After a brief power outage, I turned on my dryer again, only to find that it suddenly started making this awful, high-pitched, rubber squeaking, screeching and metal grinding sounds.
Initially, I thought the belt alignment was off (I blamed the noise on the power outage), but after a quick poking around, it looks like either my idler pulley or the bearings on drum support rollers were going bad. Since my 7 year old Whirlpool Duet washer quit on me about 2 months ago and I had to replace it, I wasn’t really surprised to see my dryer having problems (sigh).
Rather than spending $1000s to buy another gas dryer, I am going to attempt to fix it. But first I need to get some parts and a tool first:
- One, Whirlpool 27-inch Dryer Repair Kit – Part # 4392067RC 27 – comes with 4 support rollers, 1 idler pulley and 1 drive belt)
- Four, Whirlpool Drum Roller Axle – Part # W10359272 (I may end up returning these if the old ones are in good shape)
- One set, TEKTON 3576 Internal / External Snap Ring Pliers – I need this tool when removing and installing a c-clip
Once these parts come in, I will post a follow-up article.
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