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Hey Sensai!

I'm pretty handy but need guidance to dismantle our dryer to replace parts that make it squeal. It squeals loaded or unloaded, hot or cold, and there is a wide gap at the bottom front of the drum which catches clothes.

The "GE Cares" repair guy wanted $270.00 to repair this beast. $205.00 in LABOR! WOW! He says he has to practically dismantle the thing to get at the worn parts. I paid him $50.00 for that advice.

We only paid $260.00 for it brand new 5 years ago. I replaced the on/off switch a while back at a cost of $57.00 for the part.

Should I just replace this puppy..and get a new one..or repair it. If you advise repair it, how do I get it apart. I don't want to damage anything by guessing. By the way I bought a Dryer Repair Manual but it turned out to be for models pre-1994. It was useless. I sent that back for a refund.

Help!

 

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So...when is a GE not a GE? When it's a FRIGGIN' FRIGGIDAIRE!

http://www.repairclinic.com/dbimages/00000929/00280883.jpg

Upper Glides and felt seal, RepairClinic.com part number 274452

http://www.repairclinic.com/dbimages/00000529/00160271.jpg

Lower felt seal, RepairClinic.com part number 277130


http://fixitnow.com/wp/2005/03/17/field-notes-frigidaire-dryer-front-drum-glide-replacement/

Our illustrious leader's guide to this repair. Ignore the GE instructions and follow the "Frigidaire and White-Westinghouse" section. Replace both the upper and lower seals while you're in there, you'll thank us for the advice later.

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Thanks for the fast response!

Questions:

A) How do I replace the bottom seal? Is it pretty obvious or do you have another secret trick (that doesn't involve inhaling anything)?

B) Can I lube the rear ball without having to take out the whole drum?

C) The Repair Clinic manual I returned was for GE pre-1994. Should I consider a Frigidaire/White Westinghouse manual instead?

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Man, this is crazy.....seems we have no way to know what brand anything is anymore by the name stamped on the front and the model number till we actually get a visual on the guts of the thing.....:shock:  Frigidaire dryer with GE name?? :?  That said be glad this is a Frigidaire dryer, will be easier to work on and might hold up better than any new GE dryer....the adhesive comes with the top seal/glide assy and will be plenty left to do the bottom seal....no hazard gear required...;)



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Hi Pegi.

This IS really crazy! I popped the top per Mad Mac's instructions and it's exactly as he pictured! It IS a Frigidaire. It also looks like I need to take the drum out to get at the ball to lube it - IF there really IS a ball? Now I don't know for sure. This is really confusing. I look up GE parts by Model# DBL333EA0WW but this is really a Frigidaire. Should I be looking up Frigidaire parts? Before I order anything I want to be as sure as can be because the machine is in a very tight spot and I have to remove it to an open area to work on it.

Help!

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On one of the forums (maybe here?) I recently ran across a Friggidaire stack which was actually a Whirlpool "Thin Twin"! I've seen the Friggidaire dryer with the GE name "in the flesh, also seen a Friggidaire stack with a GE badge.



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You would order parts per the model number on the unit, Mad Mac gave you the links for the front glides...the ball and socket is in the rear and the drum would pull up out of the cabinet...might try to lube it with hi-temp grease in place first if it does not look chewed up.



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Thanks Mac & Pegi.

If I take out the drum, maybe it's a good idea to replace the little nylon retainer that the ball rides in? And, replace the belt too? GEEZ! Is it worth rebuilding the darn thing? It's now 5-years old and we only paid $260.00 new for it.

There is a sale right now on Whirlpool large capacity electric dryers in our town for $399.00. That's about $100 off the regular price. http://www.ratings.net gives the Whirlpool and overall 8.4 rating (out of a perfect 10).

If it was your money, what would you do?

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I would fix this dryer, this is normal wear and tear.....



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jimoferie wrote:
Thanks Mac & Pegi.

If I take out the drum, maybe it's a good idea to replace the little nylon retainer that the ball rides in? And, replace the belt too? GEEZ! Is it worth rebuilding the darn thing? It's now 5-years old and we only paid $260.00 new for it.

There is a sale right now on Whirlpool large capacity electric dryers in our town for $399.00. That's about $100 off the regular price. http://www.ratings.net gives the Whirlpool and overall 8.4 rating (out of a perfect 10).

If it was your money, what would you do?

Jimoferie


Well, If you don't mind doing this again every 5 years or sooner if you overload the dryer often, then go ahead and repair it.

If you have the finances to purchase the Whirlpool machine, (that is if it's the one with the lint filter on top), that would be a much better unit in the long run.

Now about purchasing parts for your G.E. by Frigidaire if you go that route. Find the parts that you need and if you can only get the G.E. part# get someone that knows what they are doing and convert those G.E. part numbers to the same Frigidaire part #. The reason for this is if you order the exact same parts with the G.E. part# and packaging you will usually be paying 2 to 3 times more for the same exact part.



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Front glide assy, frigidaire part # is 5303937139.

CLICK HERE



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Hey..Thanks! to all who helped on this.

It looks like we will just replace the machine rather than repair it. Your input gave us the pro's and con's so we could make an informed decision.

This is a great board! And, you are great folks!

Jimof erie

 

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Pegi wrote:
Front glide assy, frigidaire part # is 5303937139.

CLICK HERE



Ok and to make my point about how G.E. sucks, (Like I really need to do that, ha ha).


Frigidaire number and packaged part 5303937139 $28.90 see above

GE number and packaged part WE03X10001 $53.75 CLICK HERE to see (EXACT SAME PART)

Every once in awhile you will find a good deal on a GE part but not very often, (I remember recently I purchased the lower front seals like for the above dryer as a GE part because it was actually cheaper the the Frigidaire branded part).



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I saw that too! The glides were vastly different in price so I called a local parts dealer who said the same thing. What a rip-off by GE! They bring "good things" to their bottom line NOT to our "life"! He also told me that, in the not too distant future, very few big companies will build washers/dryers because profit is only 2%-3%. They will sub-contract to China. The retail price will come down too, but, will quality?

It is probably a good idea to buy the Repair Manual when you buy the machine. That's what we will do in the future.

Again...THANKS! to everyone who guided us on this problem.

Jimoferie

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