If your dryer is making noises that it hasn’t, it’s essential to investigate the source of the noise as soon as possible. Depending on the cause, the noise could indicate a serious problem that could damage your dryer or even cause a fire.
To fix a noisy dryer, you will likely need to remove the dryer cabinet and, in most cases, the dryer drum. However, with the right tools and care, fixing a noisy dryer is easier than it may seem. Always unplug the dryer before removing the cabinet.
Here are four noises from your dryer, what they mean, and how you can resolve them:
1. Thumping Drive Belt
If your dryer is making a loud thumping noise, one possible cause is that the drive belt is worn out or broken. The drive belt is part of the pulley system that rotates the dryer drum, and if it’s damaged, it can’t properly turn the drum, which will result in a loud thumping noise.
To replace the drive belt, start by unplugging the dryer from the power outlet. Then, remove the screws holding the dryer drum in place. Next, remove the old drive belt and discard it. Finally, thread the new drive belt around the dryer drum, idler pulley, and drive shaft. Be sure the belt is snug and not too tight. Replace the dryer drum and screws, and plug the dryer back into the power outlet.
2. Squeaky Drum Rollers and Axles
Worn-out dryer rollers are the most common cause of strange dryer noise. The rollers support the drum as it turns; when damaged, they can cause a squeaky noise. If the rollers are completely worn out, the drum will make a loud thumping noise.
The rollers on your dryer help it rotate smoothly. Over time, these rollers can wear down, damaging the axles. You should inspect the rollers regularly to ensure they’re still in good condition and spinning freely. If they’re not, you’ll need to replace them to keep your dryer running smoothly.
If you take the dryer apart and remove the drive belt, you should be able to turn the drum by hand. Listen to see if the noise is coming from the rollers or axles. You should also be able to see if the rollers are tight and if they are damaged. If the rollers or axles are damaged, you should replace them.
3. Rumbling on the Blower Wheel
The blower wheel is a fan that helps circulate air in the dryer drum. The wheel can become unbalanced or blocked with lint, which can cause a loud noise. The blower wheel on most dryers will keep turning for a short time after the dryer is turned off. You can diagnose the problem by turning off the dryer and listening to see if the noise continues.
The blower wheel is a plastic wheel attached to the motor shaft. It is located behind the front or rear panel. The blower wheel is used to turn the motor and drum. It needs to be replaced if there is a problem with it.
4. Grinding Drum Glides
The drum glides are located at the front of the dryer drum and support it as it rotates. Over time, the glides can become worn and cause the dryer to make a grinding noise. You will need to remove the dryer cabinet to access the glides and replace them if they show any wear. The glides may be secured with rivets or screws, depending on the model.
There are several reasons why your dryer may be making too much noise. The most common reason is that the drum glides are worn out and must be replaced. Another reason could be that the dryer belt is loose or damaged. If you suspect either is the problem, you should contact a qualified repair person to fix the issue.
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