If you notice a loud screeching noise coming from your dryer when it’s running, there are one of four parts that could be contributing to this. The longer you wait to fix this, the more damage it causes. Before examining or replacing anything, it’s important that you completely disconnect your unit from its power source.
To begin, locate the area where the noise is coming from. If the squeaking is coming from behind the dryer, the issue is most likely due to the drum bearings, which can be found on the back of the drum. The drum bearings provide room for movement of the drum as it rotates. Over time, these may become worn out and produce a loud noise when in operation. If this is what has happened, then your bearings will need to be replaced.
Noise coming from the top of the dryer is a good indication that your belt may be at fault. The belt is used for rotating the drum inside of the dryer. Over time it may begin to fray, causing an increasingly weaker grip on the drum, which often times causes it to squeak. You can remove the top of the dryer to determine if your belt is torn.
If the squeaking is coming from the bottom of your unit, the most common causes for this are either the idler pulley or the dryer motor. The idler pulley makes sure the belt stays in its place as the drum is rotating. It moves quickly and may begin to fail over time, resulting in noise. The dryer motor is responsible for turning the drum. If the motor is at fault, it may make a rattling or squeaking sound.
Once you have located the problem area on your dryer, repair or replace the necessary parts as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring. We have replacement dryer parts from all the major manufacturer brands available for purchase on our website here.