Reasons Your Dryer Isn’t Spinning

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Your dryer is an essential household appliance. When it stops spinning, it can put your daily chores to a screeching halt. 

It’s a familiar predicament: You go to put a load of wet towels in the dryer, only to find that your dryer won’t spin.

If your dryer stops spinning, consider these common issues and don’t hesitate to place a claim for Home Warranty One home warranty coverage when your appliances or systems experience a problem. 

#1 There is a problem with the dryer belt

The most common reason a dryer stops spinning is that the dryer belt is broken. Dryers work by spinning a rotating barrel like a clock. The belt that wraps around the barrel wears down over time and eventually will need to be replaced. When the belt needs to be replaced, you must disassemble the dryer to expose the barrel. 

#2 There is a problem with the drum roller

Most dryers have two or three rollers to support the base of the barrel as it rolls. These rollers look like small wheels at the bottom of the dryer’s barrel. They sit on six axles. You should listen for a squeaking noise while the dryer is on. The squeaking is an indication that the rollers are experiencing a problem. 

#3 There is a problem with the drum glide

Dryers contain a small piece of plastic intended to decrease friction between the front of the dryer and the dryer barrel. When this piece wears down or gets caught in the wrong place, the dryer’s drive motor becomes stressed and won’t be able to spin.

#4 There is a problem with the drum bearing

The back of your dryer’s barrel holds a drum bearing at its center, holding the barrel in place as it spins. If this bearing becomes worn out, it can hinder the dryer from spinning. You may also notice a loud grinding noise coming from the back of the dryer. 

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#5 There is a problem with the blower wheel

Your dryer’s drive motor holds a blower wheel. When this wheel becomes obstructed, it can cause the motor to stop working. There are many reasons for a dryer’s drive motor to fail, so you will need to troubleshoot the issue to find the exact reason. In the end, most times, you will need to replace a failed motor. 

#6 Your roller axles are worn

When the dryer’s drum’s roller axels are worn out, the drum rollers can’t spin freely. This will cause the dryer to stop. As you check the rollers for signs of wear, you should examine the drum roller axles as well. If you notice the drum rollers are spinning freely without wobbling, that means the axles are in good shape. If, however, the roller wobbles, you must replace the axles.

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Why you need a home warranty for your dryer

When a dryer stops spinning, it is a mechanical problem. Mechanical problems are hard for the average homeowner to fix themselves. Dryers are complex appliances that must be disassembled to be fixed. They also have unique parts that need to be replaced. Experienced technicians have access to all of the tools, parts, and knowledge needed to fix your dryer.

Home Warranty One provides coverage on mechanical damage to your washer and dryer, including all modules, components, and parts of washing machine and the dryer needed to get them back to working as they should. Contact us today to find out more about our home warranty policies and coverage options. We look forward to hearing from you!

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