Low dryer heat even when on high setting, loud sqealing noise coming from the dryer when the drum was turning

ApplianceWhirlpool Dryer

ModelLEQ8858JQ0

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Socket set

Richard From Essex Junction, VT

Jun 19, 2011

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The low heat issue was resolved with the installation of the new heating element. I first thought the squealing noise was due to worn out or jammed drum rollers. However, once I disassembled the dryer and removed the drum, I could see that the original rollers where fine as was the drive belt. The squealing was being caused by a very worn rear felt seal that had left a sticky brown residue on both the felt seal and metal case. I subsequently order the rear seal kit (felt seal & glue). I used acetone to remove the original real seal glue and made sure the surface was completely clean before installing the new seal. I had to hand stretch the new seal a bit to enable it to fit and I used masking tape to hold it in position as i installed it around the drum. Note that the glue is applied under the seal once the seal is installed on the drum. Someone's previous post suggesting the use of a detergent container to help hold the drum in place during reassembly was a big help as where the instructional videos on the PartSelect web site.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Heating Element - 240V 5400W

Part Number: PS334313

$64.99
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Part Number: PS373087

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