Here is an update on the washer and dryer situation:
We are no longer spending quarters as fast a a gambler at Presque Isle Downs and Casino.
I was able to fix the dryer using the SECOND part I had to buy. I should have trusted my electronics training rather than a repair guy who was in a hurry, but I probably saved a little bit of money compared to having the repair guy make another trip. The moral of the story is, learn a bit about electronics if you can.
The washer is dead and gone (it would have been $700.00 to fix), and replaced with a GE floor model that had a few scratches, but came with a 5 year complete warrantee and free shipping, and was $150.00 cheaper than a similar brand new model. It looks like we got to the store at just the right time. Front loaders seem to have gotten more reasonable over the last 5 years.
I have to say that we are disappointed with the short life of the Kenmore, but it may be that when we moved 1 1/2 years ago, we damaged it slightly and it started to wear badly. Otherwise, we just got a lemon.