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76 GE Dryer Motor Replacement
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Post# 1058461   1/22/2020 at 22:36 (1,153 days old) by Geextrarinse (Hudson Valley, New York )        

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Hi everybody! So I finally had a chance to plug in this old GE dryer I got over a year ago. I replaced the belt and cleaned it all out. The motor doesnít turn freely and is rusty. When I push the start button- It just hums. Iíd like to know what model I need to replace it. There are several motors on eBay now, I just need to know the right one to get. This set is for a friend of mine so I need to be sure itís reliable. Thatís why Iím opting to just replace the motor. If anyone knows a part number, or has any advice, that would be most helpful!


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Post# 1058465 , Reply# 1   1/22/2020 at 23:13 (1,153 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I found one on ebay for a good price..


Post# 1058468 , Reply# 2   1/23/2020 at 00:03 (1,153 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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It took you a year to simply plug these in and test these beauties?


I'm going to need to see some credentials.  I don't believe you are an actual member of this club.



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Post# 1058480 , Reply# 3   1/23/2020 at 05:13 (1,153 days old) by Geextrarinse (Hudson Valley, New York )        
Thanks Greg!

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I ordered that one for $39.00! Thatís a big help!

Iíll let you all know how I progress!


Post# 1058488 , Reply# 4   1/23/2020 at 07:00 (1,153 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Replacing The Motor In A 70s GE Dryer

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Hi Matthew Yes a new motor should solve the problem. If the old motor is a round gray one these can be dissembled and oiled, if the old one is the gray welded together design just recycle it.


Take pictures of the process and come visit next time Jon is here, I have several GEs we can get into.


John L.

Post# 1058499 , Reply# 5   1/23/2020 at 09:20 (1,153 days old) by Geextrarinse (Hudson Valley, New York )        
Hi John!!

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Funny you should say that... it IS the round grey motor and I remember thinking to myself- wow this motor is nice! I was saddened when it didnít work but it still moves, just not as it should. I will definitely repair it as I havenít seen one like it before. Iíll definitely be down again/ hopefully this summer!

Thanks for your help!

Post# 1058503 , Reply# 6   1/23/2020 at 10:06 (1,153 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Round GE Dryer Motors

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Often these motors just need oil, when in a low use dryer we used to see these get stiff and not want to start.

GE used 1/6 & 1/4 HP motors and the 1/6 HP motors did this more often, the replacement motor you ordered will be a 1/3 HP motor.

John L.

Post# 1058534 , Reply# 7   1/23/2020 at 15:26 (1,153 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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It took you a year to simply plug these in and test these beauties?



I'm going to need to see some credentials.  I don't believe you are an actual member of this club.


I have more than a few that I have never plugged in. Some I've had 7-8 years or more.

Post# 1058537 , Reply# 8   1/23/2020 at 16:49 (1,153 days old) by bradfordwhite (West Coast, U.S.)        

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Yeah, and you have a barn filling up with them from the sounds of it.
If there were a good-at-heart humane society for appliances it sounds like it would be in Indiana.

You have a gold card membership in my book.

Post# 1059758 , Reply# 9   2/6/2020 at 11:02 (1,139 days old) by Geextrarinse (Hudson Valley, New York )        
Thank you everyone!

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...for your help and suggestions. I got the new motor in the dryer and it works! It had been sitting unused for quite some time before this. When I start the machine, thereís a bit of scraping noises that then go away and I canít pinpoint where they are coming from. The slide bearings seem to be alright and the blower wheel turns without any obstruction. The motor is aligned as it should be. Any ideas? Itís working great otherwise. Heats up very nicely and does a beautiful job drying the clothes. My friend who I gifted this set to is amazed by how good of a job it does with the cat hair. I need to get the dryer running smoothly so I can rely on it and leave it with my friend without having issues. I did save the old round grey motor so I can repair it. Any suggestions on how to do that would be great as Iíd love to have a spare. The shaft turns but only with great effort and this is why it wouldnít start. Let me know what you think!

Also, as you can see in the pic, I extended the drain pipe and the dryer exhaust and put them in the more user friendly positions...

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Post# 1059810 , Reply# 10   2/6/2020 at 18:08 (1,139 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
GE Dryer Scraping Noise

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Hi Matthew, It is likely the blower wheel scraping a little, Take the drum out and try spinning the motor while pushing forward and backwards on the motor and pulling upward at the rear of the motor to simulate the pull of the belt and see if the scrapping happens while you are doing this and then adjust the position of the blower on the motor shaft to eliminate.

The old motor can be taken apart and lubricated or you can drill holes in the ends and do it without taking it all apart.

John L.

Post# 1059827 , Reply# 11   2/6/2020 at 21:05 (1,139 days old) by Geextrarinse (Hudson Valley, New York )        

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Thank you John! Iíll try that next time Iím up there.

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