As mentioned in my previous post, our dryer stopped working last night.
Ok, here it is…when I pressed the start button, I only heard the motor struggling, with no turning of the drum. If I had the front door open and fooled the dryer to think it was closed by holding the switch, I could get the drum turning with my foot. It wouldn’t turn very well and I would smell something buring. It wasn’t the belt because I had already replaced that earlier and it was still tight. You know what? I didn’t even care. This is the same dryer that was leaving grease type stains on our clothes.
I thought it was time for a new dryer. I tried Home Depot to no avail. You can read about that mess here. I am sick of that store. It’s starting to turn into something similar to a dirty Wal-Mart. Well, that’s the one I go to anyway.
Paul was gracious enough to meet me at the Newburgh, NY Lowes to pick up a new dryer. I was going to get the GE dryer that cost about $350, but after talking with the sales guy and learning that most of the dryers they sell have the same parts, just different features, I opted for the less expensive Amana product. He also informed me that Whirlpool owned both Amana and Roper. Hmmm, interesting. Upon further inspection, I discovered many similarities between many of the dryers.
I got in a tiff with a guy at work. He kept telling me that I just have to get one of those $800 jobbers because they were real quality. I tried to tell him that this was a dryer to leave in this house after we move in a few years. I didn’t particularly need all that much expensive quality when I was going to hand it to someone else. I was basically looking for an “on” button with some good features that wouldn’t leave stains on our clothes. I mean, c’mon, how many options do you really need or use with a freakin’ clothes dryer? Perhaps the more expensive ones fold the clothes too.
Anyway, I got home and set the whole thing up. I turned it on and immediately heard this scraping noise coming from the back. Who knows what the heck that was. After a few minutes, it went away. I am going to chalk that one up to its break in period.
I think this may be a pretty decent dryer if it doesn’t break. Hey, let me ask you a question. How much money is a guy going to have to spend right before he and his sweet baby doll have to pay for a new porch? This is getting absurd. I mean, the lawnmower (I still haven’t received the parts for the other one), the air conditioner and now the dryer…I am not even going to ask you what next.
PS – Thank you Paul for doing me this big favor.
UPDATE: That scraping sound was driving me nuts, especially when I put in a load of wet laundry. I turned the dryer off, unplugged it and turned it around. Then, I noticed that the back cover was pushed in so it was in turn, pushing the exhaust fan housing against the exhaust fan. That was causing the sound. I popped it back out and now it is fine and quiet. I guess that happened during shipment or something.