What to Do with Old Appliances? Vin DiBiasio, Guest Author


Yes, it is the original

It is with sadness that I report the loss of a part of our household which has served our family well for over 46 years; our 1970 GE Gas Dryer.

Needing a minimal amount of attention, on only two occasions in 46 years have I had to disassemble it to instill in it a new life at minimal cost.
Yes, our 1970 GE gas dryer still works but with a slight thumping. It is time to recycle the steel and buy a new one.

About 10 years ago I called GE to see if I could purchase a repair manual. They didn’t have a record of such a model. I guess you can say, “They don’t make them like they used to.”
Did we get our money’s worth? You bet.

I suppose I could take the time to once more disassemble it, but I’m getting too old. Lo and behold they have dryers with sensors that stop the dryer when the clothes are dry. Wow! What will they think of next?
We purchased a Kenmore gas dryer online with 8-10 cycles, steam to prevent wrinkles and a drying sensor.

Perhaps GE would be interested in my gas dryer for their museum. Or maybe not. There are no instructions.

© 2017

By | 2017-07-10T16:10:05+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Guest Author|6 Comments


  1. Barbara Beau February 6, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    too funny….LOL at the instructions manual sentence at the end…..they sure don’t make them to last that long anymore…I have a 43 year old Kitchenaid dishwasher still running strong. I would like to buy a new quiet model, but hubby won’t let me…..

    • Ed February 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Just keep it running. Too expensive to replace. I know how your husband feels. However, However… the price for an appliance house call… Scary…

  2. June Champagne February 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Dr Iannuccilli,

    I don’t recall what my parents and aunts did with their old refrigerators or washer/dryers; but I do know that my mother’s attic was the “resting place” for every refrigerator shelf or drawer that was ever owned by my family. My dad loved tinkering around and would ask my mom if she had something to drain the oil out of the car, or if she would go find a something to used in the garden to cover the plants (to make a greenhouse effect)/! When my dad was moving out of his home, we had to clean out the house and if there weren’t at least a dozen or so shelves and I don’t know how many drawers. (Note: they didn’t buy many appliances back then, things seems to last forever; but somehow we ended up with all those shelves and drawers!!!!!!)

    • Ed February 6, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Love it, June. Interesting how people thought, one of those thoughts being not to get rid of anything.
      My grandparents used the old ice box to store Mason jars.
      Thanks for you comments. Always good.

  3. Katharine White February 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Dear Dr. Ed-This is such a great topic-I have always wondered whether people really read all the instruction manuals which are proliferous and tiny print. We just hope the appliances last forever! And they often do..just may not have all the fancy new features.

    • Ed February 8, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      Got a ton of instruction booklets in any number of drawers. Gad.
      Have you seen the cost of a home visit by an appliance repair man? Why it is more than a house call by a physician.
      Oops, forgot.

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