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 Posted: Tue Oct 21st, 2008 05:38 pm
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I have an elderly Maytag DE313 that has given me years of service. It has started pinching  clothes, smudging clothes and making unhappy noises. You would open the dryer door at the end of the cycle to find a piece of clothing pinched and hanging from the front top portion of the drum.

I opened it up to find piles of shavings in the FRONT of the dryer and the drum support bulkhead completely worn through.

What is the means of support for the drum in the front? The drum is a little wobbly - hence the worn through bulkhead - what supports the drum in front? I replaced the rear drum rollers two years ago and they are still in good shape.

Two part repair issue: Replace front drum support system? Replace drum support bulkhead? It is worth it?

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The front of your drum rides on Teflon glides that are supported by cork and held on by rivets.  They are sold as a kit.   See link below

 

 http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=1309

 



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Thanks for the reply! I think the worn out drum bulkhead is my bigger problem, unless getting the drum back into alignment would put clothing out of the way of getting caught in the gash in the bulkhead.

The bulkhead doesn't seem to be available any longer, unless I could find one on an old machine.


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You may be looking at replacement, The reason being, when I have repaired dryers that have worn this bad, the part of the drum that rides on the glides is roughed up. Even after putting new glides and bulkhead into dryer it only lasted 6 months. The roughed up drum chewed thru the new glides quickly.

So take a close look at the drum itself and then add up how much everything will truly cost and if you are willing to possibly do it again in 6 months.

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It is called a front tumbler at "repair clinic" parts area

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Thanks for the reply! I didn't see that part at the repair clinic site, but I think that's the one. I imagine that the drum could be damaged, based on the wear to the bulkhead.

I think I am looking at replacement, if for no other reason than I have an almost new Maytag Performa set sitting in the garage from a friend's estate sale. The only issue is that the dryer is gas and my old one is electric, so I need to get the plumbing done. It doesn't seem to make any sense to spend much money or time on my old Maytag when those resources could be used to get the new machine up and running.

One more question related to that - we have propane. I will need  a conversion kit to go from natural gas to propane, won't I?

Any opinions on the Performa series? I've been so pleased with my old Maytag - going on 20 years service now with half of that time doing laundry for a family of 6. I don't expect the Performas will give me that kind of service, but they came cheap and should run for awhile.

Is there any reason I should switch out the Performa washer for my old Maytag? Less water use or anything like that?

Thanks again!

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conversion to propane, yes... post model number ..

have you ever calculated what electric vs. propane usage costs in your area ?
(I don't know)

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Maytag Performa MDG3500BWW.

While I haven't run the numbers to the penny, I believe propane will save me money.

Our electricity costs 13.6 cents per KWH (national average is ~9.49 cents) and my family contracts thousands of gallons of propane for our farm, so we get a pretty good price.

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