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Noisy tumble dryer?
If your Indesit or any other model for that matter, tumble dryer is making a loud scraping noise when turning, it is quite likely that it is due to a worn bearing shaft and bearing. The only thing to do if this is the case is to replace it before the bearing fails completely risking the thing seizing.
To be fair the average clothes dryer is mechanically pretty simple so diagnosing what your problem is should be quite straightforward really. There aren't that many moving parts.
What you will find.
When you start looking into your dryer issue you will find that the unit consists of a drive motor, belt, heater and drum. It should make it simple enough where to focus your efforts in searching for a solution.
About 5 years ago I noticed that our clothes dryer was making a scraping noise which was gradually becoming worse. As usual I decided to do a search on You-Tube and I found the video I have included below.
You will be pleased to hear that it is still giving good service 5 years down the line.
What I did find out was that there was a lot of movement on the drum and if I wound it round manually the operation was really not as smooth as you would expect. On further investigation because of this, I came to the conclusion that there was a problem with the bearing and it's shaft. Thankfully a pretty easy fix in itself, but one which required a bit of space and time to strip the side and back panels off of the machine.
How much will it cost?
How much is the first thing that goes through your mind. I think the more important thing to consider first though, is how important to your everyday life is the clothes dryer to you. In winter it is vital and we wouldn't be without ours. Having it up and running quickly is very important.
Spare parts for mass produced appliances are usually easy to source these days and a little Google search will find you the bit you need and quickly. In the case of the parts we needed to repair the shaft and bearing of our machine there is a full purpose made overhaul drum shaft repair kit as you will see in the video. The great thing about ordering online is that it maximizes your time. Gone are the days when you have to go around the shops looking for parts. The parts come to you with the great array of delivery options and services suppliers have.
There are obvious benefits to being able to do this little job for yourself, cost saving being one of them. As well as saving money you will be adding to your skill set and getting a feeling of a job well done. Satisfaction is a great feeling when you complete a job satisfactorily.
Tools you will need.
To complete the job you will need some basic tools available as listed below.
- Flat and star headed screwdrivers
- Socket set or drill with socket / screwdriver attachments
- W.D. 40
- Torx head screwdriver or drill attachment
- Bladed scraper tool
Before starting you must make sure of a few simple safety implications. Firstly be sure to unplug your machine from the mains power. Wear gloves when removing sides and back as there can be sharp edges to the panels. Leave enough time to complete the job without having to rush.
If you are at all unsure about your skills to be able to safely do this job you must decide whether to call in a professional technician to do it for you. If you're confident there is no reason why you can't do this.
- Unplug machine
- Wear protective gloves
- Do not rush
- If in doubt call someone out
- Have your tools close to hand
Step by step.
As always in my tutorials and repair guides I always give you a list of written steps to follow, therefore not relying on the video if there becomes a problem with you not being able to play it when you come to do the job.
Be prepared to take photos with your smart phone, of how electrical connections are made so you can connect things in the same order when you rebuild the unit.
- Remove door from machine
- Lay machine on the front
- Remove venting pipe, then top, side and back panel including bearing cover / heater
- Remove fan
- Undo bearing shaft collar
- Remove screw securing bearing
- Take off back panel
- Slide belt off the drum and motor
- Remove drum completely
- Undo 3 screws from inside drum holding shaft in place and remove shaft
- Fix new bearing to back panel of machine
- Remove old seal from back panel and fit new one in the kit
- Replace bearing pads and seal around drum cover
- Scrape off old seal adhesive if necessary
- Refit everything in reverse order retracing the steps used when stripping down
If in doubt call someone out.
— Steve Mitchell
I hope you found that simple enough and that you have cured the horrible grinding noise your machine was making. Be content with the fact that the only cost was for the replacement parts. You will now see what I meant when I said there were very few moving parts to your machine. Working on these appliances is therefore really quite straightforward.
You may even have done the job on a different model to the one I worked on. Most manufacturers make very similar models and the principles of operation are the same.
Please feel free to give me some feedback on how the job went for you. It's always nice to hear about your efforts so if you would like to comment you should be able to do that at the end.
Thanks for using this guide.
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