Aside from cleaning the lint filter and the vent piping, there reallyis
none. The serivce contract would not cover the vent anyway.
Service contracts are very proftitable for the sellers. If yo were to set
aside the money that contracts would cost for all your appliances, you'd
have a better retirement as well as good running appliances. Very few
people ever come out ahead on them.
Edwin is right on the money. Service contracts are weighted highly in favor
of the seller. They seldom pay for themselves.
Besides, an electric clothes dryer is one of the simplest appliances made
and most people could perform their own repairs with a quick trip to their
Public Library to get a repair manual and spend a little time reading it.
I was asking about regular maintenance. Apparently, apart from the obvious
"clean the lint", there is no maintenance required!!!
So what in Martha's name does Sears do when they come over to perform
The motor turns the drum. There are different ways of doing this, but many
have a belt. The motor has a pulley, the back of the drum has a pulley,
between them is a belt, just like the fan belt on your car. I don't know
how often they should be replaced, but mine is 22 years old and still works.
I did have a drum support replaced once. That was about $50 or so including
labor. That is the total cost of repairs over the past 22 years. Add up the
cost of a service policy for that long. My guess is that I could have
bought a few brand new dryers in that time with the savings. .
For some more basic information, go to www.repairclinic.com They show some
of the common parts that have to be replaced or maintained. Also check
www.appliance411.com for much good info.
I was a sears guy in 1996, I say that with no pride.
My field was heating, AC, and water softeners. And refrigerators.
We'd go clean it out a little, and if it had a motor, maybe a drop of oil.
Not much more. And you have to phone to request a maint check, they won't
come out automatically.
Skip the MA.
Regular maintenace should be a good cleaning....venitng and vent hood
every year and the inside of the dryer every 2-5 years depending on
use. Not much that should be oiled in a dryer either!! JMO!!
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