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The Continuing Saga of the Joys of Home Ownership - trinalin thinks things through
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trinalin
The Continuing Saga of the Joys of Home Ownership
My clothes dryer is being inefficient. I'm 99% convinced it's because of the vent being clogged by lint. Dad and I fiddled with the tube that goes outside, but I think we've cleared that out pretty well. So it's just a matter of getting rid of the blockage in the dryer itself. I was down in the basement today trying to get rid of the blockage. And I've got a load in the dryer now attempting to get dry. (It's basically like a sauna when I open it - lots of heat, lots of moisture. Hence my conviction that air/moisture isn't venting.)

While moving the dryer out to fiddle with the back, I accidentally undid the external ground wire. I checked with dad (who is a qualified electrician, among his many talents) who said it was best if I unplugged the dryer before reattaching it. Of course, no actual plug - the dryer is hardwired in. No matter, it's hardwired directly to a circuit breaker. So I turned off the circuit and reattached the ground wire. It's times like that when I realize that I actually am growing up. :-) (Yeah, Trina, you're 34, you'd better be growing up!)

I'm just hoping that I've sorted out the vent blockage because the next step is to pay for a repairman to fix it. And if that won't work, buy a new dryer. (Isn't that the way - get your tax rebate & suddenly appliances decide they need fixing/replacing.)

As always, to keep me grounded in frivolity, Leo insisted that we play with one of his toys for 15 or so minutes. I love my cat - it makes being a grown up easier to bear. :-)

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: "Si Ya No Estas Aqui" by Ricky Martin

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kalibex From: kalibex Date: February 8th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Ki'kat!!!

gdwessel From: gdwessel Date: February 8th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Could it be your heating element is jakked up?
samantha2074 From: samantha2074 Date: February 8th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh. I was complaining the other day about my dryer taking longer than usual of late to dry and someone suggested clearing out the vent. I hadn't even thought of that. Haven't had a chance to try it yet.
barbthebrazen From: barbthebrazen Date: February 8th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that always the way though? Its like the house senses you have extra cash to spend so starts breaking down.

*strokes walls of own house*

But I love my house anyway. *grins*
warinbabylon From: warinbabylon Date: February 8th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've informed the house that we're broke and hence it will not get treatment for broken down things. So far it's worked.

I know our dryer did stuff like that after it sucked lint from the lint collector and just clogged up inside. I would have thought cleaning out the external vent would have done it for you. The only other thing would be the heater unit, but you have heat!

You could try reverse psychology on it. :D
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