How to Fix a Squeaky Dryer (Step-by-Step)

Appliance Express
December 11, 2023
Dryer Repair

A squeaky dryer can be both an annoying and frustrating issue to deal with. Not only can it be distracting, but it can also indicate more significant problems with your dryer. 

If you’re tired of hearing that annoying noise or are just looking to prevent future issues, this guide on how to fix a squeaky dryer is for you! 

We’ll take a look at some of the most common causes of a squeaky dryer and provide easy solutions to get it working like new again.

Balance the Dryer

Now, onto the task at hand. You’ll need to identify which side of your dryer is off-balance. A level tool will be an invaluable aid. Simply place it on top of your dryer, both lengthwise and widthwise. The bubble in the tool will help you understand which side needs adjustment.

Once you’ve pinpointed the problem side, it’s time to make some adjustments. Look for the adjustable feet at the bottom of your dryer. These feet can be either screwed or unscrewed to raise or lower that side of the dryer, helping you achieve a perfect balance. It might take some trial and error but don’t get discouraged—patience is key here.

After making the necessary adjustments, return the level tool to the top of your dryer. This will help you check whether your adjustments have been successful. If the tool shows that the dryer is still off-balance, just repeat the adjustment process until you get it right.

Check the Belt

The most common cause of a squeaky dryer is a worn-out belt. Over time, the belt can become frayed, stretched, and even damaged, causing it to make an irritating squeaking noise. To fix this issue, you’ll need to replace the belt. 

Begin by unplugging the dryer and removing the front panel to access the belt. 

To do this, use a putty knife to release the retaining clips under the top of the dishwasher at the front. Push the putty knife in about two inches from each end. If it slides in completely, you’ve missed the clips.

With the clips released, you should be able to open the top of the dryer.

Next, undo the bolts holding the front of the dryer in place. Remove the front of the dryer, holding the drum in place. Be sure to wedge something under the drum so it does not fall.

Now, look under the drum, and you will see the belts and pulleys.

Loosen the tensioner pulley (the smaller one), remove the old belt, and replace it with a new one that fits your specific make and model. Tighten the pulley, reattach the front panel, close the top, and plug the dryer back in.

Replace the Idler Pulley

The idler pulley is responsible for keeping tension on the dryer belt, and if it becomes worn or damaged, it can cause a squeaking noise. To replace the idler pulley, first unplug the dryer and then follow the steps above to access the pulley system.

Remove the bolt that is holding the old pulley in place, replace it with a new one that fits your dryer’s make and model, and then reattach the bolt. Reassemble the dryer and give it a test run.

Lubricate the Roller Bearings

Another common reason for squeaky dryers is worn or dried-out roller bearings. These bearings are responsible for supporting the dryer drum, and when they become worn or start to dry out, they can squeak. To solve this issue, use a silicone-based lubricant like WD-40 to lubricate the bearings and provide a smooth rotation. 

Unplug the dryer, follow the belt replacement section steps, and remove the drum to access the rollers. Lubricate each of the bearings, making sure to clean off any excess lubricant. 

Be sure to inspect the rollers and bearings for any signs of wear or weakness. If there is any hint of damage, the rollers or bearings will need to be replaced. This is an extensive repair job and is best conducted by a professional.

Reassemble the dryer and run a test cycle to see if the squeaking has stopped.

Tighten Loose Screws and Bolts

Over time, dryer screws and bolts can become loose and cause squeaking noises. Check the screws and bolts on your dryer’s panels and drum support to ensure they are all tightened. 

You can follow the steps above in the belt replacement section to access the internal screws and bolts.

Tighten any loose bolts using a wrench or a nut driver, and then test the dryer to see if the squeaking noise has been resolved.

Replace the Motor

To replace the motor in your dryer, unplug the dryer and follow the above steps to access the interior. Remove the drum. Next, disconnect the motor’s wiring harness and remove the bolts securing it in place. 

Carefully remove the old motor and replace it with a new one from your manufacturer or a hardware store.

Reassemble the dryer and start a test cycle to see if the noise has been resolved. If not, the problem may be coming from another source, such as a worn belt or damaged rollers. See the above sections for information on how to replace those.

Call a Professional

If none of the above solutions work, it may be time to call in a professional. Dryers can be complex machines, and attempting to fix issues on your own can sometimes make the problem worse or create new problems. A qualified dryer technician can help diagnose and fix the issue in a safe and efficient manner.

A squeaky dryer can be a frustrating issue, but it’s a problem that’s relatively easy to fix with the right tools and knowledge. By following the solutions above, you should be able to get your dryer working like new again and prevent future issues. As always, make sure to take the necessary safety precautions, and don’t hesitate to call in a professional if you’re unsure about anything. With a little bit of effort, your dryer will be running like new again in no time!


Leave a Reply