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Dryer makes noise when tumbling

Common reasons your dryer makes noise when tumbling

The most common reasons your dryer makes noise when tumbling are a worn drum support roller, damaged blower wheel or a broken idler assembly.

  • 59%

    59% of the time it's the
    Drum Support Roller

  • 8%

    8% of the time it's the
    Blower Wheel

  • 6%

    6% of the time it's the
    Idler Assembly

  • 27%

    27% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common dryer repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these dryer parts may fix your problem.

    Drum Support Roller Replacement

    When the drum support roller in your dryer wears out, it leads to noisy operation during tumbling. This roller is crucial for stabilizing the drum within the dryer cabinet as it rotates. As the roller wheel wears down, you'll notice a clunking noise as the drum hits flat spots on the roller wheel during rotation. Additionally, worn-out drum support rollers can cause whining or grinding sounds as components rub against each other. If your dryer starts making unusual noises, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Expert inspect it and replace the worn drum support roller as needed.


    Blower Wheel Replacement

    If your dryer is producing loud noises during tumbling, a worn or damaged blower wheel might be the culprit. The blower wheel is responsible for circulating air from the heater into the dryer drum to dry the clothes. Over time, the blower wheel can deteriorate, leading to vibrations or loud noises while spinning. If you notice your dryer emitting loud vibrating sounds, it's recommended to have a Sears Home Services Technician inspect it. The technician will replace the damaged blower wheel if necessary.

    Idler Assembly Replacement

    When your dryer is making noise during tumbling, it might be due to a worn or broken idler assembly. The idler assembly is responsible for maintaining tension on the drive belt to rotate the dryer drum. Typically, idler assemblies feature a pulley wheel that aids in tensioning the drive belt. When this wheel or pulley wears out, the dryer may emit squealing or rattling noises while the drum rotates. If you're experiencing such noises from your dryer, it's advisable to have a Sears Home Services Repair Technician inspect and address the issue.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer makes noise when tumbling issue

    How to fix a noise problem in the dryer

    Addressing most noise issues during tumbling typically requires replacing components like the drum support roller, blower wheel, or idler assembly. However, since there could be various reasons for the noise, a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving the problem accurately. Understanding the precise cause is vital for determining the extent and cost of the repair.

    Sears Home Services tips for repairing a dryer that makes noise when tumbling

    If your dryer is making noise during tumbling, there could be several causes. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we advise having a Sears Home Services expert conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the issue's root cause. Our technicians are skilled at diagnosing various types of dryer malfunctions.

    What to watch for with a dryer that makes noise when tumbling diagnosis

    Diagnosing appliances can be challenging without adequate knowledge and training. Attempting repairs without proper diagnostic techniques often results in replacing parts based on guesses rather than solid evidence. In the past decade, appliances have advanced significantly, with many models incorporating complex electronic components that are challenging to evaluate. Consequently, do-it-yourself repairs on modern appliances are growing more complex and demanding.

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