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GE Dryer Making Noise: How to Fix?

After a certain period, a dryer or a dryer can make some noises. Which might not be pleasant for you. The different brands show this sort of problem at different periods.

A GE dryer is no different from any other brand. There are several reasons for GE dryers to make noise, let’s see what those are.

GE dryer making noise

Different sounds may come from the GE dryer. The probable reason for your GE dryer to make noise is the drum rollers have likely worn out and not working properly. This drum roller problem is highly likely to happen in a GE dryer. You may listen to rumbling or scraping noises from the dryer.

There can be different types of sound coming from the ge dryer. Let’s get to know the reasons and solutions for them.

Rattling noise:

When you are using your dryer, that might cause some vibration in your dryer. The parts in the dryer cling to each other and can make some noises at that time. And this sound is often like something is rattling inside.

Sometimes this problem occurs when you place the dryer on a surface that is not even. Also, this same type of problem can often arise due to putting something against the dryer.


The solution is as simple as the problems. Just keep the other things aside. Mainly those things which are standing against one another. Also, put the dryer on a plain surface and try to keep the dryer in a place, where the noise and vibration will be less.   

Grinding noise:

There is some common sound that can come from the dryer. Grinding noise is common among other noises.

Different reasons are here for these grinding noises, and the most common one is worn-out agitators, malfunctioned tub bearings, and the dryer drum being stuck with something.

So, all of these malfunctions can cause grinding noises in the dryer. Commonly, some foreign objects can stick inside the dryer. And that disrupts the regular work. The agitators inside of the dryer can be worn off as well.

When the agitator is worn out, it cannot move properly and make grinding noises. Along with that, the U-joint of the dryer may have some problems as well as the tub bearings also went out.

The reason for tub bearings breakdown is rust. And the U-joint sometimes needs to be changed.


The different problem comes with different solutions. If something is stuck inside, then search the item inside of the dryer.

You can use a torch light to search for it. You can use a vacuum to take out all the foreign items from the dryer. You can replace the U-joint and it is not a hard job. Also, replace the worn-out agitator dogs and keep the rusty tub bearings from the dryer.

Squeaking or screeching noise:

This squeaking or screeching noise generally starts at the initial period you start your dryer. This noise can cause generally from loose screws.

Moreover, this sound can cause by the drum roller as well. This problem can occur when your screws and bearings are worn-out or rusty.


The solution to this problem is very simple. You need a screwdriver to tighten the screws near the drum roller.

And replace the old screws if needed. However, if the bearings are worn-out or rusty, then change them. Your dryer will not make any squeaking or screeching noise after that.

Scraping noise:

The scraping noise is caused due to foreign material getting inside the dryer. If a foreign material gets in at that time the machine cannot run along with the foreign bodies.

Basically, the sound happens because the regular operation hampers. Sometimes smaller cloths or part of cloths can stick in and cause the scraping noise. Most often, buttons, bra wires, and small clothes cause the problem.


If the noise is happening every single time, you are using your dryer, then use a vacuum cleaner hose to clean inside.

Also, you have to be careful of the buttons, bra wires, and things that can get inside the dryer. Keep eye on your clothes. If any button is not placed where it should be, search inside the dryer. Keep the dryer clean.

Clunking noise:

Worn out roller can cause different types of noises from the dryer. You have read it earlier as well. Because the dryer roller helps the drum to stay in its place and rotate properly.

If the drum and the roller are not properly connected due to the poor condition of the rollers, then a clunking noise will happen.


Don’t push too much load inside of the dryer. If the belt and the rollers are old or worn out, change them to get rid of the clunking noise.

Banging noise:

Three possible places for generating the banging noise. The worn-out drive belt, the roller drum, and the axle of the roller drum. If these parts become old, then there is a high chance of banging noise.


When the mentioned parts, such as the drive belt, roller drum, and axle are worn-out or old. At that time, you need to change them with a new one. Or eventually, it can increase the noise and cause severe damage to the dryer.

Thumping noise:

The thumping noise is not severe. The noise can produce due to the dryer’s regular operation. This noise generally comes when the clothes tumble around the dryer drum. But if the sound is loud then there might be some problem with the drive belt.


Change the drive belt and clean the drum roller and the shaft. So that the noise is not that loud. See if any foreign elements get in or not.

Humming or buzzing noise:  

There are two types of humming noises. One is a normal humming or buzzing noise, generated from the blower wheel and the motor.

And the abnormal humming or buzzing noise is generated from the worn-out dryer belt. Along with the old dryer belt, the damaged support rollers can cause a similar problem as well.


If any parts are damaged or old, replacing them with a new one is the best way to keep other parts perfect. So, replace the old, worn-out parts. You cannot repair the old parts as well, so replacing them with newer ones will be the best course of action.

Rumbling noise:   

A rumbling noise occurs when the dryer is agitating. And the reason behind this noise is an old rusty bearing. Old rusty bearings can cause the dryer not to work properly, and this causes a loud noise from the dryer.


The main solution to this problem is to change the old rusty bearings and replace a new bearing in its place. Just remove the outer panel of the dryer and remove the drum then take the old bearings replacing with a new ones.

Clicking noise:

If the belt is worn out, then the clicking noise may come from your dryer. After using the belt for some period, you need to replace the belt with a new one.

Also, if the idler pulley is broken, then the clicking noise can happen. The idler pulley is connected to the belt as well.


If the belt is worn-out, then change the belt. And if the idler pully is not working properly, then you have to replace the pully. Because the idler pully can be broken, cracked, or broken.

Knocking noise:

Drum rollers are one of the crucial elements inside the dryer. If more than one drum roller is worn out, then different sorts of noise can generate. The knocking noise generally happened inside of the two drum rollers dryers.


If this problem persists for a long time, then replace the old drum roller with a new one, and check if the noise is still there or not. If the drum roller is not severally damaged, this noise will not come.

If the roller shaft is in a good condition, you can reuse this as well. Before that, you should clean the shaft.

Is GE dryer making noise common?

It is not a common thing to have unwanted noises from the dryer. This problem only occurs when some of the parts are worn out and some of them are clogged with any foreign bodies. You may not have any unusual noise from a new GE dryer.

But, if your usage of the dryer is not proper, or the dryer is not clean properly, then there might be some issues that can cause the noise. Moreover, after a certain time, the drum, belt, and pully become old, and these parts can cause some noise as well.

Final Thoughts

Generally, a GE dryer will not make any unusual noises. But, after some time, if some parts such as the drum, the roller, belt, and the pully, are broken, then some noise will generate from there. Also, if the owner doesn’t use the dryer as per the instructions, this noising problem can appear.