Model T Dryer

When we bought our house, a 20 year old Kenmore washer and dryer set stood in the basement.

We attempted to turn on both but the only response we got was the sound of a protesting motor. We took the washer apart and found that standing water had been in the basement at some point, completely rusting out the motor and seizing it up.

The original washer motor. 
Note the switch on the upper right hand side
We scored a new motor on ebay for $40, installed, and she ran like new! The dryer motor looked better but a lot of the wiring connectors had become corroded. So we took everything apart and cleaned it up and she also ran like a dream. Sort of.  The run coil in the motor works just fine. However the starting coil in the motor does not. For those of you who do not know what that means (like me, a few months ago), there is is a "jump start" sort of action that happens from the starter coil - an extra kick that gets the drum spinning. So the dryer runs and the drum will turn, but it can't get the initial spin started on its own. The solution? Bypass the wiring so the dryer thinks the door is shut when it's actually open. Then, simultaneously give the drum a good, hard, counter-clockwise push while depressing the start button. And she spins! Then shut the door and it runs as per usual. I have named her my Model T Dryer.

(Also, the first couple of runs we also nearly set our clothes on fire as the heat sensor didn't work properly and the interior would reach insane temperatures. However, we discovered that the heat sensors on the timed cycle work just fine and clothes are dried perfectly.)

My mother in law told me early on, if you’re a girl who needs new things, don’t stay with with my son. "You will always have old things, repaired things, and well maintained things, but not a lot of new things. It will be 20 years old but will run like the day you bought it." She was right. And I am completely delighted with both my husband and our wonderful old things.


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