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What does the felt seal on a dryer do?

What does the felt seal on a dryer do?

A worn felt seal can allow your clothes to slip between the edge of the drum and the dryer cabinet, and as the dryer drum spins, it wears holes in the clothing. Installing a new dryer drum felt seal can extend the life of your dryer and stop the damage to your clothes.

Why is my dryer making a ringing noise?

That could be a pulley in the motor that’s come loose. If a bushing or bearing in the motor is damaged, you may hear a high-pitched whine. And a hum can come from one of the switches or windings on the motor if it is broken. Unplug the dryer and remove the blower wheel or drum belt if need be, to get to the motor.

Can I run my dryer without the felt seal?

A dryer without a seal allows much of the heat generated by the dryer’s heating element to escape, causing the dryer to work harder to maintain the set temperature or fail to achieve the temperature prescribed for the type of clothing in the load.

Why is my dryer putting black marks on clothes?

Black marks on clothing may be the result of the collar or cuff rubbing between the dryer drum and drum slides. This may occur if the dryer drum slides are worn or a felt seal is mispositioned or defective.

Why is my tumble dryer making high pitched noise?

If your dryer is making high-pitched noises, then it means the problem is associated with a fast-moving part. Drum rollers and idler pulley wheels are both frequently associated with these noises — oftentimes, a little lubrication is all you need to quiet your machine.

Can a dryer catch on fire?

While it may be hard to believe, dryer fires are a fairly common cause of home fires. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers and washing machines cause an average of 15,970 fires each year, with dryers causing 92% of them.

How to inspect and replace a felt seal on a dryer?

The absolute very first step to examining and replacing a felt seal is opening up the dryer cabinet and removing the drum. A link to drum removal instructions is found below. With the drum removed from your dryer, inspect its seals. Remember that not every dryer drum will have two seals, some drums only have one.

How do you replace a seal on a dryer drum?

Place your new seal stitch side down onto the drum where the old seal was removed. Insert your tube of sealant under the edge of the felt seal, as the adhesive is applied lightly and evenly all around the edge. Give the adhesive a couple of hours to dry before you return the drum to the unit.

Why is the gasket on my clothes dryer worn out?

Related Articles. If your clothes are coming out of the dryer more damaged than when they went in, the felt gasket on the drum may be worn out. The gasket’s job is to prevent clothes from being ground between the drum and the body of the dryer, and over time it can wear down to the point that clothes can get trapped and torn.

What to do if your dryer is still on?

Never work on an appliance like a dryer while its power is still on. You have to either unplug it or, if the appliance is hard-wired, turn off the circuit breaker that powers the dryer. Test the circuit at the dryer with a noncontact voltage tester to verify no electricity is flowing.