So when the washer died we figured it wasn't worth trying to get it fixed and just went and found a new set. We went for the high capacity, front-loading set by LG. The set is supposed to be matched up so that the dryer dries a load of clothes in the same time it takes the washer to wash a load - and these loads are big. What used to be 5 or 6 loads is now 3.
The new dryer has been working better than the old one, but it wasn't quite keeping up with the washer. A lot better, but not quite as good as it was supposed to be. So a couple weeks ago, Jeffrey took out all of the ductwork that vented the dryer to the outside and replaced it. Now, the dryer gets the whole load of clothes dry in less time than it takes the washer to wash the next load.
How cool is that? But now I'll have to decide - do I want to start washing towels on Mondays again?