Dryer Noises

Old 11-15-03, 02:03 PM
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Loud continuous tone from gas dryer

I have an 8 year old Sears Kenmore dryer that recently started emitting a steady tone (not like the buzzer) that is mid pitched and starts within 1 minute of turning the dryer on. I haven't had time to take anything apart yet, but I am looking for advice on possible trouble places.

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Old 11-16-03, 07:19 AM
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Hello Bill and Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic.

Depending upon the type of noise heard, it could be an electrical noise emitting from the motor, the belt or any pulley, bearings, gliders and or sliders which the drum rotates on or any part which rotates during the operation.

Best bet would be to open up the dryers cabinet and inspect the parts. Look for any part or parts which are likely to be worn or show signs of excessive wear.

Also inspect the drums frontal area where it contacts the front supports. The drum rotates on glider pads and or slider pads. These parts wear out and must be replaced. The noise they emit may vary. They are very often the source of noises and or rumblings.

Same applies to any rear drum bearing which supports the rear of the drum. Some models do not have a rear support bearing. The drum is not a true drum with a bottom. They are really a tube that also rotates on rollers, glider or slider pads.

Inspection of these parts often reveals wear. Worn belts, pulley, fan cages, motor bearings, loose fans on motor shafts, etc all can cause dryer noises.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. They will need the make, model and serial numbers.

Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryer noises. Doing so will quickly provide you with answers to dryer noise problems, causes and provide additional information on how to resolve the problem.

If you need further assistance, use the REPLY button to add any additional information or ask additional questions. Doing so will automatically move your question to the top of the forums list of questions.

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It's always adviseable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance, connection and or repairs.

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