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How to Fix a Squeaking Noise in a Clothes Dryer

A squeaking or squealing noise from your clothes dryer often means the rubber belt that turns the dryer drum has started hardening and losing its elasticity, causing it to slip as the drum turns. The belt will eventually have to be replaced, but you can extend its life with a much easier project: spraying the back of the belt with belt dressing, a sticky compound that's made to help mechanical belts grip better.

Unplug the dryer. Open the door. Unscrew and remove the screws that are facing upward in the door opening, which will allow you to remove the top of the dryer. Reach inside the top and take out the screws that face forward, to remove the front. This will expose the dryer drum.

Trace the path of the rubber belt that encircles the drum and locate where it runs through the motor. It will generally be at the bottom, to one side. Find the point where the rubber belt rises off the drum on its way into the motor. Make a mark on the drum at that point with your piece of chalk.

Aim the can of belt dressing at the underside of the belt, where it's exposed as it rises off the drum by the motor. With your other hand, begin slowly turning the drum, while spraying the underside of the belt.

Continue turning the drum and spraying the belt until you see your chalk mark come around again, indicating that the entire belt has been sprayed.

Re-assemble the dryer in the reverse order of how you took it apart. Plug it in and run it to test for the squeak.

Fix A Squeaky Clothes Dryer

Diagnosing the cause of a squeaky clothes dryer is often more difficult and time-consuming than making the actual repair. The good news is that all these parts are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Check for movement from forward to back and for upward and downward movement. There should be very little movement in either direction. Release the clips holding it in place by slipping the putty knife between the front panel and the top of the dryer and pushing the two clips toward the rear of the dryer until they release. Lean the top back against the wall or some other support. Reach inside the dryer and remove the two sheet metal screws at the top right and left hand sides with a 1/4-inch nut driver. To replace them, peel the old one off, scrape the surface clean with the putty knife. Pull the drum out of the dryer case. Inspect the drum support rollers, if your dryer has them, for flat spots on the circumferences and for wobble or excessive looseness on their mounting pivots.


Never work on a dryer that's plugged in.

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