How to Change the Drum Bearing of a Dryer

Jul 25, 2023, 12:45pm

The tumble dryer is a complementary household appliance to the washing machine, which works on an internal heating system. The air is sucked in from the outside by a turbine, it is then heated by the resistors of the dryer. The humid air turns into water which is finally stored in a collection tank (depending on the type of dryer). Like any other device, it is important to ensure that all its parts are always in good condition.

The drum bearing of a tumble dryer plays an important role, just like in the washing machine. It ensures, in fact, the correct rotation of the drum.

With time and use, it happens that the device encounters problems at this level. Indeed, the drum bearing may be damaged and thus no longer be properly supported. When this happens, you may experience the following issues:

  • the dryer does not spin,
  • the dryer makes noise during the cycle,
  • you notice a problem detecting the dampness of the laundry,
  • you have an error code for certain brands,
  • a significant clearance may form between the door seal and the drum,
  • the drum can be in contact with the sleeve and can therefore wear it out quickly. You will notice a burning smell.

In order to avoid this kind of problem, it is strongly recommended to replace it without further delay. This is something you can do on your own.

The drum bearing of a dryer is located inside the appliance behind the drum. To access it, the panels (top and side) must be removed, then the drum.

The drum bearing in a dryer is a crucial component that supports the drum and allows it to rotate smoothly during the drying process. Over time, the drum bearing may wear out or become damaged, leading to squeaking or grinding noises during operation. If you notice these signs, it’s time to change the drum bearing of your dryer. With the right tools and some basic mechanical skills, you can tackle this repair yourself. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of changing the drum bearing of a dryer.

Please Note: Before starting any repair work on your dryer, prioritize safety. Ensure the dryer is disconnected from the power supply by either unplugging it from the electrical outlet or switching off the circuit breaker dedicated to the dryer.

How to Change the Drum Bearing of a Dryer

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Before you begin the process of changing the drum bearing, gather the following tools and materials:

  • Replacement drum bearing (ensure it is compatible with your dryer model)
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Putty knife
  • Lubricating oil (if required for the new bearing)

Step 2: Disconnect the Dryer from the Power Supply

Before working on the dryer, ensure it is disconnected from the power supply to avoid any electrical hazards. Unplug the dryer from the electrical outlet or switch off the circuit breaker dedicated to the dryer.

Step 3: Access the Drum Bearing

To access the drum bearing, you will need to open the dryer’s cabinet. The specific steps to access the drum bearing may vary depending on your dryer model. Typically, you will need to:

  1. Use a putty knife or similar tool to release any clips securing the top panel of the dryer to the cabinet.
  2. Lift the top panel and prop it up securely.
  3. Locate and remove the screws securing the front panel to the sides of the cabinet.
  4. Carefully tilt the front panel forward and disconnect any wires or cables attached to the door switch.
  5. Set the front panel aside.
  6. Now, you will have access to the drum bearing, which is usually located at the back of the drum.

Step 4: Remove the Old Drum Bearing

With access to the drum bearing, follow these steps to remove the old bearing:

  1. Inspect the drum bearing for any signs of damage or wear.
  2. Use pliers to gently remove any clips or fasteners securing the bearing to the drum shaft or support bracket.
  3. Carefully slide the old drum bearing off the drum shaft.
  4. Clean the area around the drum shaft to remove any debris or buildup.

Step 5: Install the New Drum Bearing

With the old drum bearing removed, it’s time to install the new bearing:

  1. Slide the new drum bearing onto the drum shaft.
  2. Secure the bearing in place with the clips or fasteners.
  3. If the new drum bearing requires lubrication, apply a small amount of lubricating oil to the bearing as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 6: Reassemble the Dryer

With the new drum bearing installed, it’s time to reassemble the dryer:

  1. Replace the dryer’s front panel and secure it with the screws you removed earlier.
  2. Reconnect any wires or cables attached to the door switch.
  3. Lower the top panel back into position and secure it with the clips or screws.

Step 7: Test the Dryer

Before pushing the dryer back into its designated spot, perform a test to ensure the new drum bearing is functioning correctly. Turn on the dryer and observe if the drum rotates smoothly without any unusual noises.

How to Change the Drum Bearing of a Dryer

Step 8: Final Adjustments

If you encounter any issues during the test, double-check the installation of the new drum bearing. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure the bearing is properly installed and functioning correctly.


Changing the drum bearing of a dryer is a task that requires attention to detail and safety. By following this step-by-step guide and prioritizing safety, you can successfully replace the old or faulty drum bearing with a new one, ensuring your dryer operates efficiently and effectively. However, if you encounter any difficulties during the process or have concerns about handling the repair, it’s always best to seek assistance from a professional dryer technician. With the new drum bearing properly installed, your dryer should function reliably, providing you with smooth and quiet drying cycles.