I knew the day would come, eventually. I mean you can only rewire and cajole and coax a dryer so many years, before the heating element breaks down.
And we've had it for 20 years, and it was an old thing even then, so i don't suppose I should begrudge the element for giving way.
But I have rebuilt that thing a couple of times in these 20 years. I've replaced the motor, and multiple burned out wires, lights, fuses and wire clips. I know the in's and out's of it, and I always knew that if the heating elements ever let go, it may mean a new machine.
Well it died a week ago, to the day.
It doesn't look like replacement elements are even available any longer. So I went looking at a used machine to replace the old one. They seem to run from $150 to $250, for an old, sometimes 20 year old machine itself. So we looked around for new.
Wow. $1300 seemed the top end for a dryer, and $350 for a low end. Guess what we did.
But I don't know, those old beasts would run and run and run forever. I'm a little nervous about a new one. Light metal, easily popped together with plugs rather than screws, little wiring, and it took all of 35 minutes to build.
I think it's a Kenmore, so we'll see if we can get 20 years out of that one too.