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Clothes Dryer Repair for Loud Noises, Overheating, and Not Spinning

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I'd rather repair home appliances myself than pay someone else to do it. Let me teach you how to fix it.

Basic inside of a dryer, picture from

Basic inside of a dryer, picture from

Clothes Dryer Problems

I decided to write this article due to the number of problems I have been having with my current clothes dryer. Learn about what I went through to fix a few problems I had with my dryer— including a broken tumbler belt and loose tumbler drum.

Dryer Design

The basic design of a dryer hasn't really changed much, and most people will find that their dryer will last a long time and it generally won't need a complete upgrade. A few fixes every now and then will keep it running for a very long time.

Depending on the design of your dryer, it will look pretty much similar to the picture above and contain all the main components. There are a few main parts of a dryer to investigate when something goes wrong.

Dryer Parts That Usually Require Fixes or Maintenance

  • Drum belt and rollers
  • Motor and motor bearings
  • Blower, heater, and heat sensors
Keeping your dryer clean is essential to keep it working properly.

Keeping your dryer clean is essential to keep it working properly.

Safety and Cleaning

First, make sure everything is unplugged before you start to tinker inside your dryer. Also, depending on the style of your dryer, pull the back door or hatch off slowly so that you don't accidentally rip off the wires.

Note that some old dryers also have very loose tumbler drums. So, when opening the back door, hold the drum in place to stop it from banging around inside the dryer compartment.


Cleaning is very important for your dryer—after opening up my clothes dryer after about ten years of use, I could tell it really needed some regular maintenance and cleaning.

There was an amazing layer of dust covering everything, while the actual box compartment was full of dust and little bits of sand. For newer dryers, this may be less of a problem. However, sometimes, if you hear your drum spinning a bit loudly it may just be a large layer of dust and dirt.

Common Dryer Problems

  1. Not spinning or not spinning correctly
  2. Heat problems
  3. Totally dead or won't start

1. Not Spinning or Not Spinning Correctly

One of the most common problems for a dryer is that the drum is either not spinning at all, or not spinning correctly (there are loud noises or screeching sounds, for example).

  • Drum belt issues: The most common reason for the dryer drum to stop spinning is if your drum belt has snapped or has been worn down completely. This is an easy fix and simply involves buying a replacement belt and feeding it through the pulleys and on the roller and then back around the middle of the drum.
  • Roller issues: The rollers could have worn out, causing the drum to spin in a bumpy and noisy manner, and they can usually be replaced depending on how old your dryer is. The pulleys could also be broken, causing problems.
  • Motor issues: The motor could have died after many years of use if the drum is not moving at all. If it is moving, the motor bearing could be off, causing it to spin around very roughly and sometimes scratch against the sides of the dryer compartment.
  • Dust build-up: Noises when it's plugged in and spinning could also be due to a huge amount of dust build-up around the drum. Sometimes, cleaning out the inside and returning the drum to the correct position can fix this problem.
  • Screeching: Screeching noises are not a good sign. Sometimes it could mean that your drum is slowly cutting into the sides, which could permanently put your dryer out of use if this continues.
Digital multimeter, look for resistance settings or OHMS symbol.

Digital multimeter, look for resistance settings or OHMS symbol.

2. Heat Problems

Another common problem is that your dryer will either run too hot or too cold. Or, sometimes, it takes many cycles to dry a few simple items.

Use a Multimeter or Voltmeter

A simple multimeter or voltmeter you can buy from an electronics store is a useful device that could come in handy for testing that each component is working.

  • Lowest resistance setting: To test the functionality of each component, get your multimeter or voltmeter and put on the lowest resistance setting,
  • Temperature switch: The leads on the switch terminal should read zero or infinity. The same applies to the thermostat, heating coils, and timer testing.

Most Common Causes for Heat Problems

  • Temperature sensors: The temperature sensors could be dead or fried and need replacing. They look like little silver dollars and are usually located under the drum.
  • Clogged exhaust outlet: The exhaust outlet could be clogged with dust and dirt, causing your dryer to run hotter than the temperature you set it at.
  • Defective parts: The thermostat or heating coils could be defective and need replacement
  • Timer issues: There could also be problems with the timer. If the timer is not working correctly this may cause the heater and blower to remain inactive.
  • Dead fuse: The fuse is dead and needs to be replaced.

3. Totally Dead or Won't Start

So your dryer won't start at all, or it's totally dead. This can be caused by the failure of one or more components and is sometimes hard to pinpoint. The most common reasons are below, apart from problems relating to your power mains.

What to Check When Your Dryer Won't Start

  • Timer or thermostat
  • Terminal block
  • Start switch

If anyone has any problems with their old Simpson brand dryer, I may be able to help you out as I spent a lot of time tinkering with my old one.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Kathy gomez on May 25, 2020:

I have a Samsung dryer and it made a loud pop sound and quit working but it still powers on but all the lights are flashing. What could be my problem

Kathy gomes on May 25, 2020:

I have a Samsung dryer it made a loud popping sound and quit working. You can turn the power on and all the buttons are lit up. How do I fix the problems or what is wrong with the dryer.

Cathy Dutton on August 08, 2019:

I have a Kenmore Dryer Model # 110.63954102 which was making loud vibration noise. Turns out the drum was scraping the top of the dryer. I replaced the belt (was dry), 4 drum rollers and the idler pulley roller and cleaned out about 2 lbs of lint (did NOT expect that!). Clearly the drum had become unseated and lint flew outside the drum too. Once cleaned and parts replaced, the dryer was re-balanced but it still makes a loud vibrating noise after about 15 seconds of starting. Not only that, problem #2 is that when the door opens, the drum (all 4 drum rollers too) stops rolling but the motor continues to spin for about 10 seconds, even though the drum stops rolling immediately when the door opens. I've googled possible fixes but I'm not sure where the problem really is and think the motor needs replacing. Is there a less expensive alternative than motor replacement?

Poop Butt 1 on June 14, 2019:

I pooped in my dryer and now it stinks, what should I do?

Linda on February 28, 2019:

I have a twenty year old GE profile electric dryer. It has never needed any service or repair. I love it so much because it dries everything super fast, and has never had any problems. But now it seems to be overheating and very hot on top, and im afraid to use it. Other than overheating, everything else on it works fine. My husband thinks its too old to call a repair person, but i dont want a new one, because this old one is a wonderful piece of equipment. But im not sure if one that old can be fixed. What to do?

Kim on February 24, 2019:

My son put a huge load of sopping wet clothes in the dryer and now it runs for about 10 seconds then cuts off. It’s a GE profile. Please help!

Jack on September 05, 2018:

After use, my dryer makes a snapping sound like when you pop bubble wrap. What is that?

TC Swan on June 14, 2018:

Let me know how you make out. I have a wife that never stops talking ,maybe the Srop Spinning suggestion will work on her

Sherri on June 04, 2018:

My dryer made a loud boom and stopped working. It turns on but the lights blink and nothing happened

Sherri on June 04, 2018:

My dryer made a loud boom and stopped working. It turns on but the lights blink and nothing happened

Paul Murphy on December 08, 2017:

I have a Whirlpool dryer when you open the dryer door the drum stop spinning but the heating element stays on unless you turn it to the off position the timer to the off position does anybody have any ideas what it could be or have to fix it I already replaced the fuse because it wasn't running now it's running I replaced a fuse that's running but the heating element won't shut off unless that's timers in off position

Debbie on July 17, 2017:

I have a samsung front loader dryer. I took the filter out to clean it and forgot to put it back. While runNing without the filter it starting making a high pitch noise, now my check filter light is coming on. I cleaned the filter real good, still making noise and check light still on. Advise please

Carly on July 15, 2017:

Help my dryer stopped halfway through cycle it's 4 year old Simpson dryer I took everything out it feels warm rolled the barrel feels ok after a bit heard a click which I was the over heating safety turning off as it sounded mechanical not like something wrong but it still won't turn in its clean vents are clean help!! on July 13, 2017:

my whirlpool dryer gets too hot. I want to know if this dangerous

Dina on June 26, 2017:

My dryer spins but seems to make a high pitched almost like a toy top spinning kind of noise

Andy on February 16, 2017:

Dryer was running and I heard a loud pop sound. Dryer would still spin but no heat. Pulled heating element and it shows no break in the coils. I've changed this before so I knew what to look for???

karen on December 19, 2016:

Hi I have a beko 7kg dryer it is only 4 months old and has been great,only today it started banging and grinding really loudly so I turned it off as it scared me,then half hour ago my 21 year old daughter says mum my bone is missing from my bra,so obviously that what causing the problem as it must have got into the machine as I can't find it,can anybody advice me on what to do please,thanks

Judy on November 08, 2016:

We have a whirlpool duet dryer, that tends to change the dry time setting from 45 min. To 128 then beeps until I turn it off and start it over again. Does the computer need reset?

Chad on September 12, 2016:

I have a Samsung front load dryer. During mid cycle, it will shut off. The display screen will power off and you cannot turn it back on. After a few minutes, the screen will power back on and you can start it back up. But it won't last long. It seems like it is getting hot and shutting off. The duct looks free of debris. What could be the issue?

Bravewarrior on August 06, 2016:

My dryer seems to have stopped mid cycle, but I can't be sure as the clothes inside were dry. However, when I went to add a new load, I noticed the top of the dryer was hot to the touch, but won't turn on. No noise, no nothing. I had my son unplug the unit (Kenmore) because I'm afraid a fire will erupt.

What do you think is the cause? Why is it hot but won't run?

Dee on June 08, 2016:

Hi I have the same problem as Derek any ideas pls & thanks

PattyWalk on May 06, 2016:


The solution to the squealing noise my Tappan dryer was making was to replace the rear drum assembly. It's a hard plastic piece (like a huge ball bearing) that sits inside a metal piece and allows the drum to rotate. Over time ~ the grease dries out and the plastic part begins to wear down. This caused the drum on mine to shift to the right and the squealing was a result of the drum scraping against the side panel. If your dryer is hot to the touch, no, that's not normal. It means airflow is restricted. Make sure you clean the lint filter AND check inside the door. There should be a slot at the bottom of the door where you can use a vacuum attachment to clean out the lint. Not sure what metal piece is missing on your dryer but ~ I'd replace any missing parts...if possible. Even though the squealing noise is annoying (and should be fixed) ~ the overheating issue is cause for more concern. If it's due to lint buildup ~ it can be a fire hazard. I hope this helps with the problems you're having.

Kelcey on May 01, 2016:

I have a tappan dryer just got it from someone and it squeals off and on sometimes and the top of the dryer evem where the control knobs are get very hot is this normal? Its also missing the small metal piece at the bottom is that ok

quintets on January 27, 2016:

Should I fix my Simpson Maxidry 505 or replace it with a Scirocoo 450 available for $50.

The problem with the Maxi is the fan belt needed replacing. I didn't realise it was outside the back and tried to take the whole back panel off. When I put it all back, I tried to line the tub up but now the tub doesn't' spin as well. At best, it's just an alignment problem, at worst, I've bent something.

I like the Maxi because it's all electro-mechanical parts, especially the relay that spins the tub in opposite directions.

If the Scirocco is considered just as good (perhaps a bit more modern), I'm happy to go with it. Does anyone know if it uses electro-mechanical parts? If so, I suppose it's just as good.

Otherwise, the MaxiDry works well. It just needed a fan belt.

Nicolas Mbadi on January 02, 2016:

I have a Samsung Dryer that is less than 2 years old. When I close the door the drum starts spinning immediately, eventhough the power switch is off. It spinns and there no heat. If I press the power button, it turns on but I still can't use it for drying. The only way to stop the drum from spinning is by opening the door. As soon as I close it back, or press on the door lock switch, it starts spinning again.

Mike s on October 03, 2015:

Been working on dryer couple of days... Drum not turning... Vents clean, blower works, does heat, new belt and pulleys look ok... Most would say motor.. But with a push it runs fine... Thought capacitor, but doesn't seem to have one... Might be centerfuse or fuse? Thans

washer and dryer both died, same week. on October 02, 2015:

Does anyone know : Why is my LG Tromm gas(converted to electric) making a loud, the loudest constant buzz/beep type of noise when I push in the start button? It won't stop untill I push on the power button, so machine turns off. Please help?! Seems like might be an easy fix..... I can't afford to buy another one, especially if I don't need to.

josh chavez on May 13, 2015:

I have a maytag electric dryer I am pushing the "control on" and all the lights display and then push the "push to start"I hear a clicking noise and a beep but the dryer does not start does anyone have any input on why this is happening?

Brenda on October 18, 2013:

A sneaker got caught in the dryer. Now it tumbles with lots of heat but clothes are still wet after hours of drying. When my husband opened it up he found a small belt just sitting on the bottom and a pully that was not attached to anything. It is a kenmore oasis elite dryer. How can we fix this.

BEEZKNEEZ on September 26, 2013:

I just bought a brand new front load washer and dryer that I love. I like the LG brand the best because it seems like it's the highest quality and the most efficient. My clothes come put smelling fresh and the colors have not been fading. Voted up! Thanks!

LaPoint on May 13, 2013:

My dryer just started making grinding noises....from what I've been reading above, it sounds like I may need a new belt or much can I expect it to cost and is it hard to do myself? it harmful to the dryer or just annoying to me to listen to?

Josh on May 09, 2013:

My dryer starts just fine, no noises, and heats up. After about 10+ minutes it just shuts down and won't start up again till it sits for a bit. It doesn't feel like it's overheating and there are no burnt smells. I've cleaned the lint screen religiously and even removed it compartment the screen is in to clean down to the motor. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

123help on May 05, 2013:

I have a stacked apartment washer dryer. The washing machine works fine. The dryer still turns on but theres no heat and it makes a LOUD screeching noise. Is it broken or is it worth calling the repair to get it fixed.

Thank you

steve on March 24, 2013:

my indesit tumble dryer takes longer to dry clothes and theres not much water coming out can someone help

kibbyclare on February 05, 2013:


The 3 prong plug and cable on my Indesit condenser dryer ger red hot when in use. Is my dryer in need of replacing or is there a simple fix? Advice needed for a single mum of 4!


Loretta on December 05, 2012:

I have a Frigidaire dryer that beeps three beeps when I press start but won't start. Can't find anything in the error code chart in my operating manual to tell me what's happening. It only has instructions for four or five beeps. Has anyone had this problem and know what to do to fix this? The model number is LEQ1442ES0

Sean on October 05, 2012:

Have a Simpson Eziloaded 505 that when you start the dryer after putting a loader in, it beeps for 20 or times , sometimes coninuisly for 10-20 seconds. But does carry on drying process. Wondering why it beeps?

Smokey1970 on October 01, 2012:

I see some of you have dryers that make a thumping noise with every rotation...I discovered the cause of mine was just a loose screw inside the drum if this helps anyone.

jb on September 22, 2012:

i have an amana dryer, and it will buzz on every setting without starting. Any ideas on what's the issue?

PattyWalk on September 01, 2012:

I have a Tappan dryer that started making occasional scraping noises. It became increasingly worse. I lifted the top of the dryer to inspect and found that the rear rim of the drum is indeed scraping against the right side panel of the dryer. I've ordered a new belt and a rear bearing assembly kit. However, I am not sure if this will fix the problem. I've looked all over the internet for similar problem and to find out what was done to correct it but I have not been successful in my efforts. If anyone knows what would cause this problem or how to fix it, please reply. Thank you.

ayamadre1 on July 06, 2012:

My dryer just made an abrupt bang noise while it was running, and kept running. However, now there is no heat. I have tried it on different settings and it is all the same-there is no heat and the dial will not move. It has been running for over an hour without moving, and with no heat no matter what I do. The lint trap and hose are perfectly clear/clean. Does anyone know what happened? Is there anything I can do?

chantelle on July 03, 2012:

Hey i have a autosense fisher and pakel dryer have just noticed after a load there is lots of water under the machine is there any reason for that? the machine is brand new

gt on June 29, 2012:

My drier tries to start, but wont, its similar to a car turning over but wint start. Its as if it is rapidly going on and off without starting. Its a GE front loader

Amy on June 06, 2012:

My LG Tromm gas dryer is 5 years old. The motor comes on, but the drum does not spin. If I spin th drum a couple of times by hand, close the door and push the power button is will run just fine. Do you think this is the sensor? I read somewhere else it could be the capacitor?

Ksmith on May 22, 2012:

We have a whirlpool dryer and just replaced the belt,pulley, and rollers. The loud noise it was making has basically stopped but it still makes the same noise every 15 minutes or so.(its a loud rumbling noise). I have no clue what else could be wrong. Also, I cleaned out all the built up dust and debris from all the parts. ???

Gabe on April 18, 2012:

I just replaced the heat sensore and the seal on the drum of my whirlpool. It makes a noise though everytime the heat comes on. The heat comes on every few seconds? I think that the noise is from that. Any idea what could cause that? I'm ready to fix that too.

d palmer on March 17, 2012:

i have a whirlpool gold senseon dryer and i noticed today that it will not let me select heavy duty or normal load. i can dry on perm press but not the others....please assist...

thank you

Joe on March 09, 2012:

My new house requires a 3 prong for dryer and the cord was a 4 prong. After changing it out, the dryer spins slowly and has a burnt smell if I leave it running for a few seconds. When I open the door to make it stop spinning, it don't, I have to manually shut it off, PLEASE HELP!! Thanks

Sioned on March 01, 2012:

Hi, I have a hot point dryer, last Sunday it made a massive banging noise and the drum stopped turning, it appeared that the spindle had broken. My partner has replaced the spindle but now it seems to be making a loud scratching noise as it turns....grr

Brent on February 26, 2012:

I have a Kenmore 90 series dryer model #66902690. It works fine for about 60 minutes then shuts off and it will not turn on for awhile. I'm guessing it has to cool down first then it repeats the same process. It's about 15 years old so I expect it not to be as good as new but does anyone know what the problem is and would it be worth repairing vs buying a new one?

Luke s on February 19, 2012:

I have a kenmore 80 series dryer and when I start it, it works fine for about 5-10 seconds then shuts off! After shutting off, a few minutes later I hear a switch click then I can start it again! But it repeats the same process! Anyone know what the problem is?

lisa mc on February 19, 2012:

Hi, great info. just thought i would add my experience with my dryer. My condenser dryer stopped working and all it was was the cut off switch at the back behind a flip open compartment, it had got stuck and the machine thought that the water in the removable water container had not been emptied and had overflowed. a spray of WD40 and it was fixed. The other problem I have had was that the machine sounded like it was working but the drum was not turning, it wasn't the belt or the motor as i could give the drum a push start but it stopped every time it was going to change directions. It was the capacitor, which I replaced for around £7. The capacitor can however hold a dangerous charge even after machine is unplugged, so take care or get someone else to do it.

Diann on February 18, 2012:

I have a stackable washer and dryer. My dryer heating element looks like it has alot of lent around it. What's the best way to get it apart to get the lint around it or is that just a fire protection lint?

sherri on February 17, 2012:

I went to turn my dryer on I sounded like it was gonna start but didn't. I then started to smell the burn electrical wire type smell..and it won't start. Is it down for the count?

stessily on February 14, 2012:

expectus, Very helpful and well presented. Fortunately my dryer works like a dream. One tip which I have always observed is to always, always, always, remove lint from the lint trap after each load.

Any chance of doing a hub on washer repair and common problems? My washer works like a champ but I've noticed that during the first wash cycle the agitation seems loud. Other than that, no problems.

Thank for this practical hub.

Courtney on February 13, 2012:

I got a question, The other day the dryer quit heating, SO we thought it would be the element, But i ran home on lunch and tried it again and everything worked fine. Now it gets hot just sitting there without being turned on? Even with the door open?

Necia on February 12, 2012:

When I start my dryer I hear a buzzing sound, but no motor sounds n drum doesn't spin. I looked n belt seems intact from what I see. It is hard to manually turn the drum. Any ideas?

Tim on February 07, 2012:

I have a Kenmore electric dryer that runs for about 10 minutes then shuts off. The heat is working. Any ideas where to look?

Diane on February 06, 2012:

My grandson climbed into my Samsung dryer now the drum will not spin...any suggestions?

Cynthia on February 05, 2012:

HELP!! Frigidaire gallery dryer not heating. Had been working for several loads then turned it on. Strong burning smell. Scratchy noise. Flamish sparks in the back. I turned it off. Then hesitantly tried it again. Now not heating up, no other signs. What does this mean. New parts or new dryer?

Joelle on February 04, 2012:

Hi Expectus,

I was just running my dryer, a Maytag model # LDE7500ACW, it was running fine. All of a sudden it starts making this LOUD noise (like an airplane?). It is getting hot, and drum is spinning, I have never had any problems with it, but got it used from a friend about 2 years ago. I use it EVERY DAY. Please, please HELP!!

Julie on February 04, 2012:

I have an old -- 35-year+ -- Whirlpool electric dryer and just yesterday it stopped heating. Checked the fuse/breaker and it's fine. Can's find a model number on it that isn't painted over. What order should it use to diagnose problem... or jump right to element? How do I search for part when I don't know model #?

john on February 01, 2012:

i have a stack dryer and live on the 5th floor of a condominium. my problem is I have condentation problem in the vent, the vent run in the concrete ceiling. I originaly thought that the vent length might have been too long (about 25 feet) and have had a booster fan installed and the problem is still there. Any idea what might cause this condentation.

trish on January 30, 2012:

I like your page..I have a whirlpool roper dryer and recently the knob where the blue line is, that part came off so now the alignment is messed up and I have no clue what setting it's on when I start's really upsetting me lol I've stood there and tried to mark where it starts and stops and then figure out which setting it is, but then when I restart it to check my marks, it's different lol so I've been sitting here trying to find out how to reset it so it's at the correct alignment or if I should just buy a new knob..but even if I buy a new knob, will it re-align itself when I put it back on lol help please!!

melissa sluss on January 29, 2012:

I have a roper dryer model # red444ovqi It will only turn if on low heat setting and doesn't heat.

mlo430 on January 20, 2012:

my dryer was able to dry alot of clothes, especially 4 towels at one time, now it wont spin if i put in the 4 towels.

teetye on January 14, 2012:

I have a frigidaire dryer that makes a loud noise after it heats up. We have replaced the bearings, belt,idlerarm , and have checked the motor out.After all this we still have the loud noise. Do know what this might be ? We don't know what else to do.

Tony Ford on January 13, 2012:

Just fitted a vent through the wall and lined it up to small vent on the rear of dryer. Problem is this vent seems to be the in take and blows out through the front door? Is the dryer running in reverse? With the vent fitted it starves as the vent sucks shut ! What do you think ?

Lee on January 13, 2012:

Hi there

Brilliant thread, thank you for all of your input

My girlfriend has a simpson sirocco 350 dryer, and it suddenly stopped working..I thought it was the timer but it does the count down. I tested it with a multimeter and there is a connection between the terminals when its counting so that might eliminate the timer problem.

The dryer simply won't start, and no heat comes on from the element. Has anyone experienced this before?

The drum seems to turn fine and when I turn it manually there seems to be a bit of weight to it and I assume that the belts are ok

Emma on January 10, 2012:

My dryer is not working at all and I can't understand what is wrong with it.

Reginald on January 10, 2012:

I have an old GE when i try to start it i just hear the motor running but drum not turning. so i took it apart to check the belt... it was still on and still around the drum.what else could cause the drum not to spin

T jones on January 07, 2012:

I have a fidgedair stacked washer and dryer. My dryer takes around three hours to dry my cloths. Air flow is good the air out of the exaust is hot no clogs anywhere. Repaire man said it works fine but three hours is not fine. Does anyone have any suggestions. Email plz

priscilla on January 06, 2012:

I accidently spin the dryer the wrong way i hear something broke dont know what. My dryer does not spin but it heats?

New York on January 05, 2012:

My Simpson dryer won't stop??

I have just replaced the timer and knob, however it won't stop running. It doesn't get very hot. Even if I open the door and hit the reset button, it won't stop.

Can you help?

So on January 05, 2012:

I have had 'dryer blues' for about 15yrs. I never considered repairing a dryer until I got a quality whirlpool dryer brand new and 2 yrs later the dry stopped. I have been enlighteded looking at this page and videos, and I can take this dryer apart in my sleep and replace the belt (less than $5 at lowes) in no time. I am so excited. (but will be very deliberate as this is my first time.) I do not hear any clicking or buzzing when I press the button so is it is not the belt but is the switch... I will be bock. I want to send a nod in recognition of the pictures of the alternative dryer methods on this page and add top of the closet door and all rooms of the house doors (overnight)and also for those who have outside balconys that look onto woodsy areas (for fresh air dryer) just spread clothes on hanger and hook em high. Note: you may need heavy spray starch if ironing.

Amanda B. on December 31, 2011:

My dryer has been squealing like it wants to end its misery for a couple of months, & now it won't turn if there's more than 1/2 a large load inside. it will just sit & hum until you take out the clothes, then go on as normal. Heats great, gets everything dry...It's an older Fridgidaire(bought from one of those guys who fixes & resells appliances almost 7 years ago & it was at least a few years old then)& has been great until now. So the question is should I just repair this thing, or buy a new one? I hear from everyone that the newer ones have cheap plastic parts that break quickly,even the more expensive brands, so maybe I should just get this old grandaddy dryer repaired???

Kevin Leslie on December 30, 2011:

When I opened my tumble drier door the other day the power stayed on and it kept going round but now it won't go on at all! Any idea what the problem could be? Surely something to do with the catch on the door?

clicking noise in whirlpool duet on December 27, 2011:

Just got a clicking sound in the dryer when you turn it on as if something got stuck in there . Everything else works fine just this load clicking noise as the drum turns

mackey on December 26, 2011:

heating element stays hot when dryer is not running

Dan on December 19, 2011:

We have a Kenmore heavy duty washer and dryer, and for some reason the other day when I was pushing the washer further back into place my arm touched the back of the dryer and I got a nasty shock while touching the back of the washer, so I checked with my volt meter and when you touch one diode to the back of the washer and the other to the back of the dryer they complete the current and become of electricity making both backs totally live. What could be causing this?

dave on December 15, 2011:

We have a new LG dryer. When is drys and the gas kicks on it makes a grinding sound like a kids toy for 10-15 seconds. The repair guy changed the igniter but still doing it. He said he thought it might be my gas line but the noise is absolutely coming from the dryer. We had no issues with the old dryer just the new one.

BL on December 13, 2011:

I have a Kenmore dryer 90 series. It's making a loud humming noise, and then shutsdown. The noise contines to get louder until it shuts off. After a while it tries to start up again, but never stays on long. It's warm and tumbling, but it won't stay on to finish a load. Is it the motor? We opened up. There was nothing but lent was covering everything. We cleaned it off and put it back together, yet the same problem continues to occur. Can you tell me what you think?

JC on December 12, 2011:

I have a maytag de303, was troubleshooting my dryer for lack of heat. Found a wilderness of lint and debris in the lint tray and below, cleaned out that and the pipe underneath that goes to the vent to outside. Heating coils are putting out heat and I can feel the heat inside the dryer now but now the dryer is extremely loud. Clothes are on the drying rack, thoughts.

Craig Griffin on December 07, 2011:

I have a Whirlpool Ingils Dryer and it runs for a few minutes then shuts off then starts running again etc..It takes a very long time to dry a load of clothes. Any suggestions?

Amber on December 03, 2011:

Hi. My dryer is acting very strange. When there are clothes in it and it's running, it's fine. No problems. But then when the load stops and I take out the clothes (or even if I leave the clothes in there for a few minutes), it keeps making a sound like it wants to start up again. It's like a roaring sound, kind of how it sounds as soon as it starts. It doesn't ever start on its own, but it keeps making the sound every few seconds, sometimes for days, as if it's trying to start up again. What should I do?

Rhonda on December 01, 2011:

My dryer was in the middle of running a load and started smelling hot and then stopped working I let it cool off over night and now nothing happens when I push in the on button. I checked the breaker box and no breaker was thrown

akai dryer on November 28, 2011:

Have an akai dryer , everything works but cant dry clothes. Noticed that the heater is blowing not enough hot air. help please . tnx :)

tim on November 28, 2011:

when i turn the "on" switch I can hear the motor trying to turn the dryer on but as soon as i release the knob, nothing happens.

jyo on November 28, 2011:


i have a bosch dryer.Oflate, the sensor goes on after a few minutes of running, even after the filter is cleaned and the water collecting container is emptied. The beep normally goes on only when the container is full or when the filter has accumulated lint. Appreciate your help. Jyo

onelex on November 26, 2011:

i just changed the cord on my GE dryer, because it was too short. it was working just fine before i change the cord, now it spins with a loud noise while doing so. is there anyway i put the wires on wrong? its a three prong so i put the middle wire where it goes and the other two are hot and i put one to the right and one to the left of the middle. can anyone help?

w144 on November 21, 2011:

Our dryer made the screeching noise and my dad oiled the drum at first, He described the sound as a second harmonic.When he oiled it again,the noise was longer. What is your opinion and idea for this. The sound does subside and it ends regular.

dfw Realtor on November 18, 2011:

haha try this one on for size.... I have a frigidare dryer that is about 7 yrs young. The darn thing wont stop heating!! even after the door is open and the clothes are out. and even better the timer doesn't work so i have to un plug it every time i use it!!

Mike on November 16, 2011:

Had an odd issue mentioned here a while back. GE dryer would not start unless you gave the drum a good push. Opened it up and all was well. Turned out my wife had too much piled on top and the lid under load was causing issues for the drum...

Danielle on November 15, 2011:

I have a Kenmore stackable. Why does our permanent press drying cycle take 3 hours? Is this normal? Also, when I put 3 towels in and put it on timed dry for 40 minutes, the towels were all still wet.

Mary on November 15, 2011:

hi, i need help, my dryer will work for about 10 minutes and then it stops, i took it apart and cleaned it and that doesn't seem to be the problem, what could be wrong with it?

Julie on November 12, 2011:

My gas GE dryer drum has a crack in the plastic that holds the drum in place & so it's slightly off track. Because ofvthis, every time I try to run a load, a corner of a towel, etc. gets caught & I have run back down, open the door & pull out whatever is stuck. Does anyone have a solution to this that doesn't require a repairman charging $100/hr? Is this fixable or should I just shoot the damn thing & start over? BTW: my dryer isn't being made anymore either & it's only about 1 1/2 yrs. old. Go figure. Has anyone else had this same problem & if so, what did you do? Thanks!

dryer noise on November 05, 2011:

I have a Kenmore propane dryer. It makes a noise when drying; if you stop and start it again, sometimes the noise lessens, then comes back again. Could this be a belt problem? Thanks, Joan

bigdog on November 03, 2011:

whenever i set the dryer the dry cloth the timer goes from 42 min to 1 min can someone help me with this. i have a samsung dryer...

heath on November 03, 2011:

How do you replace dryer motor bearings or do you just have to get a new motor

mychak on October 24, 2011:

i have a frigidaire FSE747GES1. i just replaced the rear bearing and about broke my arm patting myself on the back. now, a day later, the thing won't start at all. it's like trying to start a car with a dead battery: i hear the switch click, but the motor doesn't turn over. sometimes, on the third or fourth try it'll roll two or three times, but it doesn't last. could i have done something wrong or is this the starter... or something else all together?

i know it's hard to say for sure, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. i'd love to take care of this myself...