Readers of this blog know that i've enjoyed a love hate relationship with my dryer. When it works I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! When things go wrong - not so much! The upside of my dryer drama is that since i'm a DIY kind of girl all of these fixes have been quite an education.
Here's a quick recap of my dryer adventures:
August 2012 the dryer ran normally and dried the clothes but there was a VERY loud squeak. It started out loud enough that I had to close the laundry room door. Within a month a loud metal on metal sound could be heard thoughout the house even if all doors were closed. That turned out to be a worn rear bearing. Here's how I fixed it.
May 2013 the dryer stopped spinning. That turned out to be a broken dryer belt. Trouble shooting and fixing the belt are on this blog.
When I replaced the belt I noticed that the front bearing was significantly worn. It seems that one (or more) of the glides had worn out. (More on glides in a minute). With the belt replaced, I put the dryer back together so that we could continue to do laundry while waiting for the necessary parts to arrive.
After the belt was replaced the dryer developed a new squeak. I assumed (correctly) that this new squeak was from the worn front bearing. I ordered the parts, but continued to use the dryer (with the laundry room door closed) while waiting for them to arrive.
A QUICK PRIMER ON PARTS AND PIECES:
Disclaimer: Pretty much everything I know about my dryer i've learned from other blogs, 800 repair lines and the internet, so take the information for what it's worth.
The first time I the dryer began to squeak and squeal I learned that my dryer has 2 bearings. (Front and Rear). The loud metal on metal sound that I heard during my first dryer repair was the rear bearing. I removed the drum and replaced the bearing at the back of the drum.
The most recent "squeak" was plastic on metal. Still loud, still annoying, but not fingernails on chalkboard annoying. More like "oh god-what is that" annoying. There are more parts with the front bearing, but it's MUCH easier to replace.
To replace the front bearing I needed:
* front upper bearing
|Front upper bearing|
|Glide Kit (2 white, 2 green)|
* lower drum felt
|Lower drum felt|
* heat resistant glue
|heat resistant glue|
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The front bearing holds the dryer drum in place as it spins around. The glides keep the drum spinning smoothly and prevent wear to the front bearing. The lower drum felt offers cushion.
First UNPLUG THE DRYER FROM ELECTRICITY!!!!
Next you'll need to remove the front/top of the dryer. Don't remove the dryer drum.
You will be working on the front panel of the dryer including the dryer door.
|Dryer Front Panel (removed from dryer)|
|Old top bearing (top)|
New top bearing (bottom)
My bearing was significantly worn.
Replace the top bearing. Make sure the light bulb fits inside the light bulb hole.
Next, replace the lower drum felt.
Remove the old felt. (It may or may not be glued in place.)
|Old felt (top)|
New felt (bottom)
|Dryer felt around lower half of bearing|
Put the dryer front and top back on and dry your clothes!
|Back in Business!!!|
There are other DIY fixes on this blog. Check out:
How to reset a washing machine
How to fix a leaky kitchen faucet
How to fix a leaky shower
Dishwasher Reapir - kind of
Troubleshooting the dryer - won't spin
Replacing the dryer belt
These instructions are for my GE dryer. GE brands include GE, Hotpoint, Kenmore and Sears.