While some dryer noise is expected, thumping, rattling, and clicking can sound out of the ordinary. We put together our top tips to help you determine the most likely reasons for a Whirlpool dryer making noise while running and how to silence the sound.
Common Reasons for a Whirlpool Dryer Making Noise
As alarming as loud dryer sounds can be, most are silenced by a simple fix or adjustment. Others may be due to a part malfunction that requires repair. We’ll list the most common sounds, providing their causes and solutions. We’ll also specify what parts could be responsible for a Whirlpool dryer making noise.
Whirlpool Dryer Makes a Thumping Noise
A light thumping sound is normal as clothes tumble in the dryer. However, certain situations can result in a Whirlpool dryer making noise that sounds like loud thumping.
Here’s what can cause loud dryer thumping noises:
- Bulky items: Large items like bedding or tablecloths can ball up in the washer and make a loud thumping noise in the dryer. Overcrowding with these items also results in a dryer not drying them completely. Shake out large items before placing them loosely in the dryer. Refrain from overcrowding that can lengthen drying times and leave bulky items damp.
- Shoes: Drying sneakers in the dryer can cause loud thumping sounds. It’s best to air dry these items.
- Disuse: After a period of disuse, dryer drum rollers may become slightly flattened. This can create a thumping sound as the drum starts rotating that should quickly disappear after the rollers regain their shape.
Dryer Makes a Clicking Noise
Gas dryers often make a clicking sound as the gas valve clicks on at the start of the drying cycle. This is a normal sound that may continue as the valve opens and closes while the dryer is in use.
Scraping Sound While Running
If your dryer makes noise when tumbling that sounds like scraping, something may be caught in the dryer drum’s front or rear seam. Pause the dryer and look for small objects like coins, paper clips, or screws that may be stuck in the seam. Remove any objects before resuming the drying cycle.
Whirlpool Dryer Makes Knocking & Rattling Noises
Knocking and rattling sounds certainly make for a noisy Whirlpool dryer, but are usually fixed with a simple adjustment.
These common causes often result in knocking and rattling:
- Garment accessories: “Why does my Whirlpool dryer make a rattling sound while it tumbles?” This is most likely due to a zipper, button, or belt buckle hitting the dryer drum as it spins. To reduce noise, close zippers and buttons and remove belts before starting a drying cycle.
- Proximity to washer: A washer’s spin cycle can cause the dryer cabinet to vibrate. Make sure the washer and dryer aren’t touching and there is adequate space between them.
- Dryer pedestal: Items stored in pedestal drawers may make a rattling sound during dryer operation. If your dryer is mounted on a pedestal, consider removing these items while the dryer is in use.
Failed Whirlpool Dryer Parts
If loud dryer sounds continue even after these adjustments, a part malfunction may be responsible.
These parts can result in a Whirlpool dryer making noise while running:
- Broken drive belt: This belt enables the dryer to spin but can make a squealing sound if it frays or cracks.
- Worn drum bearing: Drum bearings support the back of the dryer drum but can wear out over time. This results in a Whirlpool dryer making grinding noise during operation.
- Broken Drum roller: These rollers support the front and rear of the drum, enabling it to rotate smoothly. If the drum rollers crack, break, or wear out, the dryer may make a loud rumbling noise as it spins.
All of these components cannot be repaired when they malfunction and should be professionally replaced.