How to Replace a Dryer Bearing

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  • 4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-150
What You'll Need
A flathead screwdriver
A small and large multi-use screwdriver
A new dryer bearing
New screws

Replacing a dryer bearing can be a challenging do-it-yourself job. If you do not replace the bearing once you notice the operation of the dryer beginning to falter, it can end up costing you a large amount of money in repairs. However, with the right set of tools and a good degree of patience, you can have your dryer working as good as new in no time.

Cut the Power

This is paramount for your own personal safety. It will allow you to work without the threat of being injured by electricity or working parts of the dryer.

Remove Top

Open the door of the dryer and look for 2 screws which should be pointing upwards. Take a large heavy-duty flathead screwdriver and slowly loosen the screws. Once they are loose enough to remove with the tips of your fingers, take them out completely. Place a hand on either side at the top of the dryer and use light force to click it loose. The top panel is the piece that extends out from the dryer by a couple of centimeters.

Remove Front

You should be able to see 2 large screws inside the door frame. Lean over the dryer from the front and look in and the screws should be pointing towards you. Remove these screws with the same screwdriver. Change the head if necessary because the front screws on some dryers vary by manufacturer. Place one hand on either side of the front panel and lift it up until it comes clear. Do not worry about any wires connected to the front, just rest the front piece to one side while you finish the job.

Remove Drum

You should see a large plastic lever known as the idler pulley. Twist it to the right and it will release the tension from the belt which helps the drum rotate. The large drum should now slide out towards you. Do not be afraid to tug and pull quite hard to remove it. You should be able to see a large circular bearing on the left-hand side.

Replace Bearing

Use the appropriate screwdriver to remove all of the screws which hold the current bearing in place. Lever the bearing out with a screwdriver if you cannot remove it with your hands. Fit your new bearing in place and use new screws to secure it into position.


Finish by going back over your steps and fitting each of the removed components back into position. Slide the drum in and twist the slider pulley back to the left. Put the front and top of the dryer back into position and your replacement job is finished. Put the power back on and run a quick cycle of the dryer to make sure it is operating without any problems.