5 Reasons Why Your Dryer Is Not Spinning and Solutions

There's nothing more inconvenient than a dryer that won't spin. There are several reasons why your dryer is not spinning, from power failure to a tripped thermal fuse. This article discusses all the common reasons why your dryer stopped spinning and what you can do to fix it.

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Reason #1: Dryer Isn't Receiving Power 

When diagnosing why your dryer isn't working, the first thing you should do is double-check if the cord is correctly plugged in. Also, check if there aren't any power-related issues that are preventing the machine from spinning, such as a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. 

If neither seems to be the problem, test the power cord with a multimeter. Set your multimeter to the lowest ohm meter and test the cord for continuity. If it beeps, the plug is working fine. If it doesn't, the plug is likely faulty and needs to be replaced. 

Reason #2: Faulty Door Switch

Dryers have a built-in safety feature wherein they won't start if the door isn't locked. This mechanic prevents the machine from leaking water. 

If the door doesn't give out a soft "click" when shut, the peg might be faulty. Straighten the peg if it's bent and try again. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace the switch.

Reason #3: Broken Drive Belt 

A drive belt that isn't tensioned properly may cause slippage, which leads to heat buildup from friction. This heat will damage the belt and cause it to crack and break over time, preventing the dryer from spinning. 

A working belt should give a bit of resistance when spun. If it turns too easily, you're likely dealing with a snapped or damaged belt. It needs to be replaced for the dryer to work.

Reason #4: Worn Out Drum Rollers 

Dryers have two to three rollers on a belt that supports the base of the drum as it rotates. These rollers are aptly called drum rollers. Depending on the model, they may be found at the front of the machine or the back. Drum rollers wear out over time, preventing the dryer from spinning. 

You'll know the drum rollers need to be replaced if there's a gap between the drum and the back wall. 

To check, unscrew the dryer lid, remove the drive belt, and turn the drum with your hand. If the rollers don't turn freely, they need to be replaced.

Reason #5: Damaged Motor 

The dryer motor is the part responsible for turning the dryer blower and the dryer drum. If your dryer isn't spinning, the motor may be overloaded or worn out. It needs to be replaced with a new one. 

The motor is one of the more complicated parts to replace. You'll have to remove the drum, release the motor clamps, and loosen the blower wheel before installing the new motor. Replacing these parts can be tricky, as well. As such, it's best to consult a professional to do it for you.  

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