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Posted: 3/14/2011 12:33:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2011 12:34:15 PM EST by marksman121]
The dryer is making this really loud, constant screeching & banging noise when it runs. The screeching sounds like nails on a chalk board and the banging sounds like when you put a pair of tennis shoes in the dryer and they clang around. It still dries clothing well.

It is around 20 years old now and I guess not worth it to repair(unless you guys have some ideas). Probably going to replace it but it is just driving me crazy trying to figure out what is making that noise. Something like a belt problem? I have no ideas.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:35:41 PM EST
Sounds like you need to put a muzzle on the bitch.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:36:31 PM EST
Do you have a cat?


Do you know where it is?
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:36:33 PM EST
Dude, it's drying clothes, and that's hard work. You'd probably get loud, too.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:36:45 PM EST
Sounds like the last of the bearings just went to hell.

Shoot it, just to be sure. Then go buy a new one.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:37:44 PM EST
Put dryer in middle of a field
Fill with tannerite
Shoot dryer
?????????????
Profit?
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:38:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Do you have a cat?


Do you know where it is?


Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:38:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Do you have a cat?


Do you know where it is?




This.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:39:17 PM EST
I know on a dryer I had at an apartment, it did this when the felt and nylon pads wore out. My stupid roommate kept running it and eventually it wore right through the drier drum...
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:39:40 PM EST
Level it and report back.

Then, shoot something and post pictures/video of it.

That way, everyone will be happy.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:39:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:40:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2011 12:41:39 PM EST by Stonerriflefan44]



editz: beat, but kinda not really.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:41:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By Brinkmeister:
Originally Posted By Couch-Commando:

Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Do you have a cat?


Do you know where it is?




This.


Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:41:23 PM EST
Sounds like bearings. grab some tools and tear into it. not too hard.

Unplug it first!
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:42:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By SeanTX:
Is this your dryer?



Holy shit.

And no we don't have a cat.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:42:07 PM EST
About 2 months after me and the wife split my dryer started making all hell of noise. I tore into it and found out what a lint filter was
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:42:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By Stonerriflefan44:
http://plunn.com/img/upload/brick-in-dryer.gif


editz: beat, but kinda not really.

I won but you win.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:50:52 PM EST
Front loader I have, the teflon coated plastic pad that the drum rests on has to be replaced every few years. It makes a horrible racket when it gets worn out. By the time the bearings go out, they probably won't sell that part anymore and I'll have to buy a new one. It was bad enough when the front-load washer blew up - the yoke holding up the rear of the drum broke off, short of finding someone who could re-weld it properly(and still be properly balanced, lol), replacing just that part would have cost as much as a new washing machine. So I bought a new washing machine
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:51:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2011 12:52:00 PM EST by EladEflow]
Pull the back cover off and check out the part number of the motor.

Google said number, purchase on Ebay/parts supplier. Replace motor.

That's what I did after our front load washer was damaged in our move out to UT.


We got an estimate of over $400 to fix it...I picked up the motor on Ebay for ~$50.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:52:56 PM EST
Plastic idler pulley. Keeps the belt tight, mounts to the bottom. Not at all hard to change, just unplug first because 200v hurts like a mofo.

Ask me how I know...
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:55:22 PM EST
www.repairclinic.com
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:55:36 PM EST
Meh... my belt tension pulley is just a flap of spring steel with a chunk of teflon on it. Cheap-ass Whirlpool...
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 12:56:26 PM EST
Thunk could be a cracked drum. How do I know? I own an LG.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:05:14 PM EST
Better yet get new one and do some 419 baiting with about 400lbs of screwed up engine blocks or concrete.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:08:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By SeanTX:
Is this your dryer?



HA HAHAHA HAH A!
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:38:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By SeanTX:

Originally Posted By Stonerriflefan44:
http://plunn.com/img/upload/brick-in-dryer.gif


editz: beat, but kinda not really.

I won but you win.




I always wondered where that dryer gif originated from. Now I know.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:44:52 PM EST
Your belt may have gotten out of alighnment. I had one that did that and when a aligned the belt it worked fine.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:45:35 PM EST
I bet the magnets are going out.
-SS
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:50:02 PM EST
If it is a typical front loader there is a little panel on the front below the door.
Take a flat screwdriver and slip it in below the two little metal pieces towards the two ends.
The little access panel should then fold forward and you should be able to see the motor, idler pulley and belt.
The screeching sounds like the idler pulley is bad, they are not too hard to replace, the banging noise may be one of the drum wheels, the drum rides on little plastic wheels and if one breaks the drum jumps every time it hits the bad spot.
Check the felt seals too, I finally replaced my dryer because it was leaking so much heat out of it that I had to run the exhaust fan whenever I dried a load.
Try to push the interlock button and run the dryer so you can see what is happening.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:54:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By NoStockBikes:
Thunk could be a cracked drum. How do I know? I own an LG.


Me too. I just ordered a drum from sears. $100 to the house and 2 hours apart and back together. Done.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 1:59:19 PM EST
Lots of good ideas in this thread.

I vote for the glides being down through the pads so the drum is just riding on the metal brackets.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 2:08:16 PM EST
My bet is it's the bearings in the "skate wheels" that the drum rides on. I've done those a few times in various dryers. After a LOT of hard use, I've had to put a new wheel, a new idler arm, new idler pulley, and a new blower cage in one dryer, and that came to about $120. A whole lot cheaper than buying a new dryer!
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 2:25:03 PM EST
Originally Posted By FZ1Steve:
www.repairclinic.com


Yep.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 2:26:04 PM EST
Depends on the dryer. Either belt tensioner [W-pool used a teflon glide for awhile instead of a roller, they are prone to get noisy when worn, repair is a rebuild kit which goes back to a roller] rear center bushing or roller wheel bushings, front glides depending on make.

The make can help a lot as most manufacturers used the same system for years without changing.

If it's GE, just shot it. Twice, just to make sure.
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