Dryer Noise

Old 06-01-18, 08:12 AM
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Dryer Noise

GE gas dryer: GTDP301GL0WS

At start of a full load, the dryer has a squeal or rubbing noise that fades within a minute or two. I tried rotating the drum by hand with the load still inside but I could not get it to make the noise. It only happened when the dryer was running. I found it odd that it went faded out. When making the sound it was a continuous noise but when it faded, it was just gone.

Any ideas of where to start?

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Old 06-01-18, 08:21 AM
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Sounds like the drive belt is slipping either on the drive pulley or on the drum. That can happen when a heavy load is started. As the drum gains momentum, the noise stops. Spreading the load across the bottom of the drum or piling it on the "high" side (where the drum rotates down) may help.

Eventually the drive belt will stretch or wear through and will have to be replaced. Spraying some "belt dressing" ( a sticky substance that stops belt slipping) on the belt and/or drive pulley will help but is not necessary if you want to just ignore the noise.
Old 06-01-18, 08:29 AM
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That sounds like the belt slipping. Unfortunately you can take the unit apart and run it.

See if you can hold the dryer door switch in and run the dryer with door open. See if the drum is not turning or turning slow. Set the dryer temp to cool when trying this.

The belt is pictorial part 213 under the "backsplash" tab.
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Old 06-01-18, 08:32 AM
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Agree with the belt issue, it would be slipping at the motor since the friction between the drum and belt is too great to slip.

If the dryer is a few years old a new belt is needed.

Relatively simple procedure but the box has to come apart so the drum can be removed.
Old 06-01-18, 04:22 PM
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This dryer can have several places for noise. Belt is one, There is a pin and sleeve bearing in rear that can wear. the most common for this dryer is the front plastic bearings around the front of the drum. Must take front panel off to check.

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