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Loud dryer the dryer has recently gotten very loud...like the drum is loose

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You can fix this yourself if you haven,t used it long like this. THis is caused by the rollers that support the back of the drum coming wearing out in the middle. this causes them to wobble and drop down. Then the rear top of the drum rides on the metal back which well eventually wear a hole in it.
UNPLUG THE DRYER
1 Take out the lint filter on top and remove the 2 screws there.
2. Use a thin bladeed screwdriver or butter knife to push in the crack right under front top. THere is a clip on each side that has to be pushed in to be able to lift up the top
3. disconnect the wires to the door switch. 2 wires if no drum light 3 if there is a light. If only 2 wires it doesn't matter where they go. If more mark them so you get them back right.

Most gas dryers have a separate bottom panel that just swings down from the top. You may need to pry with a screw driver. Remove this first.

Electric dryers and some newer gas dryers have a solid front panel.

When you lift the top of the dryer prop it up and out of the way. There will be a screw on each side holding the front panel on. It takes a 1/4 inch socket to remove. A solid panel dryer will have clips holding the bottom on. Just pull the top out and away from the drum and lift up. It should come free. If there is a separate bottom panel, loosen but dont remove the screws. This will let you remove the front panel. The drum will drop down. and act like it will fall out, the belt will hold it.
Look under the dryer and pay close attention to how the belt is run. THere is a springy idler pulley It is just held by aslot in the bottom. It will probably fall out when the belt is gone. Pull it back and release the belt. Take out the drum. There will be at least 2 roller wheels supporting the drum in back. These need to be replaced. Possibly the shaft as well. Most of the time just the rollers are worn out in the middle and wobble on the shaft. I always replace the rollers, the belt and the idle pulley. Check the felt seal on the back side of the drum If its damaged replace it. Check the nylon strip that the front rides on. again replace it if needed. Most of the time you just need , belt, rollers and idle pulley They shouldn't cost more than $20 - $35 for all. The main reason for a new belt is that the new belt has a diagram of how to install it. First time is rough. THis shouldn't take more than an hour to do and you really can do it yourself. If you get stuck look in the library for a book with pictures. Most Whirlpool, Kenmore and Roper dryers are all the same. The rollers, and pulley are generic to almost all models. There are only about 3 - 5 different belts

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It might be a drum roller, they make a lot of noise and they are inexpensive to replace. the drum is held up by these rollers.

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DRYER MAKES VERY LOUD NOISE WHEN RUNNING. ALTHOUGH IT HEATS UP AND BEGINS TO DRY, IT STOPS RUNNING COMPLETELY AFTER ABOUT 5 MINUTES. IF YOU WAIT AN HOUR, YOU CAN START IT AGAIN, BUT IT AGAIN SOUNDS VERY LOUD (ALMOST A RATTLING SOUND) AND THEN SHUTS OFF AFTER 5 MINUTES

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If you hear a great deal of noise coming from the blower area of the dryer when it is running, then the blower wheel could be defective.

The are many different designs for blower wheels and just as many unique failure modes. Vanes (fins) can break off the wheel and bounce around in the blower breaking more pieces. The blower can break around the coupler with the shaft. This can cause the blower to spin loosely on the shaft. The blower can form cracks which cause it to vibrate, etc.

You should also not be surprised to find foreign debris in the blower. The occasional bird, rodent or squirrel has been known to bypass the out vent cover. If they crawl into the exhaust tube the first thing they come into contact with is the blower wheel.

If the blower wheel is not spinning, or if it is missing vanes, it is not moving air efficiently. As a result, heat is not removed from the heat source and it can trip the high limit switch or blow the thermal cut-off.
Worn Belt
A worn belt can stretch and/or become brittle with age. The belt can then slip on the drum or motor to cause squeaking. If this is the case, the solution is to replace the worn belt.

The belt is not the only item that can cause squeaking. It can also be caused by a faulty idler pulley, worn drum bearings, worn drum glides or worn drum rollers depending on brand and style.

When replacing the Belt is is a good idea to also change the Drum Support Rollers, Drum Glides, Idler Pulley and Clips. All of these items are economical easily changeable when replacing the belt. The upside is that your dryer will operate like new.

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Some dryer models are equipped with Drum Glides. The front of the dryer rests on these glides. They provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. After time however, this glides wear down. Much like an automobile brakes, these glides make a load grinding noise when they wear thin. This griding against the drum usually leaves a bare metal stripe that is visible at the point of contact. If the glides are worn, the solution is to replace them.

The drum glides not the only items that can cause squeaking. It can also be caused by a faulty idler pulley, worn drum bearings, a worn belt or worn drum rollers depending on brand and style.

When replacing the Drum Glides it is a good idea to also change the Drum Support Rollers, Drum Belt, Idler Pulley and Clips. All of these items are economical and easily changeable when replacing the glides. The upside is that your dryer will operate like new.
Worn Rear Drum Bearing
Some dryer models are equiped with a Rear Drum Bearing. The rear of the drum rests on this bearing. It provides a low friction surface on which the drum spins. After time however, this bearing will wear down. If the bearing is worn, the solution is to replace it.

The rear drum bearing not the only item that can cause squeaking. It can also be caused by a faulty idler pulley, worn drum glides, a worn belt or worn drum rollers depending on brand and style.

When replacing the rear drum bearing it is a good idea to also change the drum glides, drum support rollers, drum belt, idler pulley and clips depending on make and model. All of these items are economical and easily changeable when replacing the rear drum bearing. The upside is that your dryer will operate like new.
Worn Drum Support Rollers
Some dryers such as Whirlpool/Kenmore brands are equipped with Rear Drum Support Rollers. The weight of the dryer drum rests on these rollers. They provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins when in operation. After time however, these rollers wear down. When they wear, often times they begin to elongate and form a non-round 'cam' shape. The result is that when the dryer is turned on it creates a rumble that sounds as though you are trying to dry a pair of tennis shoes. This sound is usually the drum being forced up and down on the non-round wheels. If the rollers are worn, the solution is to replace them.


When replacing the Drum Rollers it is a good idea to also change the Front Drum Glides, Drum Belt, Idler Pulley and Clips. All of these items are economical and easily changeable when replacing the glides. The upside is that your dryer will operate like new. Whirlpool
Kenmore models have a dryer maintenance kit that contains all of these items in a single kit.


Recent Customer Symptoms:
Dryer makes loud noise when turned on. Dryer works and heats up OK but makes too much noise.


Recent Customer Symptoms:
Dryer makes loud noise when turned on. Dryer works and heats up OK but makes too much noise.


Recent Customer Symptoms:
Dryer makes loud noise when turned on. Dryer works and heats up OK but makes too much noise.


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