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The dryer drum feels loose, with a lot of play when heled through the open door. When in use it sounds as though it is rubbing internally. I have had a look but cant see how the drum is held in place. Unlike the washing machine which is attached to a spindel through bearings. Can this fault be repaired? or is it a bin and buy a new dryer?

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I dont know what make or model you have but most dryers run on guide rollers at the front bottom but also have nylon or felt bearers around the front and rear of the drum there is also normally a brass bush at the rear onto the drum shaft.To get the drum out you normally have to remove the rear casing or on some you can take off the side panels for inspection.It can be repaired depending which bit is worn and how much.

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Your dryer drum is mounted in the rear with a bearing, most likely the bearing is faulty and making the grinding noise, or maybe two conditions exist.
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The rythmic rubbing sound you are hearing could be coming from a few sources. It could be drum support rollers that require lubrication, bulkhead screws that have come loose, the drum seal not seated properly, or a silencer plate that has come off the compartment side and is rubbing on the drum.

First, look inside the dryer along the seam where the drum meets the front and rear of the dryer. You should not see any part of the felt drum seal protruding inside the drum. Sometimes the seal starts to come loose or becomes misaligned and sticks through inside the drum. This will cause thumping and excessive noise. If you have anything caught in the drum seal (i.e., a screw, change, etc.) this can also cause excessive noise.

Remove the dryer top panel and start the dryer and watch for anything obvious rubbing on the drum. The top comes off by removing the screws in the rear and sliding the panel back, then up. (CAUTION: DO NOT get your hands around the drum while it is rotating and any of the electrical connections). Look for any vibration from from the rear bulkhead (this is the back wall of the dryer where the drum rides against). Sometimes the screws holding the bulkhead to the cabinet come loose.

Another thing to look for is a metal silencer plate that is usually mounted along the side panels. This plate is glued on and is used for noise reduction. Sometimes it comes off and will rub against the drum.

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The heat problem could be directly associated to clogged dryer ducting. If the dryer is full of lint when you open it, you will have to thoroughly clean the vent ducting and interior cabinet. NOTE: This is a fire hazard!

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Your heat problem may not be a component at all. Double check your dryer interior and ducting and let me know what you find. I hope this helps you.

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