Dryer Not Spinning

By Fix4U Team
Dryer, Laundry Appliances

You load up a cycle, press start, and instead of the usual comforting tumbling sound, your dryer just sits motionless. No spinning means no progress getting those clothes dry.

When a dryer fails to perform its signature spin, it’s extremely frustrating. But the inability to spin is usually due to just a handful of component failures that can be corrected with easy repairs.

This dryer not spinning troubleshooting guide from the pros at Fix4U Repairs will walk through what commonly stops dryers from spinning and how to diagnose and fix the problem.

What Prevents a Dryer From Spinning?

These issues typically cause a dryer to not spin:

  • Broken Drive Belt: The drive belt connects the motor to the drum and allows it to turn. Damaged belts slip or snap.
  • Seized Drum Rollers: With enough wear and tear over time, the front or rear drum rollers can seize up and prevent spinning.
  • Faulty Drive Motor: If the electric motor fails, the drive belt has nothing turning it to spin the drum. Burnt windings are usually to blame.
  • Stuck Drum: Obstructions stuck inside the dryer drum, damaged glides, or a non-round drum can all contribute to seizing.
  • Bad Door Switch: A malfunctioning door switch signals to the dryer that the door is still open, so it won’t spin.
  • Blown Thermal Fuse: The thermal fuse shuts off power to prevent overheating. If blown, the dryer won’t start.
  • Loose Wiring: Electrical components like the timer, motor, and sensors need solid connections to operate properly.

How to Troubleshoot a Dryer Not Spinning

Start basic dryer spinning troubleshooting with these steps:

  • Verify dryer is plugged into a working outlet and has the proper voltage.
  • Check if the dryer drum spins freely by hand when empty.
  • Inspect the drive belt for damage and improper alignment.
  • Test door switch continuity with a multimeter.
  • Assess drum glides and interior for obstructions preventing spinning.
  • Remove front panel to access components and wiring.

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How to Fix a Dryer That Won’t Spin

Once the issue is identified, most non-spinning causes can be fixed with simple repairs:

Replace Drive Belt

  1. Remove old belt and check pulleys for damage.
  2. Loop new belt over pulleys and adjust to proper tension.
  3. Reattach panels and test for smooth operation.

Replace Seized Rollers

  1. Support front drum edge then remove retaining clips and rollers.
  2. Install new rollers on shafts and secure with retaining clips.
  3. Check rear roller through access panel. Replace as needed.

Replace Bad Door Switch

  1. Disconnect two door switch wires.
  2. Remove mounting screws and install new door switch.
  3. Reconnect wires to proper terminals.

Replace Drive Motor

  1. Unplug dryer and disconnect belt from motor pulley.
  2. Remove mounting screws and detach motor wires.
  3. Install new motor, reconnect wires and belt.
  4. Reassemble dryer and verify smooth, proper spinning.

Preventing Future Dryer Spinning Problems

Carry out proper preventive maintenance:

  • Inspect the belt monthly for wear/damage. Replace belts every 5 years.
  • Periodically lubricate drum rollers and slides with lithium grease.
  • Clean lint buildup around motor and wiring to prevent overheating failures.
  • Verify dryer is properly leveled so drum doesn’t contact housing.

Don’t put up with the hassle of a dryer that won’t perform its basic function – spinning your clothes dry! The appliance repair experts at Fix4U Repairs can quickly get any dryer spinning like normal again. Contact us at (647) 363-5205!

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