Tumble dryer drum not turning how to repair and replace the motor capacitor.

Here is a step by step guide of the process:

If your tumble dryer is not turning or you can only hear a low humming noise with no drum action then it is probably your capacitor or motor.

If power is getting to the tumble dryer but all you can hear is a humming noise then the motor or drum could be physically jammed. A more common explanation though is a faulty motor capacitor. Many tumble dryer motors use a capacitor start and if the tumble dryer capacitor goes faulty it may not produce the big kick of electricity which is needed to jump start the motor. It’s also possible for the motor itself to be at fault, maybe it has start windings instead of a capacitor and what you think is a capacitor could be a suppressor filter. Do not mess with this fault if you don’t know about capacitors, they can carry a large electrical charge and can give a very nasty shock – even some time after the dryer has been unplugged! They always need to be discharged first.

A good way to test is push the tumble dryer’s drum by hand and quickly shut the door which has allowed the motor to run see video for this. This implicates the start capacitor if one is fitted. Basically I put the dryer on and when it hums open the door, spin the drum and close the door quickly. It’s difficult to do as you can’t get the drum to turn much as it has a lot of resistance. I do it a differnt way in the video so be very careful not to do this if you do not have any idea about electrics

If this general advice doesn’t reveal anything simple you need to call in an engineer or friend who has electrical knowledge.


Grab the necessary parts and start repairing



12 Responses to “Tumble dryer drum not turning how to repair and replace the motor capacitor.”

  1. TruckerDoox says : Reply

    thanks followed your instructions to changed my capacitor . all working perfect again 🙂
    5 stars *****

  2. bob hope says : Reply

    Does it matter what way the wires go round on the capacitor? there are no + & – on them so i dont know.

  3. david roche says : Reply

    yea i think mine is gone so i may get a capacitor.,good bit of play on the bearing aswell,mabey thats what burnt out my capacitor.

  4. Craig Stone says : Reply

    I have an Estate EED4400WQ0 that is not turning (no motor hum, etc.), but the element is heating. Also, the element only shuts off when I turn the timer knob to one of the off positions – the element stays lit even when I open the door. I’ve seen numerous suggestions, but not sure where to start. Any thoughts?

  5. kambo11 says : Reply

    Fantastic instuctional video! Do you have any advice on changing the capacitor on a hoover 3530d tumbler please?
    It doesnt look as easy to get into as the one you operated on.
    Cheers

  6. how-2-repair.com says : Reply

    it should be on the hoover range

  7. godlins says : Reply

    It’s microfarad, not microfaran.

  8. Abdul R says : Reply

    Hi,
    i need bit help….
    i can hear is a humming noise but when i turn the drum physically , it starts running for few minutes and then it stop.but not humming noise.
    is it need a capacitor or a motor..??

  9. Abdul R says : Reply

    Hi,
    i need bit help….
    i can hear is a humming noise but when i turn the drum physically , it
    starts running for few minutes and then it stop.but not humming noise.
    is it need a capacitor or a motor..??

  10. perpetue kanga says : Reply

    hi I need help my tumble dryer is not turning but when I put it on I can smell like some thing is burn inside so I don’t known maybe is a tumble support or some thing else.so I need help.

  11. Richard says : Reply

    Hi I have a Hoover dyc893b dryer and it has the exact same fault, give the drum a push and away it goes. My only problem is how to get to the motor on this model. I have taken the top of but I cant see anything at the back to access the motor; Is access to the motor from the front of the machine any help appreciated

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