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2016 Samsung dryer for a grand total of $61? Yes Please!
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Post# 952266   8/8/2017 at 23:42 (291 days old) by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

I found a Samsung gas dryer (not sure of model #, it's not in front of me at the moment) on one of my local (ish) Facebook for sale groups, listed as "Scrap Metal" for $40. Of course I had to read the listing, which went on to say it was being sold as scrap metal (but someone could probably fix and use at their own risk). The ad said it still ran and heated but made a loud thumping noise. It had been scheduled for service, but no one showed up, they called Samsung and they cut them a check and said go buy a new dryer. The warranty replacement required the seller to cut the cord and sell it as scrap metal only, not to be used. It was about half an hour away, so my Girlfriend and I jumped in the car and went. I'd already told the seller I would be repairing it to use, and he was totally fine with that. We got there to find a very nice neighborhood and a dryer that looked new. I wanted to hear it run to be sure it wasn't the motor or something else, so I spliced the cut ends of the cord together and plugged it in, hit start and immediately knew it was a bad roller. I paid the $40 without question and we loaded it in the back of my Prius, then chatted for a few minutes about cars (we both own Toyotas and love them). He said he would be in contact to see if I was able to get it going and we left. We had another stop to make, so didn't get home until late. I just unloaded it and moved it into the basement, and started digging in this morning. One bad roller, right rear. Quick trip to the appliance parts store and $21 later I had a new roller and shaft. Around 2 hours later, I had it running smooth and quiet as it should. Oiled all the rollers, cleaned out a slight bit of dog fur and lint, and it's like new (except for a blue stained drum from drying jeans... This dryer is pretty close to top of the line, something like 14 cycles, huge drum, steam, and it plays a cute little tune at the end of the cycle. Will be hooking it up to gas tomorrow and it will take the place of the slow, noisy, nearly 20 year old Norgetag Performa upstairs. For a total of $61 I think I did quite well. It seems fairly well built, and was actually much heavier than I expected. I will post pictures after it's been installed, I will have to raise the shelf above the washer and dryer about an inch, it's a very tall dryer. Rear control, window door, LED drum light that can be turned on during the cycle. Nice large, sturdy lint filter. Barely a scratch on the thing.

Post# 952323 , Reply# 1   8/9/2017 at 12:12 (290 days old) by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

Pics as promised. It's drying it's first load right now, we will see how it goes.

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Post# 952324 , Reply# 2   8/9/2017 at 12:18 (290 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        
Eco dry

Looking at the manual, it appears Eco Dry would drastictly reduce the drying temperature. Can you confirm that?

Post# 952335 , Reply# 3   8/9/2017 at 13:59 (290 days old) by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

I didn't get the manual with it, but I can look one up online, but yes, it semed to run at a very low temperature and took nearly 2 hours to dry an average load. Will try the next load without eco dry selected and see what happens. The moisture sensor seems to be spot on, I selected more dry (out of damp dry, normal dry, more dry and very dry) and the clothes seemed slightly over dried. Will try the next normal load on normal dry without eco dry.

Post# 952343 , Reply# 4   8/9/2017 at 14:38 (290 days old) by MrAlex (London, UK)        


Post# 952367 , Reply# 5   8/9/2017 at 17:33 (290 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Dustin, congratulations on a new dryer.  I hope you end up being very pleased with it. 

Post# 952395 , Reply# 6   8/9/2017 at 19:57 (290 days old) by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

So far I'm happy. I wouldn't have likely bought it new, for one the auto cycles have no flexibility at all, temps are set and you can only use eco dry and wrinkle prevent on certain cycles. Other than that, I think it should be a great dryer. It runs very quiet.

Post# 952406 , Reply# 7   8/9/2017 at 22:09 (290 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Many dryers with electronic controls have the various autodry cycles "hardwired" for temperature ... select a cycle per desired temperature, not according to the labeled fabric type.

Post# 952411 , Reply# 8   8/9/2017 at 22:38 (290 days old) by Dustin92 (Jackson, MI)        

Well, I guess at least you can get 2 temps on normal, medium by default and eco dry option, which seems to reduce the temperature significantly. I usually dry on low or medium, but heavy duty, towels, and bedding default to high. I'll just have to figure out what works best for our loads and run with it. Will honestly probably never use half the cycles. I'll likely use normal, towels, and bedding. Once I have a water line hooked up I may use the steam sanitize setting. I've only done one load so far, but it seems to work well and does it's job quietly with no rumbling like the norgetag did. Sounded like someone revving an engine outside.

Post# 952470 , Reply# 9   8/10/2017 at 06:26 (289 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Way to go!  I got my Frigidaire gas dryer from a guy in Nashville....for $20 because it wouldn't light.  I replaced the ignitor and a temp limit switch and fixed about $40

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