What’s that strange noise coming from your laundry room? It’s your dryer making a thumping noise or squealing noise. What should you do? Here are the most common causes of dryer noises and possible solutions:
Dryer Making Thumping Noise: Problems & Solutions
Before you rule the problem as a dryer repair issue, be sure to check for twisted or balled up clothing. Rearrange your load to ensure that the clothing can turn freely in the drum. If the noise continues, there might have an issue with the dryer.
When a dryer makes a thumping noise, there are a few different things that could be at fault.
1. Flattened Roller: Dryers that have sat idle might have their rollers slightly flattened in the resting position. The thumping noise could be caused by the flat spot as the drum rotates. If the flat area isn’t too severe, then allow the dryer to run so the rollers take back their original shape. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, contact a local dryer repair company to replace the rollers.
2. Worn Rollers: When a dryer is making loud squealing sound or thumping noise, the most common cause is worn down rollers. The rollers are designed to follow along the drum of the dryer as it spins. As the rollers wear down, the connection between the drum and rollers is compromised. Without the rollers gliding along the drum, you get the squealing or thumping sound as the drum rotates. Contact a local dryer repair professional to diagnose & replace your dryer rollers.
3. Damaged Belt: If the rollers don’t appear to be worn, then the problem might be a frayed or damaged belt. Most technicians will replace the belt and rollers at the same time to ensure your dryer doesn’t breakdown shortly after the repair. Part manufacturers sell dryer repair kits that typically include the rollers, idler pulley, and dryer belt. Manufacturers recommend replacing these items all at the same time.
If your appliance is making a thumping or squealing noise, contact a technician for an accurate diagnosis. A trained technician will be able to thoroughly inspect the dryer to determine the exact cause.
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