Here Are 4 Ways To Fix Your Dryer Spin
By: Kratika Sun, 11 Oct 2020 9:10 PM
If you reach into your dryer to remove clothes only to find that they’re still soaking wet, or you notice that despite being “on,” your dryer refuses to tumble, it may need some maintenance. Keep reading to learn about the common issues that cause a dryer to stop spinning and what you can do to solve the problem.
Reasons your dryer won’t spin
There could be a few different reasons why your dryer isn’t spinning. Below are the most common:
- It’s not plugged in—The first thing you should do is make sure that your dryer is correctly plugged in. Also, check that there aren’t any power-related issues such as a tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse.
- There’s a faulty door switch—If your dryer has a faulty door switch (you can tell if it’s faulty if the drum light doesn’t turn off), it won’t run a dry cycle.
- It has a seized drum—Check to see if the drum is hard to move manually. If you find it difficult to rotate, it’s possible the drum has seized.
- The thermal fuse isn’t working—This is attached to the dryer’s heating chamber as a safety mechanism. Should the thermal fuse blow (it typically blows if the temperature becomes too high), it will disrupt the main power supply.
- The dryer belt is broken—Over time, wear and tear can cause the dryer belt to snap. Because the belt is what essentially rotates your drum and lets your clothes dry, the appliance will not be able to dry your clothes without it.
- It has a broken motor—Your dryer motor is what turns the belt that turns the tumbler. If the motor is broken, the dryer drum won’t turn.
- The drum rollers are malfunctioning—If the rollers don’t spin freely, the motor will become overloaded and the dryer will completely stop. To determine if these rollers are worn out, remove the dryer belt and turn the drum by hand. If the drum has trouble spinning or doesn’t turn freely, check the rollers for wear and tear. While you’re checking the drum rollers, be sure to inspect the drum roller axles as well. If the drum support rollers wobble and aren’t in good condition, the axles will need to be replaced.
Common solutions for a dryer not spinning
Here’s how you can get your dryer to spin again:
* Push the reset button
In the event that a dryer won’t operate correctly, you might have to reset the appliance via its reset button.
* Learn the best way for replacing faulty parts
If you’re having issues with a faulty switch or a broken dryer belt, you’ll need to replace these malfunctioning parts as soon as possible. Depending on the item that’s broken, you might be able to find an alternative piece at a store or online.
It’s possible that some parts for your specific model number can only be purchased through the manufacturer. Contact the company to see if you must get a part through them. If you purchase a part from a separate home improvement store, you may find that this part isn’t compatible with your device and that it will only work with a piece you get directly from the machine’s manufacturer.
* Replace the dryer belt
Inspect the belt and see if it’s in good condition or needs to be replaced. If you’re not confident in your ability to replace the dryer belt yourself, hire a technician. Expect to spend about $200 for professional assistance and about $20 for a new dryer belt.