After a measly twenty-five years of service our old Kenmore dryer has given up the ghost. The other night we smelled a burning smell coming from it. As befits a daughter of a family of firefighters my wife immediately disconnected it from the outlet. We then checked it for heat. Nothing was apparent. When we moved it away from the wall we noticed an oil leak.
Our equally old Kenmore washing machine has been limping along at a minimally acceptable level of functionality for years (if you want hot water, you’ve got to run it in with a hose). So we’ve decided to replace both our washer and dryer.
Yesterday and the day before we researched the subject both in our old issues of Consumer Reports and online and did a bit of online shopping. My wife went to Abt, our appliance store of choice, on Thursday and I went there yesterday. Now we’ve bought a new washer and dryer which will be delivered and installed on Thursday.
Our new washer and dryer are feature-laden and heavy on electronics which does not particularly comfort me. They’re more expensive than my first car and I’m resigned to the reality that they will not be nearly as reliable or durable as our old ones were. I’ll install some sort of power conditioning to protect the most fragile parts of the gadgets, unquestionably the electronic circuit boards.