Laundry Center: Why won't my laundry center dryer tumble?

If the dryer motor runs but the drum doesn't turn, a broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor or binding drum seals could be the problem.

First, unplug the laundry center and check the dryer drive belt. Replace the drive belt if it's worn or broken.

If the belt is okay, spin the dryer drum manually to check for binding. If damaged drum seals prevent the drum from spinning, replace the drum seals.

If the drum spins okay and the drive belt is good, then you may need to replace the drive motor because it's too weak to spin the drum.

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THESE REPAIRS MAY HELP SOLVE YOUR LAUNDRY CENTER PROBLEM

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Replace the laundry center dryer drive belt

The dryer drive belt transfers rotation from the drive motor to the dryer drum. If the drive belt breaks, the motor runs but the drum won't move. If the dryer drive belt is broken or damaged, replace it.

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July 1, 2015By Lyle Weischwill

How to replace a laundry center dryer drive belt

When a laundry center dryer drum won't turn, the dryer drive belt could be broken. This step-by-step repair guide and video explain how to replace a laundry center dryer drive belt.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less

Symptoms common to all laundry centers

Choose a symptom to see related laundry center repairs.

Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
Main causes: door not fully shut, bad door switch, faulty push-to-start switch, wiring failure, bad drive motor, blown fuse, control failure
Main causes: blocked exhaust vent, clogged lint screen, bad timer, moisture sensing problems, weak gas valve coils, bad heating element
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, faulty drive motor, drain system problem, broken drive system components
Main causes: lack of water supply, failed lid switch or lid lock, bad water level pressure switch, control system failure, bad water valve
Main causes: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse

Repair guides common to all laundry centers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your laundry center.

July 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a laundry center washer timer

If the washer doesn't fill, spin or drain, the timer could be the problem.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center washer snubber ring

If the washer tub bangs the cabinet during the spin cycle even though the load is balanced, you might need to replace the snubber ring in the base of the washer.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a laundry center dryer door switch

The dryer won’t start if the door switch is defective. Your can replace it in about 15 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all laundry centers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your laundry center.

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