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GE dryer noisy

Common reasons your GE dryer is noisy

The most common reasons your GE dryer is noisy are a worn drum support roller, damaged blower wheel or a broken drum belt.

  • 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
    Drum Belt

  • 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 can make your dryer noisy. 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

    A damaged blower wheel will make a loud noise in the dryer when it’s running. 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 and making loud noises as it spins. When you hear the dryer making loud vibrating or rattling noises, have a Sears Home Services Technician examine the dryer. The technician will replace the blower wheel if it’s damaged.

    Drum Belt Replacement

    When your dryer is noisy, a worn or broken drum belt could be causing the problem. A worn drum belt will slip across the drum and can cause a rubbing noise. If the belt breaks, it can cause a knocking noise as belt remnants are slung around inside the dryer by the drive motor. When your dryer makes loud noises and isn’t working as it should, schedule service and we’ll send a Sears Home Services Technician to your home to fix the dryer.

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

    How is the makes noise problem fixed?

    Correcting most makes noise problems usually involves replacing the drum support roller, blower wheel or drum belt. 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 noisy dryer

    When the dryer makes noise 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 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.

    Troubleshooting GE Dryer Grinding Noise

    When dealing with GE dryer grinding noise, the first thing to check is the drum seal. A worn felt drum seal will cause the dryer to make a grinding a scraping noise as it runs. The drum also has drum glides or slides that cause the drum to glide smoothly. If the glides or slides are worn, the drum will also make a grinding noise as it spins. Have a service technician examine and repair a GE dryer grinding noise. The technician can fix the problem and help you understand how to prevent the problem from recurring.

    To help prevent GE dryer grinding noise, don’t overload the dryer. Maintain your washing machine so it spins water out of the clothes properly before you load the dryer. Instead of drying heavy rugs and comforters in the dryer, air dry those items or take them to a laundry mat to dry them in a commercial dryer.

    Have your dryer professionally maintained yearly to help keep it in top shape and avoid GE dryer grinding noise. The technician will check the drum glides and felt seal. The tech will also check drum alignment and wear on components to help fix problems before they cause grinding noise and other problems. Having your dryer professionally cleaned and maintained will also help your dryer last longer.

    Act quickly when you hear GE dryer grinding noise. That way, you can prevent a small problem from causing larger failures in the dryer. A grinding drum can cause extra strain on the belt and drive motor – causing those components to wear out faster. Schedule service as soon as you loud grinding noise coming from your dryer.

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    Additional possible GE dryer symptoms you may experience

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