Spooky noises from your appliances

What's causing those spooky noises coming from your appliances?All appliances make noises, but some sounds can signify trouble with your appliance. Here are some possible causes – and solutions – to the squealing, thumps and bangs from your appliances.

Clothes Dryer

Grinding sound
Worn drum glides. The drum glides provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. Over time, these parts can become worn and will need to be replaced.

Rumbling or thumping sound
Worn drum support rollers which support the dryer drum as it spins. Over time, the rollers wear down and the shape of the rollers change and become elongated, forcing the drum to spin up and down on the non-round wheel surfaces.

Squealing
Dryer belt needs replacement.

Washing Machine

Loud banging
A loud banging from your washer when it’s in use might mean an unbalanced load. Stop the cycle by opening the lid and redistributing the items inside the washer’s tub. Overloading and under loading the machine might also be the issue. Either remove items, especially items that tend to absorb more water, or add items to balance out the load.

Use a levelling tool to make sure your machine is level and adjusts the leveling legs if needed.
Banging sounds and shaking might be caused by broken or worn parts that support the tub. Manually spin the tub of your machine while it is not in use and listen for any noises while it spins.
A bad rear bearing that sits in the outer tub and supports the spin basket could be worn or bad, causing the basket to move around during use causing extra noise.

Broken suspension rods which support the tub could also be the reason for a noisy washer. If the tub appears crooked inside the machine, it could indicate one of the rods has broken.

Shock absorbers support the tub while the washer is running. Worn shock absorbers could be the reason your washer is noisier than normal.

Dishwasher
Noisy or increased noise
An increased noise from your dishwasher could indicate a clogged or defective drain pump. Check to see if there is a blockage in the drain pump. If there is none, then the pump might be defective.

Squealing sounds
High-pitched squealing sounds when the washer is filling might indicate a low water pressure problem. Increasing the water pressure should fix this. If not, there might be a problem with the water inlet valve which will need to be looked at and possibly replaced.

Refrigerator
Squealing, rumbling sounds
Squealing or rumbling sounds from your refrigerator might mean that the evaporator motor is on its way out.

Squealing or chirping
A bad evaporator fan

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How to clean your clothes dryer

If your laundry is still damp after it comes out of the dryer, or it takes your dryer a long time to dry your laundry  (more than 30-45 minutes) and the outside of your dryer is hot to the touch, these are all signs that you might have clogged duct work or venting and it’s time to clean your dryer.

Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of 16,800 home fires reported in 2010, according to a report by the National Fire Protection Association. These fires contributed to 51 deaths, 380 injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.

To clean out your clothes dryer, use a special lint brush to reach deep into the lint screen compartment of your clothes dryer where lint is trapped inside.

To clean out your clothes dryer, use a lint brush to reach deep into the lint screen compartment of your clothes dryer where lint is trapped inside. After unplugging your dryer, remove your lint screen and push the brush deep inside the lint shoot. Pull out the brush and either using a vacuum attachment or your hand to remove the lint stuck to the brush. It might be a good idea to wear a mask while cleaning due to  floating lint or dust particles.

Next, clear lint from your clothes dryer duct work using a Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning Brush. Remove the vent from the back of your dryer and stick the brush inside your vent tubing. Once the brush cannot move any further, gently pull it out to remove any lint clogging the vent.

Clear lint from your clothes dryer duct work using a Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning Brush

Finally, after unplugging your dryer (if you have a gas dryer, turn off the gas) and doing some disassembly, use a Refrigerator and Crevice Cleaning Tool Vacuum Attachment to clean inside the dryer itself. The tool attaches to your vacuum cleaner and allows you to reach underneath the dryer drum and into all the crevices inside your dryer’s cabinet to remove dust and lint. It’s flat enough to fit underneath the dryer drum, saving you from disassembling more parts and removing the dryer drum. Plus, it can also be used to clean underneath other appliances as well.

Use a Refrigerator and Crevice Cleaning Tool Vacuum Attachment to clean inside the dryer itself

For a video on how to clean your clothes dryer. including how to disassemble the cabinet to reach inside, visit http://youtu.be/gtcVvFMG9YA

Other additional tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.

For more tips, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/clothes_dryers.shtm