See what happens in future loads. If the dryer shuts off and is dead untill it cools down and the drum is not jammed would suggest you have a motor going bad. But if the drum is jammed up suggest taking the dryer apart and see if something could be in the blower wheel, or the belt is twisted around the idler arm, or something. I would not put a motor in any new G.E. dryer, would put that money toward a nice Whirlpool/Roper/Estate dryer with the lint filter on the top. Pegi
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Thanks Pegi. After reading several posts, I went out this morning and had my husband turn the drum and hold the door switch while I turned the dryer on. It started immediately. I will get him to take the back off and see if something is awry in there tonight. As for now, it ran (and dried) a load of clothes before I left for work!! Dryer is not worth a new motor, was an emergency purchase a few years ago and is not old enough to be acting up!
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See if it will start without the help of turning the drum and if it sounds ok when it does start. Be very careful because if the start winding are out on the dryer this motor could overheat and catch on fire, so do not leave while it is running. You will be removing the top of the dryer and taking the front off to access the insides on the newer G.E. dryers.
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