ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer
Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
Viewed a couple of videos on how to DIY, which were extremely helpful, so be sure you look at one of these videos before tackling this problem. I then followed the instructions in the videos, I did not have any issues, repair was quick, smooth and successful. The squeaking dryer is usually caused by a bad drum bearing and/or worn drum slides, which were the reasons for my noisy dryer. I searched for the recommended repair parts detailed in the videos, which included the front drum bearing, the green and white slides, and threw in the lint filter replacement as one of those 'might as well replace this part while I'm at it' items. Caution, the replacement slides do not come with the front drum bearing, so to be safe, order the needed two each white and green slides when ordering the drum bearing. First, be sure to UNPLUG the dryer. There are only 4 screws to remove, two that hold the top panel, which are accessed from the inside top of the dryer door panel once he door is opened, and the two that hold the front door panel to the cabinet, which are accessible from the inside of the cabinet once the top panel is removed. When removing the door, gently lift up on the dryer drum. Be careful removing the door to ensure you do not pull the wires loose from the door on/off control switch, my door is a left hand open/close installation, so the switch is located on the left side. The door must be removed because the drum bearing is attached to the top of the dryer door. You can unplug these wires to be safe, just remember to reconnect the wires to their appropriate terminals. The drum bearing simply snaps out and the new bearing snaps in. The slides attach to the drum bearing, so be sure to attach the new slides to the drum bearing before replacement. I also cleaned out the vent channel once I removed the old bearing because the drum bearing attaches to the top of the vent channel assembly, might as well ensure there is no lint blocking the channel while you have access. Ensure the felt gasket is in good order and realign if necessary, the felt gasket can also be replaced if needed and available on this site, see diagrams for alignment instructions. Replace the four retaining screws in reverse order, door panel first, replug on/off switch wires if unplugged when removing the door, then reattach the top panel and once completed, plug the dryer power cord back in. Squeak should be a memory. The cost of these parts vary based on where you purchase. One site is extremely more expensive than PartsSelect, both carry OEM replacement parts, so I recommend this site to purchase parts for this, and any future needs for GE applicance replacement parts. This site provides needed detailed information for a homeowner to make repairs including assembly diagrams, videos and homeowners repair stories. A squeaking dryer is irritating but should be resolved quickly to prevent any possible further damage to the drum or other internal parts of your dryer. Hope I've given enough details, if not, be sure to read other's repair stories, view the diagrams and watch the videos on how to resolve this problem. Cheers.