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The dryer squeals (metallic sound) while drying clothes.

The dryer squeals (metallic scraping sound ) while drying clothes.
The problem was intermittent for some time but has become worse.

The numbers below are not identified as the product serial number but
there is no identification plate similar to those on most appliances.
The dryer was purchased in a military Base Exchange at least five or
more years ago. It has given reliable service until this problem..I am
just interested in determining if the repair cost is reasonable or if it is
better to buy a new dryer.




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Check wear pads around front of drum or rear depending on brand. Ge's are particularly prone to scraping sounds, but still one of my preferred brands. IF a ge, did it get any dents around the sides or back? The drum is close to the sides and a dent in right place will do it. Also the rear panel can push the drum forward rubbing in front.
Ge - wear strips in front, plastic bearing in rear center, replace both, inexpensive.
Whirlpool- felt pad and wear strip in front, felt seal in rear with roller support. check rear seal lube rollers
Maytag -roller in front and rear with front and rear felt seals. some designs have front drum support posts with wear pads. ck these.
Frigidaire (include some sold under GE name) rear bearing cup (plastic)-lube, front feltpad with wear plates if plates gone get new pad/wearplate asm.
Maytag and ge nomenclature tags are in rear .

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If you pop open the bottom face of the dryer you can look inside. You can see a spindle with the dryer belt, vacuum any lint out and then use some lubricating oil in the moving parts. If that does not solve it. The belt might be worn.

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