Squeaking noise when running dryer
Thomas H. • Austin, TX • April 06, 2015
Appliance: General Electric Electric Dryer DHDVH52EF0WW
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First, I had to take off the front of the dryer. This wasn't as bad as it first sounds. Only tool need was a phillips screwdriver.
1) Turn off breaker to dryer.
2) Remove back of control panel cover (3 phillips)
3) Remove Top cover of dryer (2 phillips)
4) Remove control panel (2 philips) - Disconnect one ribbon cable (easy)
5) Remove front of dryer (4 philips (2 top, 2 bottom) - Disconnect two connectors (easy)
After investigating, of the 4 bearing slides, only one was left in place, and the drum support itself was heavily worn thru on one side. All needed to be replaced.
Removing the drum support bearing...
1) Free up the wires for the light and moisture sensor. Easy to do, they just ran thru a few clips.
2) Remove the drum support bearing. Probably the 'hardest part', but not really. Just needed to pull up on the sheet metal while pushing down on the plastic some. Pretty easy.
Install new drum support.
1) I fit the new bearing slide before inserting into the front of the dryer.
2) Transferred the light assembly (a single philips screw)
3) Started by aligning the drum support a the bottom and working up the arch. This wasn't hard, but you need to make sure that the edge of the sheet metal is correctly aligned in the drum support. To seat the drum support, pull up on the sheet metal, and each plastic clip (2 total) fits into place.
1) Only tricky part was getting the drum back in place. Basically a 1 or two person job. Lift the drum with one hand (thru the door) and put the front back in place. It may help to put the lower two screws in first.
2) Finish putting dryer back together, reverse of the disassembly.
All told, this took maybe 25-30m to resemble. Probably the same to disassemble, give that I was going slow an methodically. Easy fix to breathe new life into my 9 year old dryer.