Learning How My Dryer Works

| 7/13/2018 8:37:00 AM

Faithful HomesteaderFor many months now, we have been dealing with our dryer not drying. We discovered the ancient art of hanging our clothes out to dry. But because of our schedule and various weather conditions, sometimes that's not practical and a dryer is needed. One thing I hate about hanging our towels out to dry is that they end up stiff as a board. I do like the benefit of saving on electricity and by doing things the old fashioned way. But I still want a dryer that dries for those times when I don't have time to wait.

My husband finally ordered a kit so that we could replace the heating element and all of the thermostats, which is a common problem on our model. This was another opportunity for me to learn, so I did the replacing as my husband walked me through everything. I had no idea that a dryer even had multiple thermostats. I never even thought about how a heating element worked so I was glad to learn something new.

Old and new thermostats. There was a little bit of a difference.

After making sure to unplug the dryer, the first thing I needed to do was to take off the back panel on the dryer using a ratchet and socket. I have not had a lot of experience using one and didn't even realize there was a switch for when you are screwing and unscrewing the bolts. I learned that the hard way.

I then needed to disconnect the heating element and the thermostats. We took pictures to make sure that we would connect everything back the right way. We replaced three thermostats. When I pulled out the heating element, I was able to see that half of it looked burned. I could see the big difference between it and the new one.

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The old and new heating elements side by side

7/15/2018 7:20:33 PM

I hope your project goes well. Thanks for stopping by NebraskaDave. Have a great day.

7/15/2018 7:12:15 PM

Thanks for stopping by NebraskaDave. I hope your project goes well.

7/13/2018 12:38:51 PM

Faithful homesteader, good for you.. I've been one to let things become a challenge and by golly I'm not giving up and it gonna be fixed. In my old age I've come to a place where I can see my limitations and don't get in over my head so much any more. Some times for me, it's just time to move on to another appliance. I have replaced elements in dryers and electric stoves. It does feel good to be able to bring an appliance back to life. My challenge in the kitchen right now is to be able to change a heating element in my electric kitchen stove oven. The top element works but the bottom one does not. It should be a piece of cake but nothing seems to work out that way with 55 year old appliances.We have a place in my city that's called "Re Store". It's a place where good used appliances can be purchased at a very reasonable price. ***** Have a great appliance repair day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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