Hear buzz noise vut not starting
Hi, my ge spacemaker 3 cycle dryer stopped working this morning. When u press the start button u just hear buzz sound but it doesnt start
If it's the motor buzzing/humming when the start button is pushed then it likely has a bad motor. Open the door and manually reach in and rotate the drum in the counter clockwise direction for a couple of complete revolutions and then shut the door and see if the dryer will start. If the dryer starts; this would indicate a bad motor and it will need to be replaced. If it does not start and continues to hum try this; Open the door and press and hold the door switch in. Rotate the drum counter clockwise and have some one press start while the drum is turning. If the dryer starts, replace the motor.
Open dryer , take motor out, vacuum all lint, or blow away from motor, see if spindle turn, disasemble motor, clean lubricate , replace any worn bearings ( none) , reassemble motor , apply voltage.
Reinstall , cost $10
I though This site is called ifixit , not I replace it.
If buzzing but not turning unless you spin it by hand and quickly shut door and press start, then it is not usually a bad motor, just a bad start/run capacitor. A new motor may cost as much almost as much as a new machine, a new capacitor might give you change out of £10 / $12
What is the model number of the dryer?
A humming motor that continues to run after it has been “helped” to start is usually a sign that either the start capacitor is faulty or the start winding in the motor is faulty.
It is a bit hard to measure the start winding with an Ohmmeter as it is internally connected in parallel to the run winding via a centrifugal switch inside the motor assembly. The switch operates when the motor is up to speed and disconnects the start winding as it can now operate on the run winding only. More economical as there is less current required. Also start winding uses thin wires which heat quickly, so you don’t want it powered on for too long and run winding has thicker wires for long operating times
The start winding is only used to help provide sufficient magnetism (along with the run winding) to overcome the inertia of the motor in the at rest position and to rotate the motor armature and get to the designed operating speed.
The capacitor (if it has one) is the cheaper option to try first, especially as you can disconnect and measure it (to a degree anyway) to see if it is OK