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Why Is My Dryer Squeaking? Read These Troubleshooting Tips

Are you tired of listening to your dryer squeaking? Enduring a noisy dryer can make laundry time a headache. A few common issues that cause dryer squeaking include unlubricated bearings or roller wheels, a failing drive belt, and a motor problem. These simple troubleshooting tips can help you identify the problem and maybe even resolve it yourself.

So grab your work gloves, screwdrivers, and a putty knife, and see if you can get the racket under control. If these suggestions don’t work for you, or you don’t have time to try them all, your local Mr. Appliance would be glad to help you sort out your squeaky dryer problem with expert dryer repair services. Keep reading to discover our best advice for stopping a dryer making squeaking noises.

Troubleshooting Tips for Dryer Squeaking Noises

Start your dryer and listen closely. Can you tell which area of the dryer the squeaking noise is coming from? Here’s how to troubleshoot based on that loud area.

  • Dryer squeaking from the back of the unit

The rear drum bearing or roller wheels might need lubrication. These are both easy tasks to perform. And if you’re lubricating one of them, you might as well oil them both. Here’s how:

  1. Unplug the dryer.
  2. Remove the lint screen from the lint trap.
  3. Open the top panel of the dryer; you may need to pry the top open with a putty knife.
  4. Disconnect the wire harness plug.
  5. Remove the screws along the top edge that hold the front panel in place.
  6. Lift the front panel off the dryer housing.
  7. Slip the drive belt off the drum, and remove the drum from the housing.
  8. Apply 30-weight oil to the roller wheel axles inside the dryer housing, and to the rear drum bearing at the back of the drum.
  9. Reassemble the dryer.
  • Dryer squeaking from the top of the unit

Your drive belt may be failing. This part is affordable to buy, and you might feel comfortable replacing it yourself. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Unplug the dryer.
  2. Remove the lint screen from the lint trap.
  3. Open the top panel of the dryer; you may need to pry the top open with a putty knife.
  4. Disconnect the wire harness plug.
  5. Detach the screws holding the front panel in place.
  6. Lift the front panel off the dryer housing.
  7. Take a good look under the drum so you can see where the drive belt goes; then gently pull the old drive belt out.
  8. Slip the new drive belt over the drum, and feed it around the idler pulley and motor pulley.
  9. Reassemble the dryer.
  • Dryer squeaking from the bottom of the unit

Your motor might be failing. This is the worst-case scenario because replacement dryer motors can be expensive—in fact, it may be more economical to simply get a new unit, depending on the severity of the issue. Your best course of action is to consult with an appliance repair expert. Your local Mr. Appliance technicians would be glad to take a closer look and advise you about whether it’s best to fix your squeaky dryer or replace it.

Had Enough of Your Dryer Making Squeaking Noise? Mr. Appliance Can Help

You don’t have to put up with your dryer squeaking! When you need a helping hand to fight against your dryer making loud noises, Mr. Appliance will be your reliable resource. Our experts deliver top-notch workmanship and courteous service you can trust.

Simply schedule dryer repair service online, or call Mr. Appliance at (888) 998-2011.

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