Clothes Dryer Repair for Loud Noises, Overheating, and Not Spinning

Basic inside of a dryer, picture from
Basic inside of a dryer, picture from

Clothes Dryer Problems

I decided to write this article due to the amount of problems I have been having with my current clothes dryer. Learn about what I went through to fix a few problems I had with my dryer — including a broken tumbler belt and loose tumbler drum.

The basic design of a dryer hasn't really changed much, and most people will find that their dryer will last a long time and it generally won't need a complete upgrade. A few fixes every now and then will keep it running for a very long time.

Depending on the design of your dryer, it will look pretty much similar to the picture on the left and contain all the main components. The main parts that usually require fixes or maintenance include the:

  • Drum belt and rollers
  • Motor and motor bearings
  • Blower, heater, and heat sensors

Safety and Cleaning

First, make sure everything is unplugged before you start to tinker inside your dryer. Also, depending on the style of your dryer, pull the back door or hatch off slowly so that you don't accidentally rip off the wires.

Note that some old dryers also have very loose tumbler drums. So, when opening the back door hold the drum in place to stop it from banging around inside the dryer compartment.


Cleaning is very important for your dryer — after opening up my clothes dryer after about 10 years of use, I could tell it really needed some regular maintenance and cleaning.

There was an amazing layer of dust covering everything, while the actual box compartment was full of dust and little bits of sand. For newer dryers, this may be less of a problem. However, sometimes, if you hear your drum spinning a bit loudly it may just be a large layer of dust and dirt.

Common Dryer Problems

Not Spinning or Not Spinning Correctly

One of the most common problems for a dryer is that the drum is either not spinning at all, or not spinning correctly (there are loud noises or screeching sounds, for example).

  • Drum belt issues. The most common reason for the dryer drum to stop spinning is if your drum belt has snapped or has been worn down completely. This is an easy fix, and simply involves buying a replacement belt and feeding it through the pulleys and on the roller and then back around the middle of the drum.
  • Roller issues. The rollers could have worn out, causing the drum to spin in a bumpy and noisy manner, and they can usually be replaced depending on how old your dryer is. The pulleys could also be broken, causing problems.
  • Motor issues. The motor could have died after many years of use if the drum is not moving at all. If it is moving, the motor bearing could be off, causing it to spin around very roughly and sometimes scratch against the sides of the dryer compartment.
  • Dust build-up. Noises when it's plugged in and spinning could also be due to a huge amount of dust build-up around the drum. Sometimes, cleaning out the inside and returning the drum to the correct position can fix this problem.
  • Screeching. Screeching noises are not a good sign. Sometimes it could mean that your drum is slowly cutting into the sides, which could permanently put your dryer out of use if this continues.

Digital multimeter, look for resistance settings or OHMS symbol
Digital multimeter, look for resistance settings or OHMS symbol

Heat Problems

Another common problem is that your dryer will either run too hot or too cold. Or, sometimes it takes many cycles to dry a few simple items.

A simple multimeter or voltmeter you can buy from an electronics store. is a useful device that could in handy for testing that each component is working.

  • To test the functionality of each component, get your multimeter or voltmeter and put on the lowest resistance setting,
  • Temperature switch: leads on switch terminal should read zero or infinity. The same applies for the thermostat, heating coils, and timer testing.

Most Common Causes for Heat Problems:

  • Temperature sensors. The temperature sensors could be dead or fried and need replacing. They look like little silver dollars and are usually located under the drum.
  • Clogged exhaust outlet. The exhaust outlet could be clogged with dust and dirt, causing your dryer to run hotter than the temperature you set it at.
  • Defective parts. The thermostat or heating coils could be defective and need replacement
  • Timer issues. There could also be problems with the timer. If the timer is not working correctly this may cause the heater and blower to remain inactive.
  • Dead fuse. The fuse is dead and needs to be replaced.

Totally Dead or Won't Start

So your dryer won't start at all, or it's totally dead. This can be caused by the failure of one or more components and is sometimes hard to pinpoint. The most common reasons are below, apart from problems relating to your power mains, it could be the:

  • Timer or thermostat
  • Terminal block
  • Start switch

If anyone has any problems with their old Simpson brand dryer, I may be able to help you out as I spent a lot of time tinkering with my old one.

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OlePort207 7 years ago from Portland, Maine

Nice thread, Found out recently that one of the most common reasons for the drum belts to break is overloading the dryer with heavy dryer loads. Replacement cost's through a repair maintanance can cost between $70 and $125.

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mindthinkin 7 years ago

Ohh man I always wanted to know what is that loud noise coming from my drayer now I finally know thanks man!

derek 6 years ago

hi expectus, I have a simpson 4kg dryer. When I turn it on the drum doesn't spin. But if I open the door and give the drum a good spin with my hand, then close the door quickly, the motor kicks in. It's like I'm giving it a push start! It only lasts for 30-60 seconds before cutting out. With an empty load, the drum keeps spinning, but still requires the kickstart. Any ideas?? I'm thinking it could be a sensor prob, as the belt and motor seem fine. It's about 3 years old but not used that much.

Susan Cronmiller 6 years ago

Great advice here. My Kenmore 600 dryer suddenly (yesterday) makes very loud grinding noise when plugged in... can't tur off w/ dial either, have to unplug. I just turned on today and it sounds OK? Could it just need to be cleaned out? What is GRINDING sound

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MrSpock 6 years ago

This is quite useful. The costs of repair on some of the appliances nowadays, it's through the roof. In some cases, it's better to buy a brand new one. Good to know.

mamaof2 6 years ago

Very useful site today. My dryer made a loud bang and stopped spinning today. Was that a belt that broke?

Mark 6 years ago

Thank you for commments.. just in past 2 weeks my dryer has become very loud. Seems to be drying and spinnning just SUPER loud. I think my neighbors may beat me if i dont fix it.

Question: How do you get the lint that has falling back into the machine from the lint screen? Thank you very much

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Grills Guy 6 years ago from Santa Cruz

Very informative hub, maybe this will help me fix my dryer!

broken 6 years ago

i put dripping wet clothes in the dryer and now the drum wont turn, but i can feel heat when i open the dryer and a low humming noise. what do you think? Thanks

Danielle 6 years ago

Ok, so I have a Fisher & Paykel dryer that thinks the door is open when it is infact closed. It beeps at me 4 times to let me know the door is open and refuses to start... even when I SLAM the darn door!! can you help???

Diane 6 years ago

We changed the broken belt on our Magtag dryer, but now the dryer makes a loud noise. Also I use to be able to turn the inside drum by hand when the dryer was off. Now I cannot turn the drum by hand. Any suggestions for what is wrong with the way we repplaced the belt?

Amanda and Doug 6 years ago


I have a Kenmore that I have had for about 4 almost 5 years. It has been doing great for me than all of a sudden one day I got to dry some clothes that morning not htinking anything of it went to the park with my kids and cam einside about 2 hours later and it was still on opened it up and the close were even still wet. I was able to put it on permanent press and it would get a little heat. But now nothing, it still spins but the timer doesn't move and it has stopped heating. What do you think I need to buy to fix it. We just went out and purchased a timer and we are waiting for that to come in. Do you think it could be anything else other than that or do you think that is what it is as well?


Amanda and Doug 6 years ago

Thanks! My thought was the heating element and or the timer so if the timer doesn't work, then I will just get a new heating element too. Thanks again for the help.

Diane 6 years ago

Thank you for your input. I will try to see if the belt is on the rollers correctly.

Mei 6 years ago

I'm using my dryer today when I noticed the machine stop spinning and have 30 minutes left in it. when I open the door, there's light and there's a heat coming from the machine. I waited until its cool off then I open the lid to check if its the belt and the belt is still intact. What could be the other cause of it.

kyle 6 years ago

My fisher and paykel dryer won't rotate. I use to be able to turn the drum by hand but I am only able to move it manually in reverse now. Do you think my problem is with the belt or something more serious.

sab 6 years ago

I have a maytag dryer model no LDE gets overheated within seconds(unfortunately last time,when i load,it was oveload).also v cud feel a burnt smell outside,i mean from vent ,also when v open the door,v cud get that smell.cud u plz troubleshoot?

Smitch 6 years ago

We've got a Simpson 6kg... 16months old... it's been making a thump/bang noise for a few months now has just started screeching... I looked inside and at the middle back of the drum (where the "spindle/bolt" is) is a lot of burred metal... looks nasty and as if it would rip clothes... any easy fix/ideas??

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expectus 6 years ago from Land Downunder Author

kyle - just sounds like the belt , otherwise its not sitting on the rollers correctly

sab - sounds like it needs a good clean out to avoid overheating from dust, apart from that you might want to check your temperature sensor is working properly

smitch - its not sitting correctly and just cutting through the metal, not sure if its beyond repair but you can open it up and make sure its spinning without scratching against the sides of the body

cathy 6 years ago

I can see my dryer belt is worn do I get into this to replace the belt?????

Boney35 6 years ago

Hi expectus,

This seems like a very popular site for Dryer problems. Probably because of all the useful information it contains. I have a fisher and Pykel dryer, and when I put more than 1 towel in to dry, it refuses to spin and makes a humming sound. If I lighten the load to 1 towel, then it works as normal.

Any ideas?

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expectus 6 years ago from Land Downunder Author

cathy - you'll have to open it up and dislodge the belt from the rollers and motor, can be a bit of a pain or you can just cut it , if you are definitely replacing it

Boney35 - sounds like your motor is on the way out, or the belt is not sitting on the motor properly so its not getting the full rotations and power.

fixorbuy 6 years ago

I have a 9yo Amana "commercial quality" gas dryer LGA30AW. It still dries great, but is making a high-pitched whine that is louder from outside house vs. inside, and is getting louder as time goes on, and even with more dryer loads. Neighbor describes sound as akin to a jet engine's pitch. Any ideas on fixing?

Christina 6 years ago

I have a Whirlpool that I replaced the belt on last summer. Now I come home and find the clothes only partially dry (I know I started the dryer) and all I can hear is a very quiet 'whirring' sound at the start knob. Has the motor gone bad? No breaker thrown, drum tumbles fine and the door latch seems to be in working order. It's a 6+ year old dryer.

Shelley 6 years ago

My Kenmore dryer (older model) is making a very loud noise when I turn it on. When I first loaded it I heard a snap and then the drum wouldn't work. When I pushed the start button I only heard an electric buzz and nothing else would happen. I took the clothes out, not a bigt load, and came back a few minutes later and pushed the start button and this time it started but makes a deafening noise and inside the dryer it is very very hot, even when I put it on just air drying. Do you have an estimate of the repair costs? Better to buy a new one?

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expectus 6 years ago from Land Downunder Author

fixorbuy - sounds like you have a worn out belt or the motor needs to be oiled up or it could even be a buildup of dirt and dust

Christina - yea sounds like your right ,the motor could have given up , or it could be the temperature sensor that has given up and needs to be replaced.

Shelley - sounds like the belt needs to replaced, or the belt could have just fallen off the rollers

Marie Boudreau 6 years ago

I have an old GE Electric Dryer. Just stopped spinning, but still heats up.

Belt is not broken, so Dad put back on and it made really loud noise and fell off again.

Could belt have been put on incorrectly? There is a smooth side. Which side goes down on the drum? Could something else be wrong?



Lyle 6 years ago

I have a 15 year old dryer. the drum rests on a large strip of felt and not rollers. the felt came off and i have tried to but it back but the drum keeps spinning it loose. Any suggestion on how to fix it.



rebecca  6 years ago

my dryer has been making a very loud screeching noise for 2 weeks , i was told. AND when it was not being used the top of the dryer was super hot to the touch.

I unplugged it and began to dismantle it.

I then found your beautiful, funny, awesome , helpful site and am now posting and hoping for some helpful advice

1) call the repair dude

2) let the dryer go and buy a new one, ouch

Lucy 5 years ago

My dryer gets super duper hot, apins, but will not completely dry my clothes! Can you please provide some insight?

Lucy 5 years ago

My dryer gets super duper hot, spins, but will not completely dry my clothes! Can you please provide some insight?

rob  5 years ago

My dryer runs constant and isn't heating, do you know what's may be the problem ?

Ed 5 years ago

my dryer would not run, so I used the multi-tester to check the thermal fuse and it showed continuity. When somebody came out to look at it, the thermal fuse was the problem. The test showed continuity which I guess is bad, I am confused. Can a thermal fuse show continuity on a digital tester and still be bad.

Rasta 5 years ago

I have a dryer that will start with no load or a very small load inside. Ive pulled it apart, cleaned all the dust out, checked the rollers and belt. All good. When i start it with a heavy load you can hear a click from the motor as if there were a klixon or overload preventing the motor to start. Possibly to much current on start up? Any suggestions. Im unable to get a multimeter to check the current. Are these motors protected with overloads.

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whitton 5 years ago

Great Hub. Very useful Hub. With the costs of repairing it yourself, would it be better to just buy a new one?

andrea1 5 years ago

Kenmore dryer belt issue. Our dryer is making a loud thumping sound every turn. When you first start the dryer it is like there is a delay and then the loud noise kicks in We took the top off and the belt is not broken BUT it is not in the middle either it is 3/4 the way to the back of the drum and I can slip a finger between the belt and drum What do you think needs to be replaced?

James 5 years ago

When I try and start my dryer nothing happens. I have checked the voltage going to the dryer, and its fine. The settings control vibrates when on a setting. Could this be a easy repair?

nicole 5 years ago

My dryer was working fine and now it just want do anything. When I hit the start button it makes a quit sound like it wants to start but doesn't. Could it be my switch????

John 5 years ago

Our dryer just recently started making a LOUD "boom" noise, occasionally, and randomly. It's not a "bang" but a "boom". We're worried it might be something with the gas, since it is a gas dryer.

I've searched online extensively, but it seems like most "noise" problems involve a constant noise, or rumbling, screeching, banging.. but not really a "boom" noise.

Any help would be appreciated.

Kim  5 years ago

Our dryer makes a loud sound but refuses to start. The light is on when I open the door but no other power. It seemed if we let it go for a while it would reset itself but no luck this time. It hasn't started in over 12 hours with doing nothing. Could it be the drum, a power switch or something else?

Thanks for your help in advance.

June 5 years ago

My Maytag dryer is working ok but has become extremely loud. Reminds me a car in need of a new muffler. Any thoughts on what may be the problem. Thanks.

Derrick 5 years ago

Nicole- you said it makes a sound like it wants to start? If all the lights/controls on the machine seem to work, and there is no humming noise or anything (besides maybe a single "click") when you start it, most likely your belt has broken or come off. On some dryers, when a belt breaks, the tensioner then activates a killswitch. That keeps the motor from operating if there is no belt.

prisch 5 years ago

I have a DE tumble dry part of a front loading pair. The dryer works fine, but there is thumping as some part of the drum hits something on the top part of the dryer. Any ideas as to the culprit and can I fix this myself?

gg 5 years ago

I have a GE Profile front loader dryer and it has worked great for 5 years now. We have been sick so my husband did about 15 loads of laundry today so it got a workout with all of the familys "throw-up towels". Anyway, now you go to start the dryer and it only makes a loud buzzer sound when you push start. Wont spin or do anything, just screams a loud BUZZ. What do you think? Thank you. GG

Ron Weeks 5 years ago

Fisher and Paykel dryer. Drum rotates freely when moved by hand. Motor won't start with medium to large load but runs ok when rotating drum to a position where it will start up, then runs ok until clothes are dry. Runs ok with small or no load. Motor appears to run ok when disengaging drive belt. All dirt and fluff cleaned out and rollers running freely. No unusual noise heard.

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ozgirl39 5 years ago from NSW, Australia

I have a Simpson maxidry 1000P dryer which I bought second hand 16yrs ago. It has never missed a beat in all that time so it owes me nothing. Just recently, however, it has been throwing the circuit breaker whenever a medium to large load is put in it, other than that it will run fine with small loads. Time for a new one or is there a 'simple' solution? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

kym 5 years ago

Do you do house calls? :)

claudej 5 years ago

My gas dryer does not heat with clothes in and the dial does not move. Help

Shareen 5 years ago

My Simpson dryer is only 4 years old and has totally turned off and I cant get it to start at all the lights light up on the fornt when on and I can mover then to which ever temputer I want however it just wont start. The day is broke there was a burning smell coming out of the dryer? 5 years ago

My dryer has significant condensation inside after clothes are dry and dryer cools

ACLBML 5 years ago

GE DHDSR48EF1WW dryer has a harmonic vibration noise after running for about 15 minutes. I took the side cover off. The belt seemed fine with good tension, the drum moved freely and it was clean inside. I'm thinking it may be the motor bearings but can't be sure. Any comments or suggestions?

rachael71 5 years ago from macquarie fields

Hi mate, I have a simpso maxidry 505. It isn't mounted upside down on a wall, but is on a table. One issue is I dont have a lint cover. The main roblem is it turns it self off and seems pretty hot. t will restart if left for a while. It also seems to get a bit of water under it after a load. It weird tho cause soetimes it works ok. Any ideas? Cheers Rach

ValentineDay Twin 5 years ago

Condensation in the dryer after the clothes are dry and the dryer cools, is the result of the vent being blocked due to lint. Clean all the lint out, including where the ductwork goes into the dryer's back, and the problem should be eliminated. If the ductwork is long ( as in my apt. building ) a powerful yard blower works good to clean it out.

chorner 5 years ago

Repaired clothes dryer belt & replaced coil and did a few other minor tweeks. Vacuumed dust out. Everything works now, but there is a loud knocking sound. What's UP?



hc 5 years ago

I have an estate gas dryer and it works with no clothes in it. If I put clothes in it, it seems like the clothes block the vent and the heat stops. There is not block in the vent, I have cleaned everything and tested all the things that can be tested with the ohms meter. If it is on autosense, the dial won't advance. Timed modes will advance, but I will lose heat. Ideas?

bev 5 years ago

I have a GE dryer and it opens from the side. Well I have adjusted the footing and still can't get the door to stay open. Any suggestions?

janee 5 years ago

It should be under warranty but the store closed down. Everything works except for it does not heat up. Its an electric SAMSUNG dryer.But I think i might have done something to the computer inside because the vent leading outside was heavily clogged right when this started happening. What do you think? Thank you

Sterling West 5 years ago

My dryer was having a hard time spinning and would make a squeaking noise. When I oppened the dryer to look inside the heating duct and element were red hot. Is that normal? It was really hot inside.

Joe 5 years ago

I have an Amana dryer and it will turn on when I hold down the button; however, it stops when I release the dial. Is this just a switch problem?


Dana 5 years ago

Ok so, i was cleaning out the lint filter when i knocked a cigarette lighter into the vent of the lint filter and when i turned it on it made this hideous noise and stopped working and smelled burnt. I took the back off and got the lighter out but it still doesn't work. what did i do and how do i fix it?

Claude 5 years ago

Hi All. I have an old Simpson 10S and it runs fine for about 3 to 5 minutes. It heats up and the drum spins but after that time it trips the circuit breaker. I took the back off as I thought the heating coil was earthing out when it warmed up so I sat the coil on some insulation and ran it but is still does the same so it is not earthing out. The coil seems to get red hot on both high and low settings. Is it possible the thermostat can cause this short circuit if it allows the coil to run continuously on full?

kyleo82nd 5 years ago

Hey guys. So check this out. I was drying a shoe and it got jammed. It made a bad sound and stoped the dryer right away. I haven't been able to start it sence. What should I check first?

David 5 years ago

For the newer samsung machines that eat the belt ( common problem) use the part # 33002535 by FSP, its a maytag belt of much higher quality than the original and fits perfectly. If you move the drum by hand the belt will pop off the tensioner, its an easy 30 min fix and there are a couple of good youtube videos on this but DONT buy the original belt its a POS. This replacement looks like it was made for a car, nylon reinforcement and high quality rubber.

Sharon 5 years ago

dudes!!! you are awesome!!! i am a 60 year old accountant and my nephew is a 19 year old game designer! we just identified the problem and for $13.00 we just fixed our dryer, thanks to you!!! Kudos!!!

Lori Nordeman 5 years ago

My maytag dryer is about 8 yrs old.. this morning it made a loud bang, flipped the circuit breaker and had a burning smell. Reset breaker and turned it on and it seemed to work, but could smell something burning..what do you think?

Amber 5 years ago

I have a whirlpool dryer it has a humming sound when u switch it to a cycle but it won't start any ideas?

Brenda 5 years ago

I have a fisher-paykel dryer, and my dryer starts and runs, but switches off before the clothes are dry. Sometimes you can restart immediately, but at other times it appears to need to cool off before it will restart. Any ideas? It would be much appreciated.

Cathy 5 years ago


Did you get your problem with your amana dryer fixed? I have a Kenmore & it does the same thing. As long as I hold the start switch in, it will run, but if I let it go, the dryer stops. It has been cutting off in the middle of a cycle & clothes not dry. This happens no matter what cycle I put the dryer on. Thanks for your help or anyone else. That is, if anyone will answer questions on here anymore.

mychak 5 years ago

i have a frigidaire FSE747GES1. i just replaced the rear bearing and about broke my arm patting myself on the back. now, a day later, the thing won't start at all. it's like trying to start a car with a dead battery: i hear the switch click, but the motor doesn't turn over. sometimes, on the third or fourth try it'll roll two or three times, but it doesn't last. could i have done something wrong or is this the starter... or something else all together?

i know it's hard to say for sure, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. i'd love to take care of this myself...



heath 4 years ago

How do you replace dryer motor bearings or do you just have to get a new motor

bigdog 4 years ago

whenever i set the dryer the dry cloth the timer goes from 42 min to 1 min can someone help me with this. i have a samsung dryer...

dryer noise 4 years ago

I have a Kenmore propane dryer. It makes a noise when drying; if you stop and start it again, sometimes the noise lessens, then comes back again. Could this be a belt problem? Thanks, Joan

Julie 4 years ago

My gas GE dryer drum has a crack in the plastic that holds the drum in place & so it's slightly off track. Because ofvthis, every time I try to run a load, a corner of a towel, etc. gets caught & I have run back down, open the door & pull out whatever is stuck. Does anyone have a solution to this that doesn't require a repairman charging $100/hr? Is this fixable or should I just shoot the damn thing & start over? BTW: my dryer isn't being made anymore either & it's only about 1 1/2 yrs. old. Go figure. Has anyone else had this same problem & if so, what did you do? Thanks!

Mary 4 years ago

hi, i need help, my dryer will work for about 10 minutes and then it stops, i took it apart and cleaned it and that doesn't seem to be the problem, what could be wrong with it?

Danielle 4 years ago

I have a Kenmore stackable. Why does our permanent press drying cycle take 3 hours? Is this normal? Also, when I put 3 towels in and put it on timed dry for 40 minutes, the towels were all still wet.

Mike 4 years ago

Had an odd issue mentioned here a while back. GE dryer would not start unless you gave the drum a good push. Opened it up and all was well. Turned out my wife had too much piled on top and the lid under load was causing issues for the drum...

dfw Realtor 4 years ago

haha try this one on for size.... I have a frigidare dryer that is about 7 yrs young. The darn thing wont stop heating!! even after the door is open and the clothes are out. and even better the timer doesn't work so i have to un plug it every time i use it!!

w144 4 years ago

Our dryer made the screeching noise and my dad oiled the drum at first, He described the sound as a second harmonic.When he oiled it again,the noise was longer. What is your opinion and idea for this. The sound does subside and it ends regular.

onelex 4 years ago

i just changed the cord on my GE dryer, because it was too short. it was working just fine before i change the cord, now it spins with a loud noise while doing so. is there anyway i put the wires on wrong? its a three prong so i put the middle wire where it goes and the other two are hot and i put one to the right and one to the left of the middle. can anyone help?

jyo 4 years ago


i have a bosch dryer.Oflate, the sensor goes on after a few minutes of running, even after the filter is cleaned and the water collecting container is emptied. The beep normally goes on only when the container is full or when the filter has accumulated lint. Appreciate your help. Jyo

tim 4 years ago

when i turn the "on" switch I can hear the motor trying to turn the dryer on but as soon as i release the knob, nothing happens.

akai dryer 4 years ago

Have an akai dryer , everything works but cant dry clothes. Noticed that the heater is blowing not enough hot air. help please . tnx :)

Rhonda 4 years ago

My dryer was in the middle of running a load and started smelling hot and then stopped working I let it cool off over night and now nothing happens when I push in the on button. I checked the breaker box and no breaker was thrown

Amber 4 years ago

Hi. My dryer is acting very strange. When there are clothes in it and it's running, it's fine. No problems. But then when the load stops and I take out the clothes (or even if I leave the clothes in there for a few minutes), it keeps making a sound like it wants to start up again. It's like a roaring sound, kind of how it sounds as soon as it starts. It doesn't ever start on its own, but it keeps making the sound every few seconds, sometimes for days, as if it's trying to start up again. What should I do?

Craig Griffin 4 years ago

I have a Whirlpool Ingils Dryer and it runs for a few minutes then shuts off then starts running again etc..It takes a very long time to dry a load of clothes. Any suggestions?

JC 4 years ago

I have a maytag de303, was troubleshooting my dryer for lack of heat. Found a wilderness of lint and debris in the lint tray and below, cleaned out that and the pipe underneath that goes to the vent to outside. Heating coils are putting out heat and I can feel the heat inside the dryer now but now the dryer is extremely loud. Clothes are on the drying rack, thoughts.

BL 4 years ago

I have a Kenmore dryer 90 series. It's making a loud humming noise, and then shutsdown. The noise contines to get louder until it shuts off. After a while it tries to start up again, but never stays on long. It's warm and tumbling, but it won't stay on to finish a load. Is it the motor? We opened up. There was nothing but lent was covering everything. We cleaned it off and put it back together, yet the same problem continues to occur. Can you tell me what you think?

dave 4 years ago

We have a new LG dryer. When is drys and the gas kicks on it makes a grinding sound like a kids toy for 10-15 seconds. The repair guy changed the igniter but still doing it. He said he thought it might be my gas line but the noise is absolutely coming from the dryer. We had no issues with the old dryer just the new one.

Dan 4 years ago

We have a Kenmore heavy duty washer and dryer, and for some reason the other day when I was pushing the washer further back into place my arm touched the back of the dryer and I got a nasty shock while touching the back of the washer, so I checked with my volt meter and when you touch one diode to the back of the washer and the other to the back of the dryer they complete the current and become of electricity making both backs totally live. What could be causing this?

mackey 4 years ago

heating element stays hot when dryer is not running

clicking noise in whirlpool duet 4 years ago

Just got a clicking sound in the dryer when you turn it on as if something got stuck in there . Everything else works fine just this load clicking noise as the drum turns

Kevin Leslie 4 years ago

When I opened my tumble drier door the other day the power stayed on and it kept going round but now it won't go on at all! Any idea what the problem could be? Surely something to do with the catch on the door?

Amanda B. 4 years ago

My dryer has been squealing like it wants to end its misery for a couple of months, & now it won't turn if there's more than 1/2 a large load inside. it will just sit & hum until you take out the clothes, then go on as normal. Heats great, gets everything dry...It's an older Fridgidaire(bought from one of those guys who fixes & resells appliances almost 7 years ago & it was at least a few years old then)& has been great until now. So the question is should I just repair this thing, or buy a new one? I hear from everyone that the newer ones have cheap plastic parts that break quickly,even the more expensive brands, so maybe I should just get this old grandaddy dryer repaired???

So 4 years ago

I have had 'dryer blues' for about 15yrs. I never considered repairing a dryer until I got a quality whirlpool dryer brand new and 2 yrs later the dry stopped. I have been enlighteded looking at this page and videos, and I can take this dryer apart in my sleep and replace the belt (less than $5 at lowes) in no time. I am so excited. (but will be very deliberate as this is my first time.) I do not hear any clicking or buzzing when I press the button so is it is not the belt but is the switch... I will be bock. I want to send a nod in recognition of the pictures of the alternative dryer methods on this page and add top of the closet door and all rooms of the house doors (overnight)and also for those who have outside balconys that look onto woodsy areas (for fresh air dryer) just spread clothes on hanger and hook em high. Note: you may need heavy spray starch if ironing.

New York 4 years ago

My Simpson dryer won't stop??

I have just replaced the timer and knob, however it won't stop running. It doesn't get very hot. Even if I open the door and hit the reset button, it won't stop.

Can you help?

priscilla 4 years ago

I accidently spin the dryer the wrong way i hear something broke dont know what. My dryer does not spin but it heats?

T jones 4 years ago

I have a fidgedair stacked washer and dryer. My dryer takes around three hours to dry my cloths. Air flow is good the air out of the exaust is hot no clogs anywhere. Repaire man said it works fine but three hours is not fine. Does anyone have any suggestions. Email plz

Reginald 4 years ago

I have an old GE when i try to start it i just hear the motor running but drum not turning. so i took it apart to check the belt... it was still on and still around the drum.what else could cause the drum not to spin

Emma 4 years ago

My dryer is not working at all and I can't understand what is wrong with it.

Lee 4 years ago

Hi there

Brilliant thread, thank you for all of your input

My girlfriend has a simpson sirocco 350 dryer, and it suddenly stopped working..I thought it was the timer but it does the count down. I tested it with a multimeter and there is a connection between the terminals when its counting so that might eliminate the timer problem.

The dryer simply won't start, and no heat comes on from the element. Has anyone experienced this before?

The drum seems to turn fine and when I turn it manually there seems to be a bit of weight to it and I assume that the belts are ok

Tony Ford 4 years ago

Just fitted a vent through the wall and lined it up to small vent on the rear of dryer. Problem is this vent seems to be the in take and blows out through the front door? Is the dryer running in reverse? With the vent fitted it starves as the vent sucks shut ! What do you think ?

teetye 4 years ago

I have a frigidaire dryer that makes a loud noise after it heats up. We have replaced the bearings, belt,idlerarm , and have checked the motor out.After all this we still have the loud noise. Do know what this might be ? We don't know what else to do.

mlo430 4 years ago

my dryer was able to dry alot of clothes, especially 4 towels at one time, now it wont spin if i put in the 4 towels.

melissa sluss 4 years ago

I have a roper dryer model # red444ovqi It will only turn if on low heat setting and doesn't heat.

trish 4 years ago

I like your page..I have a whirlpool roper dryer and recently the knob where the blue line is, that part came off so now the alignment is messed up and I have no clue what setting it's on when I start's really upsetting me lol I've stood there and tried to mark where it starts and stops and then figure out which setting it is, but then when I restart it to check my marks, it's different lol so I've been sitting here trying to find out how to reset it so it's at the correct alignment or if I should just buy a new knob..but even if I buy a new knob, will it re-align itself when I put it back on lol help please!!

john 4 years ago

i have a stack dryer and live on the 5th floor of a condominium. my problem is I have condentation problem in the vent, the vent run in the concrete ceiling. I originaly thought that the vent length might have been too long (about 25 feet) and have had a booster fan installed and the problem is still there. Any idea what might cause this condentation.

Julie 4 years ago

I have an old -- 35-year+ -- Whirlpool electric dryer and just yesterday it stopped heating. Checked the fuse/breaker and it's fine. Can's find a model number on it that isn't painted over. What order should it use to diagnose problem... or jump right to element? How do I search for part when I don't know model #?

Joelle 4 years ago

Hi Expectus,

I was just running my dryer, a Maytag model # LDE7500ACW, it was running fine. All of a sudden it starts making this LOUD noise (like an airplane?). It is getting hot, and drum is spinning, I have never had any problems with it, but got it used from a friend about 2 years ago. I use it EVERY DAY. Please, please HELP!!

Cynthia 4 years ago

HELP!! Frigidaire gallery dryer not heating. Had been working for several loads then turned it on. Strong burning smell. Scratchy noise. Flamish sparks in the back. I turned it off. Then hesitantly tried it again. Now not heating up, no other signs. What does this mean. New parts or new dryer?

Diane 4 years ago

My grandson climbed into my Samsung dryer now the drum will not spin...any suggestions?

Tim 4 years ago

I have a Kenmore electric dryer that runs for about 10 minutes then shuts off. The heat is working. Any ideas where to look?

Necia 4 years ago

When I start my dryer I hear a buzzing sound, but no motor sounds n drum doesn't spin. I looked n belt seems intact from what I see. It is hard to manually turn the drum. Any ideas?

Courtney 4 years ago

I got a question, The other day the dryer quit heating, SO we thought it would be the element, But i ran home on lunch and tried it again and everything worked fine. Now it gets hot just sitting there without being turned on? Even with the door open?

stessily 4 years ago

expectus, Very helpful and well presented. Fortunately my dryer works like a dream. One tip which I have always observed is to always, always, always, remove lint from the lint trap after each load.

Any chance of doing a hub on washer repair and common problems? My washer works like a champ but I've noticed that during the first wash cycle the agitation seems loud. Other than that, no problems.

Thank for this practical hub.

sherri 4 years ago

I went to turn my dryer on I sounded like it was gonna start but didn't. I then started to smell the burn electrical wire type smell..and it won't start. Is it down for the count?

Diann 4 years ago

I have a stackable washer and dryer. My dryer heating element looks like it has alot of lent around it. What's the best way to get it apart to get the lint around it or is that just a fire protection lint?

lisa mc 4 years ago

Hi, great info. just thought i would add my experience with my dryer. My condenser dryer stopped working and all it was was the cut off switch at the back behind a flip open compartment, it had got stuck and the machine thought that the water in the removable water container had not been emptied and had overflowed. a spray of WD40 and it was fixed. The other problem I have had was that the machine sounded like it was working but the drum was not turning, it wasn't the belt or the motor as i could give the drum a push start but it stopped every time it was going to change directions. It was the capacitor, which I replaced for around £7. The capacitor can however hold a dangerous charge even after machine is unplugged, so take care or get someone else to do it.

Luke s 4 years ago

I have a kenmore 80 series dryer and when I start it, it works fine for about 5-10 seconds then shuts off! After shutting off, a few minutes later I hear a switch click then I can start it again! But it repeats the same process! Anyone know what the problem is?

Brent 4 years ago

I have a Kenmore 90 series dryer model #66902690. It works fine for about 60 minutes then shuts off and it will not turn on for awhile. I'm guessing it has to cool down first then it repeats the same process. It's about 15 years old so I expect it not to be as good as new but does anyone know what the problem is and would it be worth repairing vs buying a new one?

Sioned 4 years ago

Hi, I have a hot point dryer, last Sunday it made a massive banging noise and the drum stopped turning, it appeared that the spindle had broken. My partner has replaced the spindle but now it seems to be making a loud scratching noise as it turns....grr

Joe 4 years ago

My new house requires a 3 prong for dryer and the cord was a 4 prong. After changing it out, the dryer spins slowly and has a burnt smell if I leave it running for a few seconds. When I open the door to make it stop spinning, it don't, I have to manually shut it off, PLEASE HELP!! Thanks

d palmer 4 years ago

i have a whirlpool gold senseon dryer and i noticed today that it will not let me select heavy duty or normal load. i can dry on perm press but not the others....please assist...

thank you

Gabe 4 years ago

I just replaced the heat sensore and the seal on the drum of my whirlpool. It makes a noise though everytime the heat comes on. The heat comes on every few seconds? I think that the noise is from that. Any idea what could cause that? I'm ready to fix that too.

Ksmith 4 years ago

We have a whirlpool dryer and just replaced the belt,pulley, and rollers. The loud noise it was making has basically stopped but it still makes the same noise every 15 minutes or so.(its a loud rumbling noise). I have no clue what else could be wrong. Also, I cleaned out all the built up dust and debris from all the parts. ???

Amy 4 years ago

My LG Tromm gas dryer is 5 years old. The motor comes on, but the drum does not spin. If I spin th drum a couple of times by hand, close the door and push the power button is will run just fine. Do you think this is the sensor? I read somewhere else it could be the capacitor?

gt 4 years ago

My drier tries to start, but wont, its similar to a car turning over but wint start. Its as if it is rapidly going on and off without starting. Its a GE front loader

chantelle 4 years ago

Hey i have a autosense fisher and pakel dryer have just noticed after a load there is lots of water under the machine is there any reason for that? the machine is brand new

ayamadre1 4 years ago

My dryer just made an abrupt bang noise while it was running, and kept running. However, now there is no heat. I have tried it on different settings and it is all the same-there is no heat and the dial will not move. It has been running for over an hour without moving, and with no heat no matter what I do. The lint trap and hose are perfectly clear/clean. Does anyone know what happened? Is there anything I can do?

PattyWalk 4 years ago

I have a Tappan dryer that started making occasional scraping noises. It became increasingly worse. I lifted the top of the dryer to inspect and found that the rear rim of the drum is indeed scraping against the right side panel of the dryer. I've ordered a new belt and a rear bearing assembly kit. However, I am not sure if this will fix the problem. I've looked all over the internet for similar problem and to find out what was done to correct it but I have not been successful in my efforts. If anyone knows what would cause this problem or how to fix it, please reply. Thank you.

jb 4 years ago

i have an amana dryer, and it will buzz on every setting without starting. Any ideas on what's the issue?

Smokey1970 4 years ago

I see some of you have dryers that make a thumping noise with every rotation...I discovered the cause of mine was just a loose screw inside the drum if this helps anyone.

Sean 4 years ago

Have a Simpson Eziloaded 505 that when you start the dryer after putting a loader in, it beeps for 20 or times , sometimes coninuisly for 10-20 seconds. But does carry on drying process. Wondering why it beeps?

Loretta 3 years ago

I have a Frigidaire dryer that beeps three beeps when I press start but won't start. Can't find anything in the error code chart in my operating manual to tell me what's happening. It only has instructions for four or five beeps. Has anyone had this problem and know what to do to fix this? The model number is LEQ1442ES0

kibbyclare 3 years ago


The 3 prong plug and cable on my Indesit condenser dryer ger red hot when in use. Is my dryer in need of replacing or is there a simple fix? Advice needed for a single mum of 4!


steve 3 years ago

my indesit tumble dryer takes longer to dry clothes and theres not much water coming out can someone help

123help 3 years ago

I have a stacked apartment washer dryer. The washing machine works fine. The dryer still turns on but theres no heat and it makes a LOUD screeching noise. Is it broken or is it worth calling the repair to get it fixed.

Thank you

Josh 3 years ago

My dryer starts just fine, no noises, and heats up. After about 10+ minutes it just shuts down and won't start up again till it sits for a bit. It doesn't feel like it's overheating and there are no burnt smells. I've cleaned the lint screen religiously and even removed it compartment the screen is in to clean down to the motor. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

LaPoint 3 years ago

My dryer just started making grinding noises....from what I've been reading above, it sounds like I may need a new belt or much can I expect it to cost and is it hard to do myself? it harmful to the dryer or just annoying to me to listen to?

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BEEZKNEEZ 3 years ago

I just bought a brand new front load washer and dryer that I love. I like the LG brand the best because it seems like it's the highest quality and the most efficient. My clothes come put smelling fresh and the colors have not been fading. Voted up! Thanks!

Brenda 3 years ago

A sneaker got caught in the dryer. Now it tumbles with lots of heat but clothes are still wet after hours of drying. When my husband opened it up he found a small belt just sitting on the bottom and a pully that was not attached to anything. It is a kenmore oasis elite dryer. How can we fix this.

josh chavez 17 months ago

I have a maytag electric dryer I am pushing the "control on" and all the lights display and then push the "push to start"I hear a clicking noise and a beep but the dryer does not start does anyone have any input on why this is happening?

washer and dryer both died, same week. 12 months ago

Does anyone know : Why is my LG Tromm gas(converted to electric) making a loud, the loudest constant buzz/beep type of noise when I push in the start button? It won't stop untill I push on the power button, so machine turns off. Please help?! Seems like might be an easy fix..... I can't afford to buy another one, especially if I don't need to.

Mike s 12 months ago

Been working on dryer couple of days... Drum not turning... Vents clean, blower works, does heat, new belt and pulleys look ok... Most would say motor.. But with a push it runs fine... Thought capacitor, but doesn't seem to have one... Might be centerfuse or fuse? Thans

Nicolas Mbadi 9 months ago

I have a Samsung Dryer that is less than 2 years old. When I close the door the drum starts spinning immediately, eventhough the power switch is off. It spinns and there no heat. If I press the power button, it turns on but I still can't use it for drying. The only way to stop the drum from spinning is by opening the door. As soon as I close it back, or press on the door lock switch, it starts spinning again.

quintets 9 months ago

Should I fix my Simpson Maxidry 505 or replace it with a Scirocoo 450 available for $50.

The problem with the Maxi is the fan belt needed replacing. I didn't realise it was outside the back and tried to take the whole back panel off. When I put it all back, I tried to line the tub up but now the tub doesn't' spin as well. At best, it's just an alignment problem, at worst, I've bent something.

I like the Maxi because it's all electro-mechanical parts, especially the relay that spins the tub in opposite directions.

If the Scirocco is considered just as good (perhaps a bit more modern), I'm happy to go with it. Does anyone know if it uses electro-mechanical parts? If so, I suppose it's just as good.

Otherwise, the MaxiDry works well. It just needed a fan belt.

Kelcey 5 months ago

I have a tappan dryer just got it from someone and it squeals off and on sometimes and the top of the dryer evem where the control knobs are get very hot is this normal? Its also missing the small metal piece at the bottom is that ok

PattyWalk 5 months ago


The solution to the squealing noise my Tappan dryer was making was to replace the rear drum assembly. It's a hard plastic piece (like a huge ball bearing) that sits inside a metal piece and allows the drum to rotate. Over time ~ the grease dries out and the plastic part begins to wear down. This caused the drum on mine to shift to the right and the squealing was a result of the drum scraping against the side panel. If your dryer is hot to the touch, no, that's not normal. It means airflow is restricted. Make sure you clean the lint filter AND check inside the door. There should be a slot at the bottom of the door where you can use a vacuum attachment to clean out the lint. Not sure what metal piece is missing on your dryer but ~ I'd replace any missing parts...if possible. Even though the squealing noise is annoying (and should be fixed) ~ the overheating issue is cause for more concern. If it's due to lint buildup ~ it can be a fire hazard. I hope this helps with the problems you're having.

Dee 4 months ago

Hi I have the same problem as Derek any ideas pls & thanks

Bravewarrior 2 months ago

My dryer seems to have stopped mid cycle, but I can't be sure as the clothes inside were dry. However, when I went to add a new load, I noticed the top of the dryer was hot to the touch, but won't turn on. No noise, no nothing. I had my son unplug the unit (Kenmore) because I'm afraid a fire will erupt.

What do you think is the cause? Why is it hot but won't run?

Chad 6 weeks ago

I have a Samsung front load dryer. During mid cycle, it will shut off. The display screen will power off and you cannot turn it back on. After a few minutes, the screen will power back on and you can start it back up. But it won't last long. It seems like it is getting hot and shutting off. The duct looks free of debris. What could be the issue?

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