My Hotpoint dryer has started squeaking while drying even small loads. How do I determine which part needs replacing? IE belt, dryer drum support bearing, or other.
You would need to disassembly unit to check the bearings and the bearing slides on the front. These are the most common reason for the unit squeaking.
Should I put the slides on before I put the bearing in the dryer?
Answer Hello Andy,
It doesn't matter what order you install the parts. You will have to disassemble the unit to access them both for replacement. Both parts are prone to wear and if one requires replacement, the other will usually require replacement also.
I had my dryer open and noticed this part needs replacing, but I didn't see an obvious way of removing it. Any tips? Also, I assume an explanation of how to remove it will provide insight into how to install the new part. If not, can you provide that, too? :-)
Answer Hello Mike,
As always, I am inclined to remind the customer to pay close attention to personal safety. Be sure to either unplug the unit from the wall receptacle or turn the breaker off before beginning. This is of course to prevent personal injury. Also, if you have gloves, I recommend to wear them as there are many edges inside the unit which can cause you harm.
Open the door and remove the two Phillips head screws that go straight up into the main top. Remove the main top carefully as the back end of it has plastic tabs from the control panel base slid into slots in the back of the main top. It has to be slid to one side to get the tabs out of the slots. Now remove the two square/Phillips headed screws from either side from the inside of the unit. They thread in directly toward the front, from the inside, by the drum. When these are removed the main front can be lifted up off of the mounting tabs at the bottom. At this point remember that the wiring harness is connected to the main front. I always spin the main front around and lean it against the body of the unit to prevent having to deal with disconnecting and reconnecting the wiring. If you have a phone with photo taking capabilities, I do strongly recommend taking several pictures from various angles to use as reference during reassembly.
Now you should be able to look straight at the inside of the main front. The bearing assembly snaps in at the top and sides. Be careful as if the unit is equipped with a light, the bulb will need to be removed first or you will probably break it or the socket. From here it's pretty self explanitory. Install the glides and reassemble in the reverse order. Be sure to snap the new bearing in place.