Whether your clothes dryer is making a grinding, squealing, or thumping noise, the unfamiliar sound is a good indication your appliance is experiencing a malfunction. Discovering what the issues is depends on the type of noise you’re hearing and the location it is coming from. To help you pinpoint the defect, we’ve listed 4 dryer parts that commonly produce an unusual noise when malfunctioning.
Your clothes dryer, whether electric or gas, uses a belt to rotate the dryer’s drum. Unfortunately, age can lead to the belt deteriorating. An older belt can become brittle causing it to separate in certain areas. When this occurs, you’ll usually hear a thumping sound as the drum turns. To inspect the belt simply remove your dryer’s front panel. If you spot any signs of fraying, the belt will need replacing.
The glides, which are also referred to as slides or pads, supply the front of the drum with a smooth surface to spin on. Like the dryer belt, over time, the glides can become worn. As a result, you may begin to hear a grinding or scraping noise. If the glides need replacing, it is best to switch them out as a set instead of one at a time.
The rear of your dryer’s drum is supported by bearings. If those bearings are defective or run-down due to years of use, you’ll hear a squeaking or squealing noise as your dryer drum rotates. To test whether or not the bearings are malfunctioning, take the dryer’s front panel off, and remove the dryer belt. Once the belt is off, manually rotate the drum. If you feel any resistance or you hear squeaking, you’ll need to replace your drum bearings.
Drum Support Roller and Shaft
The majority of dryers have two support rollers located on the rear of the drum, however, certain dryers do have another set of support rollers on the front of the drum. As the rollers age, they can become worn causing issues with the drum’s rotation. The deteriorating rollers can also generate a squealing or Thumping noise. If you’ve noticed either symptom, a call to your local dryer appliance repair technician is warranted.
If your dryer is making some unusual sounds and you’re unable to resolve the issue yourself, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.