gas dryer just hums (sometimes) when start button pressed

Old 01-13-01, 02:36 PM
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White-Westinghouse gas dryer

It doesn't happen all the time. Seems to happen less when the weather is warmer (it's in a drafty basement). How free should the drum turn when turned by hand with the dryer off? Should it keep rotating at all when let go? When the problem does happen, I open the door and rotate manually a bit, then close door and it usually starts after a couple of attempts. If it is the motor and not a friction problem, is it dollar-wise to replace motor or buy new dryer?
Old 01-13-01, 08:22 PM
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The problem discription you posted sounds like the drum rollers/glide pads have wornout out. This may be causing an abnormal amount of drag on the drum.

Some dryers have have a bearing in the middle rear of the drum. That bearing may be causing the problem too. You can tell if your drum has a true drum if you see 3 or 4 screws in the meddle back of the drum.

It may also be a worn belt that is slipping. could be a pulley bearing too.

The drum will rotate by hand with some drag. This is normal. It will not spin freely when pushed by hand.

What you'll need to do is open up the dryer and look for wornout parts where the drum is supported in the front on the door panel.

If all appears okay there and the bearing appears fine, it may be the starter windings in the motor. For testing, it you'll need to remove it and have it tested at the local electric motor repair shop.

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