What You Should Do If Your Dryer Starts Squealing

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What You Should Do If Your Dryer Starts Squealing

24 March 2023
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There's no worse sound than when your dryer begins to squeal or make other loud noises as you attempt to clean your clothing. You can try to shut out the noise coming from the constant movement from your dryer, but eventually, this noise is either going to worsen or make you crazy. Making the repair to your dryer is essential in preventing it from worsening or causing a complete breakdown of your dryer, leaving you to have to hang your clothing, go to a laundromat, or invest in a new dryer. If your dryer is squealing, there are things you can do to make the repair yourself. Read on for helpful information.

Remove The Lint

The lint may have been the source of the squealing in the first place. If you don't check the lint trap often enough, you may have lint trapped not only in the lint trap itself, but all throughout the entire dryer, around the motor, and elsewhere, which can all cause a problem for your dryer, not to mention it can be a fire hazard. If you aren't cleaning out the lint trap with every single load, you are setting your dryer up for failure. Clean the lint trap, then remove the exterior housing so you can get inside and see the motor and other innards of your dryer. Inspect the inside and remove all lint that may be clogging the dryer. You can do this by using a shop vacuum with an extension hose.

Inspect The Rollers

Inspect the rollers on the dryer that help move the drum around. If these rollers are clogged with lint, over time, they will not be able to roll as they should. You may need to remove the rollers if they are not moving or they are not moving as they should. They should move free-flowing without any lag or pressure to get them to move.

Change The Belt

Change the belt that goes around the dryer and which may have also been clogged with lint. The belt may be in poor shape and could also be the cause of the squealing noise. If the rollers weren't able to move free-flowing, the belt may also have an issue and will need to be replaced.

If your dryer is squealing, lint may have been the original cause of it, but it may have caused further problems. You need to clean the lint trap with every single load.

For more info, contact a local company like Northshore Appliance Repair Inc.