Very loud squeak inside whirlpool duet sport dryer model wed8300sw0
Steve W. • Boone, NC • September 27, 2014
Appliance: Whirlpool 27" Electric Dryer WED8300SW0
My Repair & Advice
Our Whirlpool Duet Sport Dryer, 6.7 cu. ft, Model WED8300SW0, bought new 8 years ago (2006), developed a VERY loud squeaking noise inside the dryer. Removing the top panel did not isolate the problem. I researched the problem and through the videos appearing on Appliance Parts Pros (APP) website and a few others, determined that the problem was either the drum belt, one or more of the 4 drum support rollers, or idler pulley or any combination of these. I ordered the kit to allow for replacement of all these parts given the dryer's age and having the dryer dismantled. The kit arrived very quickly.
The repair was done with the help of my son although this could be done alone if necessary. The videos allowed me to dismantle and reassemble the dryer with very little problem. The repair was relatively simple given the concern a novice has of tackling these type projects.
My existing support rollers appeared in very good shape compared to the new rollers as did the drum belt. The "tri-ring" holding the idler pulley appeared to have melted over time and was allowing a lot of "play" of the idler pulley as the drum turned causing the loud squeak. The idler pulley wheel also appeared worn. I had some trouble scraping away the melted plastic of the "tri-ring" in order to remove the wheel from the shaft, but with persistence it came off.
I saved a great deal of money given my attempt to purchase the parts locally. The price locally for the parts alone was not even close to APP and I would have also paid $100 - $200 for the service call and installation.
In total it took about 1.5-2 hrs for the full repair process which also involved my thoroughly cleaning the interior of the dryer. I am a 55 year old male with limited experience and will attempt most small projects around the house. I would recommend attempting this repair yourself if you have minimal ability.
Thank you so very much to APP for their service.
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