It was my turn to do the laundry, but I had to work a double shift. We were taking advantage of overtime to be able to put a good down payment on a new minivan. My wife called me and told me the clothes dryer was not drying the clothes. It got hot, but the clothes never moved in the drum. I knew that the belt had broken, but I was not home to even attempt to fix it. I might have been able to do it, but I figured a company that does major appliance repair in Sacramento would be the safer route.
I had my wife look up a place to call, and told her to call a few to see who would come out the fastest at the lowest cost for the service call. I told her to make sure she gave them the brand and model number of the dryer that is found on the sticker inside the door so they could bring a belt. It took the technician about 10 minutes to fix the dryer, and the service call was not expensive. The cost for the part and service call were a whole lot less than a new dryer. Plus, that old belt lasted for more than a decade of drying large loads of jeans and more. So, it would likely be fine to last another decade.
The technician also cleaned out the dryer with a vacuum. It had quite the buildup of lint and dog hair from hairs from our two doggies. That can be a fire hazard. My wife showed me pictures of all the buildup. I was surprised. A asked her to look to see how he lifted the top since there were no screws to remove it. I had looked before. She made a video with her cellphone showing him use a plain old putty knife to release a mechanism between the lid and front of the dryer. I would have never figured that out on my own.