Girlfriend in Tacoma

Jun. 8, 2008 at 12:04pm

A near-death experience?

(appliance version, 2.0)

The dryer has been acting a bit weird for, like, 3 years.  It started, quite naturally, right after the extended warranty petered out.  It does this whole overheat & singe thing, then acts as if it has no heat at all.

Mostly, after the kindly A1 appliance dude came out and checked it a few months ago, it was fine.  But then, recently,  we had a near-creepy-crawly-nastiness experience and I basically stripped the house down to its nude state and went on a launder-fest.  And the dryer decided to have a nervous breakdown (I think if it takes 3 cycles to get towels to a damp state, this is a reasonable assumption, no?), while a raised-relief map of the Olympic Mountains, rendered in fabric, patiently awaits.

Naturally, all this is happening in what feels like sub-zero weather, as skies threaten imminent rain, so hanging laundry to dry is not really an option.  Going to the 'mat isn't an option, either, as I am in a cashless state with no pin numbers for my debit cards (it's too long and convoluted to get into, but suffice it to say, I have no mind for code-memory.)

So what's a girl with too much laundry, not enough dryer heat, to do?

comments [6]  |  posted under creepy-crawly near-miss, laundry woes, repairs, Tacoma

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by dawntown on 6/8/2008 @ 1:00pm
Maybe a plea to the "Y"? The downtown branch launders the towels on site, soo...

Friends, family

The place I work has a wash/dryer, maybe you have friends who work where they would have access to such appliances


Well, I tried

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/8/2008 @ 1:42pm
From a man's point of view, your options depend on what you look like in just a wet t-shirt.

by NEAL on 6/8/2008 @ 5:36pm
Didja clean the lint trap and the vent hose? If it can't blow out, then it can't dry.


by Dave L. on 6/8/2008 @ 7:19pm
Hopefully that's it. If not, might have to go inside.
Gas or electric? Then we can try to troubleshoot from there. (I'm assuming it's tumbling, but little or no heat?) GFiT, you'll know what I mean when I say I know of one drier in the old-old neighborhood that still works really well and could be made available (although I'm posting this rather late). Do you mean what to do with this load, or what to do to repair the thing? Hmm... Drying something with an iron works, but takes forever. I can verify a micowave would NOT work (co-worker's socks caught fire), but I'd probably be dumb enough to try the oven. (No, DON'T do that; just kidding. And grasping at straws.) Try searching instructables.com - They have at least one alternative: www.instructables.com/id/vacuum-clothes-... Or geez, this one: www.instructables.com/id/Free-Laundry-Ha... Hopefully by now you've found a solution to the immediate crisis, anyway.

by chrism39 on 6/8/2008 @ 9:23pm
That happened to my dryer, I think it was the element. That sucks.

by jcbetty on 6/9/2008 @ 1:40pm
thanks for the ideas, guys-- mofo-- me+wet tee=not cool, though cold. I gave the dryer a tiny break, cleaned the exhaust thing, and it seems to be heating again. My mountain range is down to "foothills"-- yay!! (or, not yay-- now for the folding...)

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