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Whirlpool dryer noisy

Common reasons your Whirlpool dryer is noisy

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

  • 46%

    46% of the time it's the
    Drum Support Roller

  • 26%

    26% of the time it's the
    Blower Wheel

  • 5%

    5% of the time it's the
    Drum Belt

  • 23%

    23% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Whirlpool 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 Whirlpool 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 Noisy Whirlpool Dryers

    Whirlpool Dryer Squealing Noise

    If your Whirlpool dryer makes a squealing noise, it often indicates an issue with the drum support rollers or the idler pulley. These components support the dryer drum and help it spin smoothly. Over time, the drum support rollers can wear out, causing the drum to squeal as it rotates. Similarly, the idler pulley, which maintains tension on the dryer belt, can also wear out or become damaged, leading to a high-pitched squealing noise.

    To diagnose and fix the issue, first, unplug your dryer and remove the front panel to access the drum and the rollers. Check the condition of the drum support rollers and the idler pulley. If they show signs of wear or damage, they should be replaced. You can find replacement parts and detailed instructions in your dryer’s user manual or online. Regular maintenance, such as lubricating moving parts, can also help prevent these issues from arising.

    Whirlpool Dryer Making Noise When Spinning

    A Whirlpool dryer making noise when spinning can be caused by several factors, including worn drum glides, faulty bearings, or a defective motor. Drum glides provide a smooth surface for the drum to rotate against, and when they wear down, the drum can make a thumping or scraping noise. Bearings support the drum and help it spin; if they fail, you might hear a grinding or rumbling sound. Additionally, if the dryer motor is defective, it can produce unusual noises during operation.

    To address these problems, you should start by inspecting the drum glides and bearings. Unplug the dryer, remove the drum, and examine these components for wear and tear. If the glides or bearings are damaged, replace them to restore quiet operation. If the noise persists, it might be necessary to inspect the motor. A faulty motor often requires professional repair or replacement to ensure safe and effective operation.

    Whirlpool Dryer Screeching Noise

    When you hear a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer screeching noise, it often points to issues with the drum belt or the rear drum bearing. The drum belt wraps around the dryer drum, the idler pulley, and the motor pulley, facilitating the drum's rotation. If the belt is frayed or damaged, it can slip or break, causing a screeching sound. Similarly, the rear drum bearing supports the back of the drum and allows it to spin smoothly; when this bearing fails, it can produce a loud screeching noise.

    To fix this issue, first, unplug the dryer and remove the drum. Inspect the drum belt for any signs of wear or damage and replace it if necessary. Next, check the rear drum bearing. If the bearing is worn or damaged, it should be replaced to eliminate the screeching noise. Regularly checking and maintaining these components can help prevent future issues and keep your dryer running quietly and efficiently.

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