I'm doing a few loads of laundry today, my last day of a 2 week vacation. It's Sunday.
I put my first load into the drier, started my second load in the washer, then cleaned the lint tray and pushed the start button on the drier.
Nothing. No click. No hum. No sound at all. Absolutely nothing.
I pushed the button several more times, pressing harder each time (because you know if you really punch the button the machine will miraculously start, right?) I fiddled with the dials thinking maybe it would start on a different setting. Nope. No go. I checked the plug, yup plugged in. I checked the fuse (silly because the washer, which is on the same circuit, was working just fine.)
Pushed the start button again. Nope. Still not working.
I had a brilliant thought -- maybe the exhaust is blocked (even though I cleaned that out a couple of months ago) so I pulled the machine away from the wall, disconnected the exhaust and there was no blockage.
Pushed the start button again, this time holding it down (maybe I didn't push it hard/long enough?) Sigh.
Then I thought Oh. We had quite a bit of snow. Maybe the outside vent is covered in snow. So I bundled myself up, armed with a shovel, braved the blizzard and saw that the vent was clear, only by a couple of inches. I shoveled a bunch of the snow away.
I went back inside, thawed out for a bit, thinking to myself "Today is Sunday. I do not want to pay for an emergency repair call but after 2 weeks vacation I really can't call in tomorrow! Plus the weather is going to be worse tomorrow. Will I be able to get someone out tomorrow?" ARGH! What to do?
I went back downstairs. Stared at that stupid start button just willing it to work.
Gentle press of the button this time (sometimes things miraculously work with kindness, doncha know) . . . Nope. Still not starting.
I resigned myself to hang drying everything and worry about repair tomorrow (after all, tomorrow is another day) so I gathered all my hangers went to open the drier door and saw . . .
. . . the drier door wasn't closed all the way.
I closed the door, pressed the start button and miracle of miracles the machine started just like it's supposed to.
Sigh. Yeah, I feel stupid.