amana dryer not spinning

Wondering why is your Amana dryer not spinning? No worries, we got you covered here!

We understand how frustrating it is for you that your Amana dryer is turning on but not spinning.

Don’t worry if you’re experiencing the same problem, in this guide you’ll learn how to solve the issue effectively and prevent this from appearing in the future so keep reading!

Several factors can cause the Amana dryer to stop spinning, including problems with the power supply, drive belt, drum rollers, drive motor, idler pulley, or timer.

The solution requires testing and troubleshooting all of the suspected components to solve the issue.

So, let’s jump into the troubleshooting of your Amana dryer!

How To Fix When Amana Dryer Heating but Not Spinning?

Tip: Follow the solutions below in consecutive order!

1. Inspect Power Cord Installation!

inspect power cord installation

Amana dryer requires 240 Volts of power to properly operate the appliance and maybe your dryer isn’t getting sufficient electricity and that’s why not spinning.

To exclude this it’s enough to simply ensure that the cord is properly connected to the wall outlet and that it’s functional.

  • In addition, power cycle your Amana dryer to refresh the power supply!

Here is how to power cycle the Amana dryer:

  1. Unplug the dryer from the power outlet.
  2. Wait for at least 5 minutes to discharge.
  3. Plug your dryer directly into the outlet.
Note: Avoid plugging your Amana dryer into power strips or smart plugs!

2. Check the Circuit Breaker (Fuse Box)

check the circuit breaker

Sometimes when the circuit breaker or fuse box (AC line) is having fluctuations, this makes the Amana dryer not spinning.

Simply check to see if any circuit breakers for the dryer are set to the OFF position or if there is a blown fuse that could be causing all this fuss!

Here is how to inspect the circuit breaker and fuse box for the Amana dryer:

  1. Unplug your Amana dryer from the power outlet.
  2. Locate the main circuit breaker or the individual fuse.
  3. Ensure that the breaker is set to the OFF position.
  4. Unscrew the fuse related to the room with the dryer.
  5. Check whether the fuse is blown or defective.
  6. In case the fuse looks defective, replace it with a new one.
  7. Turn on the breaker, plug your Amana dryer, and test.

In case this doesn’t help, proceed with the next step!

3. Inspect the Door Switch & Latch!

inspect the door switch and latch

Any issue with the Amana dryer door latch or switch will cause problems with the dryer because this will restrict the control board from spinning the dryer.

Check to see if the door switch is latching with the dryer or is defective, and also check the condition of the latch as well.

Inspect The Amana Dryer Door Latch:

  1. Unplug the Amana dryer from the wall outlet and open the door.
  2. Locate the latch and switch near the top of the dryer door opening. 
  3. Inspect the door latch to see if it’s broken, damaged, or defective. 
  4. Try cleaning the latch with a soft cloth to remove any dust & debris.
  5. Optional: Perform a door latch replacement at home, if possible.

Inspect The Amana Dryer Door Switch:

  1. Locate the door switch from the top of the Amana dryer.
  2. Disconnect the wires from the switch terminals using pliers.
  3. Then take a Multimeter to test the door switch for Continuity
  4. Connect the multimeter probes to the two wires on the door switch.
  5. Open the door and then tap on the switch button with your finger. 
  6. Notice the Continuity on the Multimeter:
inspect the amana dryer door switch

✅ If the multimeter shows continuity, the switch is operational.

✅ If the multimeter doesn’t show continuity, replace the switch.

If you are sure that the door latch and switch of your dryer are working, then continue with the next solutions to troubleshoot your Amana dryer.

4. Inspect the Moisture Sensor!

The moisture sensor detects the level of dampness in the clothes and alerts the control board to act accordingly.

It is possible that the moisture sensor has dirt built up on it or is defective and that’s why the control detection board is wrong, leading to a not spinning issue.

What’s The Solution?

  • Simply inspect the moisture sensor for malfunction or dirt buildup!
inspect the moisture sensor

Here is how to inspect the Amana dryer moisture sensor:

  1. Turn off the power to the Amana dryer and open the door.
  2. Check for the moisture sensor bars inside the dryer drum. 
  3. Then take a clean soft cloth and carefully clean the sensor.
  4. Make sure that there is no fabric softener residue or dirt left.
  5. Leave the sensor bars for a short time to dry completely.
  6. Also, check the bars for any defects that are causing the issue. 
  7. If you notice that the sensor bars are cracked, replace them.
  8. Otherwise, close the dryer door, turn on the power, and test.
Tip: After inspecting the sensor, select a new setting for the dryer cycle and test whether the appliance will now spin or not.

5. Test or Replace the Timer Motor!

test or replace the timer motor

As you know, the Amana dryer starts the cycle and spins according to the timer, but the timer motor can also fail, which ultimately prevents the dryer from spinning.

Therefore, in your case, it’s possible that the timer motor is faulty and that’s why it is not starting a cycle, and won’t spin.

What You Need To Do?

  • All you have to do is to reassemble your dryer to test the timer motor!

Here is how to test the Amana dryer timer motor:

  1. Turn off the Amana dryer and unplug the power adapter.
  2. Locate the dryer timer with the numbering from the top.
  3. Unscrew the dryer top panel to acquire access within.
  4. Locate the dryer timer motor from inside the machine.
  5. Gently remove the wires from the timer using pliers.
  6. Test the motor for Continuity using a Multimeter.
  7. The correct reading must be between 2000 to 3000.
  8. In case of a different reading, replace the timer motor.

In case the timer motor is functional, proceed with the next solutions in the guide!

6. Replace the Dryer Drive Belt

replace the dryer drive belt

The dryer spinning issue will most likely appear when there is a problem with the drive belt since it’s made of plastic and often gets broken or misplaced from its side.

Then this happens the Amana dryer won’t spin for certain and you’ll need to perform a replacement.

Info: Amana dryer drive belts are available online but don’t forget to check compatibility!

Here is how to check the Amana dryer drive belt in easy steps:

  1. Turn off and disconnect the Amana dryer from the power outlet.
  2. Depress the springs using a putty knife to remove the top cover.
  3. Hold the cover so it won’t go down and unscrew the front panel.
  4. Take an image and remove the wires from their connectors.
  5. Next, remove the front bulkhead of the drum by unscrewing it.
  6. Make sure to check the small dryer idler pulley for damage.
  7. Strongly hold the drum and release the tension on the drive belt.
  8. Then from the top housing release the drive belt and remove it.
  9. Set up a new drive belt in your dryer and make sure to fix it properly.
Reminder: Don’t forget to test whether the dryer spins before loading it.

7. Inspect the Drum Rollers!

inspect the drum rollers

The Amana dryer’s drum rollers will help and support the drum in spinning in balance, but over time the rollers will wear out and prevent the drum from spinning.

So, if your dryer is still not spinning, you need to check the drum rollers to verify their functionality and workability.

Simply stop the power, locate the pair of drum rollers from the back of the dryer drum, and inspect the rollers for any wear or damage, such as worn bearings.

If the rollers are not dry or sticking, or damaged, try lubricating them and test the rollers for squeaking or scraping sounds.

Need More Help?

If you continue to experience the Amana dryer spinning issue, it’s best to contact a professional for a qualified repair – Amana Support or the supplier to claim a replacement with the warranty.

Quick Recap:

Whenever your Amana dryer not spinning, check the power cord, outlet, circuit breaker, and fuse box first for any faults.

The next step is to inspect the involved components such as the door switch and latch, as well as the moisture sensor and dryer timer motor. Visit our blog to find out more Amana dryer troubleshooting guides! 

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