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    Help my tumble dryer is dead!!!!

    Ok my tumble dryer is seriously ill. It is a 2 and a half year old hoover condenser. when i turn it on it is heating up but is not spinning. If i turn the drum then it starts spinning but then when it needs to change direction it stops again and you need to turn the drum again. It still works but just doesn't spin. what do you think is wrong with it? how much do repairs usually cost for this sort of thing? any comments are welcome.

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    Needs A New Belt(not An Expensive Job)

    Take off the screws at the back

    Lift off the cover

    Look at the drum

    Can you see a black belt going all the way around? Is the belt loose?

    If the belt is loose it's most likely come off the motor at the bottom of the drum and you can put it back on yourself if the belt is still tight your motors gone, they're expensive to replace and your better off buying new

    If there is no belt you need to buy a new belt (around £15) and you can either fit it yourself (very easy to do) or pay an engineer to do it (should be no more than £50 for parts and labour

    I know by the way both my Dad and step dad are domestic appliance engineers and i've fixed enough driers with them

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    RedIron;2815793

    Take off the screws at the backLift off the coverLook at the drumCan you … Take off the screws at the backLift off the coverLook at the drumCan you see a black belt going all the way around? Is the belt loose?If the belt is loose it's most likely come off the motor at the bottom of the drum and you can put it back on yourself if the belt is still tight your motors gone, they're expensive to replace and your better off buying newIf there is no belt you need to buy a new belt (around £15) and you can either fit it yourself (very easy to do) or pay an engineer to do it (should be no more than £50 for parts and labourI know by the way both my Dad and step dad are domestic appliance engineers and i've fixed enough driers with them



    Yep the belt is tightly fitted all the way around the drum. when i turn the drum with the dryer on it carries on spinning fine untill it needs to turn, at which point it stops and needs to be kick started again by turning. would this be possible if the motor has gone?

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    thanks for your comments by the way, have some rep:thumbsup:

    badgerrules;2815853

    Yep the belt is tightly fitted all the way around the drum. when i turn … Yep the belt is tightly fitted all the way around the drum. when i turn the drum with the dryer on it carries on spinning fine untill it needs to turn, at which point it stops and needs to be kick started again by turning. would this be possible if the motor has gone?



    Yes it sounds to me like the motor has gone, the control board could also be gone (even more expensive) but they're generally not very sophisticated on tumblers and rarely go wrong.

    I would say that the motor is having difficulties getting started and just needs a kick start, it will eventually completely go

    Could you post the Make & Model of your drier for me

    Also quick question is the machine noticeably noisier than usual

    It's a shame as if your belt was gone it would have been a cheap fix, still depending on what the problem is and if your happy to replace a part it may not end up too expensive

    save power, money and the environment and dump it!!!

    rob585;2815918

    save power, money and the environment and dump it!!!



    Don't you mean take it to a scrap yard so it can be recycled

    Also some people rely heavily on a tumble drier and cant just get rid of them, I have a C rated washer dryer, very bad for the environment but I couldn't live without lol

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    RedIron;2815894

    Yes it sounds to me like the motor has gone, the control board could also … Yes it sounds to me like the motor has gone, the control board could also be gone (even more expensive) but they're generally not very sophisticated on tumblers and rarely go wrong.I would say that the motor is having difficulties getting started and just needs a kick start, it will eventually completely goCould you post the Make & Model of your drier for meAlso quick question is the machine noticeably noisier than usualIt's a shame as if your belt was gone it would have been a cheap fix, still depending on what the problem is and if your happy to replace a part it may not end up too expensive



    it is a hoover performa plus ppc160, and yes it was a lot noisier before it had this problem. we always tried to put it on when we were out as the noise was so irritating.

    badgerrules;2815949

    it is a hoover performa plus ppc160, and yes it was a lot noisier before … it is a hoover performa plus ppc160, and yes it was a lot noisier before it had this problem.



    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but i'm 99% sure you need one of these;

    espares.co.uk/par…tml

    Hoover only sell their products with a 1 year warranty too, they're rubbish too

    Not much you can do to be honest, I would recommend you get a local engineer to come out though for a second opinion most do a free call out

    If you buy a new appliance Miele are great but expensive, a decent priced Bosch will last you years too. Stay clear from Indesits and Whirlpools and always look for reviews on your product before you buy to make sure that it isn't a re branded Indesit (yes they sell Indesit machines with a different brand name on them!)

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    RedIron;2816000

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but i'm 99% sure you need one of … Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but i'm 99% sure you need one of these;http://www.espares.co.uk/part/tumble-dryers/hoover/ppc160-80/p/1088/107/0/677661/668149/main-motor.htmlHoover only sell their products with a 1 year warranty too, they're rubbish tooNot much you can do to be honest, I would recommend you get a local engineer to come out though for a second opinion most do a free call outIf you buy a new appliance Miele are great but expensive, a decent priced Bosch will last you years too. Stay clear from Indesits and Whirlpools and always look for reviews on your product before you buy to make sure that it isn't a re branded Indesit (yes they sell Indesit machines with a different brand name on them!)



    Thanks for your help, it is best to know exactly what it is than to be in the dark about it. At least it is "summer" so i don't need one immediately. thanks again for your help:thumbsup:

    its almost certainly the brushes in the motor. a simple job to replace and they should only cost about a tenner

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    wolf359;2816034

    its almost certainly the brushes in the motor. a simple job to replace … its almost certainly the brushes in the motor. a simple job to replace and they should only cost about a tenner



    problem is i would not know where to start with it, sounds interesting though £10 sounds better than £200 on a new dryer.

    you basically loosen a few bolts move the motor, then at either side of the motor you'll find the brushes (little carbon squares with a spring and wire attached) these wear down and in some cases are in a holder you unclick, whilst in others they simply slide out. pop em out and slide in the new ones. pop the motor back in and replace the bolts. usually takes about 10 minutes from start to finish

    link to more info
    ukwhitegoods.co.uk/mod…156
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