STacked Frigidaire Gas Dryer Thumping

Old 03-25-05, 06:13 AM
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STacked Frigidaire Gas Dryer Thumping

I had a load of laundry in the dryer and just before the end of the cycle the drum started to make a Thumping noise. (like shoes in the dryer. ) Checked the schematics of the dryer and I dont see any rollers. What could be causing the noise and how would I go about repairing it???


Forgot its Model #FSG446RHS2
Old 03-26-05, 07:17 PM
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Hello DIYchik and Welcome into my Gas Appliances topic.

Chances are the drum does not rotate on rollers. It rotates on slider/glider pads. Which are mounted on the inside of the door panel. That is where the drum support is located, which supports the front of the drum or rotating tube.

Also check <if your model is equipped with> a center rear drum support bearing. This may also be a part causing the noise. Any one of the parts or combination of parts mentioned above, may be a direct cause of a noise related problem.

Slide or glide pads are located on the inside of the front door panel. They are located on the housing that attaches to the inside front doors panel which supports the front of the drum. The top inside part of the drum rides on two and sometimes 3 of these pads or glides. Replacement of these parts should be easy on most models.

Regarding the belts positioning over, under and/or around the pulleys, my best suggestion is to make a hand drawing of the locations and positions prior to removing the old belt.

Refer to the drawing when installing the new replacement belt to be positive it is correctly positioned on the drum and routed on the pulleys. Then store that drawing within the dryers upper rear removable panel for future use.

You should also check behind the upper rear removable panel for an instructional booklet, leaflet or diagram. It's also possible the instructional information/diagram may be found taped to any other removable panel or location within the appliance cabinet.

To access the parts that need to be inspected/removed or replaced, in many cases, for free standing and singular appliances, the back and front panels will need to be removed. Top panels will needed to be lifted up or slid rear wards. For many washer/dryer top and bottom attached combo units, access may only be needed or provided through the front panels.

When service instructions/books/booklets or other repair guides are not available, always make hand drawings, on paper, of parts locations and connections that will be needed for reassembly, prior to any part removals. Make a pencil mark on the drum, if need be, to locate the exact position the belt is in on the drum prior to removal.

It's always recommended that you clean out the exhaust vent tubing, regardless of whether it is plastic or metal tubing. Check the exhaust vents outside hood. It should not be damaged and the enclosed flapper trap door should be freely moveable.

Always remove all dust and/or lint from within the cabinet. An ordinary household vacuum with a flexible suction hose and oval or round bush attachment oftens works fine. As will a shop vacuum or a moistened or dampened old rag or shop cloth.

For these type of repairs, it is almost always necessary to remove the gas flex line from the gas supply valve. Once this part is reconnected to the supply valve, turn the valve back on carefully.

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Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, downloadable repair and or owners manuals which may be available online.

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 moving the appliance and/or a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryers. Doing so will quickly provide you with answers to questions & provide additional information on how to resolve the problem.

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Old 03-27-05, 11:52 AM
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Thanks you for your quick reply. The noise starts up when the dryer does for the first time. Then it will subside then start up again. Ill print yur instuctions and go over the dryer schematic before attempting to do anything. I will also take pics with my digital camera and do a drawing before I take anything apart.

Wish me luck!

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