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Old 03-02-2009, 06:35 PM
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Model Number: DJXR433EC3WW   Brand: GE   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Thanks for reading my question!
I have a GE model DJXR433EC3WW Electric Dryer and wouldn't you believe after just right at 2 years old I have a problem. The heater and blower work fine but you have to hold the start swith in. The drum will not spin. I am curious as to if this problem is a bad belt or something else more expensive. Dryer is out of warranty and I would hate to pay several hundred dollars for something I could do myself. If anyone is experienced with this issue I would be very grateful with any suggestion.

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Open the front door and on the inside top are a couple screws holding the top down. Remove the screws and look at the drum to see of the belt in still in tack. My guess is it has broken and the belt switch is preventing the motor from operating. Easy enough to fix with a new belt. Just be careful when removing the front panel to pay attention to which color wire connects to each terminal on the door switch as they tend to fall off unexpectedly. If you find the belt still there, then something else is amiss.
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Open the front door and on the inside top are a couple screws holding the top down. Remove the screws and look at the drum to see of the belt in still in tack. My guess is it has broken and the belt switch is preventing the motor from operating. Easy enough to fix with a new belt. Just be careful when removing the front panel to pay attention to which color wire connects to each terminal on the door switch as they tend to fall off unexpectedly. If you find the belt still there, then something else is amiss.

You were absolutely correct I followed your instructions and it appears the belt has broken. I am buying a new belt online today and will replace it when it arrives. Is there a certain pattern in which the new belt should be fed with the pulley system. Any words of wisdom in replacing it so that I don't mess anything up? Thank you so much for your assistance - Sir!
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With the front of the dryer off, the belt will slide onto the drum and try to align it with the existing rub marks from the original belt. There is a routing for the belt and I will see if I can find an image or photo to post that might help.
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With the front of the dryer off, the belt will slide onto the drum and try to align it with the existing rub marks from the original belt. There is a routing for the belt and I will see if I can find an image or photo to post that might help.

Brian Thank you So Much this has proven to be very helpful. I have take apart the unit as you recommended. I understand how to replace the belt. On the motor there is the belt axle and just to the upper left there is a white spindle that I beleive the belt should go around. Just want to ensure that I route the belt correctly onto the unit. Any diagrams or addtional instructions would be greatly appeciated and again thank you for your time and sharing your knowledge. Much appreciated!
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You are doing good. I don't have a diagram handy, but as you can see, the idler roller will apply tension to the belt and it really will only work one way, so if it turns when you are done, you did it right.
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You are doing good. I don't have a diagram handy, but as you can see, the idler roller will apply tension to the belt and it really will only work one way, so if it turns when you are done, you did it right.

The belt is installed to the best of my knowledge. I put everything back together and come to find out that when I plugged the unit in and tried to start it using the switch nothing happens. I was careful to make a drawing of the door swith wires as to reconnect it. However the control panel did have a wire loose and I thought that I reconnected it correctly. What are some things that could cause the unit to not start up after reinstalling the belt? Thank you sir!
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Generally it would be the door switch not wired properly, or the belt is not on properly to activate the belt switch next to the motor. When the idler roller is tensioned with the belt installed, a normally open switch is actuated closing the motor circuit. If the door switch is wired wrong, the neutral side of the motor circuit will remain open. The start switch itself and the timer could also be a problem, but stick with the items you touched before moving into those items.
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