You expect a new Samsung dryer, especially a tumbling one, to make a brief rumbling noise during its break-in period. But what if you have to explain a not-so-new Samsung dryer making loud rumbling noise?
Your Samsung dryer rumbles so loud because it’s unleveled, the blower wheel is faulty, the drum rollers or roller axles are worn-out, or the idler pulley is defective.
So, go through the five checks to identify and fix the culprit, and this is something doable DIY. For example, if any parts mentioned are worn-out or defective, the fix is to replace them, and I’ll show you how to do it.
But before I do, I’ll explain why your Samsung dryer rumbles to help you differentiate a typical break-in rumble from an abnormally loud rumble.
Let’s dive in!
In a rush? Consider the five issues below when troubleshooting a loudly rumbling Samsung dryer.
Quick Fixes to A Samsung Dryer Making Loud Rumbling Noise
|1.||Unleveled Dryer||Use the carpenter’s level and wrench to adjust the dryer’s feet expertly|
|2.||Faulty Blower Wheel||Clean a clogged blower wheel, but if it’s loose or worn out, replace it|
|3.||Worn-Out Drum Rollers||Replace worn-out drum rollers|
|4.||Worn-Out Roller Axles||Replace worn-out drum roller axles|
|5.||Defective Idler Pulley||Replace a defective idler pulley|
Why Is My Samsung Dryer Rumbling?
New Samsung dryers, more so tumble options, go through a break-in period lasting less than 5 minutes. During this period, the dryer slightly struggles to run as it’s not used to and may make some noise, often a rumbling sound.
That may also happen for a dryer you haven’t used for a while. But as I mentioned, the break-in period is only brief (a maximum of 5 minutes). Moreover, it only applies to new dryers or those you haven’t used for a while, especially tumble dryers.
But what if your dryer is none of those and the rumbling is too loud and longer than 5 minutes? Then you’ve to consider these five issues, which we’ll discuss next:
- The dryer could be unstable/unsteady (unlevelled dryer)
- The blower wheel could be faulty (either clogged or loose)
- Its drum rollers could be worn-out
- Its drum rollers axles could be worn-out too
- The idler pulley could be defective
Why Is Your Samsung Dryer Making a Loud Rumbling Noise?
Generally, a Samsung dryer rumbles so loud because of one of these five reasons:
1. Unleveled Dryer
An unlevelled dryer can produce different types of noises, and one of them is a rumble. Your Samsung dryer might be rumbling loud because it’s not stable or steady, and the noise could result from its heavy vibration or shaking.
Use the carpenter’s level to conclude if the dryer is well-leveled. You’ll first need to retract the dryer feet and then check with the carpenter’s level if they need some adjusting. If yes, use a wrench to adjust them.
2. Faulty Blower Wheel
The blower’s wheel’s job is to blow out hot air from the dryer’s heating chamber. Often made of plastic, the blower wheel can loosen or wear out over time. Once that happens, it struggles to do its job, and you can hear it making a loud rumbling noise.
Not only that, but the blower wheel may also clog up with debris, and the clogging may also cause it to struggle to run, resulting in a rumbling noise.
Disassemble your dryer to inspect the condition of the blower wheel. If there’s lint clumping on the blower wheel fan, clean it off. Remember to locate the blower wheel on the dryer’s motor shaft. Use your dryer manual if you can’t find it.
And if the blower wheel, especially its fan, is loose (or out of position) or worn out, replace it.
3. Worn-out Drum Rollers
The drum rollers’ job is to support the rotating drum. If worn out, which could happen after a few years of using the dryer, the drum will struggle to rotate and force the dryer to make some loud noise. Often, the dryer makes a loud rumbling noise when running.
If the drum rollers are worn-out, you need to replace them. In the next segment, I’ll explain how to do it alongside the roller axles.
4. Worn-out Roller Axles
The drum rollers don’t work alone to support the running drum. The roller axles hold them in place, which may also wear out simultaneously as the drum rollers.
Once worn out, the roller axles cannot firmly support the rum rollers, and once that’s the case, the drum rollers cannot support the running drum, which may result in a loud rumbling.
Just like in the case of worn-out drum rollers, you also have to replace worn-out roller axles. Here’s how to replace either of them:
- Plug out your Samsung dryer, and if it’s gas-powered, disconnect its gas supply
- Unscrew and remove the top panel
- Detach the control panel
- Disconnect the wiring harness from the control board
- Unscrew and remove the lower panel
- Disconnect the moisture sensor and the door switch’s wiring harness
- Unscrew and remove the front panel
- Release the dryers belt tension and lift the drum
- Check the drum rollers first for wear and replace them if they are worn-out
- Then inspect the roller axles from the same and replace them if they are worn-out
- Return everything as it was and power back the dryer.
5. Defective Idler Pulley
If your Samsung dryer continues to rumble loudly, the last consideration is the idler pulley. This pulley adds tension to the drive belt to protect it from slipping off as it turns.
Once faulty, the idler pulley loosens the belt’s tension, so the belt may slip off and make weird sounds. The sound could be rumbling, grinding sound, or any other.
Replace a defective idler pulley. One way to determine that is to remove the belt and allow the pulley to move freely. If it shows some resistance, then it’s defective.
Consider the Upgraded Sam-sung Dryer Repair Kit (View on Amazon) to replace your dryer idler pulley, drum roller, or drive belt. So, you may need it when inspecting all three components, and it may be ideal to replace the trio at once.
Samsung Dryer Making Loud Noise – Other Noise Types
Samsung Dryer Making Loud Vibrating Noise
There are different reasons why a Samsung dryer will vibrate loudly. For starters, it could be that the dryer rests on a loose or unstable surface, its feet are wobbly or out of level, or the load is out of balance.
If that’s not it, it could be that something such as a long power cord or hose is rattling against the dryer’s back. Don’t forget to check for a drum overload, which could cause vibration.
Samsung Dryer Making Loud Banging Noise
A Samsung dryer often makes a loud grinding noise due to a drum overload or worn-out drum bearings or glides. In the first case, keep the dryer drum’s capacity under ¾, and in the case of worn-out drum bearings or glides, you should replace them.
Samsung Dryer Making Loud Humming Noise
Expect your Samsung dryer to hum when the blower pushes out hot air. That’s pretty normal, and the noise shouldn’t be too loud. If it is loud, you should have a dryer expert check the various components or call Samsung.
Samsung Dryer Making Loud Rattling Noise
Your Samsung dryer produces a rattling sound because it’s unstable or due to issues like drum overload or loose objects. In that case, adjust its feet if it is not steady or uniform and place it on solid ground.
In the case of a drum overload, reduce the wet laundry size to ¾ drum full, check for loose objects like coins, pins, keys, and buttons, and remove them.
Samsung Dryer Making a Loud Thumping Sound
If your Samsung dryer is making a loud thumping sound, it’s likely due to an overload (which could also result in a grinding noise), laundry imbalance, bulky items, or clothes attachments like large buttons and zippers.
Inspect your laundry to ensure the drum is not overloaded and the load is evenly spread. Meanwhile, check for large clothes attachments and remove or turn them away from the walls.
Samsung Dryer Buzzing Loudly
Expect a Samsung dryer to make a buzzing sound due to a working drain pump. That’s pretty normal, as it’s not too loud. However, if the dryer is buzzing very loudly, that could point to an issue such as a faulty drive motor. If so, you’ll need to replace the drive motor.
Samsung Dryer Making a Loud Squealing Sound
Your Samsung Dryer is making a loud screeching, squealing, or squeaking sound because of a drum overload, extra wet load, worn-out drum bearings, or a broken belt or idler pulley.
So, first, check the load to see if it’s more than ¾ drum fill or soaking wet. If it’s an overload, reduce the drum’s capacity to ¾ full, and if the clothes are soaking wet, you need to wring out the excess water before re-loading them into the dryer.
Then check if the drum bearings, belt, or idler pulley is defective and replace them.
People Also Ask
1. Why Is My Dryer Making a Loud Rumbling Noise?
Your dryer makes a loud rumbling noise because it’s out of level, and if so, you should adjust its feet with a wrench. It could also be that the blower wheel is lint-blocked, loose, or worn-out, or the drum rollers, roller axles, or idler pulley could be defective.
2. How Do You Fix a Rumbling Dryer?
You can fix a rumbling dryer using these steps:
- Check the dryer leveling and adjust its feet if it’s out of level
- Clean the blower wheel if it’s lint-clogged and replace it if it’s loose or aged
- Replace worn-out drum rollers, roller axles, or idler pulley
3. Why Is My Samsung Dryer So Loud All of a Sudden?
Your Samsung dryer is so loud suddenly because something is wrong. It could be that the dryer is unsteady, the drive belt, drum rollers, or idler pulley is defective, or issues like stuck objects, drum overload, rattling cabinets, or an extra-long vent.
How can I determine if the drum glides are worn out?
To assess the condition of the drum glides and determine if they are worn out, you can conduct a thorough inspection. Start by visually examining the glides for any signs of wear or damage. Look for visible fraying, cracking, or thinning of the glide material. Additionally, run your fingers along the glides to feel for any rough or uneven areas.
Another method to check for worn-out drum glides is by observing the drum’s movement. If you notice excessive noise or vibrations when the drum is spinning, it could be an indication of worn glides causing improper alignment. A drum that doesn’t rotate smoothly or appears to be misaligned may also suggest worn glides.
Furthermore, pay attention to any scraping or squeaking sounds during drum operation. These noises may occur when the drum glides are damaged or worn, causing friction between the drum and the glide surface.
If you find evidence of wear, it is advisable to replace all of the glides as a set, even if only one appears to be worn. Replacing them as a set ensures optimal performance and reduces the likelihood of future issues related to uneven wear or durability.
What should I do if the drum support rollers and axles are worn out?
Why is it recommended to replace all axles and rollers as a preventative measure?
Replacing all axles and rollers as a preventative measure ensures that the entire drum support system is in good condition and reduces the risk of future issues. If one roller is worn out, it is likely that the others may also be close to wearing out. By replacing all the components together, you can extend the lifespan of the drum support system and avoid potential problems in the near future.
What are the steps to replace the drum support rollers and axles?
To replace the drum support rollers and axles, follow these steps:
What if the rollers spin freely without wobbling?
If the rollers spin freely without any wobbling, it means that the axles are still in good condition. In this case, there is no need to replace the axles. However, it is still advisable to replace the worn-out drum support rollers to maintain optimal performance.
Do I need to replace both the axles and rollers if they are worn out?
If a roller wobbles and/or does not spin freely, it is recommended to replace all of the axles and rollers as a preventative measure. This ensures that the entire drum support system is in good condition and will function properly.
How can I check if the drum support rollers and axles are worn out?
To check if the drum support rollers and axles are worn out, remove the belt from the dryer and try turning the drum by hand. If the drum does not rotate freely, it indicates that there may be an issue with the support rollers.
“If the drum support rollers and axles in your Samsung dryer are worn out, it is crucial to replace them promptly. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you through the process:
1. Begin by ensuring that your Samsung dryer is unplugged. If it runs on gas, remember to disconnect the gas supply as well.
2. Carefully unscrew and remove the top panel of the dryer to gain access to the interior components.
3. Detach the control panel by following the manufacturer’s instructions or consulting the user manual.
4. Disconnect the wiring harness from the control board to safely proceed with disassembly.
5. Proceed to unscrew and remove the lower panel, taking care not to damage any attached components.
6. Locate and disconnect the wiring harnesses of the moisture sensor and the door switch.
7. Unscrew and remove the front panel, ensuring that you handle it with caution to avoid causing any harm to yourself or the appliance.
8. To access the drum support rollers and axles, release the tension on the dryer’s belt and lift the drum gently.
9. Thoroughly inspect the drum rollers for signs of wear or damage. If they are worn-out, it is essential to replace them promptly.
10. Next, carefully examine the roller axles for any signs of wear. If they are worn-out as well, it is crucial to replace them to ensure optimal functionality.
11. Once you have replaced the necessary components, carefully reassemble all the panels and reconnect the wiring harnesses.
12. Finally, plug the dryer back in and, if applicable, reconnect the gas supply for gas-powered dryers.
Following these detailed steps will help you effectively address the issue of worn-out drum support rollers and axles in your Samsung dryer. By promptly replacing these components, you can ensure the continued efficient operation of your appliance.”
What should I do if one or more of the drum rollers are worn out?
Can the roller shaft be reused if it is in good condition?
Yes, the roller shaft can often be reused if it is in good condition. However, it should be cleaned thoroughly before installing the new rollers.
Should I replace all of the drum rollers if one or more are worn out?
It is recommended to replace all of the drum rollers at the same time as a preventative measure if one or more are severely worn.
How can I determine if the drum rollers are worn out?
You can determine if the drum rollers are worn out by inspecting them for severe wear.
What are some indications that the drum rollers are worn out?
Worn-out drum rollers can cause the dryer to make a loud rumbling noise.
If you find that the drum rollers in your Samsung dryer are worn-out, it is crucial to replace them promptly. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it, along with some additional information to ensure a thorough understanding:
1. Start by unplugging your Samsung dryer. If it is gas-powered, don’t forget to disconnect the gas supply as well.
2. Unscrew and remove the top panel of the dryer. This will give you access to the inner components.
3. Detach the control panel carefully to avoid any damage. Take note of the wiring harness connected to the control board.
4. Disconnect the wiring harness from the control board. Double-check that everything is securely unplugged.
5. Proceed to unscrew and remove the lower panel of the dryer. This step will allow you to access the lower sections.
6. Pay attention to the moisture sensor and the door switch’s wiring harness. Disconnect them to ensure a safe and thorough replacement process.
7. Unscrew and remove the front panel of the dryer. This will provide you with a clear view of the drum and its components.
8. Release the tension of the dryer’s belt and carefully lift the drum. Take extra care to avoid any damage or mishaps during this step.
9. Inspect the drum rollers for any signs of wear. If you notice that they are worn-out, it is essential to replace them promptly to prevent further issues.
10. Additionally, it is crucial to inspect the roller axles. If they are also worn-out, it is recommended to replace them alongside the drum rollers. This comprehensive approach ensures optimal performance and longevity of your dryer.
11. Once you have replaced the worn-out drum rollers and roller axles, carefully return everything to its original position. Make sure all components are securely fastened.
12. Finally, plug the dryer back in and power it up. Enjoy the improved functionality and reduced noise levels of your Samsung dryer.
By following these step-by-step instructions and understanding the importance of replacing worn-out drum rollers and roller axles, you can ensure the continued efficiency and longevity of your Samsung dryer.
Closing Thought On a Samsung Dryer Making Loud Rumbling Noise
Above are five reasons your Samsung dryer won’t stop rumbling loudly. But as explained, all five issues are DIY-fixable. Start by checking the dryer’s leveling and adjusting its feet if it’s not well leveled.
Then inspect the blower wheel for lint clogging, looseness, or wear. Clean it if it’s clogged and replace it for the other two reasons. And lastly, check the drum rollers, roller axles, and idler pulley for wear; if any are worn out, replace them.