My Clothes Dryer Squeaks When Drying Clothes
Clothes dryers are designed with comfort and convenience in mind, quietly spinning clothes dry in a heated chamber. Still, like many electronic appliances, clothes dryers can malfunction and even lose their ability to spin silently. What results is a cacophony of squeaks, squeals, bangs and thumps.
Fortunately, this problem is repairable by several possible solutions.
A dryer that is newly bought but squeaks while drying clothes may simply be “breaking in” its parts. This means the new parts haven’t had a chance to run through enough to be fully lubricated. This happens sometimes at the beginning of a cycle or sometimes throughout. Start-up squeak on some dryers takes four or five drying cycles before the noise diminishes, while others only squeak for the first few seconds of operation. If your dryer is new, dry five loads of clothing before taking further action to ensure the squeaking noise is not start-up squeak.
If the dryer will not cease squeaking, it may not be level with the floor. This imbalance can cause extra stress to be placed on one area of the rolling track, forcing the rotating chamber to squeak as it pushes against the high stress area. This can be solved by adjusting the foot pads on the bottom of the dryer until it is fully supported. Squeaking or noise can also occur when another item, such as a washing machine, forces the dryer to lean at an angle. Repair this by removing all objects heavy enough to make the dryer lean.
Cabinet screws can also cause squeaking and noise. These screws can loosen during the operation of the dryer and will cause squeaking or noise as the vibration plays against the metal of the screw. Solve this problem by checking all screws on the bottom and sides of the dryer. Make sure to deactivate the dryer and unplug it from the power sources before attempting to tighten any screws on the machine.
Many parts are rotated when spinning the drum chamber that tosses the drying clothes. Parts such as the rollers, which are the wheels on which the drum chamber turns, start to squeak if they are worn, as do the plastic glides that keep the rotating drum on its track. The rear drum bearing keeps the drum from straying too far as it rotates; this can cause squeaking if it is bumped out of alignment or if a load is too heavy. Parts such as these require replacement when they wear out and a professional repair service should be contacted to replace them.
Sean Russell has been writing since 1999 and has contributed to several magazines, including "Spin" and "Art Nouveau." When not writing, Sean helps maintain community gardens in Silver Lake and Echo Park, California. Russell also worked extensively on the restoration and rejuvenation of public parks in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi after damage from 2004-2005 hurricanes.