Is your Speed Queen dryer making noise that’s louder than it should be? It can be frustrating to have your laundry day interrupted by a loud, disruptive dryer. If you want to fix the issue, try troubleshooting the potential causes of the noise. By taking the necessary steps you can have your Speed Queen dryer running quietly once again.
Troubleshooting a Speed Queen Dryer Making Noise
Take a look at these reasons for a Speed Queen dryer making noise to pinpoint the problem and find a solution to give you a quieter laundry day.
Speed Queen Dryer Belt Damaged
The drive belt is responsible for turning the drum of the dryer. Over time, it can become frayed or damaged, causing the dryer to make noise as it turns.
To inspect the drive belt, you’ll need to remove the front panel of your dryer. Look for signs of wear and tear on the belt, and replace it if necessary. This is often a job for a professional, so if you don’t feel confident with dryer repairs you may want to call in an appliance repair team.
Dryer Isn’t Level
Make sure your dryer is level. An unlevel dryer can cause excessive wear on certain parts, resulting in noisy operation. When the dryer isn’t level with the floor, it can also cause rocking and shaking which can make quite a lot of noise as well.
Check the dryer with a level and adjust the leveling legs as necessary to ensure the dryer is sitting evenly on the ground.
Failing Drum Rollers or Axles
Your dryer may have two drum support rollers on the rear of the drum, and two more supporting the front of the drum. When these rollers become worn out, they can cause the dryer to make a loud rumbling noise. Inspect the rollers for wear, and replace all of them if one or more are severely worn.
Over time, the drum rollers and axles can wear out, causing the dryer to make a loud rumbling noise. To check if the drum roller axles are worn out, you’ll need some technical skills, if not you’ll need help from a professional.
To fix it, you’ll need to remove the belt from the dryer and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum does not rotate freely, check the support rollers for wear. If the rollers spin freely but the drum still makes noise, the axles may need to be replaced.
This can be a difficult repair, which is why we recommend professional service to replace dryer drum rollers or associated components.
The placement of your dryer can also affect the amount of noise it makes during operation. If the dryer is placed too close to other objects, such as walls or furniture, it can cause excessive noise and vibrations. Additionally, if the dryer is placed too close to the washer, it can bang into it during the cycle.
To prevent this, make sure your dryer has sufficient space around it for proper ventilation and operation. The recommended clearance for most dryers is at least 1 inch of space around the sides and back of the dryer, and 4 inches of space in the front. This will help prevent excess noise and ensure proper airflow, which can also improve the efficiency of your dryer.
Damaged Drum Bearing
The drum bearing supports the rear of the dryer drum. This is a common Speed Queen dryer parts issue. Over time, it can wear out, causing the dryer to make noise.
To check if the drum bearing is worn out, remove the dryer belt and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum makes squealing or grinding sounds or is hard to turn, check the drum bearing and replace it if necessary. This is often a job for a professional as the dryer will need to be take apart.
Dryer Is Too Full
If your dryer is overloaded with clothes, it can cause excessive noise and strain on the dryer’s parts. To prevent this, make sure you’re not filling the dryer beyond its capacity. There are also some things that shouldn’t go in the dryer, make sure to only dry items recommended for the dryer.
Refer to your dryer’s user manual to determine the appropriate amount of clothes for each load and what is ok to dry. Overloading the dryer can not only cause noise, but it can also lead to longer drying times and inefficient drying which can even lead to a smelly dryer.
A Speed Queen dryer making noise can be frustrating, but there are solutions to fix the problem. From the drive belt to the drum rollers and axles, to an overloaded or unlevel dryer, by following these steps, you can have your Speed Queen dryer running quietly once again. So don’t let the noise get you down, get your dryer fixed and get back to your laundry day with ease, and for any dryer repair issues outside of your knowledge level, you can always call the team at Apex Appliance!