How to Fix the Leveling Legs for a Noisy Dryer

The leveling legs on your dryer are prone to wearing down over time from the weight and use of the dryer. They can also become damaged if the dryer is moved around a lot or not installed correctly. Worn-down or damaged legs will cause your dryer to become unsteady and noisy as it jerks around and vibrates. Therefore, if your noisy dryer is also accompanied by noticeable shaking, your leveling legs are likely due for an inspection.

How to Diagnose the Leveling Legs

If you lay your dryer on its back, you may notice that your leveling legs are worn or stripped:

What are Leveling Legs?

Leveling legs are adjustable feet located underneath the dryer. The legs may be plastic or metal, with a rubber foot. Most dryers will have either two or four legs, which help ensure the dryer is level with the surface it is resting on. If you need to lower or raise the legs, you can do so with a wrench or pliers.

Where are the Leveling Legs Located?

The leveling legs are found underneath the dryer.

General Location of the Leveling Legs in a Dryer

A 3D diagram showing the components of a dryer and specifying the location of the leveling legs

What Type of Noise Can You Expect?

Listening to the following clip can help you understand if the noise you're hearing from your dryer is attributed to its leveling legs.

How to Access and Remove the Leveling Legs

  1. Begin by disconnecting the dryer from its power source.
  2. Pull the dryer away from the wall and lean it backward to access the underside of the machine.
  3. Inspect the legs to see if they are worn down, stripped, or damaged. If there is visible damage, you will need to replace the damaged legs.
  4. Grab a pair of pliers and unwind the legs until they come off the machine. Depending on your dryer model, the leveling legs may be plastic or metal, with a rubber foot.

How to Install New Leveling Legs

  1. Take your new leveling leg(s) and fit them into the empty space the old leveling leg was in.
  2. You can use a pair of channel lock pliers or your hands to screw in the leg until it is firmly in place.
  3. Carefully lower the dryer back onto the floor and give it a shake to make sure it does not rock back and forth.
  4. If it moves around, you may need to go back down and adjust the legs until there is no movement.
  5. Plug your dryer back in, and your repair is complete.

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