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What is the make and model? This could be the belt slipping, the idler pulley worn out, the fan may have come off the shaft to the motor, something stuck between the drum and the housing or the bearing on the drum. To check these things, lift the top off after you unplug it. The top clips onto the sides and the front and you have to lift hard to get it loose. If you pry on it be careful not to damage the paint.
All ge dryers have a center bearing on the back side of the drum and drum glides on the frontside. The glides make a scrubbing sound when bad and the drum is hard to turn. The rear bearing does a squeak thang when the plastic bearing wears thin and begins to make metal to metal contact between drum mount and rear bulkhead mount. It is an easy fix but the drum gotta come out. here is my pictorial page that shows how with videos and repair pix: Paw Paws GE dryer repair page
unusual noise coming from a running clothes dryer can cause concern,
although these noises are rarely indicative of a more serious problem.
Once the source of the noise has been located, a few simple repairs or
adjustments will usually solve the problem and restore peace to your
A gas dryer may emit an occasional clicking sound. This noise is caused
by the gas valve and is a normal operating sound. The clicking sound
coming from the gas valve can not be eliminated and it does not
indicate any mechanical problem with the dryer.
A newly installed dryer, or a dryer that has been left unused for a
period of time, may exhibit a thumping noise during the first few
minutes of the drying cycle. According to the Maytag company, this
noise is normal and should not be a cause for concern. If the noise
continues for more than a few minutes or repeats on subsequent loads,
however, then steps should be taken to locate the origin of the noise.
Clothing can become knotted and balled up in the clothes dryer. This
can cause vibration or a load thumping noise. When this happens, open
the dryer and remove the knotted clothing. Separate the articles of
clothing and place them back in the dryer. The thumping noise should
not continue unless the clothing has become knotted again.
Place your hands on top of the dryer and push down firmly; if the dryer
tilts to one side, the clothes dryer is not level. This can cause the
dryer to vibrate during the cycle and if the vibration is severe
enough, the surrounding walls could be damaged by the dryer. Maytag
dryers have four leveling legs installed into holes on the bottom of
the dryer. These legs are included with the dryer and should have been
screwed into the holes during installation. A wrench can be used to
adjust the legs until the dryer is stable and level.
Small objects such as coins, buttons, or paperclips can become lodged
between the drum and the sides of the clothes dryer. These items
usually end up in the dryer after being left in clothing pockets during
laundering. Turn the dryer off and remove any clothes to a laundry
basket. Allow the dryer to cool down so that you won't burn your hand
on any metal surfaces inside the dryer which may be hot. Look inside
the dryer and pay special attention to the front and rear edges of the
dryer drum. Run your fingers along the grooves where the drum connects
to the dryer to locate any foreign objects. These objects could be
bouncing around the dryer causing noise during the cycle, and then
settling into the grooves when the dryer stops making them difficult to
locate. Remember to remove all items from clothing pockets before
laundering in the future to avoid this problem.
That model of neptune dryer had a problem with the blower housings cracking. When the housing cracks, it binds forward into the blower wheel making a loud "rumble" noise and vibration. If you open the door and manually turn the drum and you hear a rubbing noise and feel alot of resistance, then you have a cracked blower housing and need to replace it. It is not an easy job to replace, so if your not familiar with dryers, you should have a technician replace it. Let me know if you have any further questions. shane
There are several things that can cause a dryer to be noisy. There
are a lot of moving parts in a dryer that can cause noises to occur
when they get worn. Several parts support the drum, and may make noise
or vibrations when worn out. Many times a dryer will squeak just a
little bit as it first starts. This should go away in just a few
seconds. Make sure nothing is loose inside the drum. Remove the lint
trap and look below the lint trap holder for any loose items that may
have slipped through the cracks.
The blower wheel is
always moving and lint is constantly going by it. If it’s noisy, it may
have gotten clogged with lint, or it may be worn and need to be
replaced. Clean out the area around the blower. If it’s still noisy,
Many dryers use a center spindle to support the clothes drum. This
spindle may be a ball-and-socket support, or it may be a shaft inside a
sleeve. When these component bearings get worn out, they may make a
squealing or rubbing sound. Replace this bearing when it gets worn out.
Many dryers also use plastic glides in the front end of the clothes
drum. When these glides are worn out, you may hear a lot of noise. If
the glides are worn, replace them as a set.
Some dryers use rollers to support the clothes drum. If these
rollers or wheels are worn out, they can be extremely noisy. You ought
to replace the whole set at the same time. A belt that has been damaged
or frayed may make a thumping or slapping sound as the drum turns.
The gas valve solenoid will make a buzz type of sound as it opens.
The valve itself will give a little click as it starts the heat cycle,
when ignition begins, and when the burner is turning off. The burner
flame itself makes kind of a low-pitched roaring wind sound.