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GE Dryer DPS483EA1AA Growling noise


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#1 bobster99

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:47 PM

About a year ago I asked this forum about a low frequency droning noise that was coming from my dryer. I looked at everything and the only conclusion I came to was that the motor was slowly failing. It kept working and honestly since I have been out of work, I wasn't going to invest in something that was just noisy.

The problem is, I still am not working full time and of course the noise has gotten worse. It now randomly makes a grinding noise like the blower wheel is hitting on the housing. I pulled it apart last week, reseated the blower wheel (or so I thought) and the noise went away for the day. It hadn't sounded that quiet in years.

Today I started it again and the low frequency droning noise is back and I again have a similar noise like the blower wheel is hitting the housing.

I looked at the motor and it didn't appear to have any adjustments or lubrication points.

Is the motor just dead or am I missing something?

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:09 PM

adjust the blower wheel some more. I have seen this happen a few times. The noise
i'm guessing probably gets worse when the heating element cycles on. it's something to do with
the hot air and the blower wheel flexing when turning. In some cases the floor of the dryer could
be bowed. Try to get the blower wheel centered with equal air gaps between the front and back.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:49 PM

Thanks for the response... it turns out that the blower wheel had walked towards the front of the drier and was now hitting on the front panel. When I first looked at the blower wheel the fitting on the front looked fine and the blower wheel was tight so I assumed that was where it was supposed to be and my second look didn't make me even consider that was where the problem was.

The final time I pulled the front panel I pulled the bolt and the bracket off and gave the blower wheel a bit of a shove. The blower wheel slid back to where it belonged. It was a simple fix and now the machine is as quiet as a a new machine. It is weird though, the dryer was a heck of a lot louder just when the wheel was in the wrong place on the shaft even though it wasn't hitting anything. I guess it just must have been the change in the air flow.

I appreciate the help, at least now I can put off replacing the dryer indefinitely.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:49 PM

Yep - threw things off balance. Thanks for the update !
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