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I have a Fisher-Paykel Smartload dryer and when there is a load of jeans (heavy) in it the dryer makes a whining noise, almost like a loose belt or bad bearing. Are these units known for bad pulleys or bearings? We have had the dryer for about 4 years and there are 4 people in the house.

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  • Rodney Myers Oct 17, 2010

    How do I change these supports? Is there a drawing that I can go off of?

  • Rodney Myers Oct 20, 2010

    Thanks for your help.

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Hello there:

Dryers are relatively simple machines; they just don't have many components. So most repairs stem from just a few common complaints:
1) NOISY OPERATION
A vast majority of these complaints stem from drum supports that have worn out. It usually sounds like a loud, low-pitched rumbling sound that slowly gets worse over a period of several months or even years. This is a very common complaint in Whirlpool or Kenmore brand








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PROBLEMS COMMON TO ALL BRANDS 2.




dryers about 2 to 15 years old. lif a belt breaks, the belt tensioner will touch the drive motor shaft and a loud grinding or clattering noise will result. Replace the belt as described in the chapter about your brand.
You may get a rumbling noise if a belt tensioner pulley seizes up or the tensioner spring breaks.
A regular clack-clack sound as the dryer drum is turning may be coins stuck inside the removable plastic dryer vanes. This can happen in Whirlpool or Kenmore dryers, as well as some other brands, though it is infrequent. To solve the problem, open the top of ther dryer as described in the Whirlpool section, then remove the plastic vane on the inside of the dryer drum by removing the screws on the outside of the dryer drum that hold it in place.
In some models, notably Maytag and Frigidaire machines, things can get by the lint screen (like pencils and pens) and get stuck in the blower wheel. Again, it's a loud grinding sound, as if you were sticking something into a moving blower fan.

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Its possible for a glazed drum belt to create this noise,but if the the drum picks up speed soon and the noise disappears,then remove the top cover and watch as you start the dryer,as it will be easier to detect the exact location of the whining noise,it still could be a rear bearing going bad and which could lead to the drum leaning off the true center and rubbing on the cabinet side and cause this noise too

Posted on Oct 17, 2010

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