My 20 year old dryer started to make a low rumbling sound like it was very labored. I have dried two loads with this sound but it sounds like it go stop at any minute. Do you know what this might be? Also given the age of the dryer do you think it is worth fixing as it is not an energy effiecient model
Honestly, I must advise on getting a new dryer. A new dryer will run about $200-500 depending on which kind and where you get it. Repair on a dryer will cost roughly $125-$200 pending parts and labor rates if you decide not to do the repair yourself. But there is a way around those two options. Depending on your area, a Sears technician can come out to the home for $65 (pending location) and diagnose the problem and give you his/her estimate on how much the repair will cost. If you decline the repair, you may ask the technician for a voucher coupon for the trip charge that may be applied towards a new dryer from a Sears store priced at $399 or higher.
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Hello, The problem with it not drying is most likely going to be a worn out blower wheel thats slipping and not moving the warm air through the clothes to dry them properly. Always a pretty good sign the blower is slipping is,if you hear a rumble noise from the dryer at start up and also that same rumbling noise when the power stops. So if you hear it at start up...wait 30 seconds and open the door and listen for the rumble noise as drum stops. also you can check where the vent exits the house and see if their is air flow when the dryer is running.
Hello Randy, If the wire it broken on the actual ignitor with the ceramic base and the gray filiment,you could just replace that ignitor and keep that glorious 20 year old plus dryer going for years to come.The ignitor could be purchased at your local applince parts store for under $30 the part number is 279311 it also could be ordered online at; assuredparts.com apdepot.com appliancepartspros.com repairclinic.com
The igniter is inside the dryer housing, near the bottom front, usually in a cone-shaped metal tube (the force cone). It's about 2 inches long. It's mounted to the far end of the burner tube, and it has two wires attached to it--or to the tension bracket, if there is one.
Gas valve coilshttp://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-dg312-%3d%3di3479&PartID=3479
Watch the igniter. Does it glow bright orange, then shut off without igniting the gas? (When the gas ignites there's a large blue flame.) If so, there may be defective coils on the gas valve. Mounted on the top of modern gas valves, there are black electrical coils. The coils, when energized, open the gas valve. If one or more of the coils are defective, the valve doesn't open and the gas cannot ignite. Because it's often difficult to properly test the coils, it's usually best to replace both (all) of them at the same time.
If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work at all. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this type of fuse.)
Other components that could keep it from drying.
Washer not spinning dry enough
Make certain that unrestricted airflow is available.
If you remove the front cover and access the blower fan and see if it is still tight on the shaft. if it isn't it makes a rumble sound when started due to vibrating and after a while it makes more noise as it goes. Now I removed the fan and placed a shim in the flat area and matched the flat area of the shaft and replace it back on the shaft and it should solve it.
Replace your blower wheel. (This is fairly common repair for some Maytag dryers) It is not too hard to do. If you can confirm your model number I can give you a part number and tell you how to get to it if needed.