The strange sound started in our LG dryer more than a week ago. It whined. It whirred. It sounded, well, broken.
After shutting it off — oh, I am that smart, at least — I poked around the back of the stack, and noticed that the metal part that attached the exhaust hose to the dryer had worked its way loose. Oh, my. Part of it had sheared off from the machine. A trip to Lowe’s, though, brought back the part we needed, and my dear wife Karen and I worked well together in the hard-to-reach laundry spot to install the new metal doohickey and reattach the hoses.
We turned it on. Whir. The air was going out to where it needed to free itself, but the bad sound remained.
I broke down and called the company that had fixed the matching washer a year or so ago.
And the nice man showed up at our house, repair tools in his satchel.
We looked. He listened. His verdict: Something was caught inside.
He took out his longest set of pliers and started fishing. Out came one gnarled sock. He peered back in the hole and saw more. He said we must have run the dryer without the filter in its place. No way would we do that, I answered.
The second sock was more stubborn in its hold of the motor. He had to take the dryer apart.
I went back into the living room to allow him working space.
He called me in to hear the quiet sound.
And he showed me the mass he pulled out of that hole.
So that’s where our lost socks hang out. How they got in there was beyond me.
The bill for the fix: $140. Better than a burned-out motor, I surmised. The repair man agreed.
And then my dear wife returned home from work. She loved her quiet dryer. I wondered again how those socks got past the filter and down that exhaust chute. Well, she said, there was just that one time she ran the machine, only a couple minutes before discovering that …
What’s the latest repair you’ve had to call in the posse to complete? How often do you lose socks after a wash day? What’s the most you’ve had to spend on a household appliance repair, and how long did the fix last?