Troubleshooting a Dryer Drum That Won’t Rotate

February 8, 2021
Dryer Repair

While heat plays a big role in quickly drying your clothing, it is actually the motion of your dryer drum that is the unsung hero. By rotating your clothing and introducing the warm air throughout your clothing, it helps speed up the drying process. When your dryer is no longer turning, then it is unlikely your clothes will ever get fully dry inside it. In fact, if the heat is only hitting the top layer of your clothing, it can become a fire hazard. If you are looking to troubleshoot why your dryer drum is no longer turning, here are the common culprits.

Checking the Dryer Drum Belt and Motor

Dryer drums are rotated through a motor and pulley system. If your dryer drum isn’t turning, you will want to check this system first. If you are lucky, the belt may have simply slipped off the track. However, even if this is the case, you will still want to replace it, as it becomes more likely to happen again. While you can test the motor with a multimeter, usually you will hear the motor running if it is working properly.

Checking the Drum Rollers

Most dryers have two rollers on either the front or the rear that allow for smooth turning. If even one roller is worn out, the dryer drum may not turn. This issue is actually quite simple to troubleshoot. You will want to remove the dryer belt and attempt to turn the drum of the dryer by hand. If the drum is difficult to turn, the problem is the rollers. In order to avoid this problem happening again in the near future, you will want to replace all the rollers at the same time.

While there may be other problems causing this issue, because it often involves removing the dryer drum, they can be difficult to deal with. If you are having a dryer or any other appliance issues, contact us today to see what Central Valley Appliance repair can do to help.


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