If you have placed your wet laundry in your dryer only to find that it is not spinning, this can be particularly stressful. This problem is not uncommon. However, there are several possible causes and it is best to have a professional perform the diagnosis and any necessary repairs.
Before Calling A Technician
Before you call an expert, the first thing that you can do is to check your power supply and outlet. Make sure that the dryer is plugged in, check the fuses or breakers and test the plug. To test your plug, you should disconnect the fuse to which the plug is connected, then unplug your dryer before turning the fuse back on. Now plug in a small appliance like a toaster to check if the plug is working. If not, the problem could be with your electrical wiring and not the dryer. You can also check if the peg on the door needs to be straightened or replaced. If everything is working fine, apart from your dryer, now is the time to call a technician.
Drive Belt Requires Replacing
The drive belt is one of the essential parts when it comes to turning the drum. To test for this issue, all you need to do is empty your dryer and try turning the drum by hand. If it does not offer any resistance and turns very easily, the belt is most likely broken. The final diagnosis and repairs should be done by a dryer repair.
Drum Roller Wear And Tear
At the back of the drum, there are usually two support rollers. In some models, there are another two in the front. If these rollers are not spinning freely, it can overload the motor and the dryer will no longer spin. Checking the rollers requires some dismantling. The drive belt will need to be removed before you turn the drum by hand. If the drum does not spin freely, the rollers could be worn. It is a good idea to have all of the rollers replaced at the same time unless many of them are still in excellent shape. If you only replace one, you might find yourself in the same situation just a few months down the line.
Roller Axles Need To Be Replaced
Just like your drum rollers, the roller axles on your dryer also experience wear and tear. If they are worn out, the rollers will not spin freely and this causes the dryer to stop. It’s a good idea to check the rollers and roller axles at the same time. If the drum rollers spin freely and without any wobbles, the axles are still in good shape. If there are any wobbles or if the rollers are not spinning freely, you might need to replace the axles. Again, like the rollers, replacing all of your axles at once can save you some major headaches in the future.
Worn Drum Glides
Small plastic pieces support the drum and they are known as drum glides. When the drum on your dryer spins, it slides on the glides. This means that wear and tear occur every time you use your dryer. When these glides wear out, the drum may start binding. This stresses the motor and it will shut down. If this is the reason behind the problem, replacing the drum guides is the solution.
Drum Bearing Is Worn
At the rear of the drum, there is a drum bearing. When this bearing is worn, the motor experiences added strain and will stop. The dryer belt needs to be removed before you can test if this is the case. Once the belt is removed, try turning the drum by hand. If it is very difficult to turn or if you hear a grinding or squealing noise, it is most likely the bearing that needs to be replaced.