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GE dryer makes noise when tumbling

Common reasons your GE dryer makes noise when tumbling

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

  • 70%

    70% of the time it's the
    Drum Support Roller

  • 11%

    11% of the time it's the
    Blower Wheel

  • 9%

    9% of the time it's the
    Idler Assembly

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a GE dryer

    Drum Support Roller Replacement

    A worn drum support roller will cause your dryer to make noise as it’s tumbling. The support roller helps keep the drum in place as the drum spins inside the dryer cabinet. A worn roller wheel will make a clunking sound as the drum spins and hits flat spots on the roller wheel. The dryer can make whining or grinding sounds as parts rub against each other when the drum support roller wears out. When your dryer makes noise, have a Sears Home Services Expert visit your home and replace the drum support roller if it’s worn.


    Blower Wheel Replacement

    When your dryer makes loud noise when it’s tumbling, a damaged or worn blower wheel could be causing the problem. The blower wheel moves air through the heater and into the dryer drum to dry the clothes. The blower wheel can eventually wear out and start vibrating or making loud noises as it spins. When you hear the dryer making loud vibrating noises, have a Sears Home Services Technician examine the dryer. The technician will replace the blower wheel if it’s damaged.

    Idler Assembly Replacement

    A dryer that makes noise when tumbling could have a worn or broken idler assembly. The idler assembly keeps tension on the drive belt to spin the dryer drum. Many idler assemblies have a pulley wheel that spins and helps tension the drive belt. When the wheel or the pulley wears out, the dryer may make squealing or rattling noises as the drum spins. When your dryer makes noise, have a Sears Home Services Repair Technician visit your home and fix the problem.

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

    How is the makes noise when tumbling problem fixed?

    Correcting most makes noise when tumbling problems usually involves replacing the drum support roller, blower wheel or idler assembly. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dryer that makes noise when tumbling

    When the dryer makes noise when tumbling it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dryer failures.

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

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dryer problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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