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    Need advice on fixing my Mum's clothes dryer

    I'm not sure what brand it is, she might've said Hotpoint, but her dryer is a fairly simple design and it's begging to have starting problems. When it's set to go and the start button is pressed the heating element heats up but the bin doesn't turn. If you open the door and rotate the bin by hand then apparently that loosens it up enough to start when you press the button again. If you run a second load of clothes after the first it'll start up ok with just the start button, but if left sitting for much time it requires a hand start. Once it gets going it runs just fine.

    I'm hoping this symptom is enough to diagnose what parts going bad and go in to do the swap. I don't have any experience working on a clothes dryer but I've changed out electric motors and bad capacitors on other equipment so I figure I should be able to get this done.

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    It sounds like the belt is worn out and needs to be replaced. There are also pads that the drum rides on that should be replaced while you have it apart. According to the label, it is a GE dryer. The model number is in the upper left corner of the label you posted. Belt wear is increased by loading too much weight into the drum.
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    Is the motor turning while the drum is sitting still. If so sounds like a bad belt or bad bearings. Do home owner dryers even have a rear bearing or is all rub pads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    Is the motor turning while the drum is sitting still. If so sounds like a bad belt or bad bearings. Do home owner dryers even have a rear bearing or is all rub pads.
    Bill D
    Mine has a spindle and bearing in the back that needs replacing every few years. It starts making noise, the wife squawks, it get replaced, life is good again.

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    Hotpoint appliances are made by GE. A quick Google search shows that model number is indeed a Hotpoint dryer.

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    Is it possible that the start capacitor needs replacing??

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    When it's ready for use and you press the "Start" button, can you hear the motor running to turn the drum?

    With the symptom that if it sets too long it has to be turned manually, I would check the belt, the idler spring arm and idler pulley. The idler pulley and spring arm are supposed to properly tension the belt.

    Looking at the parts manual, there isn't a motor start capacitor unless it's internal to the motor.
    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad hays View Post
    I'm not sure what brand it is, she might've said Hotpoint, but her dryer is a fairly simple design and it's begging to have starting problems. When it's set to go and the start button is pressed the heating element heats up but the bin doesn't turn. If you open the door and rotate the bin by hand then apparently that loosens it up enough to start when you press the button again. If you run a second load of clothes after the first it'll start up ok with just the start button, but if left sitting for much time it requires a hand start. Once it gets going it runs just fine.

    I'm hoping this symptom is enough to diagnose what parts going bad and go in to do the swap. I don't have any experience working on a clothes dryer but I've changed out electric motors and bad capacitors on other equipment so I figure I should be able to get this done.

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    Replace the belt. Key thing is you said it "heats up." Dryer elements won't come on unless motor is up to speed. (There is an on/off switch for heating element built into the motor.) Because the fan is direct connected to the motor, this prevents element from over heating, and causing a fire. This function is what makes dryer motors perfect for starter motor on a RPC.

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    Because the fan is direct connected to the motor, this prevents element from over heating, and causing a fire. This function is what makes dryer motors perfect for starter motor on a RPC.
    Not being sure about what an RPC might be, Dr Google was consulted:

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    RPC Radio Port Controller (PHS)
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    Still not sure…

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    Dit dit dit - - - sad news. The fight for acronym accuracy is lost. Acronym was coined to mean initials that could be pronounced as a word.
    Well, ….I knew we were losing… nothing to be done now but stack arms, and go home and use my acronym stickers for duct tape.
    Last edited by Mel Fulks; 07-26-2021 at 6:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    Not being sure about what an RPC might be, Dr Google was consulted:

    Still not sure…

    jtk
    Rotary Phase Converter, used to make three phase from single phase power. Pony motor gets three phase motor spinning, and then power is applied, with 3 phase being generated by 3 phase motor.

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    Thanks for the advice Lee Bill Jim Bryan Barry Ken Bruce and Mel. Lots of things to check out now.

    Ron Fitzgerald, I asked Mom about the motor running and she said she's been using the dryer a lot more over the past few weeks and it's starting like it should now, which probably points to some kind of mechanical problem v. electrical I would guess.
    If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years later. ~ Mark Twain
    History began on July 4, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake. ~ Ron Swanson
    The economy of what you say lends more to it's meaning than the depth of it's exclamation.

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    If the motor is spinning but the drum is not, as others have said replace the belt, not hard to do on a Whirlpool, or Maytag, but should not be bad on a GE product either & not really that expensive.

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    Right on, thanks Rollie.
    If the end of the world ever comes move to Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years later. ~ Mark Twain
    History began on July 4, 1776. Everything before that was a mistake. ~ Ron Swanson
    The economy of what you say lends more to it's meaning than the depth of it's exclamation.

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