Appliance Repair Goodness
About a week ago, our dryer started squealing. I mean really squealing. Like a stuck pig. The kind of squealing that makes my wife nuts.
Now, the dryer is 10 years old (give or take), so I figured it's gotta be the belt. Maybe it has stretched a bit and is not getting good purchase on the drum…something like that. A little poking around on the Internet and I found the Samurai Appliance Repair Man's site with some pretty thorough instructions for diagnosing and fixing these types of things. I'm a cheap son-of-a-gun, so I figured maybe I could fix this one myself. With a little help from the Samurai's Appliantology group at MSN, I was on my way.
Ultimately, it turned out that the motor was shot (a bearing, perhaps?) and had to be replaced. I managed to completely tear down the dryer, replace the motor and the belt, clean it out really well, and lubricate the drum rollers, and I figure I got the equivalent of a brand new dryer for about $120 (well, $150 or so when you include the cost of some specialized tools that I didn't already have). Not too bad, and my wife says I'm her hero to boot!