Yep. I’m more likely to kill the appliance completely than I am to restore it to good health. Well, that is certainly the case with clothes dryers. I might forget that as a specialty and just work with other “patients”.
For some time now, our clothes dryer has been making a funny kind of sound. A bit like a popsicle stick stuck somewhere and catching on something as the drum was turning. It got a little louder over the weekend, and being the inside, rainy kind of weekend that it was, I thought it was a good time to check out what was going on. As you do.
Well, I quickly worked out that going through the top was not an option. I looked around at the screws, and decided that going through the bottom was the best bet. Imagine that advert on TV where the mechanic is telling the vehicle owner that he had to take apart everything from the bottom of the engine in order to discover the spark plugs needed cleaning. That turned out more or less the methodology adopted by my own fair self.
There are a lot of screws on a dryer. A lot. Four of them in particular are important. They help keep the motor fixed in place. Being fixed in place is extremely important to the health of the dryer. Just undoing those screws and peering inside is enough to loosen all sorts of things. Like a fan and a drum belt. And when you do the screws up without realising that you have moved some vital organs, well, your machine starts to make Crash-Baboom-BABOOM sounds and begins to sound very very unwell indeed. Potentially explosive even. Ooops!
So yesterday, I called our favourite appliance repair company. They were here this morning and cheerfully had a laugh. No, he said. You don’t go through the bottom, you go through the back. Otherwise you will kill your machine.
Turns out it was a bearing that needed replacing. After replacing that, and moving all the vital organs back into their proper places, the dryer is back to full health. And I have promised not to attempt surgery on my dryer again.