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5 year old dryer
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Post# 299103   8/25/2008 at 10:31 (3,682 days old) by dixieland (Memphis)        

I moved across town over the weekend. I was going to use my washer/dryer in the new place and sell my new roommates old ones but upon moving my washer I noticed it was spraying an oily substance all over the floor in my old laundry room. This explains why the machine was so noisey and sometimes acted up.

Anyway - I am going to eventually buy a new set. I will toss out the old washer and sell the dryer.

What would be a good price for a 5 year old Whirlpool accu-dry Dryer?

Post# 299109 , Reply# 1   8/25/2008 at 10:57 (3,682 days old) by volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
What kind?

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What kind of washer and dryer are they? An oil leaking washer may be an easy fix.

What are the brands, ages, and (if you can get them) models?

We'll try to help, but used appliances aren't generally worth much. Look on your local Craig's List to see what they are going for, just watch out because some motivated sellers sell for way less than they are worth.


Post# 299127 , Reply# 2   8/25/2008 at 12:23 (3,682 days old) by dixieland (Memphis)        

the dryer is a WHIRLPOOL accu-dry Dryer. I do not have model numbers here at work.

The washer started "messing up" about 6 months ago. It would no longer spin during the rinse cycles. The brake or some gear mechanism that actually stopped the spinning sounded like a gunshot. Who knows what the issue really is. I am sure that repairing it would be almost as expensive as buying new.

Post# 299130 , Reply# 3   8/25/2008 at 12:48 (3,682 days old) by volvoguy87 (Cincinnati, OH)        
Whirlpool washer?

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If it's a conventional top-loading Whirlpool washer, you have just described a coupler failure. It's pretty common and very cheap and easy to fix yourself.

This type of washer uses a rubber coupler to connect the motor to the transmission. The rubber coupler is designed to fail if your washer is overloaded to avoid damaging the transmission. Because of this, it is an intentionally weak part. It also wears over time and fails. A new part is about $15.00, I think.

The link below is to a very well written page on exactly how to replace this part with lots of informative links. The guy who wrote it has a sense of humor, but his instructions are very good.

Good luck,


Post# 299134 , Reply# 4   8/25/2008 at 13:53 (3,682 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Oil leaking

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All - an oil leak, I mean more than a few drops of clean, golden looking oil on the floor, is often indicative of a spin tube seal failure, which can be time consuming to fix.

I replace that seal as a matter of any washer work if I am working in the vacinity, but I would imagine that a paid servicer's charge on that would be pricey as it involves pulling the transmission and basket drive completely out of the machine.

Whether or not this had anything to do with the spin function issues remains to be seen, but it's possible. Water contamination thru the spin tube I thought was more of a belt-drive problem, but the design is much the same in this area on direct drive machines, so I presume the same could happen.


Post# 299164 , Reply# 5   8/25/2008 at 15:27 (3,682 days old) by dixieland (Memphis)        

Thanks for the help. The oil on the floors beneath the washer was really dirty and looked as if it came from a small explosion. I figure this happened back a few months ago when the machine decided to stop spinning one day. I left it unplugged for a few days and then turned it back on and it worked but it maid a loud "bang" anytime the spin would stop.

I like the machines (both of them) but I really don't have the time to tinker with them at this point. If I can get $100 - $125 out of the dryer, I'll be fine with sending the washer to some organization or a landfill.

Post# 299171 , Reply# 6   8/25/2008 at 16:11 (3,682 days old) by jaytag ()        
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I think you are right on for a 5 yr old dryer, post it on CL for $125 and you will move it quickly. Electric Dryers go quick here in Atlanta. No one wants gas. Good luck on selling the dryer.

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