Dryer Won’t Spin. A dryer spins to make sure that your clothes are dried evenly and also to release them once they’re done. If your dryer isn’t spinning, this can cause a range of problems, including scorched clothes or catching on fire.
We will help you troubleshoot the problem so we can repair it and get your dryer back up and running quickly.
Dryer Won’t Spin
The drive belt breaks most of the time, and belts are easy to replace. You should be able to lift the lid when the dryer is unplugged. There will be a drive belt on the pulley that pushes the drum around. It should be plugged into a motor or a set of pulleys/cables above it. To confirm that your dryer’s drive belt is broken, you want to make sure it isn’t too tight and bounces back when lightly tugged on with your hands.
Be careful; check first to make sure no other components are in danger of falling off if this happens.
Drive belt broken
If your dryer is not spinning clothes, it might be because the drive belt broke. In this case, try reaching into the machine with a pair of gloved hands and turning the drum by hand.
If you find that there is some resistance when turning the drum, it may be possible that the broken belt has slipped off of its pulleys and needs to be manually moved back onto the pulleys.
If this is the case, you will need to open up your dryer in order to reposition or replace the belt properly.
Worn Drum Rollers
There are usually two drum support rollers on the back of the drum, and some dryers also have two on the front. Your machine may overheat and be unable to function properly if any of these rollers become stuck.
It is best to turn the drum yourself before contacting a manufacturer or repairman. Check for worn or broken parts like the drum support rollers if the drum isn’t moving smoothly.
Rather than dealing with them individually later, it’s more beneficial to replace them altogether at once rather than deal with obstructed rollers and other faulty components.
Worn Roller Axles
In newer models, drum rollers usually spin freely without having any trouble. However, if they do not spin freely but wobble instead, then that may be an indication that the instability is due to the drum roller axles.
If the drum roller axles are worn out and having issues holding the drum rollers in place, then it’s confirmed that replacement is in order for a better drying experience.
Worn Drum Glides
You can tell where the drum glides are by looking for two small wheels on the bottom side of the drum. It looks like they are at an angle, with one wheel slightly farther out than the other one.
If you look closely at your dishwasher, these wheels should sit right next to brackets that hold the roller and bottom rack in position.
You can test if the glides are worn or broken by applying some forward pressure to them with a finger or a low-tech solution and jiggle them while it’s running if they move up and down, then they need replacing.
Defective Drive Motor
A motor turns the drum while a blower wheel sends air through the process. Check to make sure the motor is making noise; if not, remove any obstructions around the blower wheel and see if that helps.
If that doesn’t work, you can rotate the drum manually to see if there are mechanical obstructions in place. If there are none and it still won’t spin freely on its own.
It’s time to take off the belt and look for mechanical problems internally. Replace any parts that look bent or broken so that things will run smoothly again.
Damaged Idler Pulley
Make sure the dryer’s idler pulley spins freely on its shaft. The idler pulley and drum belt should both be replaced if you discover the pulley is worn or broken.
Faulty Drum Bearing
You can test to see if your dryer is broken by taking off the belt and turning the drum around. It should turn freely if the bearing is not worn.
Replace the drum bearing if necessary if the drum makes squealing or grinding sounds or is difficult to turn.
There is, however, a possibility that something is amiss with your drum if you hear squealing sounds coming from it. We know how frustrating it can be to have a dryer that doesn’t work properly, which is why you must have someone look into it right away.
Dryer Won’t Spin