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Dryer squeaking? We're here to help
Is your dryer squeaking? Has your laundry routine turned into a loud, distracting ordeal for the entire household? Well, you're not alone. Dryers are dynamic appliances that do heavy-duty work, so it's not unusual for their normal hum to turn into something noisier over the course of time.
But having a squeaky dryer is not necessarily just a noise issue: it could be a sign that there's something going wrong under the hood. Like all symptoms of appliance wear and tear, it's not something that should be ignored and left to worsen.
Fortunately, the trained technicians at GE Appliances Factory Service are ready to help. We know GE appliances inside and out, so we know which issues to look for (and listen for!) in order to carry out a prompt, reliable repair. All you have to do is schedule your service online at any time to get started.
The possible sources of your squeak
It's not always easy to diagnose an appliance problem by just listening, but that's a good way to start when you want to get to the root of your dryer's irritating squeak. Louder noises at the top of the dryer suggest a drive problem, while noises from the rear suggest drum bearing issues and noises close to the floor point towards idler pulley or motor issues.
- Dryer motor and bearings: The dryer motor has bearings that allow the drive shaft to spin. If the motor emits a noticeable squeak as it's running, it could be that these bearings are wearing out. That squeak will eventually become a grinding sound, which means real damage is being done. Because the drive shaft is encased, the motor will have to be replaced by a trained professional.
- Belt: A worn, cracked or stretched belt fails to grip the dryer drum properly, resulting in a squeaky noise on each full rotation. Certain stop-gap measures — such as bar soap or belt spray — can mute the squeak temporarily, but take this as your warning sign that the belt is on its way out and should be replaced with a genuine GE replacement part before long.
- Idler pulley: This spring-loaded wheel fulfils a small but important role: it maintains tension for the drive belt. If it becomes damaged or dislodged, the resulting friction on the drive belt will cause an audible squeak — and require a replacement idler pulley to be installed. If the wheel pulley's bearing is squeaking, a spray of lithium grease may be enough to silence that irritating squeak.
Quiet appliance, happy home life
When your dryer starts squeaking, it's time to head off the problem before it becomes an even bigger headache — literally. Put your GE dryer in good hands with your local GE Appliances Factory Service technician. We have the tools, parts and training to get the job done right, and usually on the first visit.*
*GE Appliances technicians carry an extensive parts inventory on their service trucks. In the event a part is not available on the service truck, an additional service call may be required.