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What to Do if the Dryer is Squeaking?

Oleg Chudnovski, CEO

Technically Reviewed by Oleg Chudnovski, CEO on Nov 07, 2023 | Written by Olga Larina

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Dryers are one of the most essential home appliances. Since they have appeared, we stopped worrying about the weather. We can wash and dry our clothes and many other things in any season. Thus, we feel lost when this appliance doesn’t work correctly. A broken dryer can be the most annoying thing in your home, and you probably want to know how to stop it as soon as possible.

If you’re tired of that irritating squeaking noise from your dryer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll share our professional experience of many repairs of the last 18+ years with you.

Read our article to learn more about what to do if the dryer is squeaking and what you can do about it.

Fix Appliances CA has approximately two decades of experience in dryer repair of all types and models and brands. And no matter where you live, our professional technicians are prepared to provide dryer repair services in Toronto, Barrie, Oshawa, Mississauga, Hamilton and other GTA areas that we are service.

Upon our experience, our dryer technicians prepared the main troubleshooting tips for our customers. But don’t forget that electric dryers and gas dryers require special and specific knowledge and skills to solve any issues. Our repairmen have all the necessary certificates for fixing electric appliances and updated TSSA certificates to work with gas appliances.

Thus, if a dryer making a loud noise such as squeaking is enough to drive anyone insane! So what is the cause of a squeaky dryer, and how to fix it? Let’s look at the reasons and ways of solving these issues more precisely.

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. The dryer technicians at Fix Appliances CA pay attention to the following issues that can cause this.

Dryer Belt

The dryer belt is the rubber belt that runs outside 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 requires 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 lose 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 a 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. Of course, only dryer professionals can define the problem at ease and fix your electric or gas dryer appliance. We want to give a piece of advice: trust your home appliance to professionals at Fix Appliances CA, who visit your place and fix the problem on a same-day basis after calling 888-242-0777 or submitting a request online.

Dryer Belt

Once you open up the dryer’s lid, 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. Loosen the mounting screws and unhook the wires holding the belt to remove 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 sounds from inside the wheel, you want to consider replacing 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 to Do if the Dryer is Squeaking?

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. 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

To open up and look at why a dryer is making squeaking noises, you will need to unplug it from the outlet in the wall safely. 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 replacing 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, a wedge opens 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 dryer’s body, you want to check several possible causes of making your dryer squeak 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 damage the dryer’s components or misdiagnose the dryer’s 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 twenty 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 ensure our work time works for their schedules.
  • 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!

Date of page creation: May 20, 2020

Page update date: November 07, 2023


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FAQ: Top Frequently Asked Questions

If your dryer is making a squeaking noise, it's essential to diagnose the issue and take appropriate steps to fix it. Squeaking dryers can result from various causes, and identifying the source of the problem is crucial.
Squeaky dryers can be caused by factors such as a loose dryer belt, a malfunctioning idler pulley, and worn or missing glide bearings. Identifying the specific issue is the first step in resolving the problem.
While it's possible to address a squeaky dryer issue independently, it involves tasks like checking the dryer belt, idler pulley, and glide bearings. These tasks may require tools like a screwdriver, pliers, and clamps. However, it's advisable to seek professional assistance for a more efficient and accurate resolution.
Diagnosing a squeaky dryer involves several steps, including gathering the necessary tools, unplugging the dryer, moving it to an open space, opening the dryer's top, and inspecting components for potential damages or missing parts. These steps help pinpoint the cause of the squeaking noise.
FIX Appliances CA offers professional and reliable appliance repair services with flexible scheduling, highly qualified technicians, free service calls, and high-quality replacement parts. With over 20 years of experience, we can efficiently diagnose and resolve your dryer's squeaking issue, ensuring it functions optimally.

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