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Why Has My Tumble Dryer Stopped Spinning?

Getting your laundry dry during the summer can often be hard enough, as we can never be certain of prolonged dry / hot periods, during the winter months it can be even more difficult as the windows for hanging it out are even less.

Hanging the washing on your radiators to dry having a detrimental effect on your home and increases the likelihood of mould forming, many of us are turning to tumble dryers – with it being estimated 12.5 million household own such an appliance.

But what do you do when your tumble dryer stops spinning? We see no reason why you cannot fix it, by following our advice outlined in this post.

There are 3 common reasons why your tumble dryer will have stopped spinning, and we recommend you check each of these in order, starting with:

Problem With Tumble Dryer Drive Belt:

On occasion, as a result of general wear and tear as well as ageing of your appliance, the drive belt on your tumble dryer can become stretched, come loose or snapped completely. When this happens, the drum is likely to stop spinning.

The easiest way to test if the drive belt is the issue is to manually spin the drum. If the drum is easy to rotate then the belt isn’t providing the resistance it should, and is likely to have either come loose, stretched or snapped.

In such a situation, you’ll need to delve a bit deeper into fixing the appliance, and in our “How to Replace the Belt on a Vented Tumble Dryer (Hotpoint, Indesit or Creda)” video below, we explain how to access and replace the drive belt on your tumble dryer, enabling you to fix it with ease.

Should the belt be providing the resistance that you would expect when you manually rotate the drum, then the reason your tumble dryer has stopped spinning may be due to…

A Seized Tumble Dryer Drum:

If your tumble dryer’s drum is harder to manually move than you would expect, the reason may be due to the rear drum bearing wearing through and the drum support shaft being cut off by wear on the back panel or as a result of a worn pulley causing the belt to come off and jam.

Fixing either of these faults is likely to be more difficult than resolving an issue with a drive belt on your tumble dryer, but the two videos below – “How to Replace the Shaft and Bearings on a Tumble Dryer  and “How to Replace a Tumble Dryer Tension Pulley” – will guide you through both repair processes.

Faulty Motor or Capacitor:

When manually rotating the drum, if it rotates as it should – meaning the fault lies with neither the drive belt nor the drum being seized, the third possible reason is a fault with the motor capacitor.

A further sign the motor capacitor is the reason for your drum not rotating is a low humming sound noise coming from the appliance but the drum not moving. You’ll be able to narrow it down further to either the motor or capacitor by again spinning the drum and then closing the door.

If the drum continues to rotate the capacitor is more than likely going to be the reason for the fault. If however, the drum stops rotating the fault is likely to lie with the motor. In either situation, our video “How To Replace a Motor Capacitor on a Beko Tumble Dryer” will provide the guidance on how to fix the fault at home.

By taking the time to check these three areas of your appliance, should help you to fix the fault with your tumble dryer not spinning. And should you require any replacement tumble dryer parts or accessories to fix it, you’ll find them at a great price and with fast delivery with us.

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  1. geomineral.ru

    on June 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Has your drum stopped spinning? If the drum is harder to manually move than it normally is, then the drum may have seized up. There are a lot of moving parts in electric dryers that make the dryer spin, and when these wear down or if they are badly fitted, then the drum can seize up.

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