Category Archives: Clothes Dryer Repair and Parts

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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Clothes Dryer Will Not Start

clothes-dryer-will-not-startNothing is more frustrating than having a load of laundry to dry and finding out the clothes dryer is dead and cold.  If your dryer will not start, here are a few parts to check to see if you can fix the problem yourself.  Luckily, many of these parts are easy to check and replace with a little know how.

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.  

Dryer Push to Start switch Electrolux 131469000

Start Switch

The start switch completes the circuit when the start button is pushed. If the dryer does not start, check this switch for continuity and replace it if defective. Depending on your Continue reading

Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings

Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings Choosing the right settings on your washer and dryer can help reduce the added stress each item goes through every time you wash and dry it. Learning the best laundry settings will help preserve your favorite items of clothing and help all your laundry look it’s best.

Preparing the Laundry for Washing

Always read and follow the care instructions on the label.

Sort the laundry by color and fabric type to make sure that delicate items are not put on the same cycle as items with sturdier fabric.

Turn pockets inside-out to prevent items like candy and lip balm from being included in your wash cycle.

Turn items inside out to help preserve their color.

Use this sorting time to exam each piece for stains that might need to be pre-treated. Although, the ideal time to treat stains is as soon as they happen to minimize the stain and prevent it from setting into the fabric.

Washing Machine Settings

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Why Your Modern Slow Cooker Won’t Cause a Fire

Modern Slow Cooker and Fires Fans of a popular TV show were outraged when a fire caused by a slow cooker caused the death of a beloved character. So what are the chances your modern slow cooker could cause a fire as well? It’s very slim, according to an article on Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/small-appliance-fire-safety-crock-pot#page-2

Thanks to a device that many modern appliances have called a thermal protector (also known as a thermal cutoff) your appliance will shut off before reaching a high temperature that could spark a fire.

The thermal protector acts as a Continue reading

Dryer Stops or Shuts Off Mid Cycle

Dryer Stops or Shuts Off Mid Cycle

A dryer that shuts off before its cycle is over is a frustrating problem. Here’s what to check in order to solve why a dryer is not completing its cycle.

Tripped or Bad Breaker

A dryer that shuts off mid cycle might be due to a bad or weak breaker. Find the breaker box and flip the breaker in order to reset it.  If the dryer controls are now on, then the breaker might be bad and will need to be replaced.

Dryer Venting

Dirty or clogged venting could be the reason why the dryer is not finishing its cycle. The dryer could be overheating due to air flow restriction, causing Continue reading

How to fix a dryer that will not spin, tumble or turn

Drum Repair Kit Part number: 4392065

Drum Repair Kit Part number: 4392065 Whirlpool brand machine dryers – both gas and electric. This dryer repair kit includes a belt Also included are two drum rollers, 4 tri-rings, a clip, an instruction sheet, and an idler pulley. Use this repair kit when dryer becomes noisy, will not start, will not tumble, not enough or no heat, and leaves marks on clothing.

If your dryer will not spin, tumble or turn, it might be due to one, or several of the following parts. Sometimes, these parts wear out equally overtime and it’s a good idea to replace all parts at once to save time. You can save money by buying all these parts together in a kit. Here are the parts to check. Continue reading

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

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