It’s not fun when you’re looking forward to clean, fresh clothes, but the dryer makes squeaking or grinding noises when you turn it on – or even heating without spinning. You can attribute this to a variety of reasons. The most common reason is that after years of use, your worn-out GE dryer may need to be replaced.
Before waving goodbye to your appliance, though, consider inspecting some of the most common parts to malfunction in your dryer. It could be a minor technical issue resolved with a setting or replacement.
Frequent culprits of a GE dryer not spinning are the child lock, drum belt, door level, drum bearing, drum roller, or drive motor.
Fortunately, these problems can be easily resolved without the hassle and waste of replacing an otherwise fully functional dryer.
1. Active Child Lock
Each household is different. Some users put effective child locks on everything to protect younger family members from any untoward incident. If you have activated the child lock in the past, double check its status and verify that it is now off, as the dryer will not spin freely when it is active. If you can’t turn it off or if turning it off doesn’t allow the dryer to spin, it’s time to replace the lock.
2. Unresponsive Door Lever
One of the safety features every GE dryer has is a dependable door lever. Some models instantly turn on the bulb inside the dryer when this is opened. Due to repeated usage, this may become loose or broken and won’t prompt the dryer control system, preventing the dryer from starting and spinning.
You can quickly test the door lever with a multimeter. Analog or digital will do. Place the black probe of the meter to one metal prong and the red probe of the meter onto the other metal prong. An interrupted or nonexistent continuity (measured in ohms) indicates that the lever needs to be replaced.
3. Overused Dryer Drum Belt
Your GE dryer drum belt is a piece that assists the drum’s rotation, making sure that the heated air dries your clothes properly. The belt goes around the entire drum connecting to the drive pulley, then to the idler pulley (which is responsible for applying tension to the dryer drum belt).
Like all washing appliances, when the dryer overloaded and the idler pulley drum glides or is overused, the drum belt can stretch or break, causing the motor not to rotate. In some cases, it can even activate a switch that also stops the motor from running and the dryer from spinning.
Watch for these signs that your GE dryer is already worn out and may need replacing:
When you press the Start button, you hear an unusual electric motor sound, almost like a humming sound
An increased rate of spins in the drum by hand turn
An unsettling grinding noise once you start the dryer
Each dryer model has its own unique drum dryer belt. Check the specific dryer belt that you need to replace use the full model number of your specific dryer. If it’s a worn-out dryer belt and you want to replace it yourself, there are many DIY tutorial solutions online since it isn’t a challenging job. You may do it for the cost of the belt.
4. Unsupportive Drum Bearing
GE dryer drum bearing supports the rear of the drum as it tumbles your clothes during the drying cycle. Some dryers also have front bearings. If you notice that the drum doesn’t tumble as it should, or if you hear unusual humming noises, the drum bearing might be the culprit.
As long as you’re getting the electricity to your dryer, you can still make it run without one set of bearings However, there’s a good chance that your dryer will get damaged by the additional friction.
Here’s a YouTube link to replacing drum bearing in GE Dryers.
5. Malfunctioning Drum Roller
You can find the dryer wheels and drum rollers on the rear of the dryer panel in the appliance cabinet. This works hand in hand with the dryer drum as it holds the drum in place and works to make sure it spins freely and seamlessly without straining the drive motor.
If you have malfunctioning drum support rollers, you may hear sounds similar to those you hear when some other parts are not working – dragging, screeching, or thumping, for instance, proves the drum rollers or their axles are worn and need to be fully replaced.
6. Faulty Drive Motor
If your dryer’s drive motor malfunctions, expect to hear the blower wheel struggling to spin – or worse, to hear it not turn at all. Consult with your technical to replace a broken drive belt from the dryer and make sure to simultaneously have the drive motor replaced with the manufacturer-approved dryer part.
If you require maintenance or need trusted tips for your dryer motor, roller, or other repair, get in touch with your service provider for your dryer needs and they’ll be more than happy to assist you with whichever parts of your dryer can be saved or need to be completely replaced.