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krdangerfield

07:51AM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 01/11/05
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I bought a whirlpool electric dryer about 2 years ago and I have never had a problem until now. I dried a load of laundry two days ago and it worked fine but when I tried yesterday the dryer would not start.

When I push the start button the drier just makes a humming noise. The drum will not turn and the heater core does not get hot.

The dryer is getting power and the door seems to be shutting properly.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

rpxlpx

08:36AM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
The drive belt might be broken.

DanO

09:21AM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** When I push the start button the drier just makes a humming noise. **

Can you tell if the humming noise is the motor running but without the drum turning or maybe the humming is just from the motor *trying* to run but is seized/jammed?

If the former, rpxlpx might be right, the belt could have broken or fallen off. Also, depending on the dryer's model number, there may be a 'belt break' switch which if defective could present those symptoms as well.

You can find tips for locating the model number tag on your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my site linked below.

** The drum will not turn and the heater core does not get hot. **

The heater will not come on until the motor gets up to full speed and running on its own as a safety precaution.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Whirlpool+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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krdangerfield

03:12PM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 01/11/05
3 lifetime posts
On the model tag there are a couple of numbers:

MOD - LEN2000KQ1

SER - MP1749939

Type - DWSR-ELE-2406028-CV54

I opened up the top of the dryer and the there is a belt around the middle of the drum. It seems to be tight and intact, though I am not sure how it should be positioned.

Is it safe to remove the back of the dryer and try to start it so that I can hear where the humming sound is coming from?

DanO

03:41PM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
If the belt is still around the drum it hasn't broken and your model doesn't have a 'belt break' switch so that isn't the cause either.

The dryer should be able to be operated with the back panel removed but care must be taken around the electrical and mechanical parts.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Whirlpool+dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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krdangerfield

03:59PM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 01/11/05
3 lifetime posts
With the back panel of the dryer open the sound seems to definitely be coming from the motor, though there is no movement of the drum or blower. The humming sound continues for a couple of minutes and then automatically stops. After a minute or so I could smell something melting?

Any more ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

DanO

05:28PM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** The humming sound continues for a couple of minutes and then automatically stops. **

That is likely the motor overheating and cutting out on its internal overload protector.

If the motor isn't just jammed (possibly by a broken blower fan or something caught in it), the motor may be seized and need to be replaced. You can see the replacement motor used on your motor for your model at the link below.

LINK > http://tinyurl.com/5ko7h

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Whirlpool+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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DanO

05:29PM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
BTW. Motor failures are common on all makes and ages of dryers, even within the first year warranty.

JFYI

Dan O.
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