ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer
Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
This dryer uses pieces of slippery plastic on a plastic support attached to the dryer front as a drum bearing. Over time the slippery plastic wears out and the underlying support will wear through like mine did.
To replace this, first unplug the dryer and then remove the two screws inside the top edge of the door opening to free the top of the dryer cabinet. You may want to remove the door first for easier handling. Next lift up the cabinet top and pull it free to expose the drum and bearings. The front of the dryer is held on with two screws at the top front corners, remove these and tilt the front forward to expose the drum bearings. remove any remaining plastic sliders and pull the old bearing support free, stating at the top and watching out for the light bulb if present. Then install the new bearing support and replace the sliders. Now tilt the front panel back into place, guiding the bearings into the drum and lining up the tabs and slots. Replace the screws, this requires some fiddling to get the alignment right, then work the top panel back into place, reinstall the screws in the door opening and replace the door if it was removed.