We have had our washer and dryer for almost 8 years now and never had a
problem. About a year ago, the washer started making a little bit of
noise, but once it gets going, it's fine and goes back to the normal
sounds it always made.
On the other hand, the dryer now makes a noise that is so loud that I
often leave the house for the cycle (hey, it gets me to the gym!). I
know, I know, I've been told never to leave the house with a dryer on,
especially with the sound that it makes now. It sounds like a (bad)
instrument; I can't even compare it to anything...sort of a loud
squeeking. It doesn't stop unless I stop the dryer. And the noise is
loud and clear even with closed doors!
I've been calling around to find someone to come out to look at it, but
many simply don't return phone calls. My husband, who doesn't
participate in any household issues told me to just get a new one. I
don't want to waste money and buy new ones if we don't need them but I
also don't want to get ripped off by a repair person to come out and
look and/or fix the dryer. I'm amazed at the "attitutude" of some of
the repair people that I have called and am not eager to have anyone
come to my house thus far.
What, on average, would be a reasonable price for someone to come out
and look at it? It has been suggested that maybe it's "only a belt" by
friends. What would be considered a resonable price to fix/replace a
Thanks in advance. Any input would be appreciated!
Could be a belt, could be the rollers the drum rides on. Could be something
else, maybe a breading.
Expect to pay about $100 for a service call. Depending on what the problem
is and how easily it is fixed, another $25 to $100 is not unreasonable.
At the back of the dryer drum is a bearing in which the shaft of the drum
rotates. This is probably the most likely issue. A belt would be second. If
the bearing problem gets bad enough, it could cause other problems, so if I
were you, I'd deal with immediately. Go to the web site for your
manufacturer, or call them, and get names of authorized repair places. If
your calls aren't returned, call Sears - they'll fix anything.
The absolute best solution would be to find an independent local appliance
dealer which also does repairs. Have you checked the yellow pages?
Call your local appliance store. Someone who's been around for years. They
have a hard time selling things as cheap as the big chains. You might pay
$20 to $30 more, but it's worth it. They stay in business by giving good
customer service and not damaging things during deliveries. If they don't
have a service department, they can probably recommend a reliable company.
A reasonable price depends on your area. I'm guessing $75 to $125 to replace
a belt. It could also be the seal around the drum, which would cost more to
fix. If and when you need a new washer and dryer, go back to that store.
Man, oh man! I sympathize with you. Get a new one because the old one
squeaks? You must be doing pretty good.
I have fixed what you described about four times in my life. It involves
taking the dryer apart, and lubricating things, and removing the lint
buildup inside. It is no big deal. Call a major appliance sales store in
your area and ask for servicemen. They will either have some, or send you
to one. What you describe will cost a service call, and perhaps a belt.
Look in the Yellow Pages. Try to find someone that's been in business for a
good while. And you don't have to like their "attitude". You're not going
to marry them, only have them fix your dryer.
It is an easy fix, and I would do it if you were my neighbor for about $50.
But then, I don't have the cost of operations that cause a real serviceman
to charge more........ truck, insurance, licenses, bonds, gas, etc.
Let me interpret her statement for you:
My husband doesn't want to be bothered with any issues dealing with running
a household. He works all the time, and thinks that his total obligation
ends when he gives me his paycheck. He comes home and doesn't want to listen
to me complain about the dryer noise and not being able to find someone to
fix it. He has no idea how our finances are, because I pay all the bills. He
doesn't understand that he doesn't make enough to just buy new stuff all the
time. I'm about to the point where I'm going to start looking for a
mechanically-inclined male friend who can take care of all the things my
husband won't do.
You, my dear, are not the first wife that this has happened to. Just be
careful that you don't let your new friend work on anything that he isn't
legally allowed to (unless you're positive that neither of you are going to
tell anyone). ;-)
Many clothes dryers have a couple rollers in the back which support the
drum. These are famous for squeaking. Yes, the noise will drive you right
out of the house.
Like the other fine people said, i fyou can find an appliance guy who is
willing to take the dryer apart, it should be repairable. I've done several
squealing dryer repairs, and they are usually not dificult.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Now is about the worst time to be leaving the house with the dryer on.
Because now is the time with about the greatest chances that it will
catch on fire.
Now, obviously the chances are not that great, because you've been
using it and there's been no fire, but the chances are still about
1000 times higher than with a well-functioning dryer.
I don't have statistics about how many house fires are started by
clothes driers, but if the number is one or more a case could be made
that you should never leave your home when the dryer is on.
The noise indicates that the drum is having trouble spinning, and if
it stops spinning the heat may be applied constantly to the same piece
of clothing, and come to think of it, I do remember that house fires
have been started by clothes dryers. You don't want to come home and
find no home there, right?
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
You all gave me the kick in the rear that I needed. A local guy is
coming over for $55 dollars. I had the dryer on while we talked and he
laughed at how loud it was and said it was probably not the belt (too
loud) :-) He said it might be a rear bearing and would cost 200 for
the "kit"? Said it could be a quarter and then I added it's mor
elikely one of my daughter's lip glosses :-) He said it could be the
pulley, motor or excess lint. Either way, he's coming tomorrow
Now I just pray that he doesn't have plummer's crack!
Thanks for all of your input you helpful little group. Hugs to all!
It might be a simple repair that you could do yourself.
The brand might be helpful, a model number wouldn't hurt.
Many brands have very common problems.
Describing your dryer as "my dryer" won't do it.
I figured that if ya'll were really that smart, you'd know what "my
dryer" looked like!! It's a GE, about 7-8 years old. On it, besides
dust, it says 7 cycle automatic...Heavy Duty Super Capacity. Yeah
right. Oh yeah, it's white :-) How'd I do?
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