Is your dryer making a thumping sound, a loud screeching sound, or a loud roaring sound? Have no fear, in this post we will help you diagnose the cause of your loud dryer noise.
I will list parts/areas of your dryer that you will want to check for noises. For some of these parts, you can visually see what’s causing the loud noise others you will have to listen for where the noise is coming from.
This is a huge shocker, but loud noises typically come from moving parts on your dryer. Those are the areas of the dryer that we want to focus our attention on. Below are a list of parts/areas of your dryer that are major causes of loud noises.
Dryers that have rollers can get hair tangled in them causing strange/screechy noises. Thumping noises are also common for dryers that have rollers. Sometimes you can clear up roller noises by removing the rollers clean them up a bit and maybe add a small amount of white grease on the post that they roll on. Other times they have to be replaced.
To find the correct drum rollers for your dryer, insert your model number in the search box below:
There are a few brands of dryers that do not have roller wheels, but glides that the drum ride on. Over time these glides get worn down and begin to make a screeching noise or like two pieces of sand paper rubbing together. If the glides aren’t replaced right away, they can cause further damage to your machine. If you are getting snags in your clothes, you are probably experiencing damage to your drum support bearing (pictured below) due to the glides not being replaced. Here are some pictures of dryers that didn’t get the glides replaced in time. GE dryer where the drum wore past the glides, the drum support bearing and into the front panel of the dryer.
To find the correct glide/bearing support for your dryer insert your model number in the search box below.
Rear Bearing Frigidaire
Frigidaire dryers have a common noise maker called the rear bearing. When the rear bearing gets worn down it will make a horrendously loud screeching noise. Thankfully the part to fix this problem is relatively easy to replace and is inexpensive. Click the link to purchase the rear bearing with a 365 day return policy. 5303281153 Watch the video below to learn how to replace the bearing. Frigidaire’s also have glides. If you find that both the glides and bearing are shot, or you having trouble figuring out where the noise is coming from on your Frigidaire dryer, you can also purchase the maintenance kit which includes upper and lower glides, bearing, idler arm with pulley, and dryer belt.
Rear Bearing GE
GE dryers also have a rear bearing that can let out a loud squeak when damaged. You can fix this by either replacing the whole bearing kit or just the rear bearing. Most of the time you can probably get away with just replacing the rear bearing see pictures and installation videos below.
All dryers have a blower wheel. These wheels can sometimes crack. They will then make a somewhat of a roaring noise this noise can sometimes be heard very well right outside the house where your dryer vent is located. You can inspect your blower fan for cracks, if you see any cracks, replace it. Idler pulley Sometimes the idler pulley can be causing a thumping noise or a screeching noise. You should be able to spin the pulley and it should be able to roll somewhat. Sometimes a very small amount of white grease can clear up loud pulley issues.
To find the correct blower wheel for your dryer insert your model number below:
Sometimes the motor itself can make a screeching noise. If you have narrowed the noise down to possibly being the motor, you can test this by removing the belt and drum. Carefully start up your dryer. The door switch will need to be attached to the door and with some dryers you will need to place your foot on the idler pulley to activate the motor switch. If you hear the loud screech and the only thing turning is your motor. Your motor will need to be replaced.
To find the correct motor for your dryer enter your model number below: