GE Dryer Motor Troubleshooting

Some common dryer motor trouble makers....

GE style dryer - motor problems: A few common motor problems would be ...I push/turn the start button but he motor only hums or the motor shuts off before the cycle is suppose to be finished or the motor is dead. If you decide to change your own motor remember to write down what color wires go to what # terminals before removing any wires from the motor. This style dryer has a fan blower on one end of the motor, just loosen the 3/8" screw in the middle of the fan blower to remove the motor, don't remove this screw.

I push/turn the start button and the motor just hums: Check for something jammed in the fan blower, worn glides or rear bearing jamming the drum, but unfortunately 9 times out of 10 this is a bad motor and you will need a new one.

I push/turn the start button and my motor starts up, but the motor makes a loud growl or buzz on start up. This is often the first signs of a motor going sour.

The motor shuts off before the cycle is suppose to be finished: Make sure you read up dryer vents in the basics section. GE newer style dryers have a motor thermostat built into the element cage, do to poor air flow this thermostat will shut off the motor until the heating cage cools down, the dryer vent will have to be check and probably cleaned out. Motor's also have a built in safety thermostat switch, make sure the motor is not covered with lint and that the endbells are not plugged with lint. As the motor runs it draws air across it self to keep it cool while running, these end bells must be lint free.

The motor is dead: A test to see if motor is any good, hook up a test cord to terminals 4 & 5 on the motor, plug into a 120 volt outlet to see if the motor will run. If motor runs, the trouble is elsewhere, ( like a possibility open door switch, timer, safety motor thermostat ) if the motor is still dead with direct power to it, the motor is bad.

New section on something you should look out for when checking for a possible bad motor. Check this out.

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