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Troubleshooting a Dryer Not Spinning But Still Heating

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Do you have a clothes dryer not spinning but still heating? It's likely the result of an issue with the drive belt, belt tension pulley, or motor assembly. With this guide, you can find out how to identify and address the source of your problem quickly and efficiently.

The first step in troubleshooting a dryer not spinning but still heating up is to check the dryer belt. If it has slipped off, gently pull it back over the drum and engine pulleys until it is snug. Additionally, ensure that both tension pulley springs are securely attached to the frame of the dryer and provide enough tension for proper belt tightness.

The next step is to check the blower wheel and fan blade assembly. This directly pulls air through the dryer, providing heated air for the dryer mechanism. If it’s blocked with lint or debris, it won’t be able to do its job, and neither will your dryer. Clean out any blockage, making sure that all small pieces are removed, and reassemble.

The motor circuit breakers and/or switches in your dryer are the control mechanisms that allow it to start (and stop) spinning. These components should be tested first, as they could be causing the problem with your dryer not spinning. Check that your thermostats, thermal fuse, high limit switch and timer are all functioning properly to ensure that they are not disrupting the operation of your dryer.

As the tension arm of your dryer contains many parts, the most likely cause of non-spinning is the idler pulley armature. This idiomatic piece is responsible for putting tension on the belt in order to keep it secured and spinning. If this is not functioning properly, it’s possible that it could be hindering or preventing your dryer from spinning. Check to see if the armature is making any funny noises or struggling to spin when activated. If so, you should replace this part and check that it works correctly before troubleshooting any other issues.

It’s possible that your dryer is not spinning due to the timer being stuck in one mode. To reset this, unplug it from the socket and leave it for a few minutes before plugging it back in. Use caution when doing so, as you do not want to damage any of its electrical parts in the process. Change the cycle settings on the timer and test whether or not it begins spinning. If not, then continue to troubleshoot your dryer until you find out what’s causing the problem.