Have a 15 y/o Whirlpool Gas Dryer that's producing no heat at all.
Not a venting or lint problem.
It's been a great dryer with no problems at all although I noticed about a
year ago it was taking longer to dry clothes.
Based on the fact that it produces no heat should I repair it or replace it?
If I replace it is Whirlpool still a good brand to buy?
What other manufactures make good clothes dryers?
Could be something simple, like an igniter, could be more complex like a
control or gas valve.
At 15 years it is near the end of its normal life, but my Maytag is 26 years
with one minor repair. Crap shoot on the repair/replace until you know the
cost. Under $100, repair, 100 to 200, questionable, over $200 I'd replace.
Go to www.repairclinic.com for some troubleshooting ideas.
Whirlpool is still one of the better brands. My local dealer recommends
them, Amana, Maytag.
Unless you can diagnose and then fix it if it's cost effective, junk
it. It's not worth the service call to find out what's wrong on a 15
year old unit. You can go to Consumer's Reports website for rating
info on new ones.
Well, you've got to pull it out to replace it. Why not check to see if the
igniter/pilot light still works? Maybe the thermostat-dohicky.
Longer to dry MAY be a lint-clog in the exhaust vent and a new dryer may not
If you're a DIY'er you can probably fix it for less than $50 in
materials. Otherwise the cost of parts and labor would come close to
the price of a new dryer.
As for brands, one aspect of most Whirlpools is that both the intake and
exhaust air paths are on the same side of the drum. Compare that with
Maytag or GE where the exhaust is drawn from the front of the drum,
which provides better air circulation and more efficient drying IMHO.
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