It's been one of those nights.Our LG DLE2301W dryer has been a little more noisy than usual, sporadically making squealing sounds then returning to normal, quiet operations after less than a minute.Tonight, the dryer started making the sound again, but didn't quiet down this time. I unplugged the unit, removed the top panel, and turned the drum by hand. The drum still made the squeaking noise even when being manually turned.
Since then, the dryer has alternated between making the same sound, making hardly any sounds (other than running a little louder, perhaps), and making much louder squealing sounds while rattling. At one point, I thought I might have solved the issue merely by moving the dryer along (yes, it was wishful thinking, but I was feeling desperate), but the dryer was louder than ever when I started it the next time.Based on what I've been reading, I believe the belt or one of the rollers is the root cause.
It's hard to think of a worse time for a dryer to fail during a global pandemic and county-wide Stay At Home order in effect, but I'm doing my best to stay positive.If any of the appliance experts out there care to chime in with their expert opinions or make suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate it.
I work as an IT field tech for a living, so I'm comfortable disassembling and reassembling machines, but I admit I'm nervous working on my dryer. We have a family of four that depends on it, so I'll be returning to troubleshooting tomorrow (which, technically, at this point is later today).