How to Repair a Squeaking Dryer


Dryers tend wear out over time. Lint gets stuck in places it shouldn't be, and parts start to grind down from use. When these things happen, the dryer starts to make noises and squeak. You can call a repairman to fix the issue, or you could do it yourself. The process of getting inside the dryer is not a difficult one --- people just tend to think it is. If you can work a screwdriver, then you can accomplish the task.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Rear dryer assembly kit
  • Unplug the dryer to make sure there is no power going to the unit.

  • Locate the clips just under the top of the dryer in the front. Pull up on the front end of the dryer top and use a screwdriver to pop them out.

  • Lift the lid away to see the drum.

  • Unplug the wires on the inside front of the unit to disconnect the door switch.

  • Look for the screws inside the front of the dryer and unscrew them to unattach the front panel of the dryer.

  • Lift the leather belt off the drum.

  • Unscrew the screws inside the back of the drum near the center.

  • Slide the drum out.

  • Lift the rear drum assembly up to remove it. The rear drum assembly is located in the back of the dryer behind the drum that you just slid out. Get a new assembly to replace the old one.

  • Unscrew the metal plate that held the rear assembly so you can replace it with a new one. This will come in a kit with all the other parts you are going to replace.

  • Unscrew the metal strip behind the plate. There will also be a small ball bearing in the strip that needs to be replaced as well.

  • Screw in the new strip with the new ball bearing. Next, screw in the new metal plate. Apply high-temperature lubricant to the bearing and plate.

  • Slip in the replacement drum assembly and slide the drum back in the dryer.

  • Attach the screws in the center of the drum and put the belt back in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the rollers inside the dryer while you have it open. These can also cause squeaking in some cases. They are located below the drum. Turn them when the drum is out to listen for squeaking. If they do squeak, replace them by pulling out the pin that holds them in place and putting in a new roller.

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