All you klutzes, listen to Andy and call a professional

Written by Bob on May 23rd, 2017

My Whirlpool dryer quit heating, so I tore it apart hoping to solve the problem. And Rooney of 60 Minutes would have said, “leave those jobs to the professionals.” Photo By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I remember the late Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes once chiding homeowners who foolishly thought they could patch a roof, fix a leaky faucet, or install a new garage door.

“Leave those jobs to the experts,” he advised. “Most of us don’t have the knowhow for that kind of work. It takes a pro.”

Andy’s wisdom was meant for klutzes like me.

Yesterday, the dryer quit heating. Since it’s nine years old, I checked prices for new ones at Sears, Lowes, and Home Depot. New dryers ranged from $400 to $700. A big hit on my modest senior budget.

ANDY ROONEY dispensed sound advice during his segment of 60 Minutes, including hiring professionals for repair and service work.

Next logical step: call an appliance repairman just like Andy said. But no, I can fix the problem myself, I reasoned, pushing aside Andy’s voice in my head: “No you fool, this is way beyond your limited capabilities. Remember, you’re a klutz!”

Certainly, fixing a dryer can’t be all that difficult, can it? Yes it can.

After a full day of tearing the dryer apart – with parts and screws littered around the now empty hull – and testing several fuses and coils with what’s called a ‘multimeter’ (that set me back $38 at ACE Hardware), I have not solved the problem. And the dirty clothes keep piling up.

Jokingly, I said to my wife, “I’ll put up a clothesline and you can hang clothes just like my mother once did. They’ll smell so fresh and clean from flapping and drying in the summer breeze.”

I don’t need to tell you how that went over.

However, I do think I’ve narrowed my problem down to three probable causes: a thermal fuse, the cycling thermostat, or solenoid coils. But I’m not sure which one is the culprit.

So, I got online with Sears and ordered all three potential problem solvers. Oh, and along with a hinge ($4.29) that I seem to have lost somewhere in the garage while tearing the dryer apart.

Total parts cost, $50.10. Add that to the mulitmeter gadget (which I really don’t know how to use with its assortment of confusing settings), and my senior budget is now depleted of nearly one hundred dollars. About the cost of hiring a repairman.

And of course, it will take me another day to install the parts, all the while praying that the old dryer will heat up. If only I had listened to Andy.

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