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westie314

Member Since 22 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active May 16 2012 01:12 PM

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Manual request: LG dryer - DLGX3361

11 September 2011 - 09:48 PM

Greetings,

My wife and I have decided to put our 18 year-old Kenmore washer and dryer out to pasture. I lobbied for one of the Whirlpool Duet models; she won the "debate" and thus we will be purchasing LG. All in all the LG models seem pretty nice, but my first order of business is to explore venting options for the new dryer. I ripped down the drywall in anticipation of the need to swap dryer and washer connections given the front-loader configurations (washer on left, dryer on right).

Thanks!

- Steve

New gas dryer: LG or Whirlpool

06 September 2011 - 09:45 PM

Greetings all,

In an earlier post, I was given the advice to let my poor, 18-year old Kenmore dryer die a peaceful death.

Needless to say, I'd like to replace this unit quickly lest my better half get ornery. I've read the Samurai's June(?) newsletter article regarding brands, recommendations by appliance, etc. The Samurai seems OK with LG, and Consumer Reports especially seems to like the LG dryers.

However, in my area (Madison, WI), there seem to be only big box stores from which to purchase an LG dryer. Repair options (i.e. service providers) seem rare around here. On the other hand, in another forum post I found the link to LG's technical information pages, including copies of service manuals(!). Repairclinic.com seems to have an abundant supply of LG dryer parts, and I'm OK with digging around inside the unit once off warranty.

Several similar Whirlpool models (WGD9550WW, for example) *are* supported and sold by local (mom-and-pop, non-big-box) stores in the area, and from the information I was given locally, this model seems to have actually been made (assembled?) in the US(!), specifically Ohio.

I like the Whirlpool model listed above, and would much rather buy American where possible. The Whirlpool seems like a slam-dunk. Is there any good reason reason to prefer the LG over the Whirlpool given my preferences? I'm trying to remain objective here...

Thanks again,

- Steve

Loud electrical hum, dryer fails to start: Kenmore 110.97590110

04 September 2011 - 08:05 PM

Greetings,

I have a ~ 18 year-old Kenmore dryer (110.97590110) with multiple organ failure. I have a couple of questions for forum members:

1) Is it worth saving?
2) If so, what strategy would you recommend?


Symptoms:

Failure has been progressive over the past 5 years or so. Here are the failures, in order of appearance:

1) Wrinkle Guard / touchup function ceased working...irritating, but I can live with it!
2) Buzzer at end of cycle. At this point my wife was pretty irritated since the freshly dried clothes would likely sit and wrinkle without further notice from the dryer.
3) Heat control. I have no evidence (i.e. measurements) but it certainly seems that the clothes come out well done, even when the fabric selector is on "delicate".
4) Electrical hum / dryer fails to start. The last, perhaps fatal, failure occurred today, when the dryer emitted only a fairly loud electrical hum upon depressing the "start" button. After several seconds the hum ceased and the dryer was quiet. I can spin the drum by hand with moderate effort, clockwise only.

So that's where we are. If necessary, I can start separate threads for each of these items, but obviously the most important item right now is number 4...I'm not going to bother fixing anything else until the drum rotates again! If it is possible to comment on the other items as well, that would be most appreciated.

I have recently cleaned the vent. Venting distance is about 12 feet, with several 90-degree bends; the folks who built our house apparently didn't think about where the appliances would go until after the walls were in place!

Thanks again,

- Steve

Kenmore Washer - 110.92581100

22 April 2007 - 08:34 AM

Greetings all,

Our Kenmore washer may be nearing the end of its useful life. Or not.  Part of me wants to open it up and get dirty fixing it; the other part of me wants to simply call the appliance store and have a new model delivered.  Any help folks can give to help me make a decision is most appreciated!

Symptoms:

With the "Wash Action" selector on "Gentle" or "Regular", clothes seem to get more or less clean, agitation and spin cycles appear normal and run to completion.

With the "Wash Action" selector on "Heavy Duty", however, the agitation cycle runs for perhaps 15 seconds until the motor cuts out.  During the time it runs, it *does* appear that the agitator runs more quickly than the "Gentle" or "Regular" settings.  The washer makes a significantly greater amount of noise than it ever did before on the "Heavy Duty" setting.  The noise is best described as a cross between a loud electrical hum and a graveley/grating noise.  Again, this noise doesn't last for more than about 15 seconds before the motor (thermal overload protection??) cuts out.

After a minute or so, the washer will restart (and run to completion) on the "Regular" or "Gentle" cycles.

Any advice/ideas/requests for further testing are most appreciated!  I have to admit that I'm a little gunshy following my last attempted repair of a GE microwave oven....I followed the R&R strategy (remove and replace).  I ended up replacing 1) HV transformer; 2) Magnetron; 3) HV diode; and 4) HV capacitor.  Results?  Still a microwave operating at a barely functional level.  Wife was not impressed!  At least the tech that I brought the thing to agreed that there wasn't anything obvious that I'd overlooked.   Still, I could have bought a new microwave for the amount of $$$ I threw away on spare parts.  Sigh.

 - Steve



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