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Question DetailsAsked on 1/23/2018

what is causing a loud noise when I run my dryer?

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I am going to assume this is not occurring just on a single load, where a particularly heavy item or loose piece of something may be making a sound in the drum.

If a squeeling or scratching noise, could be the drum seals felt have gone out so you are getting metal-to-metal contact. If that is the case, drum will usually have a distinct front-to-back looseness if you push to and fro on it, and will have metal-to-metal contact sound when uyou do that.

Can also be something stuck in the drum seal - with dryer off and cool, use a flashlight (and mirror helps to avoid having to full-swivel your head to check front seal inside door) to check all around the front and back edges of the drum - coins and other debris can get caught in there and cause a scratching or squeeling when the drum turns. Look closely - small coins can wedge down into the seal so they are barely visible from inside the drum. Use pliers, while wiggling drum around, to work out any stuck foreign object. Sometimes pieces of gravel you can work loose just by pushing the drum fore and aft while turning it by hand.

If a flapping sound, check for piece of clothing caught up inside - or can be a drive belt shredding.

If a growling or once-per-rotation sound can be the drum rollers (which support it and let it turn) going out, or motor bearings (though they usually last a LONG time). A "thump" once per rotation, when empty, if commonly the drum support wheel bearings (actually usually just plastic bushing) going out, so the drum is not smoothly supported.

If a metallic clatter or click-click as it goes around, usually loose change or exposed metal snaps (especiallhy on jeans) clattering in the drum as it goes around - especially if a light load.

A fluttering or clicking sound can be motor bearing, or debris caught in the outlet air fan (accessible throgh back panel, with power unplugged).

Clicking or "pebble scattering" sound commonly sand/grit or foreign object from pockets going through the air ducting- usually only for a few seconds.

"snapping" or "static electricity" or "sparking" sound is likely a short - do not use and turn of the breaker to it until it is checked out.

After you look inside for any loose items, when it is empty reach in and grab one of the vanes in the drum and turn the drum by hand to and see if it happens - if so, then motor, drum support rollers, or something caught in the drum seal is the problem.

If unable to track this yourself, assuming not under warranty (if so contact warranty service number) Appliance Repair - Large would be the Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed techs to investigate this.

If you call a tech, first check out the approximate replacement cost for type of dryer you want, so you know if repair cost is getting near the cost of a new one or would be too much to spend on an old dryer. Normal routine dryer these days runs about $300-400 - plus commonly $40-70 for the selling store to deliver and install it and take old one away. (Free deliery and setup these days usually only on about $500 and up appliances).

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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