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Amana dryer; super noisy after problems with lint trap/clothing

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This is concerning an Amana front loading dryer, model #DLE330RAW, purchased in 2001, so it is just over 4 years old.

Tonight my son cleaned the lint trap on our dryer and restarted it. When I went out there a few minutes later, I noticed it wasn't on and attempted to restart it. It made a humming noise, so I opened the door and couldn't find the trap. My son located it inside the dryer, and a strap from one of my shirts had caught the corner of the trap and apparently pulled it out. I don't know what happened after that.

I have disassembled it part way, and can manually turn the drum. There is a fully intact belt at the rear of the drum, so I am really confounded. However, I got to wondering how many belts it is supposed to have, because there is an area at the front of the drum that looks like a belt has been rubbing there, but there is no belt. How many belts is a drum supposed to have? Could it be something else?

When I did succesfully get it to run, there was a rumbling/thumping racket and it wouldn't go for very long. If not a second belt, what are the other possibilities?

Thank you!

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Maybe you have something in your blower wheel.

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Okay, how would I know that? Is that a remove the rear panel thing?

Thank you so much for replying!

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An update~

After reading your reply, I went back to poking around the dryer, and decided to remove the lower front "toe kick" panel. I saw a white thing that had a label on it talking about the blower, so I got to removing that. I cleaned a TON of lint (it sees heavy use with 3 boys in the house!) out of the white part and the bottom/base of the dryer. Then I took a look at the fan looking thing that had been covered by the white deal, and saw something large in there. At first I was tentatively touching it, as I thought perhaps it was some type of insulation material. Then I discovered it didn't go all the way around, so I just pulled it out. Guess what it was? A POTHOLDER! It had been in the load I was drying, and I guess when the lint trap got pulled out, it must've been sucked down in there.

Thank you SO MUCH for your suggestion. I had no idea what I was looking for in regards to the blower, but after reading what you said and then seeing that label, I figured I had to be on the right track to at least check it out. I impressed myself and my husband! :D

Thank you again!!

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These are notorious for things getting down in there (socks usually), the blower wheel area is the first port of call if it jams up.

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I didn't know anything about a blower wheel, and would never have taken the lower thing apart without help from those here!

Now I will know if something should happen in the future :) Although honestly I'd rather it run perfectly until we get a new one!;)

Thanks again!

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