Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Laundry


Oh, how I wish this was another post featuring a clever song sung at a laundromat. Sadly, it's far more mundane that that.

Tell me, oh wise ones, is it even possible that the fact that my dryer won't actually dry anything unless it's set all the way up to the "towel" setting (and I still have to run it two or three times at that) isn't going to be a Very Expensive Problem?

My dryer is 8 years old. Dryers can last longer than that, right?

Right?!

I'm a little afraid to call a repairman right now.  Give me courage.

11 comments:

Ramey said...

Yes Dryers can last longer. Mine was 17 years old when we gave it away. (It was still working) But... it was the cheapest and most simple of the day. Not much to tear up. Good luck. Call the repairman and then at least you will know.

Trish said...

I would just go buy a new one. By the time you pay the repair man and for whatever part, you have met the cost of the new one. Usually if it's not drying, it's not just a switch. We bought our last dryer at HHGregg for $300. Its great. They also have the Appliance Mart where they have really good deals. HHGreg will also take the old one and dispose of it properly. If you know a repair man that won't charge for an analysis, go that route, but if you have to pay, it's risky.

Valerie said...

Take Courage. Dryers should last longer then that, try to get the vent cleaned out (which is beneficial for many reasons) before buying a new one. Soon this will all be a memory and you'll be back to picturing Neil Patrick Harris when you think of Laundry.

Valerie said...

Whoa, there's another Valerie! I almost thought I was losing my mind because I didn't remember posting that :) Anyways, I was wondering the same thing about my dryer. It's really annoying to have to dry everything in heavy high and for an hour. So I will be stalking your blog reading all the comments :)

Emilia said...

Well, my Dad is coming later this week. Thanks so much for all the advice, but I'm going to hold off for a couple more days until he's here to guide me on this one.

Katey said...

You need to think about this in terms of equivalents ...It is ALL relative. 8 years is not long but just THINK of all that you have put the dryer through in your house. 8 years in your house is really more like 16 years in the Little household but probably only 6.5 years in the Law household. So you must consult Joan first to find out mathmatically how many household years your dryer REALLY is. The Ramey's 17 year old dryer is really probably not a very fair comparison because they are green and Kevin fixes stuff... Any Ramey dryer most likely runs off of solar energy and somehow actually manages to get stronger with age. Don't try to live up to that Emilia. Just be yourself and accept your dryer for where it is in the here and now. Any more questions?

Emilia said...

Good point, Katey!

Joan-your laundry expertise is required here.

Walker Family Buckeyes said...

My dryer is 16 years old. You can barely read the dials and last month we had to replace the heat, only $70 compared to a new one. My dryer is ancient!

Rachel said...

Dryers should last a really long time. We bought ours, 7 years ago for $100 off a drug dealer who was running a used appliance shop, plus we had it outside for 1 1/2 years on our porch when we lived in student housing (that's where the hookup was). And...it still works!!!! And mine is the kind that only has 3 setting, high, low and air dry. I guess I lucked out!

ricracsally said...

See, now where is a drug dealer when you need one, huh?

Jenn said...

I paid a 3 repairmen from Sears to fix mine - they changed the thermostat a bunch of times, before the 4th guy came out - and figured out that the vent was blocked with lint.... ALWAYS check that first. My new dryer that I just bought last month was already giving me a hard time, about having to send the dryer around 3 times before a load would dry. Drew went out and said the lint thingy was all full - he cleaned it out and now it works perfectly again.... :)