The upper felt glide pad in your GE dryer model DBL333EAAA supports the appliance’s front drum as it rotates. Over time, the glide can deteriorate, causing the dryer to become noisy during operation. Removing and replacing the worn felt glide is a quick and easy do-it-yourself weekend project.
How to Replace the Upper Felt Glide Pad in Your Dryer
Always unplug your appliance before carrying out any type of repair. Safety goggles and work gloves should be worn to protect against injury.
Insert a putty knife into the gap between the top of the dryer and front panel. Slide the putty knife to the right until you contact the spring clip securing the panels together. Depress the clip and slightly lift up the top of the dryer. Repeat the same process on the other side of the appliance. Now that the panels are separated, take off the top of the dryer and place it somewhere safe.
Using a Phillips screwdriver, on the inside of the washer, remove the screws holding the front panel to the cabinet. Lean the panel back a few inches and disconnect the wires to the door switch. Tilt the panel further back and unfasten the two hooks holding the panel to the bottom of the cabinet. Pull the panel off the washer, and put it door side down on a flat, towel-covered surface.
The upper felt glide pad is located on the top arch of the washer door. To remove the worn glide pad, use a putty knife. Insert the putty knife under the felt glide pad and lift the corner up to loosen it. Once the end of the pad is raised off the metal surface, grab the corner with your hand, and peel the rest of the glide pad off the arch. You will need to go back over the surface with your putty knife to scrape off any felt and glue residue left on the metal.
After you have cleaned off all the worn felt and the surface is relatively free of glue residue, carefully spread a generous amount of the new adhesive onto the metal surface. Avoid getting glue on the lip of the bulkhead or on the lower felt during application. Now it’s time to install the new upper felt glide pad. Carefully press the pad onto the glue-covered surface. Place clothespins or spring clamps onto each end of the pad to hold it in place as the adhesive dries. The drying process should take around twenty minutes.
Once twenty minutes have passed, inspect the glide pad to ensure it is done the drying. If it is, you can reassemble your dryer and enjoy a much quieter appliance.
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