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What to Do if the Dryer is Squeaking?

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A broken dryer can be the most annoying thing in your home and you probably want to know how to stop it ASAP. A dryer making a squeaking noise is enough to drive anyone insane! So what is the cause of a squeaky dryer and how to fix it? 

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Causes Of A Dryer Squeaking While Running

A screeching dryer can be caused by several things including a loose idler, a defective, old, or damaged dryer belt, an old motor, and worn or missing glide bearings. 

Dryer Belt

The dryer belt is the rubber belt that runs around the outside of the dryer tub. It is connected to the motor and held by wires and mounting screws securely and snuggly to the dryer tub. If the belt is loose, this is probably the cause of the squeaky dryer noise. A loose dryer belt is in need of replacement

Idler Pulley

The idler pulley connects the motor to the dryer belt, so it is a moving wheel that can become loose or broken over time. The continuous use of the idler pulley can make it loose and cause a squealing sound. This could be the squeaky dryer noise that you are hearing. 

Glide Bearing

The tub of the dryer is in constant motion while it is working. On the edge of the tub are glide bearings. Glide bearings buffer the tub from the sides of the machine and can cause metal on plastic sound and could be the cause of your squeaky dryer. These bearings are simple plastic or fabric tabs that can be easily replaced. 

How To Fix A Squeaky Dryer

Even if you find the cause of your dryer squeaking while running, you still need to find the parts for replacement and then install them which can be difficult and time consuming.

Dryer Belt

Once you open up the lid of the dryer, you should be able to see the rubber dryer belt that loops around the tub of the dryer. This is connected to the motor and should be fairly snug against the tub. If the belt is loose it will require replacement.

To remove the belt, loosen the mounting screws and unhook the wires holding the belt. A new belt can be inserted into the old place on the wires and with the mounting screws. Make sure it is a snug fit around the tub of the dryer. 

Idler Pulley

The idler pulley is in direct contact with the dryer belt and motor, so it takes a lot of strain. The strain of the movement of the dryer can make the idler pulley broken or loose. If loose, use your screwdriver to tighten it back to its bracket. If you spin the wheel and the squeak is sounding from inside the wheel, you want to think about replacement of the part. 

Glide Bearings

Glide bearings are the tabs of fabric or plastic that are on the edge of the dryer drum. If these are missing or worn down so much that the drum can bang up against the side of the dryer, it is time to think about replacement. 

The tabs can be detached from the edge of the drum. However, you need to pull the entire tub of the dryer out. Once out of the machine body, the tub should be placed on the ground. Using a plier, you can detach the bearings from their holes. 

What Are The Steps For Finding The Causes of A Squeaky Dryer?

The steps for diagnosing a squeaky dryer can be difficult to tackle, so we are here to give you some of the best professional knowledge and steps on how to find and fix a squeaky dryer.

Step #1: Get Your Tools Together

The tools for this job are simple. You will need a screwdriver to access the inside of the dryer. Also, you may want a clamp or pliers to test certain components on or around the motor. Finally, you may need a crescent wrench to remove parts. In order to fix the most common problems with your dryer you will need: 

  • A phillips head screwdriver
  • A pair of pliers
  • A few clamps
  • A crescent wrench
  • A spackle knife

Step #2: Unplug The Dryer From The Power Source

In order to open up and look at why a dryer is making squeaking noises, you will need to safely unplug it from the outlet in the wall. We recommend using rubber work gloves for this operation. 

Step #3: Carefully Move The Dryer To An Open Space

You will want to move the dryer away from the wall to allow full access to remove the lid. Fixing a squeaky dryer and replacement of any broken parts will also require more space to work.

Step #4: Open The Top of The Dryer, Remove The Lint Trap And Lid

Using the spackle knife, wedge open the lid of the dryer. Two clips hold the lid in place that need to be pushed to one side by the spackle knife. Once open, the lid and lint rap may be able to be removed with a screwdriver for easier access to the components in the dryer. 

Step #5: Diagnose The Squealing by Looking for Certain Damages or Missing Parts

Once inside the body of the dryer, you want to check several possible causes that are making your dryer squeaking while running

Why You Should Choose FIX Appliances CA For Your Service Needs

We know it can be a hassle not to be able to use your appliances when you need them. And fixing a dryer requires moving a large machine, testing electrical components, and risking further damage to the inside of the dryer.

The last thing you want to do is to damage the components of the dryer or mis-diagnose the dryer problems. To ensure that you get the best service for your dryer repair and troubleshooting, hire professionals who can get the job done fast. 

At FIX Appliances CA, we have a team of factory-certified technicians to offer you solutions to fixing a squeaky dryer. We have been repairing appliances for fifteen years, so it doesn’t matter if you have a residential or commercial problem, our technicians have handled it all. 

Here are just a few of the reasons why our customers recommend us to their friends: 

  • Flexible scheduling. We always work with our customers to make sure that our work time works for their schedule.
  • Highly qualified technicians. Our technicians go through the rigorous TSSA repair certification and have years of experience under their belts. 
  • Free service calls. Our service calls, estimates, and advice are all free of charge. 
  • High quality dryer parts. Our company uses only the most high quality dryer parts to ensure that you get the best fix for your money and have a dryer that can function perfectly for years. 

For all your residential and commercial appliance repairs, visit our contact page or call us to schedule a free diagnostic and service estimate!

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