good evening glenn.after you try restarting it ,what will it do?
it trys to turn slowly and then stops and hums
hmm,ok that would be a motor issue
the motor is brand new
if you manually rotate the drum by hand,does it have tension?
ok about how long ago did it stop again?
My wife put a load in the dryer about 6 days ago, and while we were in our bedroom we heard a loud bang and smelled burning. I unplugged the dryer and went to bed. I looked at it the next morning and found the belt shredded - it was a new belt. The motor smeeld fried, so ordered and replaced the motor about 3 days ago. We tried to start a load of laundry and it started fine....for about 2 minutes and shut off
ok the motor spinning freely from the blower.that will cause this problem as well
so if you try to restart it right away,will it run?
not exactly. I just now turned the dryer on with no wet clothes in it and it seems to run fine. I am asking my wife to put a load of wet clothes in and start it to see what happens
are you still with me?
i will be on standby.
ok, the dryer drum stops turning in about a minute after a load of clothes are in it. If I take the clothes out it turns ok. If I put the clothes back in now it won't turn with the motor, but I can spin it by hand
could it be a sensor letting the dryer get too hot? It seems to run with the motor when you first put clothes in it while it is cool and then stops once it reaches a temperature.
ok yes check the exhaust vent for any blockage,
that will cuase this problem as well
just one question,do you notice the top cover getting hot?
or very warm?
top is normal warm, no blockage in the exhaust vent. Again motor turned drum just fine with no noise or over heating when there are no clothes in it. If it were a sensor, would it make it over heat with or without clothes?
ok I just tried putting in about half the amount of clothes and it seems to run ok. now please know that we don't over load our dryer. it used to take the amount of clothes, and more, than we put in when this problem developed. I only have a small amount of clothes in it now and it is still running
Is there a sensor that controls load? would the sensor on the belt tension pulley arm shut it off?
Well that was a bust...it stopped again, but it took longer with less clothes in it
I understand that sometimes a manufacturer can give you a defective part, in this case a motor, but Isn't it odd that 2 motors (the old and new one) would do the same exact thing? Could it be a plug, or the outlet?
Before I accept your answer for you to get paid, would you mind if I contact GE and ask them to swap out the new motor to see if this works?
Hi, Over the weekend I had a chance to completely tear apart the dryer venting tubes and find absolutely no blockage, not even a small one. I try to always keep it clear decrease the chance of fire, so I did't really expect to find any. The problem continues to exist.
I am no expert on this by any means, which is why I turn to folks like you, but I guess I don't understand how a cycling thermostate could be the problem when it works fine with a smaller load in it. I would think that the cycling thermostat would kick off the motor no mattter what size load that I have in the dryer if it thinks that the cycle should end early? The problem appears to be related to load capacity and not a timing event.
I plan to take the top of the dryer off tonight and watch exactly what it does when I put a normal size load in it. I wish that I could see around the drum to the motor area to see what's going on there, but as you know the drum takes up the entire space. I am wondering if the motor actually wants to keep turning, but the drum is locking up, or getting caught up on something during a full load. Could it possibly be the plastic roller that keeps tension on the belt? That would make sense to me if the heavier load is creating more drag on the belt and if the plastic roller is not right in terms of being out of round, it would lock up and the belt would be under greater pressure when trying to turn with the motor and the belt would burn up like it did before I replaced the motor?
Okay, last night I took the top off of the dryer and watched what happened when I put a full load of laundry in it. This time it did not stop as it previously did. I did another load and again it cycled through completely. My wife told me that just 2 days ago she could not dry more than 2 towels at a time because it kept stopping with any more than that. I know for sure it was stopping with any more than a half load in it, as I saw it myself. I don't get why it seems to be okay now?
I will do more laundry over the next few days and see how it goes. I will get back to you sometime next week to give you an update?