When your dryer’s drum is not spinning, your dryer can’t do its job.
Fortunately, diagnosing and fixing a dryer that’s not turning is reasonably straightforward. Below, we’ll take a look at the three most common reasons your dryer isn’t spinning and what the solutions are.
1. Broken Drive Belt
The drive belt wraps around the drum, the tension pulley, and the motor pulley. It’s responsible for physically turning the drum. Unfortunately, it’s very common for the drive belt to break after years of wear and tear.
So, if your drum isn’t spinning, the first thing you should check is your drive belt. You can do this simply by turning the drum with your hands. If it moves easily and smoothly when you spin it by hand, then it’s your drive belt that’s causing the problem.
Thankfully, replacing the drive belt is a very straightforward fix!
2. Faulty Drum Rollers and/or Roller Axles
Most dryers have support rollers at the rear and front of the drum. They may prevent your dryer from turning if they aren’t able to spin freely on their own. This can happen if they break or get worn out after years of use.
To check if your drum rollers and/or roller axles are to blame, remove the drive belt and try to spin the drum with your hand. If it won’t spin, then the rollers are likely the root of the issue. You’ll need to replace them.
3. Worn-Out Drum Bearing
The drum bearing is similar to drum rollers in that it supports the rear of the drum and often wears out over time.
If you removed the drive belt and were able to turn the drum by hand but were met with some resistance and a lot of squealing, then your drum bearing is what’s been preventing your dryer from spinning. You’ll need to replace the drum bearing.
But remember: These are just the top three most common reasons your dryer isn’t spinning. If none of the above solutions works for you, there’s still a solution out there.
For help in the Wilmington, MA, area, call All Brands Appliance Repair. We’ll happily do a thorough diagnostic check of your dryer and fix your problem once and for all!