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GE Dryer Major Issues

GE Dryer Noisy Operation

There are normal sounds or noises that may occur when using your dryer. There could also be a sound or noise that may not be normal. The following lists both normal and abnormal dryer sounds.

Sounds that are normal:

  • A squeak when the dryer is started. This start-up squeak should go away after the first few seconds of operation.
  • The sound of the drum as it turns.

Sounds that are not normal:

  • A thumping sound.
  • A humming sound.
  • A squeak that develops after the dryer has heated up but is not heard when the dryer is cool.
  • A squeaking that is very short and repeats every few seconds (like a chirping sound).

To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug this appliance from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

If you are hearing sounds or noises that are not normal, please check the following:

  • Some start-up squeak is normal. The sound should go away after the first few seconds of operation. If the sound continues, we recommend you contact service.
  • Gas dryers may produce a buzzing when the solenoid valve opens. The valve clicks at the start of the heat cycle, start of ignition and when the burner turns off. The flame makes a low roaring sound.
  • Make sure your dryer is level, is on a solid, secure floor and that nothing is leaning against the dryer.
  • Check all exposed screws and make sure they are tight. Loose cabinet screws may cause a squeaking sound.
  • Check for foreign objects below the lint filter:
    • Remove the lint filter and look down into the opening.
    • If you need to stick your hand down into the opening to remove an object, be careful because the edges of the opening could be sharp.
    • We advise wearing a pair of work gloves if you do need to reach down and remove an object from the lint filter opening.
  • Foreign objects caught in the drum front seal and worn or loose drum slides can cause a metal scraping noise as the drum rotates. We recommend you contact service to fix this.
  • Check for foreign objects in the drum like coins, paper clips, etcetera. Buttons and zippers will make a rattling or scraping sound as they roll around in the dryer drum.
  • A frayed or damaged dryer belt will make a thumping sound, which would require service.

If your dryer is making unusual noises and the above suggestions do not resolve the situation, discontinue use of the dryer until it has been checked by a qualified servicer. Continued use may cause wear of other parts, making the repair more costly.

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