Whirlpool Elec Dryer - funny noise

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Old 02-20-12, 11:37 AM
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Whirlpool Elec Dryer - funny noise

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Whirlpool electric dryer - Model: LER4634EQ2 - purchased about 13-14 years ago.

Today, began making a low-pitched "moaning" (sorta) noise (noises are so hard to explain in writing). When I hit the START button, it makes a loud, low hum as the drum begins turning...almost as if the motor is under a huge load trying to get started (just a few shirts in it). Then the groaning noise continues as it runs.

Seems to heat up and tumble OK (aside from the noise)....however, I just noticed it will only run for about 10 minutes...then shut off. It will restart, but only run for another 10 minutes or so.

Initially, I was thinking a bearing somewhere (rear drum, idler pulley??)...but with it shutting off after 10 minutes, it makes me think something's putting a load on the motor, and the heating up to where the thermostat is tripping.

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Old 02-20-12, 04:43 PM
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You have a motor going bad. Soon the only way you will get it to start is hold door switch and turn drum. Haft the time I also have to replace blower wheel as it is frozen on shaft.
 
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Old 02-21-12, 05:08 AM
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Thanx pugsl! I agree.

Dove in to it last night. Everything else looks fine - belt (suprisingly), idler pulley, rear rollers, etc)...gotta be the motor.

Got one on order - should be in tomorrow or Thursday. I'll post the results.

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Old 02-22-12, 03:11 PM
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Replaced the motor...took about 15 minutes...runs like a brand new machine!!!

Service contract...bahhh...they're for sissies.

DIY forever!!!!
 
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Old 02-22-12, 06:04 PM
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Soon the only way you will get it to start is hold door switch and turn drum.
I had that problem about 8 years ago on my Kenmore (Whirlpool), but my problem was just dry motor bearings, no noise. I replaced the motor and it has been fine ever since. Mine is now 27 years old.
 
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Helping out one of my friends who seems to have the same problem. The problem is the moaning noise does not happen all the time. Will it hurt anything to just continue to run the dryer until the motor gives it up completely. It is working great about 90% of the time.
 
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Old 09-23-14, 01:57 PM
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No won't hurt anything but one of these times he will be left with a load of wet clothes.
 
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