Last month (or was it two months ago) my washing machine died on me. I discovered how to fix it myself and explained it here. On Sunday, my clothes dryer died, so I figured I’d be able to fix it just as easily and cheaply (only $16 to fix the washer) as before (although I cursed quite a bit at the bad luck I seem to be having with appliances.)
I started researching dryer repair and found over and over that you can save your dryer by cleaning it periodically. OK, am I the last person to hear this? I knew that you were supposed to clean out the vents under the refrigerator every few months for good airflow – especially if you have pets, but the dryer? Anyway, I told myself I vented my dryer well, so that was not the issue.
I talked to the appliance repair shop that sold me the part to fix my washer, and the woman who answered said “it could be the motor – and that was $149.” UGH! I figured she didn’t sound sure of herself on the phone, and since the dryer wasn’t working, I didn’t have anything to lose, so I started taking the machine apart (I unplugged it first!) to make sure that was actually the part that was broken. Guess what I found?
And, this doesn’t even include the large pieces that looked almost singed (burnt, as in a fire could have started!) that fell out when I removed the back (see black blotch at very, very bottom of pic.)
So, to increase the life of your dryer, it is recommended (and again, this is news to me) that you clean out your dryer of all lint every year or two. I had to remove six small bolts to take off the back – but it was pretty easy. Unplug the machine first! Oh yea, to add insult to injury, I stopped up my vac from cleaning out the lint – thankfully that was an easy fix.
The good news is that I found a part that I can see is bad on the dryer. The motor may still be broken, but I figured I’d replace this one part to see for sure. Thankfully I found this part online for just $7 ( plus $2 for shipping). I just entered the part number through google and it found it for me. When I called the appliance place to see if they had it in stock now, the same part would have needed to be ordered and would have cost me $49 plus shipping expenses. I am hoping that if I repair it, the machine will run again. If that is the case, I will let everyone know how that goes. Please wish me luck that it is again a cheap and easy fix.
Save yourself some headache:
- Clean out the back of your dryer every few years.
- Clean the vents under your refrigerator every few months.
Any other appliance I’m supposed to clean on a regular basis?