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Why is Your Dryer Squeaking? Get Troubleshooting Advice from the Appliance Experts

Why is Your Dryer Squeaking? Get Troubleshooting Advice from the Appliance Experts

When you turn on your washer and dryer, you want them to work without issue. Unfortunately, this is not always going to happen. At American Appliance Repair, we offer a wide range of appliance services for all major brands and all types of appliances, and one of the most common questions we get is why a certain appliance is making a strange noise.

Keep reading to learn about some of the potential reasons that a dryer might be squeaking, along with our solutions. Then contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934 to request help if your appliance is not running smoothly.

A Squeaking Dryer is Not Something to Ignore

The first thing to know is that if your dryer is running correctly, it will not squeak. If it starts doing so, this is not just a sign of wear and tear. In most cases, it means that there is a part that’s worn out and needs to be repaired or replaced. Start by trying to determine where the squeak is – whether the back, front, top, or bottom of the dryer.

The Best-Case Scenario

Ideally, the squeaking is caused by the wheels or bearings under the dryer because this is an easy fix. Think of it like this – when you are drying a large load, the dryer will move a little while it’s drying. If the legs or wheels underneath the dryer become uneven or loose, then they can cause squeaking. Fixing this issue is as simple as getting grease or machine lube to get rid of the squeak. If there are screwed-in legs on the bottom of the dryer, you can also try tightening them to see if it gets rid of the sound.

Check the Lint Filter

Another potential issue is that there are small objects within the lint filter or drum of the dryer, such as coins or paper clips. To determine if this is the issue, unplug your dryer and look down the lint catch opening. Do you see something stuck? If you do, keep the dryer unplugged and get the item out of the lint catch or drum.

The Dryer Belt Might Need to Be Replaced

Due to the extreme temperatures at which dryers run, it is not uncommon for a dryer belt to become worn and eventually crack. If the squeaking is coming from the top of the dryer, then the dryer belt is the most likely culprit. You can check to see if it's cracked by unplugging your dryer, opening the dryer cabinet, and looking at the belt.

If you would rather have the professionals take a look, contact American Appliance Repair at 800-640-9934. We have many years of experience and are standing by to provide you with the best possible result for your repair or replacement.

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