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I have an old GE dryer model number:DDSR475ET5WW and serial number: GS751155A, and it's taking forever to dry and makes a loud squeaking sound. What could I do without having to bring someone out to look at it? I do have some mechanical know-how.

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Well, odds are the squeaking is a bushing in the rear that is bad. In most older GE machines the drum is mounted by a spindle that sits in a plastic or nylon bushing that extends through the back of the housing. This bushing tends to wear out over time, especially with heavy loads. The bushings are normally held in place with a "C" clip that can be removed easily. This will require major dis-assembly but is worth it compared to paying the price for a "professional" to come do it. As for the drying time, there are many factors. If the bushing is worn badly enough it may be slowing the drum which will result in longer drying times. There may be lint build up in the duct work inside the machine itself. Another thing to check is kinks in the vent hose. One not so obvious cause is a large rise in the vent hose. If your vent hose has to travel up a wall, for each foot of rise you cause a little more "back pressure" to build up. This causes inadequate ventilation and keeps the moist hot air built up inside the dryer. As well you migiht want to check your outdoor exhaust and be sure nothing is built up or clogging it.

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