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Question DetailsAsked on 4/17/2014

is it worth replacing a dryer drum seal

some of my cloths have gotten several small holes in them. I believe the dryer seal is damaged. the dryer is 13 years old wondering if its worth replacing or just get a new one

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If the dryer is working well otherwise and has been reliable, then sure - clothes dryers commonly last 20+ years - ours is 35 years old and has been resealed and heating element replaced only once, and just had the heat sensors replaced for the first time, and working fine. Not tough to do yourself if mechanically inclined, either.

Otherwise, assuming it has not had preventative maintenance since it was new, I would recommend all the drum and door and lint trap seals and the drive belt be replaced, and the interior (underside/motor area) be cleaned. Labor cost should be the same for all that as for just the drum seals (front and back) replacement, so the only added cost will be for the lint trap seal and the drive belt - probably about $15-20 more, but likely to save you a service call for them in a few years. If it always thumps as it turns (not just with heavy items in it), then the rubber rollers should be replaced too for about $10-15 more. Total parts cost when I did it a couple of years ago was about $60 on a Whirlpool electric dryer - labor today would probably be about $150, so I would expect your total bill to be about $200-250 range. Be sure to provide make and model up front so they don't make a needless trip without the needed parts.

NOTE - the new seals are installed with a brown or black heat-setting glue, and if it gets on your clothes it is like tar and will NOT come out - so do a couple of loads of towels, throw rugs, dog mats, floor mats, blankets and the like as your first wash and dry loads after the repair. And be sure to get AND pay attention to his instructions on curing - some glues they want you to let sit for a couple of hours first then do a air-only (no heat) cycle, others want an immediate or couple of hour later permanent press cycle to cure it before the first laundry load. Will stink a bit too - generally a burnt plastic or tarry smell for about 15 minutes while it cures.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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