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Why won't my dryer spin?

Diagnosing why your dryer drum isn’t turning

Your dryer’s spin cycle is a key part of your appliance’s overall performance. If you run a load of laundry and notice your dryer is not spinning, your appliance may be in need of repair. At Bodwell, we’re here to resolve your home appliance problems with expert precision. Follow our guidance on what can be done to get your dryer drum turning as it should.   

1. Drum rollers

Dryers are generally designed with two drum support rollers including axles, glides, and bearings to help the drum spin smoothly and operate efficiently in tandem with the dryer motor. The interconnection of these parts matter, so when one component fails it impacts and could damage the entire system. When a drum roller issue arises, the most effective solution is to replace all the components.  

Dryers are generally designed with two drum support rollers including axles, glides, and bearings to help the drum spin smoothly and operate efficiently in tandem with the dryer motor. The interconnection of these parts matter, so when one component fails it impacts and could damage the entire system. When a drum roller issue arises, the most effective solution is to replace all the components.  

2. Drive belt

The most common reason for spinning failure in the dryer is an issue with the drive belt. A clear way sign of drive belt problems is the dryer motor working as normal, but the drum remaining stationary. You can test the drive belt by rotating the drum by hand. Intact drive belts will give you a level of resistance, but if the drum spins freely, the driver belt is likely broken or misaligned. An expert can speedily remove and replace a faulty drive belt to get your dryer up and running. 

The most common reason for spinning failure in the dryer is an issue with the drive belt. A clear way sign of drive belt problems is the dryer motor working as normal, but the drum remaining stationary. You can test the drive belt by rotating the drum by hand. Intact drive belts will give you a level of resistance, but if the drum spins freely, the driver belt is likely broken or misaligned. An expert can speedily remove and replace a faulty drive belt to get your dryer up and running. 

3. Door switch

Door switch issues rarely impact dryer spin cycles but are still worth considering. You can tell if a door switch is the culprit by evaluating it with a multimeter—a properly operating door switch should read at zero-ohm.  

Door switch issues rarely impact dryer spin cycles but are still worth considering. You can tell if a door switch is the culprit by evaluating it with a multimeter—a properly operating door switch should read at zero-ohm.  

4. Dryer motor

You can instantly tell if your dryer motor is running based on sound. It should make a humming noise when in operation, so if you turn on your dryer and hear nothing but silence it’s a sure sign of a malfunction dryer motor. If your dryer runs, but has to change directions mid-cycle, you may want an appliance expert to review the dryer’s capacitor. 

You can instantly tell if your dryer motor is running based on sound. It should make a humming noise when in operation, so if you turn on your dryer and hear nothing but silence it’s a sure sign of a malfunction dryer motor. If your dryer runs, but has to change directions mid-cycle, you may want an appliance expert to review the dryer’s capacitor. 

Should I attempt a repair myself?

Now that you know the common causes, you can get your dryer spinning again. Some fixes are doable at home, but if you’re not confident in your repair skills you can always reach out to the experts. Avoid the laundry pile-up by calling or scheduling a virtual appointment for appliance care today and get your dryer back at its best. 

Now that you know the common causes, you can get your dryer spinning again. Some fixes are doable at home, but if you’re not confident in your repair skills you can always reach out to the experts. Avoid the laundry pile-up by calling or scheduling a virtual appointment for appliance care today and get your dryer back at its best. 

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