The question of the day is "What sound does a 17 year old Kenmore dryer make? "
Answer: You might describe it as the screeching cube of squeezed cats. Or perhaps the shriek of tortured metal that refuses to die? Either way, it was positively painful to be in the house while it was running!
Being who we are, neither DH nor I are unwilling to get our hands dirty, especially if it saves us some coin. We bought our dryer back in 2000, when we bought our first home together. The washer long ago succumbed to its age and wear despite our efforts to keep it running, as did its replacement. But the dryer ran on, and on, and on...
Periodically it would get noisy, a squeek that usually meant the felt and teflon glides needed replacing. This also afforded us a chance to vacuum out the 17 dogs worth of dog hair that seems magnetically drawn to the inside of the dryer.
About a year ago, we ordered a new repair kit, from Repair Clinic. It is a great resource for appliance repair for the do-it-yourself crowd. Between their onsite videos and Youtube, you can get instruction on how to fix just about anything appliance-wise! We had some trouble installing the felt and glides last year, so when our dryer began to make screeching howling noises early this year, we assumed the felt and glides had shifted and that the drum was rubbing on the frame, causing the cacophony.
We were wrong. The felt and glides were fine. In fact the unorthodox adhesive worked very well, so what was the cause of the din? Below is shown a new drum bearing plate. This is the point around which the drum of your dryer spins. It rides in a sheet metal and nylon race, bolted to the back of the dryer box.
|New dryer bearing. Note the round head to it.|
|See how worn the metal support housing is?|
|This is the melted bearing race.|
|This is how the race and housing fit together.|
Cost of a new dryer from the store: $500+
Our Do-it-yourself costs:
One repair kit from Repair Clinic: $37.91
Cost of the lesson in do-it-yourself work for the kids: Priceless!
Oh and now my dryer doesn't howl either!