My GE dryer is very noisy. I took the drum out and ran the motor and it seems too noisy but spinning the motor manually, it feels that the bearings are smooth. Could it be that it is running on only 1/2 voltage? I checked voltage to the motor and it is getting 120 volts on both power wires. Do I need a motor or is there something I am missing?
Answer Hello Larry,
If the motor sounds too loud without pulling a load, It probably needs to be replaced. The only thing on a dryer that is 240Vac is the heating element. Everything else including the motor is 120Vac. The noise could be from a voltage issue caused by the windings in the motor shorting and actually changing the characteristics of the electrical circuit. If the windings don't have the correct resistance it will make the motor sound like a bearing is failing.
I just noticed the last statement in your question says you are getting 120Vac on two terminals at the same time. This could actually be a set of contacts sticking in the timer, feeding the voltage to the motor twice at the same time, OR it could also be a bad centrifugal switch on the motor that provides power to the start winding until start-up. When the motor starts, the switch is opened by the motor spinning and disconnects the voltage to the start winding. This will have to be determined by the use of a test meter to see if the centrifugal switch is dis-engaging the voltage.
How do I know if my motor is blown?
Answer Hello Tom. If there is power to the motor, and it just hums or does not run, you will need to replace the motor WE17X10010 in the unit. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
would you have the correct wiring diagrahm for the motor on this unit
Answer Joe, We were unable to find a wiring diagram for your dryer. We will be sending you what information we do have in regards to wiring the replacement motor. Thanks
Does the motor to the drum have a start or a run capacitor that allows it to function?
Answer Hello Joe. No, the switch is built into the motor assembly. If the motor does not run, and there is power to it, you will need to replace the motor kit WE17X10010. You can test this with a multi-meter TJMA-DMT3. Here is a link on how to use a multi-meter. http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven-repair-including-ranges-cooktops/4810-how-check-continuity-ohmmeter.html
My dryer sounds very loud. I checked it and found the lower felt lining bunched up a little to one side and not going the length. The drum turns ok, no scraping sound, it's got heat, seems normal otherwise, just louder. Thanks!
Answer Hello Allan,
I would check the ducting for the unit. The dryer ducting is, on average, the most neglected part of the American home. It is also the biggest hole in the average citizens' wallet. Think about it like this: The heat doesn't dry the clothes. If it did, you could put your clothes in the microwave and be done in a matter of minutes. In actuality, the air flow carries the moisture away from the clothes. The heat is an assistance to the air flow. It helps to evaporate the moisture and then the air flow can more easily carry the moisture away. Now think about the exhaust ducts. If they are excessively long or crimped or clogged, the dryer is just producing steam that it cannot get rid of. The dryer drum is riding on a felt seal and once you get so much back pressure, the heat lint and moisture that should have been carried away from the clothes through the duct is now blown past the drum seals into the cabinet of the unit. This is not desirable as this is where the motor, rollers, heating element, thermostats, etc. are located. This causes premature failure of the unit.
The way to avoid this is to make sure the exhaust is as short and straight as possible. This actually avoids clogs because the air flow is more capable of getting the heat, lint, and moisture out of the unit and out of the duct. A clogged or crimped exhaust duct loads the unit and makes it operate much more loudly than normal.
Please let me know if I can further assist you and have a great day.