Dryer: Making noise or vibrating

Noise from the dryer often means that a hard object is clanging around inside the drum-the zipper on a sweatshirt, change left in a pocket, your phone. If the contents of the drum check out okay, then a bad drum support roller could be causing a thumping noise. A damaged idler pulley, idler pulley bracket or idler pulley tension spring could also cause a loud noise such as banging or squealing. If you hear a loud rattling noise, check the blower fan blade. A scraping noise can indicate damage to the drum glide bearing or felt drum seal. Suspect the drive motor if you hear a buzzing or whining noise while the dryer runs.

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These repairs may help solve your dryer problem

Replace the dryer blower fan blade

Replace the dryer blower fan blade

The blower fan blade is attached to the drive motor shaft. When the blower fan blade spins, it circulates air through the dryer. If the blower fan blade is damaged, it usually rattles or bangs. If the blower fan blade is broken or damaged, replace it.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer blower wheel

If your dryer rattles or there's no airflow in it, the dryer blower wheel might be broken. This DIY repair guide and video show how to easily replace a dryer blower wheel.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
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Repair or replace the dryer drum support rollers

Repair or replace the dryer drum support rollers

If the drum sags or doesn't rotate smoothly, check the drum support rollers. You can sometimes repair the drum support rollers by adjusting the shaft or the fasteners. If the rollers are damaged, replace them.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer drum support roller

If your dryer thumps, scrapes or squeals, the problem could be a worn or broken drum support roller. This DIY repair guide and video explain how to easily replace the dryer drum support roller.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less
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Replace the dryer idler pulley

Replace the dryer idler pulley

The idler pulley keeps tension on the drive belt, creating the small amount of friction necessary for the belt to grip the motor and the drum. If the idler pulley squeaks or is damaged, replace it. Lubricating a squeaking motor pulley isn't recommended because the lubricant attracts lint.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer idler pulley

If your dryer squeals or squeaks, it's likely the idler pulley is worn. This repair guide and video have step-by-step instructions on how to replace the dryer idler pulley.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less
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Replace the dryer drum glide bearing

Replace the dryer drum glide bearing

The drum glide bearing is a plastic bearing on the front of the dryer drum. It allows the front of the drum to glide smoothly on the felt seal of the front panel when the drum is rotating. If the plastic bearing is worn out or broken, replace it.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer drum glide bearing

If your dryer makes a scraping noise when the drum turns, it's possibly due to a worn drum glide bearing. This step-by-step repair guide and video show how to easily replace the dryer drum glide bearing.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
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Replace the dryer idler pulley bracket

Replace the dryer idler pulley bracket

The idler pulley connects to the base of the dryer drive motor. To determine if the idler pulley bracket needs replacement, unplug the dryer and then open the cabinet to examine the idler pulley bracket. If the idler pulley bracket is damaged, replace it.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer idler pulley

If your dryer squeals or squeaks, it's likely the idler pulley is worn. This repair guide and video have step-by-step instructions on how to replace the dryer idler pulley.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less
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Replace the dryer idler pulley tension spring

Replace the dryer idler pulley tension spring

The idler pulley tension spring fits onto the arm of the idler pulley and keeps tension in the drive belt that rotates the dryer drum. To determine if the spring is broken and requires replacement, unplug the dryer and then open the cabinet to examine the idler pulley tension spring.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer idler pulley

If your dryer squeals or squeaks, it's likely the idler pulley is worn. This repair guide and video have step-by-step instructions on how to replace the dryer idler pulley.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less
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Replace or repair the dryer drive motor

Replace or repair the dryer drive motor

The drive motor rotates the motor shaft, which in turn rotates the idler pulley, which rotates the drive belt that's wrapped around the dryer drum. The motion of these components causes the drum to rotate during the cycle. The drive motor also rotates the blower fan blade on most dryers.

A failing drive motor may shut off in the middle of a cycle then restart after the motor cools down. Replace the drive motor if it overheats.

The wire harness connections on the motor can be repaired, but the internal components on the motor cannot. If the drive motor doesn't run when voltage is applied to it, replace the drive motor.

August 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dryer drive motor

If your dryer's drum won't turn, the problem could be the drive motor . This step-by-step repair guide and video show how to replace a dryer drive motor.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less
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Replace the dryer felt drum seal

Replace the dryer felt drum seal

A felt seal around the front and the back of the dryer drum prevents warmed air from escaping while allowing the drum to glide smoothly across the contact surfaces on the rear bulkhead panel and the front panel in the dryer. You can physically inspect the seal from inside the dryer drum by unplugging the dryer and lifting the top panel to examine the felt seal more closely. If the felt seal is damaged, replace it.

Symptoms common to all dryers

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Main causes: bad gas valve coils, broken heating element, tripped safety thermostat or fuse, bad operating thermostat, control failure
Main causes: clogged exhaust system, heating system failure, deposits on moisture sensor, control system failure
Main causes: bad drum support roller, damaged idler pulley, broken blower fan blade, worn drum glide bearing, bad drive motor
Main causes: door switch failure, lack of power, broken belt, blown thermal fuse, bad drive motor, control system failure
Main causes: clogged exhaust vent, bad motor relay, loose dryer door catch, bad door switch, control system failure, faulty drive motor
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad power cord, wiring failure, bad control board, blown thermal fuse, bad door switch
Main causes: bad timer or electronic control board, door switch failure
Main causes: damaged door strike, worn door catch
Repair guides common to all dryers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dryer.

How to replace a heating element in an electric dryer

The heating element in an electric dryer generates the dryer's heat—it's one of the first things to check if the air in the dryer doesn't get warm. If it's damaged, this repair guide will show you how to replace the heating element.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a thermal fuse in an electric dryer

When the air in the dryer overheats—usually because the vent is clogged—the thermal fuse blows, stopping the dryer. You can't reset the fuse; you must replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to install a thermal cut-off fuse kit in a gas dryer

The thermal cut-off fuse shuts off the heat if the dryer overheats when the high-limit thermostat fails. The thermal cut-off fuse kit includes both parts.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
Articles and videos common to all dryers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dryer.

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Electric dryer won't start troubleshooting video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn what four things to check if your electric dryer won't start or run.

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By Sears PartsDirect staff

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