ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer
Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
I read over other people's repair stories and it seemed like something I could do myself, so I gave it a shot.
First I unplugged the dryer and wrestled it onto my back porch, because I don't have room to work in my laundry room.
1. I removed the door by unscrewing the 4 hinge screws.
2. I removed the 2 screws at the top of the recess the door fits into.
3. I removed the top of the dryer.
4. There were 2 inner screws holding the front in place (which is why the top had to come off, because there is no other way to get at those screws...and they are near the top of the dryer at each front corner)...I removed these to take the front off. I had to use a flat-tip screwdriver to pry it out at the bottom, but it wasn't very hard to do. I also disconnected the wires, which was easy, but just be sure to note how they hook together so that you get them hooked back together correctly.
5. I removed the old felt, noting how it was positioned so I could install the new felt correctly.
6. I removed the old drum bearing. It was cracking on the top of it, and all 4 slides were totally gone, so I'm glad I ordered all 4 of them!
7. I cleaned everything up and found .37 cents in change!
8. I installed the new drum bearing...it just clips into place.
9. I installed the 4 slides. I had watched a video here on how to do that, and it really is super-easy. There was just a bit of one green/gray slide left, so that told me which went where.
10. I installed the new felt.
11. I reconnected the wires and put the front on.
12. I put the top on.
13. I put the door back on.
14. I wrestled the dryer back inside and plugged it in.
15. I turned it on to test it...it worked, and NO MORE SQUEAK!!
My dryer has been working great ever since. I would like to note that I bought this dryer used, so I really am not sure of how old it is...so I guessed. It seemed to be in good condition, and the person I bought it from plugged it in and let me see that it worked...and it didn't squeak then. It started squeaking about halfway through the first load of clothes I did. Still, I got it at a good price and luckily it didn't cost too awful much to get the parts needed to silence that squeak.
I am really thankful that there is a site like this to help people who might not be able to afford a repair other than to do it themselves. I know some just don't like to pay the high cost of repair, but some (like me) simply don't have the money for that. So thank you VERY MUCH for all of your help...it is greatly appreciated!!