Should I Repair or Replace Dryer?

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Old 10-03-14, 10:34 PM
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Should I Repair or Replace Dryer?

It seems like I repaired most major appliances during the dozen years I
owned an HVAC business. I still need some advice about this dryer.

My mother's GE dryer squealed when it started, but she didn't want me touch
the thing until it quit running.

She called me and said the drum stopped turning. Dead motor. The heater
still lights up, timer and switches work ok, etc.

I went to Home Depot today and ordered a new dryer, but the delivery date
is 10/14/14.

Like many elderly people, my mother prefers simple appliances that don't
have a lot of "space age" buttons and readouts. I know she would be happy
if I fixed her old dryer.

I could replace the motor, but that squealing sound has got to be wheel parts
like axles, rollers, etc. The dryer is old. The heater works now, but it might
burn out a few weeks or months after the motor is replaced.

If you guys think replacing the motor is a good bet I'll cancel the delivery of
the new dryer. My feeling is this old dryer should be junked, but I really need
some expert advice.
 
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Old 10-04-14, 01:04 AM
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Remove the drive belt and then turn the drum by hand to see if it still squeals. If yes, then the drum bearings or support wheels are shot. If it does not squeal then try to turn the motor shaft by hand. It could be the motor bearings were the problem and if so a new motor would solve that problem. In fact, if it wasn't left "on" long enough to cook the windings then maybe new motor bearings would be the only thing needed.

As for whether or not it makes economic sense...nobody can predict the future. It might last another twenty years or something else may crap out the day after you fix it.
 
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Old 10-04-14, 01:06 AM
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If we had a model number we wouldn't have to guess on the service parts needed.
 
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Old 10-04-14, 02:25 AM
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Most GE dryer when they start to squeal the front plastic drum bearings start to go bad. Without taking apart to see what's wrong not to much help. Does the dryer make any noise when you push the start button?
 
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I'm kind of surprised by your replies. I was hoping you would all say, "yes, junk it!"

I didn't post the model number because this dryer is at least 25 - to - 30 years old.
I remember replacing the timer a couple of times. All the other parts are original
from the factory.

Here is the model number: DDE7208MDLWH

I wish my family would call another contractor, but they save hundreds because
I work for free.

If I visit my mother with tools she assumes I can (or will) fix anything. Imagine
calling a contractor and expecting with 100% certainty that your appliance will
be repaired at a reasonable price. This is what my family believes when they
contact me.

Ok guys, I'm going to call someone that will get my mother out of her house for
a few hours. I'll open the dryer and try to decide if it should be junked or repaired.
I've spent money on old appliances before. They usually work ok for a few months
until something else breaks.

I really do appreciate your replies. Thanks guys.
 
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Old 10-04-14, 07:09 PM
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Model # came up saying 91 for age. When you push start button if the motor makes a groan noise and does not start you need a motor. Motor from Sears is 160. Your call if worth repairing.
 

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Old 10-05-14, 10:36 AM
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You need the serial number to compute age.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 11:09 AM
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Sears site said mid 91 when went there. Very strange never saw that before.
 
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