There’s probably nothing more irritating than hearing a constant, loud noise in your house and not being able to locate it.
You search around the house, room by room, until you finally find the source of the banging and crashing… your trusty tumble dryer!
Here you might begin to wonder “why is my tumble drying making a noise?”
A small amount of noise when the machine is running is common, and this indicates to you that your frequently used machine is drying your clothes.
But when you hear louder, abnormal noises it can be worrying- especially as some of these may require you stripping the appliance down, making the repair tricky and time-consuming.
To help you diagnose the source, here are some of the common reasons why your tumble dryer could be making a loud noise:
Your tumble dryer could be creaking as it has something called tension pulleys inside of it which can eventually wear out.
These are small, round plastic bits that run around a metal shaft and create tension for the drive belt. The creaking comes from the tension pulleys when they revolve during operation.
When these wear out, the best thing to do is to replace them all together. It is best to book a tumble dryer repair engineer to do this as it involves taking your appliance apart into bits.
Occasionally, creaking can be caused by the appliances motor fans. If this happens we strongly suggest you seek the services of a professional and qualified tumble dryer repair service to help identify the next steps to getting it fixed.
Be sure that your tumble dryer is level and on a flat surface. This will prevent any nearby parts catching onto the drum.
Occasionally, the plastic bearings which the drum rests and rotates on can become worn down, causing the lip of the drum to scrape on metal.
If your tumble dryer is producing metal scraping, do not ignore the problem. This could indicate either the metal drum is grinding on something as it spins round, or the front pads may have worn out and need replacing.
Have your tumble dryer looked at by a professional as soon as possible. Ignoring the sounds can cause serious damage to your appliance as metal scraping on metal can cause abrasion in both parts.
Rumbling sounds can occur when the dryer support wheels wear out of shape due to the drum rotating. These wheels are on either side of the tumble dryer door, or at the back.
Due to the weight of the machine these wheels can wear down over time. One quick way to test this is to manually rotate the drum slowly. Feel for a bump as this is a good indicator of worn down support wheels.
If the drum is turning properly but the tumble dryer is vibrating, check to see if the machine is flat on the surface.
Check all four legs to ensure they are secure and flat to the floor. If the dryer is flat, then worn holding springs can be another cause of vibration and will need replacing.
As you can see there are many explanations to what can be causing your tumble dryer to make noises. Some of these you can repair yourself, depending on your experience and knowledge, but for others we strongly suggest you contact a professional.