Wednesday, February 22, 2012

High Rise to Houston

We have a problem.

This is not good but the internet is my friend. Both times R wanted to get a new dryer. Nonsense, said moi. I think the belt we replaced a few years ago cost $20 and this time the door hinge will cost $18. There is even a YT video showing how to do it, not that it is hard. Our plan for when the washing machine fails is to get a front loader combined with dryer and cut our water consumption, so we would like the dryer to keep going for a bit yet as the washing machine is only seven years old and has never failed yet, touch wood.

Some of the components are not built to last more than a few years of normal use. Most commonly, the plastic belt to run the fan will break after a couple of years use. Some people have actually thrown away their dryers when this happens, not knowing that they can fix it themselves for about $12. Another weak part is the plastic hinge cover on the front. An el-cheapo plastic part, when it breaks the door sags and almost falls off. (Never mind almost falls off, it did and I was left holding the door) Cost about $16 for a new one. Again, people have thrown away their dryers in disgust, when this happens.

18 comments:

  1. I'm afraid I'm of the ilk that buys a new didgiwidgit rather than repair the simple part.

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  2. It's amazing what you can repair with a little thought and knowledge, plus the odd spare part. They call it inbuilt redundancy don't they?

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  3. Victor, there are times to get rid of things, but I was not doing it for a simple hinge. Fixed it this morning.

    Elisabeth, I would just call it cheaply made crap.

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  4. I reckon that's a wise move to wait for the washing machine to fail and replace both with a dryer/washing machine combination :-).

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  5. Gawd, see this is why I love renting. I live to call the maintenance guy so I can justify not ever buying a house.

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  6. I've never heard of a hinge cover breaking.
    I usually only ditch stuff like this when the motor burns out, so far I haven't had to repair my dryer, and the washer only once when the whole top panel got skewed sideways when moving house almost 9 years ago. The repairman heaved it inot place with a crowbar tested that the machine worked and that was that. It's still going strong and is now about 16 years old. If you're going to get a combined washer/dryer I can recommend a brand, friends I know have a Bosch and say it's the best thing they ever bought. They've had it for many years.

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  7. The chap that fixes our white goods repaired the hinge on our dryer door with some glop that dried hard as steel - a freebie cos he was already here to fix the dishwasher.

    An Uncle of mine did very well for himself thank you by fixing toasters and irons and radios - and my cousins still have the original family toaster, blender etc which must be 60 or more years old.

    It is a rare thing for anything to be cheaper to fix than replace these days, so I'm proud of you, because the crap we put into landfill is unforgiveable.

    Time enough for a new combo gizmo later.

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  8. Love Chunks had a dryer when we first met up and he'd found it in the hard rubbish, added a ten buck 'dooflanger' to fix the belt and it continued working for another ten years afterwards.

    ....says me, who chucks out socks when they get a hole in the toe or heel rather than be forced to sit and sew them up....

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  9. Fruity - that repair guy of yours with the glop is a star.
    HR - just remember to clean the lint filter.
    X X

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  10. The stuff in our house is eons old due to repairs here and there over the years. The washing machine motor burned out after twenty years last year. Yes, fixing is cheaper.

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  11. Windsmoke, I just hope it is the washing machine that fails and not the dryer.

    Rubye, yes, I guess here if there is a dryer supplied, than it is the owner's responsibility, but to have one supplied would be a bit unusual.

    River, I do like the repairmna's solution, take a crowbar to it. Bosch aren't cheap, but I expect you get what you pay for and it is good to hear they are recommended.

    FruitCake, sadly ours was beyond a glop solution. We have had a couple of bad experiences and having things fixed but ended up replacing them not too long after. Disposable world.

    Kath, my mother has a wired in dryer that must be thirty years old now. Sock sewing is darning my dear. Remember the orange in the sock? Who would bother now. Anyone?

    Ann, it has a very sensitive heat protection system, so depending on what you have dried, the lint filter has to be cleaned at least every second load or it gets too hot and shuts down.

    Christine, so you had the machine repaired or bought a new one?

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  12. @Rubye Jack; over here when you rent a house or flat, it's empty. You have to supply your own appliances.

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  13. I used to darn socks right up until about six or eight years ago, when I could no longer see well enough to darn black on black. White or coloured socks are easier to see, but I don't darn those anymore either. I still have the darning "mushroom".

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  14. River, declutter. Get rid of the darning mushroom. Put it on ebay.

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  15. Why throw away, or even try to fix it yourself when you can call a nice young repairman??!!

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  16. Red, over $100 as against $18 is a good enough reason for me, and there is not guarantee that a tradie will be young, good looking or even male.

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  17. woo hoo!

    that's a nice relief after coming from the CFA Incidents log. Sunday 1:30pm it's only 30C degrees but here in the tall gumtrees we are alert but calm. although spare a thought for 1000 acres burning toward Ararat and all the VOLUNTEERS on the 62 firetrucks there. Can you see the smoke from the highrise?

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  18. No, we can't see in that direction really. That fire was burning yesterday. I am surprised it is still going.

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