Whirlpool LER4600 electric dryer drying slow and making noise
I have a whirlpool electric dryer that is barely 5 yrs old. For some time I have had to run loads two and sometimes three times to dry a full load, even though it is getting hot. I have cleaned all vents and checked for blockages finding nothing. Now, just a couple of days ago it started making a scraping, clinking sound while running...a lot like if a lighter or something was rolling around with the clothes and there is nothing there. My husband thinks it may be a belt or rollers...wondering if he is right.
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It might be metal on metal. It is possible that something worked it's way from inside the drum it between the drum and the rest of the dryer. There's just a couple of srcews that holds the back and top on to the dryer. Take them out after un-plugging the dryer, and consider plugging it back in and running it to see if you can here where the squeek is coming from.
Possibly the belt assembly. if you open the door and try to turn the drum does it turn with a little resistance, noises? this model has rollers, pulley, and a four groove belt 92 1/4" , sometimes the pulley sticks after yrs of use, belts wear, drum misaligns. the humming should be the motor trying to work.
You may have a rear drum support issue. There are 2 rollers,(supports), 1 at 4 o'clock and 1 at 7 o'clock. If the bushing in the roller becomes elongated,(elliptical), it will give a thumping noise, as you describe.
Below is a link with exploded diagrams and parts help. http://www.repairclinic.com/0100_14.asp
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Dave E. (Illeagle)
yes very possible timer but my guess on the times i seen the problem would be the heating element are the thermo fuse on the elemnt canister when the heater does not come on the timer will not move ck the heater and the fuses on the heater canister it will fix your problem