The gentle hum of a dryer doing its job can be a familiar noise. But scraping, thumping or pounding are far cries from the soothing sounds we expect. We’ll troubleshoot a Maytag dryer making noise from scraping and squealing to knocking and rattling to restore some peace and quiet.

How to Quiet a Maytag Dryer Making Noise

Whether it’s pounding or scraping, when a dryer makes noise while tumbling it can be an unwelcome surprise. But, oftentimes, each sound has it’s own unique cause. We’ll help identify each one so you can silence a Maytag dryer making noise.

Dryer Making Thump Noise

One of the most common dryer sounds can sound like loud thumping. Fortunately, this Maytag dryer rumbling noise can have simple reasons and answers:

  • Large, twisted items: towels and sheets can easily twist and bunch up, creating a ball that thumps around the dryer drum. We suggest adding large items loosely and stopping the dryer cycle to remove balled up items before continuing.
  • Drying sneakers: these items will make a thumping sound as they tumble in the dryer drum. We suggest drying wet sneakers on a drying rack.
  • Lack of use: infrequent dryer use can cause the drum support rollers to flatten, causing a rumbling sound when the dryer is turned on again. Allowing the dryer to run should stop the noise.

Dryer Making Pounding Noise

A Maytag dryer making noise can also sound like pounding. Usually, a pounding noise occurs if the dryer is not level when operating. The dryer legs can adjust to accommodate floors that aren’t level.

To stop the pounding noise, we recommend confirming that all four dryer legs are touching the floor and that none are missing. Adjust the legs as needed to make sure they’re meeting the floor and leveling the dryer.

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Dryer Knocking or Rattling

When a Maytag dryer making noise sounds like rattling or knocking, there can be several causes with straightforward fixes:

  • Loose items: make sure all zippers, buckles and buttons are fastened before placing clothing in dryer. Empty pockets of any small items.
  • Items near or on top of the dryer: remove any objects that may be resting next to or on top of the dryer
  • A lack of space between the washer and dryer: a spinning washer can cause the dryer cabinet to rattle. We suggest leaving adequate space between your washer and dryer so they’re not touching.
  • Dryer pedestal: if your dryer is mounted on a pedestal anything in the pedestal drawer may cause a knocking sound. We recommend removing any drawer items.

Scraping Sound Inside Dryer

If a Maytag dryer is making a grinding noise or scraping sound a small, loose item may be the cause. A scraping sound results if the item has become caught in the seam at the rear or front of the dryer drum. We suggest turning off the dryer, inspecting the seam along these areas and removing any objects that may be caught.

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Maytag Dryer is Squealing

When your Maytag dryer is squeaking or squealing, there are several part malfunctions that could be the cause:

  • Worn drive belt: the drive belt rotates the dryer drum. Over time it can become frayed or torn, resulting in a squeaking sound. In this case, the drive belt will need to be replaced.
  • Faulty idler pulley: this pulley keeps the drive belt taught so it doesn’t slip. The rapid friction on the pulley may cause it to become worn over time, necessitating a replacement
  • Worn drum glides: these provide a smooth surface on which the dryer drum can rotate but they can also become worn with time, requiring replacement.

If you’re still hearing your Maytag dryer making noise after these tips, call Best Service Company for a dryer repair service. Whether your dryer won’t heat up or is making a loud noise, we’ve repaired every type of malfunction. Give us a call today!