Fix or Replace F&P top loading dryer?
We've owned the washer and dryer set for 5 years, but we have a family of 10, so probably has had the equivalent of a 10-yr-old set in more average-sized homes.
We've already had to replace the bearing in the dryer due to loud screeching, which, from internet searches, is a common thing with these dryers. It's starting to screech again on occasion, so likely time for a new one again. But last night a burning smell got our attention, and the dryer drum and clothes were VERY hot. We could try replacing the thermostat and heating elements, and hope that fixes it. Or do we cut our losses at the age, use, history, and reputation of the unit, and roll again? Internet searches turn up reports of chintzy wiring involving the heating element. Not an expert, I'm unsure if changing the parts also addresses the wiring issue.
The F&P laundry set in our previous home worked like a dream for years and years. This one, not so much. We replaced the board on the washer just weeks out of warranty. About a year later, it stopped recirculating and would stop in the cycle as soon as it got to the spray types of wash or rinse. Although we replaced the recirculating pump (or maybe it was pump motor), the problem wasn't solved. The next step would've been another new mother board, and since we could run the machine as long as we used the permanent press cycle, we've just done that, rather than spend more money in parts or repairs. So if we get a new dryer, we'd probably get a new washer, too.
I'm thinking about Speed Queen for durability, but don't want to jump to that expense if it's not a prudent step.