Dryer won't start but makes humming sound

by Deb Osmundson
(Creve Coeur, IL)

I have a Maytag Performa dryer. For the past several weeks the dryer had been making a dull rattling noise, something I associated with the rotation of the tub. Now, when I press the Start button, it hums and doesn't start. Any ideas?

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Hi Deb,

There are a few things it can be.

Open the dryer door and press the door switch. Then have someone press the start button. When it starts to buzz try turning the drum by hand.

If when you do this the dryer starts and runs normal your problem will be in the motor. Try cleaning the motor and see if this problem goes away. If you have an air compressor or a compressed air tank blow the motor out and vacuum it out. If not just vacuum it out.

If the drum will not turn or turning the drum doesn’t make the dryer run look for anything hung in the blower wheel. Also look for anything that may hamper the turning of the drum such as a worn drum roller or worn slides. The drum roller will be behind the drum at the back and the slide will be at the front.

Typically neither the rollers nor the slide will wear out to the point that the drum will not turn but it can happen.

If none of this will get your dryer going you have a bad motor.

I hope this helps!

Thank you,

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by: Anonymous

tips works thank you!!

by: Anonymous

Right after Christmas, and a divorce that left me pretty broke...
RIGHT in the middle of a weeks worth of laundry this happened... looked this up, followed directions, pulled a hotwheels car, lighter and pair of underwear out... used a leaf blower and blew out the dirt.. and just like new! Thanks so much for the advice! I was not sure what I would have done if it didn't work!

Thanks for this tip
by: Bill

thanks for this tip...so easy to fix my 5 year old helped me. Whew!!!..was really not wanting to buy a new dryer right now.

Dryer making noise ate!
by: Anonymous

I have an admiral model and I am having the same issues so I'm going to try this out. I hope I have to follow the same steps!

by: Anonymous

This REALLY worked for me. I did exactly what you told DEB and it's been running fine since then. I did not vacuum the motor as you suggested because I didn't know how. So I'm concerned that I could experience the same issue in the future. But it's been over a month without any further problems and I do laundry weekly. Thank you.

thought the motor was gone
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much! Did as you said and got the drum to turn and the heating element lit up! You're awesome!

Dryer won't start
by: Anonymous

I have a maytag and when I push the start button it hums then I hear a click and it no longer hums wait about 1 minute I'll hear a click then when I push the button it hums again

leafblower !
by: Anonymous

Love the creative thinking that thought to use a leafblower to blow out the motor !!

by: Richard

Thanks very much for your advice Shawn. It worked for me.

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by: Antonyonymous

thanks for the tip. I just follow what you said, shawn. I pressed the door switch while pressing the start botton at the same time, the dryer runs normally. Thank you.

It worked!
by: Steph

Thank you so much for your post. I followed the directions exactly as you indicated and it took care of the problem. My husband was thrilled that he didn't have to spend a Saturday afternoon dealing with yet another broken appliance!

Great help!
by: Anonymous

I was sure I was going to have to call a repair person. Your tip to hold the door button and manually turn the drum worked like a charm! Thank you!

by: Betsy

You surely saved me money as well as time waiting for a repair professional. I just wish I had found you before I got out all my tools and climbed behind the dryer.
Thank you so very much. I am one happy grandmama.

Worked for me too
by: Tony Vee

I'm not sure why this worked ... but it did! Thank you very much for the help provided. My G.E. machine would hum when the start button was turned but it would not start and would not turn.

Lo and behold, after checking the door switch and realizing that was not the issue, I then pulled off the back cover revealing the motor and vacuumed it off with a hand vac. I then grabbed a small air compressor that I usually use to blow up airbeds. I turned that onto the motor and watched dust fly everywhere. I vacuumed out the motor area once again ... and voila ... she started spinning again.

Thanks for the info. Hopefully she keeps on running.

Saved me money!
by: Anonymous

I have a Kenmore electric dryer. It worked!!! Thank you so much!

Dryer won't start but makes humming sound
by: Virgilio

Opened and checked and cleaned inside the dryer I found that the motor won't turning when I press start and it works normal if I help to tunn the motor

It worked!!
by: Anonymous

I also tried what you recommended for Deb to try. Mine was humming but nothing else. Works perfectly now. Thank you for this help. Just saved me a lot of money and stress.

It works!
by: Anonymous

Just tried this when our dryer made the humming noise...worked perfect. Thanks for the information

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