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Offline jfidler

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GE Dryer (bad sound)
« on: January 15, 2011, 04:53:14 PM »
I have a GE Dryer DBXR463ED1WW.

When we turn the dryer on it starts making a sound that seems to be coming from the front of the dryer (blower/motor area). I took the dryer apart with some of the instructions that were posted. The belt looks fine and is on properly. The drum glides appear to be fine (I don't see worn metal or anything around the area the drum would slide against). The noise will get louder when I push down on the drum while in motion... as if when pushed down on the idler pulley/wheel it has some effect. I also spun the blower fan around manually with my finger and it appears that it may be catching on something (maybe... not positive).

I recorded the sound coming from my dryer. It gets a little louder as the dryer stays on. You can also hear the sound it makes when I turn it off... almost like a winding down sound.

Here is the recorded sound: www.jaustin.com/sounds/ge-dryer-sound.wav

Thanks,
Joseph

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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 05:55:43 PM »
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I also spun the blower fan around manually with my finger and it appears that it may be catching on something (maybe... not positive).

It's definitely the blower fan. It seems like its loose. It keeps rubbing against the front frame of the dryer. I can push it back with my finger and the sound will go away until the fan spins itself back against the front.

Is this an easy fix?

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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2011, 06:33:51 PM »
Something in the blower housing I bet ya. Get that blower out and get that metal object out from bihnd it. Might be from a woman's undergarment. Curved wire thing. On a GE dryer you just bacl off a screw and the clamp comes off then the blower slides out pretty easy. Nothing to it. get the front panel off.
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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011, 06:48:36 PM »
Something in the blower housing I bet ya. Get that blower out and get that metal object out from bihnd it. Might be from a woman's undergarment. Curved wire thing. On a GE dryer you just bacl off a screw and the clamp comes off then the blower slides out pretty easy. Nothing to it. get the front panel off.

Thanks for the information. I will try that because when i tightened the blower fan it didn't do anything to fix the problem. I will let you know what I find.

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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 08:10:23 PM »
Something in the blower housing I bet ya. Get that blower out and get that metal object out from bihnd it. Might be from a woman's undergarment. Curved wire thing. On a GE dryer you just bacl off a screw and the clamp comes off then the blower slides out pretty easy. Nothing to it. get the front panel off.

I got into the blower housing and even removed the motor... no loose pieces of metal or plastic anywhere. However, the blower fastener had come loose again (I attached a picture of the fastener to make sure I'm calling it by the right name). I tightened this back up and the initial sound has stopped. I'm going to keep an eye out on it to see if it loosens itself again. If it does, I guess I'll have to purchase this part.

The dryer sounds a lot better but I now have a new sound. This sound is more like a bird chirp and it seems to coincide with 1 revolution of the drum.

Here is this sound... name that tune: www.jaustin.com/sounds/ge-dryer-sound2.wav

I appreciate the help Danny.

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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2011, 11:28:49 PM »
You need part # WE3X75
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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2011, 03:51:31 AM »
I have a GE Dryer DBXR463ED1WW.

When we turn the dryer on it starts making a sound that seems to be coming from the front of the dryer (blower/motor area). I took the dryer apart with some of the instructions that were posted. The belt looks fine and is on properly. The drum glides appear to be fine (I don't see worn metal or anything around the area the drum would slide against). The noise will get louder when I push down on the drum while in motion... as if when pushed down on the idler pulley/wheel it has some effect. I also spun the blower fan around manually with my finger and it appears that it may be catching on something (maybe... not positive).

I recorded the sound coming from my dryer. It gets a little louder as the dryer stays on. You can also hear the sound it makes when I turn it off... almost like a winding down sound.

Here is the recorded sound: www.jaustin.com/sounds/ge-dryer-sound.wav

Thanks,
Joseph

Joseph I had to create an account to thank you for posting that audio clip and continuing to update this. My GE dryer started grinding but I couldn't tell where the sound was originating. I swapped all the glides, the rear bearings and performed other maintenance and still got grinding. Loose blower nut was the culprit.

 Many thanks to you and JWWebster.

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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2011, 03:59:13 AM »
Way ta get er done  O0
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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2016, 07:57:42 PM »
I had the same problem and replaced the fan and the fan clamp. It didn't seem to tighten up and it is not immediately obvious how the clamp secures the fan to the shaft.

In order to secure the fan to the shaft, the clamp has to be tightened VERY tight. This pushes the clamp down the angled face of the fan and thereby pinches the shaft to hold it in place.

In other words, a nut-driver won't cut it. Break out the ratchet or long wrench for this one. It needs the extra torque to hold the fan in place.

Unless your fan is broken (out of balance like mine was) you shouldn't need to get a new fan. Just loosen the clamp a bit (but don't take the screw all the way out) and then when the fan is back far enough, tighten the CRAP out of it.

PS>  A big thank you to jfidler for the audio file. I knew right away this was my problem after hearing it.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2016, 08:02:20 PM by dsh1001 »

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Re: GE Dryer (bad sound)
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2016, 09:24:52 AM »
This entry may be too late or not important but last year I was involved in repairing  a GE  dryer and the drum was rubbing on the blower housing causing a squeaking sound. The drum was slightly out of round, the glides for the front of the drum were badly worn, and the central bearing at the back of the drum on this GE design was worn quite a bit. All combined to allow the drum to rub on the top of the blower housing  as the drum turned. As I mentioned it may not be the case on your dryer but something to take into consideration.

 

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