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My dryer makes a loud squeal when it first starts drying.

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Lyle W
If you have a Kenmore dryer that begins with model number prefix 417. . . or certain Frigidaire or GE dryers, then that squeal could be caused by a bad rear drum bearing. Here is a link for a repair video that shows how to repair that type of problem:

Dryer Drum Bearing Replacement

. Be sure that you

unplug the dryer

before accessing internal components. You can order that bearing kit from the

Sears PartsDirect

website if necessary. That video also shows how to open the cabinet on that type of dryer (with the dryer

unplugged

). Opening the dryer cabinet and then manually spinning the drum will normally help you determine the cause of your squealing noise. Here are a couple of other repair videos that show how to open the dryer cabinet on some common dryer models in case you don't have the type that is described above:

Dryer Belt Tension Pulley Replacement

,

Dryer Belt Replacement

. This information may help you determine the cause of that squeal so that you can fix that problem yourself. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details and the full model number of your dryer.

If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician examine the dryer and repair this noise problem, you can schedule service through this link:

Sears Home Services

.
by Lyle W Earned 3,075 community points in Dryers
February 28th, 2012
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