Gas Dryer: If it ain't broke...?
Looks like we're about to replace our 8 yr old $400 Danby with a Speed Queen. I will miss washing our cotton napkins at 200 degrees, but I won't miss its weird noises which signaled its imminent demise. We got our money's worth, anyway, and after removing the back it doesn't look like a simple fix like replacing a belt.
Our Kenmore gas dryer was purchased with the Danby's predecessor close to 25 years ago in late 1988. The lint trap is on top just under the controls, and the plastic facing that covers it recently broke off so I have to pull it out using the curved end of a hanger. Otherwise, it works fine and seems to heat as well as when we purchased it. I like having gas, and I particularly like having a hamper style door. Our W/D is in the basement so I don't give a fig about having a matching set.
Your thoughts about buying a new dryer now? Money IS a concern because it is possible that DH may go on strike again, my income has gone down drastically, and we are paying for DD's college. How long do gas dryers last?