Isn’t it the most irritating feeling when you decide to do your laundry and your washer isn’t working? You might face this problem where the drum isn’t spinning but the appliance is making a buzzing sound. There can be a lot of reasons for this to happen. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can identify the problem and even fix it.
Some of the most common reasons for your appliance to be having this problem is a worn out drum roller, roller axles, bearings, glides, a broken drive belt or some problem with your chipset.
Some of these issues can be fixed by yourself but if you feel like its too complicated then feel free to call a professional.
Possible Reasons Your Dryer Isn’t Spinning (& How To Fix It)
Before you go ahead and perform the initial inspection make sure you take all of the safety precautions. Make sure the appliance is switched off and the plug is out of the socket.
The first issue which is more common than you think is a foreign object stuck in the drum. This is a pretty common factor when your motor is making a noise but the drum isn’t turning. Always check the edges between the dryer house and the drum. Most of the times there is a small object such as a coin or a pen cap stuck in here. If you see it, remove and dry running a cycle again.
Another issue can be a problem with the drive belt. The drive belt is responsible for turning the drum and its goes around the drum. If your appliance is old, then it is very probable that your drum belt has a lot of wear and tear on it. The drive belt can also be cracked for some reason. This can also lead to a lot of weird noises coming from that area.
One way to check if this is the problem is to gain access to the drive belt by removing the front door. If you see some wear and tear on the belt then there is no reason to worry as this is normal, but even then if you want you can easily replace the belt.
Another reason can be an issue with the motor. The motor is responsible for turning the drive belt around which in turn rotates the drum. There is a way you can check and even replace the motor, but it might be too technical for some people so it is always better to be sure and call a professional for help.
But if you want to go ahead and try doing it yourself. Then all you have to do is disconnect the power of the dryer and remove the dryer belt. There will be a blower fan and a motor shaft near where the drum belt was present.
There can either be an obstruction in the blower fan or else there might be a problem with the motor shaft. You will have to carefully remove both of these components and examine them carefully. A lot of times the motor can be fried by overheating or overuse, if this is the case then you will have to replace the motor.
Another reason can be a problem with the rollers or the pulley. When you get access to the drive belt you will see that it is supported by a pulley and it is rotated using a set of rollers. Over some time the rollers can be worn out and they won’t be able to spin the drum as well. They can also be a source of a lot of sound.
Similarly the pulley can also be worn out. If this is the case then it will be easy to replace both of these components. But if you are not comfortable fixing the appliance then go ahead and call a professional for help.
When you are going to be accessing some of these components you might have to gain access to them using the back panel. You will simply have to unscrew the back panel for this. For some models of dryers you might have to keep the dryer on its sides.
In this case you will probably need someone to help you do this. Make sure to go through the manual once before opening the machine.
Tumble Dryer Making Noise But Not Turning
The functioning of a tumble dryer is very similar to any other dryer out there and the main component which makes the drum turn is the drive belt. If the drum isn’t turning but the motor is making a noise then the problem is most probably the drive belt.
Make sure the appliance is turned off and unplugged before you try to access the belt.
Once you have access, check if there is any excessive wear and tear or cracks on it. If the belt is the problem then it should be easy and cheap to remove it. If you are not sure about how to do it then make sure to call for some professional help.
Another reason can also be the drum glides. These are plastic components which help support the drum. They are meant to slide on the drum when it rotates. And if this component has a lot of wear and tear on it then it can make a weird noise as well.
For a lot of people a malfunctioning dryer is one of the worst nightmares. This can get especially bad if you don’t know what to do about it.
I hope after this article you can be a little more calm and try to figure out what is the problem.
Most of the times it is something minor which can be fixed easily and in a cheap manner.
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