When dryer noise is louder than a typical tumble, there may be something wrong. Why is my LG dryer making loud noise? Overloading it with too many clothes can result in thumping sounds. Use these LG dryer troubleshooting tips to decipher common sounds and their sources.
How to Silence an LG Dryer Making Loud Noise
Though some dryer sounds are part of normal operation, others indicate a problem requiring a DIY or professional fix. From humming to squeaking, here’s how to know if an LG dryer making loud noise is really a cry for help.
LG Dryer Humming Noise
If your LG dryer makes noise when tumbling that sounds like a low hum it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. The blower motor makes this sound as it expels air from the dryer and is part of normal operation.
Dryer Makes Rattling Sound
An LG dryer running loud with rattling noise could have several possible causes, most of which have a DIY fix.
Here’s how to reduce rattling sounds:
- Fasten loose hardware: Buttons, zippers and belt buckles can all make a rattling noise as they tumble in the dryer drum. Loose items like coins and paper clips can also result in an LG dryer making noise. Before loading the dryer, fasten any buttons or zippers. Check clothing pockets and waistbands, removing any belts or loose items.
- Make sure the dryer has adequate space: If the dryer is touching another object it’s vibrations can make rattling sounds during operation. Make sure the dryer has at least an inch of space from shelving, storage bins and the washer to reduce operating noise.
- Check the exhaust vent: Over time, the dryer’s metal exhaust vent can loosen, resulting in a rattling sound. Check the vent to make sure it’s secure, tightening any connections if necessary.
Dryer Makes Thump Noise
When your LG dryer is noisy with thumping sounds, it may be overloaded with too much clothing. Too many items can result in a loud thumping as they tumble in the dryer drum. Similarly, an oversized item can also result in this sound if it clumps on one side of the drum.
To eliminate thumping sounds, pause the drying cycle and reduce the load by removing some articles of clothing. If you’re drying a single oversize item, pause the cycle and redistribute the load so it loosely encompasses the entire drum.
Grinding or Squeaking Dryer
Is your LG dryer making squealing noise as it turns? These loud sounds could also be due to overloading. However, if clothes are wetter than usual at the beginning of a drying cycle, the extra weight could also cause grinding or squeaking. Check your washer settings to make sure its spin cycle removed enough water from your wash load. If it’s set properly and clothes continue to be wet at the end of a cycle, your washer may need a professional assessment.
LG Dryer Parts Failure
When these troubleshooting tips don’t solve the problem, a failed part could be responsible for your LG dryer making loud noise.
These parts can result in loud dryer noise when they fail, requiring a professional dryer repair service:
- Broken drum bearing: This part supports the rear of the drum and can make grinding or squealing sounds when worn. If the drum doesn’t turn freely by hand and continues to make these noises, the LG dryer drum bearing has likely failed.
- Damaged drive belt: This narrow rubber belt wraps around the dryer drum via two pulleys, enabling it to turn via the motor’s power. If the belt becomes torn or frayed, the drum can make squealing or thumping sounds as it rotates.
- Worn drum rollers: The drum rollers support both the front and rear of the drum, enabling it to turn smoothly. With time, they can wear out, resulting in the dryer making loud rumbling noises as it spins. Even if just one roller is worn, a professional service will likely replace them all.
The team at AlphaTek Appliance Repair can silence an LG dryer making loud noise. Call or schedule your appointment online for fast and professional service.