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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Where To Find Appliance Replacements Parts?

The knobs on my dryer started to break shortly after I got it. I was not very impressed to say the least. The bigger problem was that I could not find any replacement knobs.

The first thing I did is move a good knob to the broken place which, of course, was the on off switch.

knob missing and mismatched knob

Now where you go looking for appliance replacement parts? I tried a local store and even they did not have the exact one. I got one that fit on the piece sticking out of the dryer console. Who knew that not all knobs are identical. As you can see in the picture above a second knob failed and that function is now permanently set to the on position.

Last weekend while looking for something else at Home Depot, I asked about knobs and a very helpful gentleman told me that I should try their Parts & Accessories department and handed me a business card with toll-free phone number. This is the phone number for Canada, I don't know if it will work in the US.

I ordered 2 new knobs on a Monday afternoon and on Tuesday lunchtime they arrived. I was impressed.

Now all I had to do was take a picture of my current knob situation and then put one of the new knobs on the empty spot and replace the mismatched one with one of the new knobs and take another picture.

Now my dryer looks like new and works like new.
all matching knobs that work

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