Repairing a Samsung front-loading dryer

A few days ago my wife emailed me to say our dryer was screwed up. Her evaluation of the situation was “it smells like burnt rubber and is making a horrible sound”. So I had her unplug it and make sure it wasn’t smoldering or outright on fire.

That evening I was having an internal debate about whether to dig in and try to assess and fix the thing myself, call somebody, or just cut right to buying a new one. This thing is seven years old afterall and I have the impression they make these things to last about 5 years. However, my wife description of the smell of burnt rubber sounded awfully like a belt was involved, and I hate to buy a whole new appliance just because of a belt.