How to Stop a Dryer From Squeaking

Stop a dryer from squeaking

It can be frustrating and disruptive if your dryer is making an annoying squeaking noise. Fortunately, you can use a few troubleshooting tips to stop squeaking and prevent dryer noise. In this blog post, we'll show you how to identify common causes and troubleshoot how to fix them.

Check the lint screen

The first thing you should do is make sure your lint screen is clean and free from debris. A dirty lint screen can slow air circulation and increase the friction between the drum and other parts, creating a squeaking noise.

To clean the lint screen, take it out of the dryer and carefully remove any accumulated lint. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to suck any stubborn particles from the screen's crevices.

How to replace the lint screen

If cleaning the lint screen doesn't stop the squeaking noise, you may need to replace it entirely. To do this, unplug the dryer and unscrew the old lint screen. Next, place the new lint screen in the same place and secure it with screws, then plug your dryer back in.

Check the blower wheel

The next step is to check the blower wheel. If it's out of balance, this can cause your dryer to make loud noises. To inspect the blower wheel, you should remove the back panel of your dryer and look at the blower wheel to ensure it's not cracked, broken, or out of balance.

How to replace the blower wheel

If the blower wheel is damaged, you'll need to replace it. The method might alter depending on the brand.

  • Unplug the dryer and then remove the back panel of the appliance
  • Disconnect the wires from the motor and unscrew the blower wheel from its bracket.
  • Place a new blower wheel in its place and thread and tighten the blower wheel onto the motor shaft.
  • Reconnect the wires and plug your dryer back in.

Check your dryer belt

If your dryer belt is worn or damaged, this can cause a squeaking noise. Unplug the dryer first and remove the back panel to inspect the belt. Next, carefully pull out the old belt and check for any signs of wear or tear. You'll need to purchase and install a new belt if it's damaged.

How to replace the dryer belt

  • Start by looping the new belt around the drum and then thread it through the pulley wheel.
  • Pull the belt tight, so there is no slack between the pulley and the motor.
  • Reconnect all wires and screws, plug your dryer back in, and test it to ensure the squeaking sound has stopped.

Check your dryer bearings

If all else fails, you may need to check your dryer bearings. If these are worn or damaged, they can cause squeaking and grinding noises. To inspect the dryer bearings, unplug your dryer first and remove the back panel. Next, look closely at the rollers; if they show signs of wear or damage, it is time to replace them.

How to replace dryer bearings

Carefully take out the old bearings and put new ones in their place. Once you have done that, reconnect all screws and wires, plug your dryer back in, and test it. If the squeaking sound is gone, then your troubleshooting was successful!

If you haven’t been able to resolve the issue on your own, we suggest calling an experienced appliance repair person to come out and check over your dryer. They are very familiar with the common problems these appliances experience after a while and should be able to fix them for you.

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