whirlpool duet dryer troubleshooting

Modern dryers are so quiet that a sudden squeaking noise can seem extra surprising. Why is my Whirlpool Duet dryer squeaking? Oftentimes loose screws or uneven dryer legs are responsible and need to be tightened or adjusted. In other instances, part malfunctions like a broken drive belt or worn out drum rollers require replacement. Determine how to fix a squeaky dryer with these troubleshooting tips and tricks.

Troubleshooting Whirlpool Duet Dryer Squeaking Sounds

While some Whirlpool Duet dryer squeaking sounds have simple DIY fixes, others may require a professional repair. We’ll troubleshoot the most likely causes so you can determine the right solutions.

Loose Screws

Sometimes Whirlpool duet dryer troubleshooting has a straightforward fix. First, check for any loose screws that may be causing the squeaking sound. While the dryer is running, listen to see if the sound is coming from a particular place. Tighten any screws in that area with a screwdriver. 

Dryer is Not Level

When your Whirlpool Duet dryer is noisy, checking the dryer legs can also reveal the source of the squeak. If the legs are uneven, the dryer may move when operating, resulting in squeaking sounds. Use a leveling tool to determine if the dryer is level. If it isn’t, tighten or loosen the dryer legs with a wrench until all four rest evenly on the floor.

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Damaged Drive Belt

Suspended between two pulleys, the drive belt supports the weight of the dryer drum, enabling it to rotate. Over time, this rubber belt can fray or tear, resulting in squeaking, squealing or thumping sounds. The belt can also stretch or loosen on the pulleys, creating loud dryer sounds.

Inspect the drive belt for signs of damage or loosening. While a loosened belt can be repositioned on its pulleys, a damaged belt requires replacement.

Worn Out Drum Rollers

Most Whirlpool dryers have two drum rollers in the rear of the dryer drum. As the drum rotates, they help it stay in place and rotate smoothly. With time, these rubber rollers may wear out, resulting in a Whirlpool dryer squeaking noise when the dryer operates.

Inspect the rollers to determine if they show signs of wear. Also, check the roller’s shaft to make sure it’s not damaged. Even if only one roller appears worn, we recommend replacing both at the same time. If the shaft isn’t damaged, it can be reused with the new rollers.

Broken Blower Wheel

A dryer’s blower wheel pulls air through the dryer and pushes it out the exhaust vent. If the wheel isn’t rotating properly, it may cause squeaking sounds as it tries to spin. You can test for blower wheel issues by disconnecting the dryer vent, running the dryer, and assessing the strength of its airflow. If the airflow is weak, the blower wheel may be at fault.

Here’s how to assess blower wheel problems:

  • Check for obstructions: sometimes a loose article of clothing can escape the lint trap and become caught in the blower wheel. Take off the dryer’s rear panel and locate the blower wheel next to the drive motor. Remove any visible obstructions.
  • Tighten a loose wheel: Rotate the blower wheel to determine if it wobbles while it spins. Tighten any loose screws to enable the blower wheel to rotate smoothly again.
  • Assess for damage: Bent or cracked wheel blades can result in a Whirlpool Duet dryer squeaking while it spins. A damaged wheel requires professional replacement.

The dryer repair experts at Twin Appliances can silence any Whirlpool Duet dryer squeaking sounds. Call us for all your dryer questions or concerns!

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