22 year old dryer making rumbling noise

ApplianceMaytag Dryer

ModelLDE412

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Nutdriver
Screw drivers
Socket set

Willison From Bonners Ferry, ID

Jul 16, 2011

2 out of 3 people found this instruction helpful

This dryer has been really reliable. This is the first time I've had to repair it. PartsSelect.com says the noise had a 30% chance the problem would be the tumbler rollers and shaft and 18% it would be the blower impeller fan. I took a chance on the rollers, thinking I would save $20 on the blower fan. Big mistake! Once I dissambled the dryer, I realized almost immediately it was the blower fan and not the rollers. When I manually turned the motor shaft, I discovered the problem. The plastic fan's shaft hole is worn to a larger diameter and is semi-freewheeling on the shaft causing the racket. I replaced the rollers and belt and ordered a new fan. I tried putting electrical tape on the shaft to enlarged the OD like a fellow on this site said, but it worked for about 3 minutes then the racket started again. Also, I had to pull the dryer away from the wall and open the access door to the back of the motor in order to thread the drive belt on the motor and idler pulleys. I couldn't fit my arms along side and under the tumbler. I've got the scratches on my left arm to prove it. Suggestion: Replace the blower fan, rollers and shafts if you have the rumbling noise when operating the dryer. Might as well replace the drive belt while you have it apart, too.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Drum Support Roller Kit

Part Number: PS1570070

$19.73
In Stock

Front Glide Kit

Part Number: PS1804752

$12.51
In Stock

Tumbler and Motor Belt

Part Number: PS2200550

$16.24
In Stock