I hate appliance failures. They require time consuming often expensive repair or replacement and their loss even temporarily can be stressful.
I let it go last night and just turned it off. This morning I had to deal with it. I had other things needing done, but I got nothing done today.
I tried to call repair services, but there is currently only one in Albany and their prices to even come out have vastly increased. I decided against it, since I can if need be find a used dryer for about the amount the repair service charges to just come, let alone additional they would charge for any parts, or labor beyond an hour.
Then I took to youtube to look for solutions. I knew from the sound it was something impeding the drum turning. That means rollers at the rear or the felts around the rims at front and back or the sliders at the front.
I took the thing apart and was glad I did, because.....
|A wee bit dirty in there. That is the motor under all that dirt and lint. It's all completely clean now.|
I took the drum out and was spinning the front "bearing" which is the plastic part it sits in up front with the felt around the edge and the gliders in brackets that hold it in place as it spins. The grating sounds were quite significant in spots where the felt was thinnest. The felt is worn down, one glider bracket is broken, and the gliders themselves, worn.
|This is the bracket with the glide pad that isn't broken. Judging from marks on the drum, the gliders have been rubbing it silver for awhile.|
Should be all fine in a few days.