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Roper Dryer Makes Noise

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dryer makes noise are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dryer makes noise

Cause 1Drive Belt

The drive belt is a very long, slender belt that wraps all the way around the dryer drum, around a tension pulley, and then around the drive motor. Over time, the drive belt can become frayed or otherwise damaged. If the drive belt is frayed or damaged, the dryer will be noisy as it turns. Inspect the drive belt for signs of wear. If the drive belt is worn, replace it.

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Drive Belt for your RoperDryer
Drive Belt - Part # 529597 Mfg Part # 341241

Dryer drum drive belt. The belt is flat, 92-1/4 inches long, 1/4 inch wide and has 4 ribs and 3 grooves. It replaces many other belts, including some with 5 ribs and 4 grooves. If the drum does not turn, but you can hear the motor running then there is a good chance the belt has broken.

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Cause 2Drum Roller

One or more of the drum rollers might be worn out. Many dryers have two drum support rollers on the rear of the drum, and some dryers have two more rollers supporting the front of the drum. When the drum rollers are worn out, they can cause the dryer to make a loud rumbling noise. To determine if the rollers are worn out, inspect the rollers. If one or more of the rollers are severely worn, we recommend replacing all of the rollers at the same time as a preventative measure. (The roller shaft can often be reused if it is in good condition. Clean the shaft thoroughly before installing the new rollers.)

Parts
Drum Roller for your RoperDryer
Drum Roller - Part # 3436 Mfg Part # 349241T

Rear drum support roller kit. This kit contains two drum support rollers. If the drum rollers are worn out, the dryer may not turn properly or may be excessively noisy. Be aware that the drum bearings are self-lubricating; it is not necessary to lubricate them yourself.

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Cause 3Drum Roller Axle

One or more of the drum roller axles might be worn out. Most dryers have two drum support rollers on the rear of the drum, and some dryers have two more rollers supporting the front of the drum. Over time, the drum rollers and axles wear out, causing the dryer to make a loud rumbling noise. To determine if the drum roller axles are worn out, remove the belt from the dryer and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum does not rotate freely, check the support rollers for wear. If the rollers spin freely without wobbling, the axles do not need to be replaced. If a roller wobbles and/or does not spin freely, we recommend replacing all of the axles and rollers as a preventative measure.

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Drum Roller Axle for your RoperDryer
Drum Roller Axle - Part # 1878660 Mfg Part # WPW10359269

Shaft for drum support roller, right side

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Cause 4Drum Roller Axle

One or more of the drum roller axles might be worn out. Most dryers have two drum support rollers on the rear of the drum, and some dryers have two more rollers supporting the front of the drum. Over time, the drum rollers and axles wear out, causing the dryer to make a loud rumbling noise. To determine if the drum roller axles are worn out, remove the belt from the dryer and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum does not rotate freely, check the support rollers for wear. If the rollers spin freely without wobbling, the axles do not need to be replaced. If a roller wobbles and/or does not spin freely, we recommend replacing all of the axles and rollers as a preventative measure.

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Drum Roller Axle for your RoperDryer
Drum Roller Axle - Part # 1878661 Mfg Part # WPW10359270

Shaft for drum support roller, left side

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Cause 5Blower Wheel

The blower wheel draws air through the dryer and pushes the air out the vent. Clumps of lint, socks, and small articles of clothing can escape the lint filter and get caught in the blower wheel. If an object is caught in the blower wheel, the dryer may make noise. In addition, the blower wheel sleeve can wear out, allowing the blower wheel to wobble on the motor shaft. To determine if the blower wheel is working properly, remove the dryer vent and assess the strength of the air flow. If the air flow is weak, check the blower wheel for obstructions. If no obstructions are present, try rotating the blower wheel by hand. If the blower wheel wobbles as it turns, replace it.

Parts
Blower Wheel for your RoperDryer
Blower Wheel - Part # 686172 Mfg Part # WP694089

Dryer blower wheel. Used on 29 inch Whirlpool built models with lint filter on top. To remove the blower wheel, unscrew the blower wheel clockwise off the motor shaft.

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Cause 6Maintenance Kit

If your dryer is making noise and you aren’t sure which part to replace, you can purchase a dryer maintenance kit. The dryer maintenance kit contains all of the parts that are commonly defective when the dryer is noisy. Search for your model number to find the maintenance kit applicable to your dryer.

Parts
Maintenance Kit for your RoperDryer
Maintenance Kit - Part # 587636 Mfg Part # 4392065

Repair kit for Whirlpool, Kenmore, Roper dryer; rollers, belt and idler pulley, for 29" wide Dryers built 1965 and later. This dryer maintenance kit contains all of the parts that are commonly defective when the dryer is noisy.
-Call with model# to verify if kit is compatible with your dryer.

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Cause 7Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad

The drum glides (also called slides) might be worn out. The drum glides are small plastic pieces that support the front of the dryer drum. As the drum rotates, it slides on these plastic pieces. Over time, the drum glides wear out. If the drum glides are worn out, the dryer will make noise. To determine if the drum glides are worn out, inspect them for wear. If one or more glides are worn out, replace all of the glides as a set.

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Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad for your RoperDryer
Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad - Part # 2683 Mfg Part # 279441

Ring bearing kit, front of dryer drum

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Cause 8Idler Pulley

Inspect the idler pulley for signs of wear. If the idler pulley is worn or damaged, we recommend replacing the drive belt in addition to replacing the idler pulley.

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Idler Pulley for your RoperDryer
Idler Pulley - Part # 3346 Mfg Part # WP691366

Dryer belt tension idler pulley assembly.

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Cause 9Drive Motor

The drive motor bearings might be worn out. However, this is rarely the case. Before replacing the drive motor, check all the more commonly defective parts. If you have determined that all of the other components are working properly, replace the drive motor.

Parts
Drive Motor for your RoperDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 2584 Mfg Part # 279827

Dryer drum drive motor. Includes pulley for dryer drum drive belt. Other shaft has reverse threads for blower wheel. Common symptoms of a bad drive motor are:
-Dryer stops turning during cycle
-Dryer won't start
-Dryer won't turn at all
-Dryer drive motor is loud

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