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How to Diagnose Tumble Dryer Motor and Noise Problems

Is the noise from your dryer driving you crazy? Well don't despair as eSpares can help you.

Diagnosing faults with your tumble dryer's motor, or noise problems being emitted by the appliance when it's in use, needn't be Josh demonstrates in this eSpares video.

Whether the problem is a belt pulley, motor, fan or bearings - eSpares can not only supply you with the part - but in most cases will also have further helpful videos showing how to replace it yourself, so you can get your tumble dryer back to full working order again - so you can return to peace in your kitchen or laundry room.

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This video shows an example of fault tracing on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.


  Step 1 - Safety Advice

Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before attempting any repair and due to the sharp edges exposed we suggest suitable Safety Gloves are worn to help prevent injury.


  1 - Motor Noises and Problems

Most motors in tumble dryers are brushless motors and they work using induction, They require a capacitor. If this capacitor ages and does not pass enough current the motor may not start turning or stall so replace the capacitor if this is your symptom. 

If there is a wine from the motor bearings when the fan is spun the motor may need to be replaced.

  2 - Pulleys And Tensioners

These often become noisy as they age, often you will find movement in the pulley indicating bearing wear that can cause the belt to come off. A simple replacement as shown in our videos will sort the fault and cure the noise

  3 - Fans

Fans can come loose causing a whirring noise as the drum starts and stops moving, this can stop once the fan has 'caught up' with the motor. Check the fan is tightly connected and does not slip.

If your machine vibrates especially when it has been on for a while and produces a 'heavy droning noise' check the condenser fan is 'running true' and does not have much movement as this may be the cause

  4 - Drum Support Wheels

Drum support wheels often have rubber tyres that can 'go lumpy' causing a 'knocking noise' turn the drum while looking at the wheel, if a knock coincides with the same part of the wheel or if the wheel is loose its time to replace it as shown in another of our videos.

  5 - Bearings

Finally it's the bearings, this can cause screaching as they wear and can cause the drum to cut through its bearing shaft on some models. We have videos for several types showing replacing them if required.


Fixing the noise from your tumble dryer yourself can save you a lot of money compared to booking a repair or buying a new tumble dryer. Here at eSpares, we have most parts in stock for you to select from - so you can soon be on your way to repairing it yourself.

You can then add tumble dryer repairs to your list of  DIY skills. Congratulations! If you need any other help for your appliances you can find more videos from Mat and the team at eSpares, who are always on hand with appliance repair advice in your time of need.


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