I have a General Electric profile prodigy dryer, the drum turns, but it is making a loud grinding type noice, I can't get it open to see drum where does it open at? Do you have any ideas of what is causing it? Thank you Doc
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Re: how do I get to the drum to check the belt
It sounds like you have either a worn out rear drum bearing and or front drum slides. Has the problem gotten worse over the last few months of use?
It is impossible for your dryer to produce heat without the drum turning becaue there is a "belt switch" that will prevent the heater or gas valve to power up if the belt breaks. One exception is if your dryer is very old and doesn't have the belt switch on it. It would then have to be circa 1982 or older before UL required all dryers to have a belt switch. One exception to this would be two fold- Your heating element would have to be shorted against the steel heater frame AND the belt broken at the same time. Very unlikely for these two things to happen at the same time. 30 years expierence talking... Brian
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The pulleys or rollers. Check for cracks, dryness, or damage and not engaging drum properly. Sometimes u can use high density gear grease to re oil/grease them.
The bearings TEST by moving drum by hand u may be able to feel loose or rough movement. And listen to sounds when turning it.
The belt loose or worn can make funny noises
The glides on drum worn and making metal to metal contact.
CHECK FOR LOOSE BELLOES inside the drum
Sometimes an item can get stuck inbetween the drum and the housing and scrape and grind making funny noises, things like coins, bra wire, nails, hair pins, etc sometimes u can just remove the cabinet and observe by turning the drum by hand or looking for scratch or scrape marks on housing.
sounds like a rear drum bearing thats gone bad very common with these units, the front bearing and slides should also be checked for wear at the same time,to replace bearing in back drum has to be removed completely. if your handy with tool and have and afternoon to kill its not that bad ,just rember to UNPLUG UNIT BEFORE ANY WORK
unplug it,open the door and look up.you'll see two screws,take them out and remove the top panel,then look around three or four inches down from the top and removetwo more screws,one on each side,this is harder than most dryers to work on,not much room to reach under the drum to remove and reinstall the belt,there's also one more screw down on the right hand side below the drum that has to come out also, just remember how you took it apart,if you start it and hear a loud humming sound that's the motor,hope this helps you
The felt bearing on the front of the drum is worn out. Immediately stop running the dryer, and replace the plastic drum inserts and put in a new felt bearing before machine damage happens (if it hasn't already). While there, grease the rear bearing and the idler pulley bearing. Check the belt too. Good luck.
There could be multiple problems with you whirlpool dyer depending on the type of noise you are hearing. If the noise is a low grumble or loud buzzing sound this could indicate a bad motor. Which could explain you not hearing the drum turning. If however you hear a grating or grinding type noise but the drum is turning, this could indicate that something is rubbing or has become jammed inside the blower fan that circulates the air. if this is the case it too may have to be replaced. Also the drum can sometime come off the drum support rollers at the back of the dryer, but this is very uncommon, and only happens if they are very worn or broken. This can easily be diagnosed by a technician and if the motor is fine, will cost little to repair.Hope this helps.
Your drum may be out of round. The drum belt on the outside of the drum may be rubbing against the cabinet. When the cabinet heats up, the side walls of the cabinet may be bowing inward, thus making contact with the belt on the drum. This would explain why it is intermittant. When the heater turns off, the cabinet cools and the sides bow back out.
The belt can be replaced as follows. 1 remove top and front of dryer shell 2 belt goes around drum around motor pully then under tentioner wheel 3 replace front and top of dryer (top pops off use a slotted screw driver) Thanx for using Fixya Please take your time to rate me