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The Potential Causes of a Dryer Squeaking and How to Fix It

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Feb 2023

If your clothes dryer has started making an annoying squeaking noise, there could be several potential causes. But don’t worry; in most cases, the problem is easily fixable without having to call in a professional.

In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the common causes of a dryer squeaking and how you can fix them.

Worn-out Dryer Rollers

A dryer may start to squeak when the rollers become worn out, which can be quite irritating. To diagnose this issue, you must take out the dryer and assess the rollers. If you notice any grooves or cracks, it’s time to replace the dryer roller with a fresh pair.

Of course, replacing these parts can be quite tricky and daunting for those who don’t know much about machines. That’s why it’s often best to have a dryer repair professional help you with the job. This way, you can avoid any costly repairs down the line.

Loose Idler Pulley

A loose idler pulley is a common problem that can cause a dryer belt to slip. This means the machine will not spin as expected, and can lead to abnormal noises and a damaged drum belt.

Maintenance is key with your dryer’s idler pulley as it’s one of the common causes of squeaking noises coming from your dryer. Your periodic maintenance routine should involve:

  • Physically checking for any belt tears
  • Checking if the idler pulley is properly secured
  • Cleaning out all the lint from your lint filter
  • Cleaning out lint and debris in the exhaust hose regularly

Doing the above will ensure clogs don’t form, putting excess strain on the dryer belt. If you notice signs of slipping or other performance issues with the idler pulley, it’s important to take action quickly so that more serious damage does not occur.

Related Article: How to Fix a Dryer That’s Making a Screeching Noise?

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Frayed or Damaged Drive Belt

If your dryer isn’t spinning correctly, it’s possible the drive belt has become frayed or damaged. Consequently, you’ll start to hear squeaking noises coming from your dryer.

If this is the case, replacing the belt can get your dryer running again. But before attempting to replace the belt yourself, check if your dryer model requires a specialist for replacement, as some do.

There are many resources online for help and guidance on properly diagnosing and fixing a broken drive belt on a dryer.

For those who prefer to leave it in the hands of an expert, ensure you hire someone reputable with experience who can tackle your specific problem quickly and efficiently.

Something Caught in Your Dryer’s Blower Wheel

A blockage in your device’s blower wheel can cause squeaking noises from the back of your dryer. This problem often comes with your clothes taking longer than usual to dry.

Troubleshooting this problem requires examining the blower wheel located at the back of your dryer. Look for debris or foreign objects blocking the blower wheel and causing the squeaking noises you hear.

Fluff from dryer sheets can accumulate and get wedged in the blower wheel, reducing airflow and making it harder for your clothes to dry quickly and efficiently. If you see something has built up around the wheel, just vacuum it out carefully with a long brush attachment to get your dryer running and sounding like normal.

Blocked Vent Hose

A blocked dryer vent hose can create a life-threatening situation in your home. Restricted airflow means heat and humidity can build up quickly in the dryer, leading to a dangerous buildup of lint that can cause a fire.

Lint clogs can also reduce the efficiency of your dryer and increase your energy bills by forcing your device to work harder to do its job.

The best way to prevent a clogged vent hose is to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year or more often if you have pets that shed periodically. Regularly clearing any lint buildup from inside the dryer will also help ensure the appliance’s safe usage.

Worn-out Dryer’s Drum Glides

Worn-out glides on your dryer’s drum can create a host of problems. They can cause squeaky noises and greater wear to the dryer’s motor and other components.

In some cases, worn-out glides may also cause the dryer door to not open after a complete cycle.

Replacing these glides is vital for keeping your dryer running smoothly, increasing its lifespan, and preventing potential breakdowns and repairs.

If you suspect your dryer’s drum glides are worn out, have a qualified service professional replace them immediately.

Related Article: How to Fix an Overheated Dryer?

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Final Thoughts

There are several possible reasons a dryer may squeak. It could be something as simple as the rollers being worn out or an issue with the drive belt.

If you’re unsure of what the problem is, it’s best to call a professional for help. With their expertise, they’ll be able to diagnose and fix the issue quickly so your dryer is back to working smoothly again.

Our technicians at Prime Appliance Repair can provide same-day repair for your noisy dryer. Call 647-905-7496, and we’ll be with you the same day you call us!

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