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Dryer: Fix it or Scrap it


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#1 Mako

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 12:53 PM

I've got a Montgomery Ward FFT-7308-80A electric dryer that I bought used about 4 yrs ago for $100 (I paid $50, roommate paid $50). The serial # starts with an 88 and there is a 10-88 printed below the serial #, which leads me to believe that it was made in October 1988. Well, it's developed a few problems over the years but the newest one isn't so easily remedied.

1. The dryer has slowly taken longer to dry clothes and finally stopped producing any heat at all. Upon inspection, there are 2 yellow wires and a black wire going to the heating element. The yellow wires are corroded and burnt. I haven't tested the element itself, as I don't have a multimeter (been meaning to get one for ages...). I assume that the burnt wires are a result of the problem and not the source, but I don't know for sure.

2. The drum motor is unable to get the drum rolling initially. Turning the drum manually is enough to get it going though.

3. The Timer knob is broken so I have to use a pair of pliers instead.

Any guesses on what it would take to repair it ($)? Would it just be better to scrap it and buy a new one?

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 03:52 PM

The motor issue would point me toward replacing the machine. The motor would cost some real money, and installing it is some work. Plus it's old and you still need to solve and repair the heating problem.

I made the same call on my dryer this week. A 20 year old westinghouse dryer needed a new motor. I could have fixed it, but why put money into something that old? Plus my new one is much bigger and matches the capacity of my washer.

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 03:58 PM

Thanks Nick.

Well, I guess it's time to do some dryer shopping...

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 05:42 PM

Look for a nice simple Whirlpool with the lint filter on the top.
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Posted 26 August 2005 - 05:46 PM

ok, thanks




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