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GE Dryer
« on: November 03, 2008, 03:16:01 PM »
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I have a GE Tumble Dryer Model No. DISQ493DT.

Went to get my stuff out the dryer yesterday only to find still it damp.  Went to restart it, pressed the start button - it whirrs briefly as though it's going to go, then immediately stops.

It had obviously cut out mid way through the cycle as it was still 'ticking down'.

Hopefully it's something as simple as a belt, but I'm not usually that lucky!  It's one of those large American jobs.  

Any ideas?  Just need an idea of what I'm in for before I call the repair guy.

Probably something dead simple, but we just don't see many on this side of the pond.

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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 04:07:23 PM »
Tell him to bring a "large American motor" with him  :)
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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2008, 06:40:19 PM »
Tell him to bring a "large American motor" with him  :)
Thank you, I have spread the good news......

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 10:18:59 AM »
Hi Repair-man, :)

I'm the lady from the UK Whitegoods site with the above problem.  As these machines are pretty rare over here but common over there, I'd like to ask someone with hands on experience if you really think it's definitely the motor?

I press the on button, it makes the usual noise, then cuts out after one second.  There's no movement in the drum :(

It's just that it has also been suggested that it could be a fluff build up that is causing it to cut out as a safety measure.  I'm just so confused.  :-\ One remedy seems expensive, the other inexpensive.

I just want to gather as much information as I can to ascertain if it's worth reparing.  A motor does sound expensive.  Also, don't want to call the repair guy out only to be told it's not cost effective to fix, then be hit with a 50 call out charge for the pleasure!

I would really appreciate your advice.

Many thanks,

Sharon

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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 10:30:37 AM »
This could be a broken belt. I see that your model has a belt switch down by the motor pulley. If the belt breaks, the motor  will not run unless the start button is held. As you described earlier, the drum does not turn. All this points to a much simpler problem than a bad motor. Item #803 in the reference diagram below shows this switch.

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 11:39:49 AM »
Many thanks for your reply.  Do you suggest I hold the start button down to see if the motor still runs?  Am reluctant to press buttons and cause further damage unless I know what I'm doing, which I obviously don't!!!

Again, thanks.

Sharon

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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2008, 11:57:19 AM »
It cannot cause any further damage. If the drum is not turning, there's really no point.
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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2008, 12:09:45 PM »
Thanks so much for your help and advice.  I can call the repair guy armed with some information now.  I'll keep you posted on how it turns out.

Thanks again,

Sharon

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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2008, 01:07:56 PM »
Sometimes you can remove the top and give the old drum a yank whilst pressing down on the start button and get it going. Open the portal and locate the screws which hold down the top. Get them out and remove the top. In spect the glides to see if they are worn out. Most likely they are.
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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2008, 04:00:45 PM »
 ???What are the glides? Have they anything to do with the belt?  Are they expensive to replace?  Complete novice here! 

Need to know, 'cos I've got to brief the repair guy before he comes.

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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2008, 06:38:19 PM »
The glides mount on the bearing which is basically the inner front panel.
The rear end of the drum rides on a center bearing with a plastic hub. The plastic gets thinner and thinner and begins to squeal like worp... worp... worp.When the front wears down their is a scraping/rubbing sound. Open the ddryer door and remove the 2 screws up top that hold down the top. then the top will come off so you can get to the screws that hold the front on. Get the front off and inspect it. Get the drum out and clean it. You may find enough change to pay for the repairs. :D
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Re: GE Dryer
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2008, 01:47:40 AM »
Hi,

That noise you describe sounds very familiar.  It occurred about a year ago and ended up having (if my memeory serves correct) the bearing unit and pully idler replaced.

Sharon


 

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