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April 2nd, 2008 at 01:47 pm

My 27 year old dryer just died. No warning whatsoever. Just a large bang, and it was gone. Probably a belt or something. I think I'll just replace it since it is so very old. And inefficient, I'm sure. I've got some money I can use. The problem is the ability to get it done. Hubby can't help me get one into the house right now, so I will have to have one delivered. That way they can remove the old one, too. But, until I can get that done, I am without a dryer. And, boy, do we need it for the sheets and work clothes that I need to dry. Otherwise, I'll be ironing till the cows come home. Right now, I have socks laying everywhere. I'm going to get a drying rack tonight. I usually hang my stuff to dry anyway, but the dogs' bedding and our king-sized bedding will be a pain. Oh well, it's not that I didn't expect it sometime. Just wish it had waited until the summer. I sure hope this has a silver lining.....

10 Responses to “RIP.....”

  1. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    What brand was the 27 year old dryer?

    Sorry it went kaput!!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    My condolences to you, your dryer, and your pocketbook. Big Grin

  3. JanH Says:

    Lux, it was a Kenmore from 1981! And, I believe it cost about 200 dollars or so at the time!
    Thanks, BA!

  4. homebody Says:

    Wow 27 years? I'm impressed.

  5. disneysteve Says:

    The new one won't cost you a thing. It will cost so much less to operate than the old one that you'll get your money back in no time.

  6. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    I knew it - we had a Kenmore that lasted about 19 years.

    Disneysteve is right, a new efficient one will soon pay for itself.

  7. monkeymama Says:

    We had a Kenmore that lasted about as long. Of course the washer went out and we decided to hedge our bets and buy a new washer and dryer (Kenmore, of course). IT was time.

    They just don't make things like they used to though.

    I would take our old washer/dryer any day. The new ones are energy efficient but we haven't noticed much savings. But anyway, I think the quality of our 25-year-old washer and dryer was MUCH better, personally.

    Sorry to rain on your parade. The silver lining is they look cooler. LOL.

  8. monkeymama Says:

    Jan - LOL - I just saw your response - ours was 1981 Kenmore too!!!!! and they person we gave away the washer too said it was a simple repair. !! I am sure they would both be going strong today if we had wanted to keep them.

    But yeah the washer gave out 2005. Dryer was fine.

    RIP, indeed.

  9. Astere Says:

    Just saw your blog today. I bought a Kenmore washer and dryer at end of 1978. Although the washer sounds like a garbge truck at times washing a lawge load, the dryer worked pretty good until the 'timer' knob broke. I thought I was going to have to get a new one and used needle-nose pliers to turn the knob stem to keep the dryer going until I could. Then a plumber I had come in for the hot water tank (another story) told me where I could go to get a replacement knob. Cost $26 including tax, but I should be able to get another 3-4 years (knock on wood) out of it.

  10. Astere Says:

    PS: I also bought a Kenmore refrigerator/freezer and range at that time. The refrigerator is still going strong, albeit with an occasional squeal (husband thinks motor) but the range went kaput December 2006. Got a new Kenmore range January 2007 but don't anticipate it lasting as long as the last one. I really hope the refig doesn't go anytime soon; it has a good tight seal and is perfect for our needs.

    Am having to have a new roof put on this coming week (around $4000, but thankfully the insurance is paying part of it) and need a good long while to build back up our emergency/household fund.

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