Despite all the movement that happens in an Amana dryer it runs, the machine should produce little to no sounds at all. So, the grinding noise from your dryer should be a cause for concern that you troubleshoot immediately.
Grinding noises in an Amana dryer typically come from foreign objects stuck inside. Worn-out dryer bearings, drum glides, and drum rollers can also cause loud grinding noises as they fail to turn smoothly. You should stop your Amana dryer immediately when you hear grinding, as continued use could cause more damage and lead to more expensive repairs later.
The following sections of this guide will show you the most likely sources of the grinding noise and how you can resolve them as soon as possible.
How Do You Fix An Amana Making Grinding Noises?
Any grinding noise coming from your Amana dryer is a clear sign of a problem. Here are the most likely causes behind that noise and what you can do to fix it quickly:
Stuck Foreign Objects
What it is: The grinding noises in your Amana dryer result from two hard items rubbing against each other, even though they shouldn’t.
So, when troubleshooting this issue, start by looking for stuck foreign objects in or around the dryer drum.
Small items like hairpins, coins, and screws can get caught between the spinning drum and the dryer’s frame. In addition, the faster the drum turns, the worse the grinding noise becomes.
How it fails: At first glance, it can be quite a mystery to figure out how small foreign objects can find their way into your dryer’s nooks and crannies.
Most of the time, those items come from your clothes pockets. Anything you forget to remove from those pockets will tumble around in the spinning drum and eventually fall out.
As they continue bouncing around, the foreign objects will eventually get stuck in small openings where they’ll grind against the drum loudly.
How to fix it: Fixing this will require you to inspect your dryer closely to find and remove the foreign object. Unfortunately, the thing could be stuck among the dryer’s internal components.
So, you’ll have to remove the dryer’s panels to access the inside.
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In the future, you can prevent this from recurring by checking all your clothes pockets before loading them into your dryer.
Worn Out Dryer Bearings
What it is: The drum in your Amana dryer must spin continuously to tumble your laundry inside. That can only happen smoothly and with minimal friction, thanks to the help of dryer bearings under the drum’s rear.
The bearings minimize friction and allow the drum to spin without burdening the motor. At the same time, those bearings also ensure the drum can turn smoothly and in perfect balance.
How it fails: Dryer bearings turn along with the drum every time you use the machine. So, they’ll eventually wear out after many years.
Worn-out bearings can’t turn so smoothly anymore, forcing the motor to work harder to spin the drum.
Worse yet, the affected bearings will also produce a grinding noise as the motor forces the drum to turn.
How to fix it: Bearings generally last long, with a lifespan of at least several years. But once they wear out, you will have to purchase a replacement. Unfortunately, fixing or restoring worn-out dryer bearings is not an option.
Replacing the worn-out dryer bearings involves removing the machine’s panels and taking out the drum. That provides access to the existing bearings, which you can remove and replace with new ones.
Worn Out Drum Glides
What it is: Your Amana dryer drum has multiple glides on its front side. As the name suggests, these parts ensure that the drum can glide smoothly as it turns, even at higher speeds.
Drum glides help to reduce friction as the drum turns. That makes it easier for the motor to do its job while also minimizing noise from the drum.
When the drum glides in your Amana dryer and is in good condition, you should hear no sounds from the machine throughout the drying cycle.
How it fails: Drum glides come into direct contact with the dryer drum as it spins. That direct contact will gradually wear the drum glides out until they can no longer provide the benefits they once did.
As the drum turns against worn-out drum glides, the machine will produce the unpleasant grinding noise you hear.
How to fix it: Much like other Amana dryer parts on this list, the drum glides must be replaced.
The sooner you do that, the better it’ll be for the dryer. New glides will eliminate that grinding noise, while the drum and motor can also work with minimal friction.
Drum glides are typically at the front of the machine. So, you’ll have to remove the front panel to access and replace them.
Even if you only find that one drum glide is worn-out, it’s best to replace them altogether simultaneously. That way, you won’t have to repeat this repair if another glide wears out soon after.
Damaged Drum Roller
What it is: Drum rollers have a similar role to bearings and drum glides. Your machine has at least two rollers supporting the drum. They’re typically located underneath the drum towards its rear.
Drum rollers rotate along with the drum, allowing it to turn smoothly and with minimal friction. By minimizing that friction, the rollers help the drum stay silent when using the machine.
How it fails: Drum rollers wear out after many years of use. When they wear out, the rollers themselves don’t turn so smoothly. That will prevent the drum from turning and cause a grinding noise from the rollers.
How to fix it: Drum rollers must also be replaced once they wear out. Similarly, replacing them simultaneously is an excellent idea, even if only one is affected.
Those rollers are located at the back of the machine. So, you’ll have to remove your Amana dryer’s rear panel to access those parts and replace them quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Need some additional help troubleshooting your Amana dryer? Check out these frequently asked questions and answers:
Should Dryer Drum Rollers Be Lubricated?
No, you shouldn’t lubricate the drum rollers in your Amana dryer. Firstly, the rollers can perform perfectly well without any additional lubrication. Secondly, lubricating them further will make it easy for lint and dirt to stick to them, causing other problems later on.
How Do I Remove Something Stuck In My Dryer?
Firstly, disconnect your dryer from its power source to prevent injury. Then, remove the nearest panel where you think there’s an object stuck inside. Next, use a flashlight to help you inspect the dryer thoroughly. Finally, pull the stuck item out gently by hand or with pliers when you find it.
Is It Safe To Use A Noisy Tumble Dryer?
No, it’s not safe to use a noisy tumble dryer. If your Amana dryer is noisy, one or more components are worn out. Continuing to use the dryer under these conditions could cause further damage, leading to more expensive repairs later.
How Do Foreign Objects Get Into A Dryer?
Foreign objects typically end up in your dryer because they were left in clothes pockets. The objects fall into the drum as your clothes tumble around in a working dryer. Then, some items find their way through tiny gaps between the drum and the frame.
What Are Normal Dryer Sounds?
Your Amana dryer should barely make any noise when you’re using it. There might be some brief squeaking or squealing at the beginning of a new cycle. Aside from that, you’ll hear the drum spinning quietly as your clothes tumble inside. You should troubleshoot any additional sounds you hear.