Dryer drum doesn't turn; makes a loud squeak sound
My dryer was making a loud squeaking sound and now the drum doesn't turn and it is still making that squeaking sound. What parts are likely damaged and should be replaced (so I can order them and fix it)? Thank you for the help.
Re: Dryer drum doesn't turn; makes a loud squeak sound
The problem is most likely your drum belt. Most run all the way around the outside of the drum, across a tensioner pulley, and around the motor.
This could be easy, or it could be a nightmare. Disassembly of the outer cabinet can be tricky. Some drums ride on pullies, while others slide on drum felts.
Your local appliance parts store can give you some guidance, and probably a few cards of qualified service guys. If you're mechanically inclined, and have a history of being able to take machines apart, AND reassemble without extra parts laying around, then give it a shoy. Otherwise, pay a pro, and save your Saturday.
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Sounds like a bearing or the drive belt. Try turning the empty drum by hand. If it sounds normal you probably just need to replace the belt. If it make strange sounds when you turn it by hand then its probably the bearing.
The belt isn't a big deal but a bearing probably is.
All ge dryers have a center bearing on the back side of the drum and drum glides on the frontside. The glides make a scrubbing sound when bad and the drum is hard to turn. The rear bearing does a squeak thang when the plastic bearing wears thin and begins to make metal to metal contact between drum mount and rear bulkhead mount. It is an easy fix but the drum gotta come out. here is my pictorial page that shows how with videos and repair pix: Paw Paws GE dryer repair page
how old? Dryers squeak for one of 3 reasons..bad belt, bad motor or drum rubbing against dryer framework. run it empty...intermittent squeaks usually are the drum...something's bent continuous- is there any burning smell? If so, most likely the motor, if not, possibly the belt. Open the top (most have screws or can just be pried open) and watch it run...identify the source of the sound if possible
try spraying the belt and motor with a little wd-40 and let it dry for a day, then try again. If that doesn't help, repairman or new/used dryer...probably better off to find a decent one off of craigslist b4 paying to repair an already faulty machine
Only a few things will make that noise. The squeaking is caused by a moving part having trouble turning while rubbing against a fixed part.
The idler pulley is worn
The drum support rollers are hard turning on their shafts
The felt seals at the front or back of the drum is worn allowing metal to metal contact while turning
An article has fallen into the housing around the blower wheel and the wheel is rubbing on it.
Listen for the frequency of the sound. The drum rollers and drum felts will squeak at the frequency of the tub turning. The idler pulley turns much faster as does the blower wheel. Knowing this will help pin down the cause.
The following link has valuable information on taking apart your style of dryer: