|Dryer work in progress!|
Recently a little problem developed at my house. The dryer. Now I like the dryer as much as the next person. It's a modern convenience that I really and truly appreciate. Back in 2000 or so the dryer in my building broke and for one long summer my entire apartment was strewn with clothes lines. NEVER AGAIN!
As a real life grown up & home owner I feel that it is my responsibility to fix and repair appliances promptly and with the least amount of fuss. The problem with the dryer is that it wasn't broken, broken. It was making a noise. So, I did what any normal human being would do, I ignored it and hoped that the noise would go away. I closed the basement door when the dryer was running and we couldn't hear it. Problem solved.
Well cut to a month later - the dryer is so loud that you can hear it in every room of the house even with door closed. It was time to act.
I googled "my dryer squeaks" and discovered that this is actually a very common problem. It seems that the rollers or bearing [which ever my dryer has] needed to be replaced.
I called the local dryer repair people and was informed that for the low, low price of $230 they could send someone to my house to tell me what was wrong with the dryer. I already knew what was wrong with it. I needed it repaired.
Apparently, fuel from the repair shop to my house costs $230. That fee could not be waived. The kind repairman, I was told, would be able to repair my dryer for $230 + parts and labor.
That's when I decided to cut out the middle man and tackle this sucker on my own. First, though, I did the calculations. Cost of dryer repair = $230 + parts and labor. Cost of a new dryer = $500 on sale. Cost of new to me/used dryer = $200-$300. Cost for me to fix dryer = cost of parts + shipping.
Even if I totally screw up and break the dryer the whole deal won't cost me too much. So, with nothing to lose, I took the dryer apart.
Many thanks to the good people at AppliancePartsPros.com and RepairClinic.com! I was able to troubleshoot and repair the dryer on my own for about $80 + 2-3 hours of my time (since I had NO IDEA) what I was doing!
Turns out, there was a groundhog size ball of lint in the blower housing [I think that's what it's called]. The rear bearings were bad, the ground strap was broken, the front bearings were seriously worn and the dryer was off balance.
Taking the drying apart and replacing broken/missing parts was easy. Getting the dryer belt back on was a BEAST! But I did it - YAY me!
We are now able to dry clothes in peace and harmony!
Where do I pick up my supermom cape!?
Edited to add a few pictures that I found in my camera. These are of the work in progress
|I took a picture of the wiring BEFORE I disconnected anything. |
That way I could remember how it all went back together.
|This is the dryer drum. |
I replaced 1 tiny piece on the back of this drum to stop the squeak.
|This is the drum back inside the dryer. |
I cleaned out a MOUNTAIN of lint before I took this picture!