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My dryer makes a squeaking noise as it dries. It started doing this for a few minutes, but it now does it all the time. What's up?

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There are a couple of possibilities here.

On most dryers there are dryer glides on the front of the drum, between the drum and the opening where you put the clothes in. When those wear out you have metal on metal, and hence the noise.

A second possibility is the belt tensioner. It simply holds the belt tight against the drum. It can wear out too, it's usually just a plastic wheel on a metal arm.

The third possibility I can think of is the belt. Over a period of several years, say 5+, the belt can become hard from all the heating and cooling cycles it goes through. It begins to slip on the drum and makes squeaking noises. If it's the belt, the noise will be there with a heavy load and gone with a light load of clothes.

All of these parts should be available at a good local appliance parts store. Sometimes you have to bring in the worn out part for them to match it. If it's the belt or tensioner the back of the unit will have to be opened, I recommend that you find someone that experience fixing such things, especially if it's a gas dryer, because you wouldn't want a gas leak.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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Sounds like a roller bearing is going bad. Oling it would only be ashort term fix. The bearing needs t be replaced

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