Question about Dryers
May tag dryer is 10+ years old and has developed this sound in the drum that sounds as though the belts that drives it is slipping. Is this a common problem with these units and if so, can an amateur fix it or would it be less expensive to find a fairly new unit on crag's list.
Usually when it sounds like that it is because the one of the wheels involved with movment (support rollers or tensioner pulley) has started to wear down or has build up in side of it. I don't know what specific model you have, but this is a tear down and replace for these parts on a generic maytag frontload dryer. (elec or gas makes no difference in this procedure).First unplug the unit. Remove the front panel by removing the 4 phillips
screws just inside the door (on the hinges and just opposite). Next remove the greenish/ brown 5/16 screws that hold the front panel in. There are wires still connected (door switch and moisture sensor) but if you swing it to the side, you can leave them connected and still procede. Next, you have to reach underneath (very difficult to see this so you will have to do it by feel) There is a belt that wraps around the drum. On the underneath side of the drum as you follow the belt it wraps
around the motor pulley (small wheel) and the tensioner pulley (bigger wheel just to the right). Now with one hand, move the larger pulley towards the msaller one. This will give you slack and you can take the belt off both pulleys. Now pull the drum
forward. There you have the inner workings left. Now, there are 3 wheels. 2 black and 1 white. Your squeeking noise will be coming from the one that doesn't turn freely. You can get the replacement wheel from your local appliance parts store or on line from the manufatrues web site. However, if you do have to wait for the part, take the wheel off the shaft and wipe off the inside race of the wheel and the shaft for temporarily relife and useage.
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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