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Why is My Dryer Squeaking or Squealing?

Why is My Dryer Squeaking or SquealingA dryer that is making a squeaking, squealing noise or a metal-on-metal sound, is not only a disturbing nuisance, it can also indicate a problem with one or more parts inside the dryer. Although the dryer may continue to work while making a noise, in time the part will break and the dryer will no longer function. Consider a dryer that is making noise a warning sign that your dryer needs maintenance.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.

The location of two roller assemblies in the front inner cabinet of a Frigidaire dryer

The location of two roller assemblies in the front inner cabinet of a Frigidaire dryer

Drum Support Rollers or Wheels

The drum support rollers support the dryer drum as it turns. Over time, these rollers can become warped and wear out from use forcing the drum to rotate on an elongated circle which causes noise.

Depending on your dryer’s model, the drum support rollers could be located on the inner front or back of the dryer cabinet. Locate the rollers and give them a turn with your hand. If you hear a squeak or they are difficult to turn, then that might be cause of your problem. Sometimes, using a lubricant to lubricate them until they are moving smoothly can help. However, the rollers could be worn and misshaped from use. Replace worn rollers with new dryer drum support rollers.

Idler Puller Assembly Arm on a Maytag Dryer.

Idler Puller Assembly Arm on a Maytag Dryer.

Idler Pulley

If you hear a high-pitched squealing, it could be caused by the dryer idler pulley. This part, located on the bottom of your dryer, keeps tension on the dryer belt which wraps around the motor pulley and drum. Over time, the bearing inside the pulley can wear out causing it to squeak or even lock up. Replace the idler pulley with a new one.

Electrolux Dryer Drum Glide 5303937139 fits Kenmore, Frigidaire and Sears dryers.

Electrolux Dryer Drum Glide 5303937139 fits Kenmore, Frigidaire and Sears dryers.

Dryer Drum Glides or Slides

While replacing these parts, check the dryer drum glides located on the front lip of your dryer drum (there will be two – one on each side).  The dryer drum glides or slides provide a nice smooth surface for your dryer to ride on and over time, they wear down from use and can start to cause noise, like a scraping sound.

A rear dryer drum bearing support on a GE Dryer.

A rear dryer drum bearing support on a GE Dryer.

Drum Bearing

Some dryer models are equipped with a front drum bearing which, like the glides, provide a nice smooth surface for the dryer drum when it spins. This part too can become worn out and you will need to replace it with a new drum bearing.

Another source of noise could be the rear bearing assembly, which are several parts attached to the drum and the back of the dryer. These parts support the drum. Check the parts for wear and replace them.

Dryer Blower Wheel & Clip for Maytag, Whirlpool dryers. Part Number:  Y303836

Dryer Blower Wheel & Clip for Maytag, Whirlpool dryers. Part Number: Y303836

Blower Wheel

Sometimes a vane or fin from the dryer’s blower wheel can break off causing noise. The blower wheel helps circulate hot air throughout your dryer. If it’s not working properly, you will have hot, wet laundry, or it will take hours for your laundry to dry. Check the blower wheel to see if it damaged and replace.

Drive Belt LG 4400el2001a

Drive Belt LG 4400el2001a. Shop more Dryer Drum Belts

Dryer Belt

While your dryer is disassembled, it’s a good idea to check your dryer’s belt for cracks and wear. Over time, the belt can get stretched out. Save yourself some time and effort by not having to take apart your dryer apart again.

Lint covering the inside of a dryer including the rear wheel rollers, the motor and the heating element housing.

Lint covering the inside of a dryer including the rear wheel rollers, the motor and the heating element housing.

Clean the Lint From Inside the Dryer

Once you have your dryer’s cabinet disassembled, this is a good time to clean out any excess lint from inside the dryer before assembling it together again. Lint inside the dryer can lead to a dryer fire and can also block and clog parts inside the dryer, preventing them from operating effectively.

Keeping the inside of the dryer free from lint will prevent fires and allow your dryer to run more efficiently.

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Helpful Tips – Dishwasher Not Cleaning, Moving a Refrigerator and How Crisper Drawers Work

Helpful Tips – Dishwasher Not Cleaning and Moving a Refrigerator and How Crisper Drawers Work Here’s some helpful appliance-related tips we are seeing from around the web.

Prevent Dishwasher Problems – Clean Your Filter!

Is your dishwasher not cleaning as well as it once did? Before you call an appliance service tech, try cleaning the dishwasher filter first. Check out this dirty filter from JASCO Service Techs in Philadelphia.

That is a lot of buildup on a dishwasher filter! Be sure to regularly clean your dishwasher filter to avoid any problems. If your dishwasher filter is missing or cracked, you can replace it with a new one from our website.

Cleaning your filter will not only help your appliance to do its job, it can also prevent any bad dishwasher smells too.

Be sure to check, clean and change the filters on all your appliances such as your AC filter, water filter in the refrigerator, the range vent hood filter and the over the range microwave filter.

Helpful Tips on How to Move a Refrigerator

Moving house can seem overwhelming, especially when you are moving appliances. Here’s a helpful step-by-step guide on how to move a refrigerator from The Spruce. It has some helpful reminders like allowing enough time for the refrigerator to Continue reading

How to Fix Appliance Scratches

appliance touchup paint

Appliance touchup paint

Cover up scratches, gouges and marks on your appliance with perfectly matching, blending appliance touch up paint. Appliance touch up paint comes in a variety of colors to match your appliance’s finishes. Colors include black, white, almond, bisque and more.

If you have a stainless steel appliance, use Scratch-B-Gone to remove it. Scratch-B-Gone can remove scuffs, fine scratches, light scratches and deep scratches and gouges chemical stains, heat scorching and rust from stainless steel appliances, sinks and grills. It works great to remove spot scratches and marks – no need to redo the entire surface.

Use your appliance’s model number to find the correct color for your appliance or give us a call for help at 800-285-5833. Where you will find your appliance’s model number.


Add Appliances to Your Spring Cleaning

Vacuum Crevice Wand Attachment

Vacuum Crevice Wand Attachment

Be sure to add cleaning out your clothes dryer to your spring cleaning check list. Experts advise you do this twice a year to get rid of dangerous lint build-up which can be a fire hazard and also cause your dryer to perform poorly.

Make the job easier by using a crevice cleaning vacuum attachment that can help you reach inside your dryer, and underneath the drum. You can also Continue reading

How to Thaw a Turkey

How to Thaw a Turkey - Defrosted turkey in panThanksgiving is almost upon us and many people will be buying a frozen turkey to cook and serve on Thanksgiving Day. If you plan on buying a frozen turkey, you’ll need to defrost it in the refrigerator and allow 24 hours for every four to five pounds.

Be sure to place the unwrapped turkey in a pan (breast side up) to contain any dripping from the defrost process. Place the pan on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator which is the coldest place in your fridge where all meats should be stored.

You can even see if your refrigerator veggie or crisper drawer can Continue reading

How long do appliances last?

How many years can you expect to get out of that washer, dryer or refrigerator? The average life expectancy for a dishwasher and microwave oven is about 9 years, while you might get 18 years out of a gas range. Of course, the amount it is used can also factor into life expectancy, but knowing the average lifespan of an appliance might help when determining if you should repair or replace your appliance.

Here’s a chart using information from the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components.

how long do appliances last?

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) many consumers replace their appliances long before they wear out due to styling, technology and consumer preference.

Should I Buy All Stainless Steel Appliances?

Modern Kitchen with Stainless Steel AppliancesIs stainless steel still the best finish option when it comes to buying new appliances? It all depends on taste and how long you plan on staying in your home. writes, “…studies are still showing that stainless steel has the most popularity. Stainless appliances will be a safe choice for at least another 5 or 10 years. If you want to play it safe, choose stainless.”

Meaning, that if you plan to do a kitchen remodel and are Continue reading

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