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FIXED Amana Electric Dyer - ALE643RAW - possible motor needed?


Premium Member
Aug 12, 2011
Model Number
More than 10 years

I have a Amana electric dryer model ALE643RAW and I would say is approx. 17 years old. I clean it regularly and never had an issue. However, the other night I started it up and noticed a squealing sound. It turned on fine so I left it alone and it went through the cycle fine. The noise was noticeable, but not terrible. The next time I went to use it, I went to turn it on and only heard a humming noise for lack of a better description. I thought the door wasn't latched, but that wasn't it. I opened the door, spun the drum a little bit and it started up again. I also heard the squealing sound again, but it worked through the 60 minute fine. Although it did small a little hotter than usual.

This went on for the last few times I used it (60 minutes each time) until today when I started it and it only ran for about 10 minutes and then stopped. I believe I had to spin the drum again to get it started, but I can't remember for sure. It then sat for about 30 minutes. I tried to turn it on and I only got the humming noise. I spun the drum and it started and ran again for about 10 minutes and stopped. After waiting 10 minutes, I hit the start button it didn't make and a humming noise at all or start at all this time. I unplugged it and let it sit for 30 minutes, turned it on and heard humming sound, spun the drum and it started and ran for 10 minutes and that is where I'm at now.
I consider my self somewhat handy, but it did take me a minute to figure out what panel to take off to see anything. I flipped it over so the door is facing the ceiling and took off the bottom panel and then took off the white plastic that basically holds the link collector. I can now see the belt...obviously not broken since the drum was turning. When I spun the "blower" (I don't know the technical term) it moved the belt and drum and I also heard the mystery "humming" I heard during the last few times it worked.
I apologize for the long description, but I'm hoping my details will help an expert help me out. My non expert opinion is guessing it's the motor? I've read other threads when someone says to "check the continuity" and that always sends me into a panic because I don't know the first thing about doing something like that...

Thanks for reading and any advice would be more than appreciated.


I found ALE643RAW-PALE643RAW.

Make sure none of the drum supports are binding holding the motor back from running...if all is ok then yes the motor itself is the prime suspect.

Dryer drum drive motor assembly with pulley

Thanks for the quick reply Jeff and confirming what I thought the issue might be. I watched the video in your link on how to get to the motor. I took everything off and vacuumed everything out. Now I'm trying to decide if I should buy a new motor or just buy a new dryer. I love the satisfaction of fixing things myself and I honestly think this dryer has some more time on it. If I put a new motor in (and maybe a belt while I'm there) and got a few more years out of it I would be happy.

I was looking at new dryers yesterday and even for $500-$600, they just seem so cheaply made to me. I like mine because it's simple. After I cleaned everything off, nothing really seemed out of place to me, brittle, or about to break. Nothing was binding the drum as you mentioned above. I think I might put in the motor and hope for a few more years.

Thanks for listening to me babble and thanks for your advice above.
they just seem so cheaply made to me

Everything seems to be getting like that now :(
Definitely try to keep yours running as long as you can.

UPDATE: I got my new motor installed last night. I took my time cleaning everything as I put it back together and was very proud of myself when I put the last panel on and it started right up. I put a few towels in and as I was wiping off the top and getting it all shiny again when it stopped! I would say probably less than 5 minutes after starting it. I heard a little thud before it stopped. A thud I wouldn't haven't even heard unless I wasn't standing right in front of it. It was too late to take it apart last night and I have to work all day. I know this is far fetched, but I was looking for some advice of what to look for when I take the panels off after work. Other than something obvious (snapped belt or a belt that came undone) I'm not sure what I'm looking for at all. Here is what I know...

- ran for about 5 minutes before stopped. Haven't been able to get the drum to spin since it's initial start-up.
- After it stopped, when I push the button I only hear a buzzing or humming sound.
- If I continue to push the button a few more times I don't hear any sounds at all
- let it sit over night and same as above happened this morning.
-after spinning the drum sometimes I can get the buzzing noise to come back, but the motor won't turn on like it did before the new motor.
- the drum only spins counterclockwise wise, but I assume that is normal. I think it might spin a little harder then it did before, but I can't be sure.

Again, I know this is a long shot, but I just wanted to share this information now so when I take those panels off tonight I know what I'm looking for.
I'm not convinced I replaced the motor for nothing as I still think that was the initial culprit. When I spun the shaft on the old motor, but made a heck of a grinding sound.

Thanks in advance!
I heard a little thud before it stopped.

Belt fell off?

Haven't been able to get the drum to spin since it's initial start-up.

Won't move by hand?

the drum only spins counterclockwise wise

It should goth both directions.

Hi Jeff...I was trying to get back here before you replied. I hope you get a kick out of this little story...

I came home from work and took the front panels off thinking the same as you that the belt broke. Once the panels were off...I saw the culprit. A sock stuck in the blades of the blower wheel! After meticulously putting the dryer back together, I forgot to put in the lint filter. A sock from my test drying items got sucked down there and into the fan. I can't make this stuff up...

Thanks for confirming my original motor issue. It took me awhile to do it, but I'm back up and running! Thanks Jeff.

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