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DIY Dryer Fix

January 4th, 2018 at 05:28 pm

My dryer wouldn't start today! And I won't lie, I did think it was likely that I would need to buy a new one. We had looked at some good deals around Black Friday, but went back to we didn't need one yet. I think our set is at least 16 years old, maybe even 18.

But then my desire to DIY the problem kicked in. No the breaker hadn't tripped. Yes, it was still plugged in. Google said a thermal fuse going bad (or tripped) is usually number one cause. So then, despite a snow day here (school and work cancelled), we ventured out to get a thermal fuse.

The business was open. Roads were awful for the first two or three miles after leaving our neighborhood. Packed ice!! But the remainder of the trip was dry or just wet roads. Cost for a thermal fuse was $30.

So we came home (crawled the last two miles in our truck on the ice) and set about finding where the parts were so we could replace. One was easy to access, the other...not easy. We ended up opening the top, the front panel and taking out the entire dryer drum! Yep, taking that drum out worried me the most. But we did watch a YouTube video about it first! There was another back panel we detached and we took out the heating element. I seriously think my husband and I could put these together for a living now that we've seen all the parts!!

The best news is it's fixed! Back in working order and has already dried two loads of laundry.

Actually, the very best news is that part died and we were able to get so far inside...there is a lot of lint that accumulates inside a dryer. Sure most of it likely goes through the vent, but over time a lot of lint accumulates inside. It has been cleaned a few times before, but not this deep. And yes, I know to check the lint trap and the vent to the outside regularly. I'm really glad that we were able to have a reason to clean it out so well. I won't hesitate to open it up again in a year or two and clean it out again.

Oh, we also know how to replace the belt on the dryer if needed. And if I had known we were going to be removing it anyway I may have purchased one while getting the other part. But it still works!

Have you ever fixed a dryer? Or other major household appliance?

6 Responses to “DIY Dryer Fix”

  1. Trying to get ahead Says:

    We are the type of family that will use appliances until they die but not their first death. My husband has repaired all our appliances until the part that finally dies costs nearly as much as a replacement.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    That's great!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    We've fixed a washing machine a couple of times. I've never fixed a dryer.

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    But don't you rent? Why do you have your own? Isn't it the responsibility of the landlord? I've always lived where it's provided.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, I rent. I have my own because I bought them 16+ years ago and I move them with me. We have owned our home up until renting this time. If there were a set here, I'm sure I would have used them. So no, it is our responsibility to fix our own dryer.

  6. Milly Says:

    My hot water heater went out right after my husband went on travel for work. I called my husband and we agreed to let him trouble shoot it before I bought a new one. I'm the world's biggest cheapskate and he can fix anything, so that was a fairly easy conclusion.

    I went a few days without showering, then did an ice cold shower (resulting in a headache), then started showering at my sister in law's house. It was a pain, but totally worth it when he came home and immediately found the problem and got the part ordered.

    I wish I had the skills that he has! I married a handyman but, despite my mechanical engineering degree, I'm just a wannabe who feels cool when she holds a drill.

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