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Why Is My Dryer Squeaking?

Ever had a squeaky dryer? It’s one of those annoying problems that can’t be ignored. The good news is, you don’t have to call in the professionals for this one—it’s an easy fix! Here are five things to check before calling it quits and getting a new appliance.

The first thing you’ll want to do is check your vents and make sure they aren’t clogged with lint or other debris. If they are, clean them out as best as you can so air can flow freely through them. Next, give your dryer drum cover a thorough

inspection. You might find it has collected some dust on its surface which could lead to the rattling sound we’re all trying to identify. If you find some dust, try to wipe it away with a rag or vacuum cleaner attachment.

Check your dryer’s belt and pulley system. Sometimes this is where the noise may originate from if either of these components are damaged in any way which can happen as they age over time. You might see cracks or frays on them that suggest wear has occurred and replacement should be considered soon.

 

Dryer Legs

Are your dryer legs flat and level? If your dryer’s legs are not flat and level, the appliance can shake a lot when it spins. To test for this issue, spin the drum by hand while watching if it wobbles or shakes as you turn on each leg in succession to see which one is loose.

To fix these issues, try tightening any bolts with an adjustable wrench so they’re snug again. You may need to adjust some of them until they stop shaking and spinning during operation but at least that should take care of the squeaking problem with most machines!

 

Idler Pulley

These do tend to crack out and cause noise in a clothes dryer. They might also need replacing.

If your dryer is making noise, it may have a broken idler pulley that needs to be replaced. The easiest way is to take the face off the dryer and turn the drum, if you hear the squeak, chances are it is the idler pulley. This is the most common problem when clothes dryers start to squeak.

 

Drive Belt

A very common thing to go bad on clothes dryers are the belt that turns the drum. Usually, these will squeak or squeal as they’re spinning.

When the belt is worn out it needs to be replaced. It could also have come loose and can be tightened with an adjustable wrench – but if that doesn’t work then you’ll need a new one.

 

Dryer Motor Or Bearings

It is not that common, but it does happen that the clothes dryer motor or bearing can go out. If you hear a grinding or even a loud squeal, this is the problem.

The best way to fix it may be by replacing the whole motor assembly if not too expensive.

Chances are it will more than likely be a belt over a motor.

 

Foreign Objects

Sometimes that missing sock you have? could be the culprit in strange sounds coming from your dryer. Objects like hair, socks and lint will get into the drum. They can cause a lot of vibrations and make your dryer shake.

You would be surprised at how many times, objects just end up being the culprit in strange noises in the clothes dryer.

 

Conclusion

If all these have been checked, and you still have a squeak, You might want to give us a call and set up an appointment to get your dryer working right again.

 

 
 
 
 

 

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