Sometimes when my wife is doing laundry the gas clothes dryer will
start making a loud noise. This doesn't happen right away, but after
sometime. It doesn't do it every load, but once it starts doing it
doesn't stop unless she stops the machine and waits a while. It seems
to be a vibrating type noise
I checked the the exhaust duct and there isn't any buildup. But it
keeps taking longer and longer to dry.
Thanks in advance for the help.
Have you checked the dryer when it's making the noise? Like how easily
the drum rotates? Possible bad roller? Also look at the belt that's
what usually goes.
Can you describe the vibrating noise? Is it a banging, whistling,
grinding, or whiring noise? Is it constant or does it have a frequency
that can be related to the drum spin cycle? Could it be the bearings?
Could it be the belt driver?
When you checked the exhaust duct for build up, did you check both in
the dryer as well as in the wall?
It is a medium to low pitch vibrating noise. I'd say it's not a
banging more of a whiring noise. And it's pretty constant except for
maybe a slight frequency.
Lint trap is clean. I first checked the vent tube and it was clear.
But since I went outside and the little lift door was stuck not
allowing it to vent. I fixed that, but the problem continues.
How freely is the drum suppose to spin by hand?
As someone mentioned, it is probably the belt, or one of the black
rubber-type rollers at the rear of the drum, or possibly, though it
does not sound like it, the idler pulley.
Dryer repair is pretty straight forward. The typical "reader's
Digest-type" home repair book at your local library has detailed
troubleshooting charts and repair instructions, photos.
I'd pull the front off, have the wife help by holding the drum and then
turn the thing while it is open. By looking and listening, you can
probably isolate the source. Lint trap seems a pretty far-out
possibility here, but then again, I guess anything is possible.
It's a tricky problem because like I said the problem really doesn't
start until the machine gets 'warmed up.' So I can turn it by hand and
when it's not warmed up even run it without hearing the noise.
The problem does seem to be getting worse though. You cannot run the
machine with a full load without the noise going. In fact it only
takes 2-5 minutes now and that time seems to be getting shorter.
For what ti's worth it's a Hot Point.
On 4 Jan 2006 15:54:33 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
It's pretty hard to spin the drum by hand because of the large
reduction ration between the drum and the motor pulley.
Another thing to check...pull the front off, and disassemble the
blower housing. Most of them have a little plastic squirrel cage
blower wheel. I've found pens, credit cards, paper clips, and similar
items jammed in the blower wheel. This make noise, and also usually
makes the blower slip on the shaft so drying time goes way up. I have
no idea how that stuff gets past the lint trap, down the duct, and
into the blower, but seeing is believing.
Usually two screws along the bottom of the front, then you pull the
bottom out and lift up off the top clips.
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