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GE 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 GEDryer
Drive Belt - Part # 1381519 Mfg Part # WE12M29

Dryer drum drive belt, 89-1/2 inches long, 4 ribs. 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 pulley. If the drum will not turn when the dryer is turned on the belt is likely broken.

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Cause 2Blower 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.

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Blower Wheel for your GEDryer
Blower Wheel - Part # 1089096 Mfg Part # WE16M15

Blower wheel for dryer

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Cause 3Drum Bearing

The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. Over time, the drum bearing wears out. If the drum bearing is worn out, the dryer may make noise. To determine if the drum bearing is at fault, remove the dryer belt and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum rotates freely, it is unlikely that the drum bearing is worn out. If the drum makes squealing or grinding sounds when turned and/or is hard to turn, check the drum bearing and replace it if necessary.

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Drum Bearing for your GEDryer
Drum Bearing - Part # 784658 Mfg Part # WE25M40

Rear drum bearing kit. *Bearing plate has slot in it for ground strap. The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. Over time, the drum bearing wears out. If the drum bearing is worn out, the dryer may make noise.

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Cause 4Drum Bearing

The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. Over time, the drum bearing wears out. If the drum bearing is worn out, the dryer may make noise. To determine if the drum bearing is at fault, remove the dryer belt and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum rotates freely, it is unlikely that the drum bearing is worn out. If the drum makes squealing or grinding sounds when turned and/or is hard to turn, check the drum bearing and replace it if necessary.

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Drum Bearing for your GEDryer
Drum Bearing - Part # 877502 Mfg Part # WE1M462

Dryer drum rear bearing sleeve.

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Cause 5Drum 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 GEDryer
Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad - Part # 963512 Mfg Part # WE1M504

Dryer drum slide. Sold individually. The dryer's drum slides help to support the front of the drum as it rotates. If the drum slides are worn out, the dryer will be noisy. Because the slides wear out at the same rate, we recommend replacing all of the slides together.

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Cause 6Drum 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 GEDryer
Drum Slide, Glide, or Pad - Part # 2677745 Mfg Part # WE1M1067

Dryer drum slide. There are two of these needed on your dryer. These go on the inner most slots on the front bearing. Sold individually will need to purchase two*. The drum slides support the front of the dryer drum instead of rollers or bearings. As they wear out the dryer will make more noise.

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Cause 7Idler 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 GEDryer
Idler Pulley - Part # 275158 Mfg Part # WE12X83

Dryer idler pulley wheel. If the pulley wheel is worn down, it may cause the dryer to be excessively noisy.

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Cause 8Drive 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 GEDryer
Drive Motor - Part # 1256970 Mfg Part # WE17X10010

Dryer motor kit. Replaces old "T" & "V" style motors. Includes 2 motor pulleys and basic directions. Common symptoms of a bad drive motor are:
-Dryer stops turning during cycle
-Dryer won't start
-Dryer won't turn at al

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