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Troubleshooting a Maytag Dryer That Is Making Noise

Maytag dryers are known for their durability and reliability, but there comes a point in the life of every dryer when noises will occur. The most common causes of dryer noise are quite simple and usually relate to improper installation or user error, but older dryers occasionally develop problems when parts wear out. Maytag dryers come with a 1-year limited warranty that will not cover damage caused by unauthorized repairs, so if your dryer is new, call a professional to perform any repairs that involve opening the machine's service panel.

Step 1

Open the dryer door and examine the load. Hard objects like shoes will cause a thumping sound, and zippers and buttons may occasionally clink against the drum. This is normal. If the laundry is tightly balled or wadded, it may cause a thumping sound as it tumbles. Untangle the items and restart the cycle.

Step 2

Check the space between the front of the dryer and the drum for foreign objects. Small items like paper clips or loose buttons can dislodge from pockets and become stuck. Remove the item and restart the cycle.

Step 3

Look under the dryer to make sure all four legs are installed. If they are there, consider installing adhesive felt pads to cushion the feet so they won't vibrate against the floor. Simply remove the adhesive backing from the pad and stick it to the center of the dryer foot.

Step 4

Use a carpenter's level to make sure the dryer is level from front to back and side to side. The back feet on your Maytag are self-leveling, so screw the front feet to the desired height to correct any imbalance. Turn the feet counterclockwise to lengthen, clockwise to shorten.

Step 5

Check the floor underneath the dryer for sagging or buckling, usually an issue on floors that are not concrete. Place a sheet of plywood under the dryer for added stability. If the noise continues, contact a repair center to keep from voiding your warranty.

Step 6

Unplug your dryer and remove the service panel. This is usually the back panel, but it may be a side panel in some models. Inspect the series of large rollers that encircle the drum. If these are worn, the whole set should be replaced.

Step 7

Locate the blower wheel—usually between the heating element and the drum—and look for lint. Use a vacuum to remove lint and inspect the wheel for wear. If wear is apparent, replace the wheel.

Step 8

Inspect all belts and pulleys for wear. If any belt appears cracked, torn or frayed, replace the belt entirely.

Step 9

Close the service panel and plug the dryer back in. Try running a cycle and listening for noise. If the noise is still present, contact a repair center.

About the Author

Angela Brady has been writing since 1997. Currently transitioning to a research career in oncolytic virology, she has won awards for her work related to genomics, proteomics, and biotechnology. She is also an authority on sustainable design, having studied, practiced and written extensively on the subject.