I have a 1983 Whirlpool dryer (the LE5790XM model to be precise) that came with my new house. I’m partial to anything that came of age in the 80s given that’s when I came of age, so when it broke I decided to try and save it. Having never worked on a major appliance before I put it off for a while, forcing the family to hang dry everything. But I’d heard dryers were pretty simple to work on. After scouring forums on the web I was pretty sure I had to replace the rear felt seal on the dryer given all the diagnoses I read online of the sounds my dryer was making.
So I did a search for Whirlpool and rear felt seal and up came the following video from repairclinic.com on YouTube.
After watching this I was pretty sure this was the easiest of jobs. And as an aside think about how much better this video is in terms of teaching me than any textual document could be. I wish some folks on the NMC list-serve would think a bit about all the things video does offer us that text can’t—texts undying position of ongoing privilege is a condition of academia (and tradition)—not the world at large.
Once I opened the dryer to check everything out I realized I had let the bad felt seal go too long and the rollers that spin the dryer were also shot. And, as it turns out, repairclinic.com had a video for that too:
So, I ordered a new rear felt seal and new rollers for about $60 and spent an hour or so yesterday fixing my dryer. And you know what—it works!! And I have the video to prove it 😉
Finally, take a look at the links above to the repairclinic.com’s replacement pieces. Not only do they include all the parts and details about them, but each one is accompanied by a YouTube video showing you how to install them. You better believe I bought my parts from repairclinic.com, what a cool service, and what a boon for repairing your stuff using the web as a resource. This post may seem divorced from my edtech stuf, but for me it is at the heart of it. This is more than video learning, this is video learning through context and a particular need—how do we do that online at instituions? Do we? Well, repairclinic has got it figured out, and I can attest their model works.