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Thread: Whirlpool dryer Model LHI 5801WO tries to start, but won't

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    Default Whirlpool dryer Model LHI 5801WO tries to start, but won't

    I have a Whirlpool gas dryer model LHI 5801WO. When I push the start button, the dryer makes a humming, buzzing noise and it seems as if the motor is trying to start(the lights dim in the room) but won't. After about 5 seconds of holding down the start button you hear a clicking noise (relay?) then the dryer will not make any noise at all and won't start. Waiting a few minutes will reset the relay. I can move the drum by hand from the inside of the dryer so there doesn't seem to be any binding issues. Is it a probable bad motor?

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    Sounds like you have a weak breaker, thats the main cause of your lights dimming when you try to start your dryer. Breakers can wear out over time. I would have an electrician check that first.

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    Jake, thanks for the quick reply. I ran a heavy duty drop cord to another circuit in the house but the dryer still does the same thing. After I tried it again on the original outlet, I watched the lights again and I think I gave you some wrong information. The lights in the laundry room just momentarally dim when you first push the start button which I think is normal from the inductive kick of the motor. My house is only 4 years old so I hope I don't have any wiring/breaker issues! Any other suggestions?

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    How old is your dryer?

    That model# isn't coming up as good, please check it again.

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    Jake,

    Thanks again for your quick reply. I verified the model number from the tag on the lower left side of the door opening and it is a model number LHI5801WO. The stock number is LHI580 and the serial number is M12864136. I bought the dryer used about 7 years ago so I am not sure about the age of the dryer, although I read another post here with someone with the same model number and they thought theirs was about 25 years old.
    ceapapplianceparts.com says that with my symptoms these could be the problems:

    MOTOR TRY'S TO START---MAKES BUZZING NOISE
    WHEN PUSH TO START SWITCH IS ACTIVATED
    WHIRLPOOL AND KENMORE DRYER REPAIR DIAGNOSTIC TIPS


    1- DRYER MOTOR MAY BE DEFECTIVE (MOST PROBABLE).
    2- BLOWER FAN MAY BE OBSTRUCTED
    3- DEFECTIVE TIMER
    4- SEIZED IDLER PULLEY OR DRUM ROLLERS
    5- DEFECTIVE SWITCH ON MOTOR (MOTOR SWITCH)
    6- REAR DRUM SEAL IN THREADS, HUNG UP ON ROLLERS OR ELSE WHERE
    7- IMPROPER HOUSE CURRENT
    8- SHORTED WIRING OR TERMINAL BLOCK


    I've checked and the blower is not obstructed and the drum turns freely. The belt and pulleys look ok. That leaves the timer, motor switch or a short.
    What do you think? With these symptoms is it usually the motor? If it is 25 years old i'm not sure if it's worth it to replace the motor or just bite the bullet and buy a new dryer.
    Any suggestions on the best place to get parts if I do decide to try and make a fix?



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    Yes, its likely the dryer motor has gone out on you.

    Its better to just buy a new dryer, as those motors are pretty expensive, then if you do fix it, the dryer having alot of age on it, something else could go out 6 months later, like the timer, which is costly as well.

    You could e-mail the RepairGuru to see if they could get the motor for you, because I'm still not able to locate anything for that model#

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