Squeaky Sound When Dryer Spins

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Old 08-18-06, 07:55 PM
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Squeaky Sound When Dryer Spins

My gas dryer makes squeaky sound when it spins. It stated about a month ago. It is getting louder and louder since then. Sound like worn bearing needs oil or lube or replace. What is the problem? Is it a DIY job? Where I can get the parts? Thanks. It is a GE dryer.
 

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Old 08-18-06, 08:51 PM
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look like I found the worn part by googling: front drum glides. However I am still not sure how to access to the part in order see how many I need to order. At a picture I see here http://www.do-it-yourself-washing-ma...air-Video.html the front look like a swing door. How can I open the front in order to access the drum glides? Thanks
 
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I have a GE dryer and had the same problem - squeeking noises while drying. I couldn't figure out what it was. I finally figured out that it had to do with a dog bed that I dried that basically shredded. I took a shop vac to the small holes in the back of the dryer (in the shiny silver disc) and sucked out all the small pieces that had worked their way back there. That fixed the problem, and I haven't had squeeks since - over a year ago now. For good measures while I had the shop vac out, I vac'd the vent hose and removed the lint trap and vac'd down in there as much as I could. I couldn't believe how much I vac'd out.
Yours could be a totally different problem, but you might give this a try - it's free (as long as you have a shop vac) - Good Luck!
 
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Old 08-19-06, 07:17 AM
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Thank you for the tip. It may be the problem also. I will try to vac tomorrow and update here.
 
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Old 08-19-06, 09:08 AM
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hth,

This may be the problem, the drum support rollers. They will create the squeak more so than any other part. When I was a Maint. Tech which repairing appliances was one of our duties, this was very common. You need to inspect them and then purchase new ones if you find there are problems.

This is an excerpt from PartSelect which is quite good and understandable. You may find this very helpful.

A dryer's drum support rollers are essentially in the same spot on every dryer, regardless of a dryer's brand. Support rollers are installed below the drum. In order to gain access to and remove your dryer's drum support rollers, you will have to open your dryer's cabinet, and remove its drum. If you haven't done so already, open your dryer now.

You might notice that the roller on the left is more worn than the one on the right. This is actually quite common, but both rollers do need to be replaced at the same time. They may be held in place with either a nut or a simple spring clip. Remove the nut (or clip) before you remove the roller.

Discard the worn drum support rollers and replace with new ones. Use only one drop of oil on the hub. Over-oiling will lead to an accumulation of dust and lint, which can shorten the life of your rollers.

Replace your dryer's drum, reassemble the cabinet, and restore power to the unit. Run your dryer through a cycle to ensure it is operating as it should.

This is the long version;

Pull your dryer out from the wall. Behind it, on the bottom, you will find a lower panel that will give you access to the unit's belt tensioner (also known as an idler pulley arm). Remove the screws holding this panel in place, and then remove the panel itself. Reach inside and release the belt tension by removing the belt from the motor pinion.

Older GE dryer models have a small drum bearing inspection plate in the center of the back of the dryer. This drum bearing inspection plate provides access to the dryer's circlip (also known as an e-ring). This clip holds the rear drum shaft in place. Newer models do not have this circlip or the drum bearing inspection plate.

If yours is an older GE model with an inspection plate, remove the plate now. It will be held in place with a single screw. With the plate removed, you will be able to see the drum support shaft and the e-ring (circlip) holding the shaft in place. Use a small screwdriver to remove the e-ring. You may also want to use a magnet to keep the circlip from falling into the dryer. You will also find several metal and nylon shims between the bearing and the e-ring, inside the bearing, and between the bearing and the drum. Take careful note of how they come off so that you will be able to put them back on again in the right order.

Now remove the front panel of the dryer. There are a couple of different ways this is accomplished. Whichever method you use is dependent upon your model. Some older models have two spring catch clips under the cabinet top, one on the left side, and one on the right side of the front. Use a putty knife, or some other flat and thin object to wedge in under the cabinet top. Release both spring catches and lift the cabinet top off the dryer. In some newer models, there will be screws joining the cabinet front panel to the cabinet top. You will have to open the door in order to find these screws. Once they are found, remove them and then slide the cabinet top forward and lift it off the unit.

Next, there are two screws located in the bottom of the front panel, one in each corner. Loosen these, but do not remove them just yet. Locate and remove the two screws at the top inside of the dryer's front panel. Again, there is one screw in each corner. Proceed to remove the other two screws you have just loosened. Disconnect the door switch wires and then lift the front panel off your dryer. With the front panel removed, lift the drum and slide it out of the dryer.

NOTE: In some models, you will have to remove the dryer drum glides before you can remove the drum. Also, now that the interior of your dryer is completely exposed, it might be a good time to vacuum out all of the dust and lint that has built up in there.

Hope this helps!
 
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Old 08-19-06, 10:10 PM
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Doug,
Thanks very much. Really appreciated.

The part: is this a common part I can find at local appliances repair stores or online is the only place? Thanks again.
 

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Old 08-20-06, 03:46 AM
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hth,

You're very welcome!

It is a common part and if your appliance store doesn't have them in stock, they can easily be ordered. I would suggest writing down the model and serial number so there are no mistakes in the parts needed.

Good Luck!
 
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Old 08-20-06, 01:30 PM
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I finallly removed the front cabinet: opened the door, removed 2 screws attaching the front and top cabinets together, lifted the front of top cabinet and managed to remove the top cabinet from the dial panel.

My model is DPSR483GA0WW. There are 4 glides. Three are gone; only the lower right one is in place. The bearing drum was so worn that it wouldn't hold the slide. I ordered the bearing drum and 4 drum slides from GE web site. Some other sites have lower prices but the next day shipping cost killed the deal so I went to GE.

Thanks everyone for contributing to DIY great forums.
 
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Old 08-20-06, 02:04 PM
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hth,

Sounds like you will have everything resolved. 3 out of 4 bad, well that explains a good reason for your noise!!!

Good Luck!
 
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