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How do I stop dryer from squealing

When I put a load to dry the squealing noise is loud and annoying

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The squealing noise is most likely a loose drive belt , the drum is powered by a large belt to a motor , the belt and idler pulley are most likeslyin need of replacement

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Hi Martha,

The squealing can be coming from a number of places. It could be the belt, a bearing in the motor or for the drum or tensioner pulley for the belt.

Unfortunately, all these items requires tools and partial disassembling of the machine to make checks or repairs. The squeals - if coming from any of the the bearings - can be an indication of impending failure. This is usually the case for older machines or those that get extensive use / frequently overloaded. Many times, replacing drum bearing isn't worth the cost of repair and motors are swapped out completely rather than replacing bearings - basically, they're designed to last the life of the machine.

A belt can slip on the drive motor sheave, drum or tensioner pulley - this last item is the most likely source of the sound and the least expensive to replace. I'd have a replacement belt and tensioner pulley on hand before starting this work and would replace both while I was "in there" if I were you. You will need to take the front of the machine off, inspect the belt and belt routing though the tensioner, etc. and then remove the belt and drum. Replace the both parts and reassemble.

You should search youtube.com for "belt replacement <brand / model> dryer" for some how to videos. I caution AGAINST attempting to make repairs on GAS or LP fueled dryers that require moving the machine or disconnecting fuel lines.

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