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Why is my GE dryer not starting?

Why is my GE dryer not starting?

When I press the start button it hums like it is going to start but does not actually engage to start.


"Possible causes when it hums:

Drive Motor

The drive motor turns the drum and the blower wheel to exhaust the air. Before replacing the motor, first check the thermal fuse, start switch, and door switch. If all of these parts are working properly, but the motor is making a humming noise, remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for obstructions. If the blower wheel is clear of obstructions, the dryer motor might be at fault. If you suspect the motor is defective, replace it.

Belt Switch

On most dryers, when the dryer belt breaks, the motor will still run, but the drum won’t turn. However, some dryers have a switch that shuts off power to the dryer if the drive belt is broken. If this switch fails, it could shut off power to the dryer even when the belt is not broken. First, start the dryer and then listen for a humming noise. If the dryer makes a humming noise when you try to start it, this indicates that the belt switch is not defective. Next, search for your model number to determine if your dryer has a belt switch. If your dryer has a belt switch, use a multimeter to test the switch for continuity. If the switch does not have continuity, replace it."

"Hi @gdfisher ,

Here’s a list of the most common causes of the problem in your model dryer.

You may have to go through them one by one and check which one may be the culprit.

If you have an Ohmmeter you can check things like the interlock switch, the door switch and even the timer for continuity to make sure that they are OK.

Do all testing with the power totally disconnected from the dryer.

Here’s a link to the parts list. The diagrams should help in locating the various parts that you may need to check."

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