What happened to my dryer?
April 10, 2011 9:12 PM Subscribe
was my electric dryer groaning? And what happened to it?
posted by ErWenn to technology (7 answers total)
So the dryer was running tonight (with the heat turned all the way down because it was a delicates load) and when it was almost done with the cycle, I stopped it, cleaned out the lint trap, and went to start it again (it usually takes a couple runs to get the delicates dry). When I pushed the knob in to start the dryer, it made a bizarre groaning/honking noise and did not start. I tried to start it several times with the same result. I'd pretty much given up on it for this load, but my girlfriend tried, and it made the sound, but it started up. I had to stop it again to throw some of the clothes back in, and operating under the hypothesis that she held it in longer than me, I held in the button for a couple seconds this time. It groaned and then a second later started tumbling.
This only just happened, so I don't have any of the extra data that I'll collect later (such as whether it will make the sound if I start it up when it hasn't been running recently).
Has anyone else had anything like this happen to them before? Is this something I should be worried about?
My only thought is that the motor is having difficulty moving the drum, --
Wait...breaking news! My girlfriend decided that the delicates were dry enough and swapped it out with the lights load (much heavier, if that's relevant). When she pressed and held down the knob, it groaned for a few seconds and then stopped groaning entirely without ever starting. Then she smelled burning rubber and stopped trying. So I guess the answer to whether I should've been worried, is "yes".
Now, I'm thinking that one of the belts gave way or something. Does this sound plausible, and is it the sort of thing that we can diagnose and replace on our own?