Maytag gas dryer balancing?

Old 10-31-01, 01:20 PM
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I have a two year old Maytag gas dryer that has all of the sudden started to sound like the drum is too far back in the unit.

It makes a horrendous noise like it is overloaded when in use. Could the drum be unbalanced? Any other tips? Ideas on what the problem could be.

It is vented outside less than a foot away and is on a corner wall which does get some air as it is getting colder. Thanks for any help.
Old 10-31-01, 03:04 PM
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Drum Rollers or Drum Pads

Hello Cyclonejf and Welcome to the Do-It-Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliance forum.

The condition you discribe sounds like the drum rollers or pads are wornout.

Noise is a common problem when the drum rollers wear out on some models. Some dryers do not use rollers. Instead they use pads called gliders or sliders. Some dryers use both rollers and glider or slider pads in combination.

What the noise indicates is those parts have become wornout and the drum is rotating on the support bracket and not on the intended parts. To correct the condition, it will be necessary to replace any and all worn parts.

In order to accomplish this task, the dryers top and front panels will need to be removed. Attached to the front panel will be the drums support bracket. On most models the slider or glider pads will be located on the top of the support bracket.

Some dryers also have rollers at the front and or rear of the drum. Actually, if there are rollers, it's not a true drum because it does not have a bottom. It's a tube that is supported in the rear by rollers.

The actual true drum has a bottom and is supported by a shaft and a bearing. This rear shaft and bearing can also wear out causing noise.

The above may sound rather confusing. However, once the drum or rotating tube is removed, to replace the warnout parts, you'll know which type is used in your model.

Basically, what needs to be done is a replacement of all the rotating parts or parts that the drum rotates on and the belt also while the dryer is opened up and under repairs. I highly suggest you clean out all lint inside the cabinet and clean out the entire exhaust system, while in the repair process.

Write down the make, model and serial numbers and visit the local appliance retail parts store in or near your home. Appliance parts dealers carry replacement parts for all appliances and are listed in the phone book under appliances. At the parts dealers you will find the needed replacement parts and helpful information.

The noise may not be coming from only one worn out part.
Squealing noises may come from worn out motor bearings, a worn out belt or pulleys, fan blower cage, etc.

Appliance parts dealers carry replacement parts for all appliances and are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Refer to the manufacturers online web site for additional product information, problem solving methods, pictorials drawings and schematics if available. Patronize our online sponsor for additional information and online parts sales.

Check the ARCHIVES, within this forum, for other postings on this topic and the replies offered. It is adviseable to inspect, clean the exhaust venting system whenever your working on the dryer.

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