The features of a dryer should include durability, longevity, strength, and toughness. Samsung dryers are designed to operate quietly. The sounds your Samsung dryer makes are categorized under rattling, thumping, squeaking, or humming sounds. If your Samsung Dryer is making a squeaking noise, we are here to provide you with solutions on how to fix this issue.
Your Samsung dryer squeaking noise issue occurs when the dryer load is too heavy. You should immediately stop the cycle and reduce the weight of your dryer load. Another thing that could lead to your Samsung dryer squeaking sound is mechanical issues.
When you hear a squeaking sound this is usually a warning sign that you need to quickly fix your dryer before it gets complicated and you may need to spend several couples of dollars on your Samsung dryer to get this done.
In this article, we would discuss how to fix your Samsung dryer squeaking issues without spending your savings or without breaking banks.
Why Is My Samsung Dryer Squeaking
From the research I made before I was able to fix my Samsung dryer squeaking issues. I came up with several reasons why my dryer was making this squeaking noise. Some of these reasons include:
- Heavy dryer load.
- Unbalanced dyer.
- Worn out dryer drum felt seal.
- Broken dryer drum belt.
- Faulty drum bearing.
- Faulty dryer motor.
- Faulty idler Pulley and shaft.
Level Your Dryer
Ensure you make use of your dryer on a solid levelled floor so that your dryer will become stable. To level your dryer:
- Completely retract the levelling feet.
- Use a level to check if any of the feet needs to be adjusted.
- You can adjust the foot using a wrench.
- To level your dryer, extend the levelling feet to a minimum amount.
Reduce Dryer Load
After completely levelling your dryer, then you should check the dryer load. If your dryer is overloaded with heavy clothes it can lead to a squeaking sound. When you notice the sound, stop the cycle and ensure you reduce the weight of the load.
Follow these tips to reduce the load weight of your dryer:
- Ensure you dry a few items at a time to reduce load weight.
- You can first run each item through the spin cycle on your washer before placing them in the dryer. This will help to remove excess water and also to reduce weight.
Replace Worn Out Dryer Drum Felt Seal
The felt strip provides friction for the dryer drum to rotate, if the felt belt is worn out, the metallic drum would rotate on the inner metal part of your dryer. This would lead to your Samsung dryer squeaking sound as the drum would wear out. The dyer drum felt seal needs to be replaced to prevent extra damage to your dryer.
To replace and install a new dryer drum felt seal:
- Disconnect the power supply on an electric Samsung dryer or turn off the gas supply on a Samsung gas dryer.
- Open your dryer cabinet, remove the drum and access the felt seal. Check your owner manual as designs may vary.
- Remove the seal and you can use sandpaper or use a liquid adhesive remover to peel off the remains of the seal.
- Ensure the drum edge is smooth to position a new felt seal. Put an adhesive glue or gum between the felt seal and drum.
- Allow the adhesive to dry off, then re-install the dryer drum. Reassemble all the parts you previously removed.
- Now reconnect your dryer to a power supply or turn on your gas supply.
Replace Dryer Drum Belt
The dryer drum belt rotates the drum, it connects the drive pulley to the dryer motor shaft and an idler pulley. The idler pulley provides tension that causes the belt to grip the drum so it can rotate. The dryer belt often wears out and breaks over time
Before the dryer drum eventually breaks down, the worn-out belt would give you signals by making squeaking or other sounds that would be audible. To replace a worn-out pulley belt:
- Unplug your Samsung dryer from a power source.
- Use a screwdriver to unthread the screws, then remove the top panel of your dryer. It might require you to remove the control panel of your dryer.
- Remove the front panel of your dryer. You may need to disconnect the door switch wires to remove the front panel.
- Uninstall the bulkhead by removing the braces and disconnecting the sensor wires.
- Now reach under the drum and reduce the idler pulley to release the tension of the old belt, then remove the belt from the idler pulley and motor drive pulley.
- Remove the old belt by Sliding it over the front of the drum.
- Now slide the new belt over the drum.
- Connect the belt on the idler pulley and drive the pulley to form a zig-zag.
- Rotate the drum by hand to see if the new belt is well aligned.
- Reinstall the front bulkhead on the cabinet frame and make sure the drum is well positioned on the bulkhead.
- Reconnect any sensor wires and replace any braces or supports to secure the bulkhead.
- Reinstall the front panel, and ensure you reconnect the door switch wire connecter.
- Reinstall the top panel and control panel.
- Once you have completely and properly reassembled the dryer, plug the power cord into a power source.
Lubricate Drum Bearing
The drum bearing includes roller and shafts that are located on the front and rear bulkheads. When the bearing wears out it leads to your Samsung dryer squeaking sound issues.
You can access the rollers through the front panel after you unplug your dryer. Remove the rollers, ensure you clean and lubricate them properly as it will allow the rollers to move freely without making a noisy sound.
To lubricate the drum bearing rollers:
- Disconnect the power supply from the electric dryer or turn off the gas supply from the gas dryer.
- Remove the cabinet and remove the drum so you can easily access the bearing.
- Remove a screw from the support bracket at the back wall of your dryer cabinet.
- Pull the bearing away from one side of the bracket. Ensure you keep the small metal ball at the back of the nylon support.
- Take out the screw from the other side of the bracket then remove the other bearing. Ensure you keep the metal ball
- Use a high-temperature grease and insert it into the small hole in the cabinet between the two screws that you just removed and in the hole in the support bearing.
- Remove the small metal ball from the bearing wall and replace it with a new support bearing.
- Insert the replacement bearing into the support bracket and screw it into place.
- Now attach the bracket and bearing to the dryer cabinet and fill it with high-temperature grease.
- Ensure you re-install the drum and re-assemble the cabinet.
Faulty Idler Pulley or Motor
The idler pulley and shaft are next to the drive motor and they are connected together by the drive belt. The motor shaft drives the belt while the idler pulley applies tension to the drive belt which causes the belt to rotate the drum.
The idler pulley keeps the drive belt and secures it from slipping by constantly applying tension. If the idler pulley gets faulty it will fail to produce the required to apply tension to keep the drive belt rotating and it can cause a squeaking sound as the belt rubs against the drum.
When you load your washer with clothes as the idler pulley starts to rotate faster, the squeaking would get louder.
To examine the idler pulley:
- unplug your dryer.
- Remove the front or lower access panel.
- Removing the belt by following the steps we listed below.
- Manually turn the pulley
- If the pulley doesn’t rotate smoothly or if you see signs of wear or damage, then you should replace the idler pulley and shaft.
The main cause of squeaking noise is due to overloading your dryer. When you overload your dryer it reduces airflow and overworks the rollers and other moving parts which will lead to your Samsung dryer squeaking issue and in turn reduces the life span of your appliance.
In conclusion when your dryer is making noise ensure you don’t ignore such sounds. These sounds are signals that you immediately need to repair your dryer. When you ignore these sounds and you fail to act, it may lead to a more complicated problem which would allow you to spend several couples of dollars.