Repairing Your Own Dryer.
After a great vacation at Hilton Head Island, I came back home to find out the dryer wouldn’t heat anymore! It seems like there it’s becoming more common that after a vacation, I come back home to find out that something is broken and I need to put in some time to fix it. Last year it was a leaky plumbing, this year its wet clothes…
Now my dryer is well over 10 years old, and at first I thought that perhaps it’s time pitch it and the washer to the curb and dig in deep into my pockets and buy a new washer and dryer… until I realized that each are around $700, and that’s for lower end models.
I know, the new dryers will make your toasted cheese sandwiches (kidding), but a dryer’s main function is to dry clothes, so I don’t need the newest most aesthetically designed washer and dryer… I’m more of a function kind of guy. If it does its job, I’m happy! And other than the heat not working, I’m more than happy to keep our old, cheap dryer (and washer too)!
After googling with the following keywords “dryer stops heating after a while”, I read and watch a few videos that lead me to believe that the problem was probably a worn out coil (solenoid coil actually). So after googling with the key words “Frigidaire dryer gas coil”, I found the following awesome video! This explained the entire process!
Next I googled the correct part number and found the replacements for the coils, but they ran over $30, so instead I tried ebay! I found the part for $9 including shipping! Nine bucks? For that price, I considered it worth the risk… So I bought the coils without hesitation since they were so cheap!
I estimate that I saved myself at least $150 to $250 depending on the repairman doing the job! Not to shabby for a little bit of Googling and elbow greese!
And there you have it! My story of fixing my dyer for a very low ($9) price.