broken tumble dryer - repair/replace?

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We have a dilemma and I'd appreciate the opinions of MSE's

Our Whirlpool 6th Sense Condenser tumble dryer is only 10 months old and it's not heating the air any more. We bought it reduced, as a 6 month old refurbished item and it's not covered under any warranty :sad:

I've enquired with Whirlpool about a replacement heating element, but that's going to cost £85, so for now I've got us another clothes airer (clothes are taking aaaaages to dry).
What's the best thing to do? Just had to fork out £850 in the last month for the car :eek:
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  • greyteam1959
    greyteam1959 Posts: 4,585 Forumite
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    Has the whole element gone or just a wire come off or something else simple ???
  • lovethymini
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    No visible faults, it's just not heating the air. Husband did wonder if the electrical thingy wasn't telling the heater what to do (sorry, not technical-headed)
  • elektra-2007
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    You could sign upto somthing like Homeserve.com...then ring them in a few weeks and get it rpleced you can insure all your kitchen items...They are the ones that come out when you item breaks down under warrenty.
    Im sure my mum pays £10 a month and it covers 4 kitchen items
  • elektra-2007
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    Sorry just spoke to my mum she uses domgen
    which is domestic and general
  • ormus
    ormus Posts: 42,714 Forumite
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    domgem is a ripoff. cost my auntie 37 quid delivery and an excess of 26 quid for a new oven.
    plus she had no oven over the xmas period.
    dont buy any warranty.

    re the tumble dryer. a new one is from 180 quid from john lewis with a free 2 yr warranty.
    Get some gorm.
  • mymatebob
    mymatebob Posts: 2,199 Forumite
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    My Whirlpool stopped heating after many a long years service.
    Bought a spare heating element for about £20 (including postage) from ebay.
    Fitted it and back up and running in less than an hour
  • lovethymini
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    mymatebob wrote: »
    My Whirlpool stopped heating after many a long years service.
    Bought a spare heating element for about £20 (including postage) from ebay.
    Fitted it and back up and running in less than an hour


    Thanks - looked on Ebay and didn't see one for our model. It wasn't even on Whirlpool's website, had to email them.
  • Suzy_M
    Suzy_M Posts: 777 Forumite
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    Try diytools.co.uk.

    I've just ordered some spare parts for a 25 year old washing machine from them.
  • mymatebob
    mymatebob Posts: 2,199 Forumite
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    Thanks - looked on Ebay and didn't see one for our model. It wasn't even on Whirlpool's website, had to email them.

    There seem to be a lot of generic bits for most machines.

    If you want you can send me the model number and I'll have a look.
  • dld2s
    dld2s Posts: 441 Forumite
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    www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk is good for advice and parts
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