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Online Appliance and HVACR help for SD members

BikerEric 1,607 May 10, 2008 at 07:37 PM
I will do my best to help any and all in the repair or diagnostic of any appliance.
My expertise comes from 30 years of doing the work and 20 plus of running and owning an appliance and HVACR company.
All I ask of you is to follow these rules and suggestions:


Remember to include your model and serial numbers in your post!

I can't tell you how many times loungers ask me for help repairing their appliance and they either give me a bad model number or none at all. Without a valid model number, I can't look up diagrams or find out anything about your appliance. So, here are:


the Ten Commandments for BikerEric's Online Appliance Help




1. Ye shall read the model number directly off the manufacturer's tag affixed to the appliance., not from the owners guide!

2. Ye shall use these diagrams to help you locate the manufacturer's tag if you are having trouble.

Window Air Conditioners
[partselect.com]
Dishwashers [partselect.com]
Dryer [partselect.com]
Freezer [partselect.com]
Stove or oven [partselect.com]
Refrigerators [partselect.com]
Washing Machine [partselect.com]
Trash Compactor [partselect.com]


3. Ye shall speak of the Brand Name

4. Ye shall mention if the appliance is electric or gas (natural or LPG [propane])

5. Ye shall speak of the configuration of the offending machine ie.side by side, front load

6. Ye shall speak precisely of the problem. not just it's broke , it doesn't work

7. Ye shall understand that I may ask for pictures if possible

8. Ye shall know and understand that I am doing this on line, So I may ask you to do a check on something. I have no idea how handy you are or what your abilities are, So you are doing these checks on your own responsibility. If you feel that it is beyond your ability , PLEASE let me know! BikerEric nor SlickDeals assumes any responsibility for your aptitude or abilities

9. Ye shall not blame BE if his diagnostics might be not be correct

10. Ye shall offer up thy praises in the form of reps or better yet as a donation to a local charity

11. Ye shall keep this tread "chit-chat" free and on topic

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BikerEric's Online Guide to buying or replacing Major Appliances and HVACR


Please understand that I am very opinionated about brands and manufacturers . My opinions come my experience on working on these units and my dealing with the manufacturers. I scan the newspaper ads weekly to see who has the best price for the best products! I am not a pricing service. I do not work for or have any support from the manufacturers or from the dealers!


1 Ye shall explain what appliance you are replacing

2 Ye shall explain in detail what you would like to buy or purchase

3 Ye shall understand that my questions to you ( while seemingly personal) are to help you realize whether an appliance will work for you.



Ahem!
Ahem again


Current Appliance Rebates and Forms

Appliance Recalls updated when recalls are announced.

Links to repairs:
Frozen Drain Line
Cleaning a Condensing Unit
Cleaning you refrigerator's fan and coil
Testing Whirlpool Modular Style IceMaker
Why BE does NOT recommend Front Load Washing Machines
Replace door cam on sxs refrigerator door
6 Ways to avoid appliance problems
How to replace a Kenmore/Whirlpool/Roper/KitchenAid/Kirkland Automatic Washing Machine Coupler
How to install a Kenmore/Whirlpool/KitchenAid/Kirkland Automatic Washing Machine Lid Switch
The back of a whirlpool electric dryer [applianceaid.com]
How to replace the defrost heater(s) , defrost termination tstat and defrost timer in a GE SxS refrigerator
still under construction

July 12, 2010, 3:24 pm: System Notice: This thread has been automatically renewed after reaching a post limit. Most of its content has been moved to this thread for reference purposes.

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Last Edited by daniel32 May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM
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Please have model and serial number available for assistance.

donation to local charity optional, but preferred.





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Thanks for your help with my freezer problem
Now my upstairs refrigerator is leaking water from the top freezer down to the bottom refrigerator. I thought maybe it was because I put a lot of stuff in as soon as I realized my big freezer wasn't working. I cleaned it all out and threw some stuff away. There is still water leaking and then it freezes under the fruit bins. I have not purchased a freezer yet and am wondering if I should replace this first. It is a Whirlpool that I bought in 1998 when I moved into this house. Thanks!
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first off rtfm lol

It is a fairly easy repair
model and serial please
and if possible a picture of the inside of the freezer compartmen
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first off rtfm lol


Sorry what does that mean???

Oh read the manual?
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Quote from Pig View Post :
Thanks Q-Bert and BE.

I got the fuse from Radioshack this morning. 4 for $3. Replaced the fuse and everything works. I however feel that it will blow in a couple of days if not earlier because of the door switch....let's see...

How do I align the door so that it doesn't need an extra nudge to "click" in place?
Found some tech sheets for you http://www.servicematters.com/doc...184997.pdf

Nothing about aligning the switches. You'll probably have to remove the panel and see if the mounting screws for those switches are tight and try movng them around to see where they work best.
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Quote from batterycharger View Post :
Suds after a cycle and your other comments at first indicate a drainage problem. That would also account for dirty dishes. Can you see the flow (gush) if your peer into the disposal as it's draining? If there's a trickle, well, you know what to do.

Suggest if that's not it that you find a manual online or something generic or specific in a repair manual at the library to guide you through the process of manually cleaning the filters and looking for an obstruction.
exploded parts:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/p...060&blt=06

It could be a failing pump or something else mechanical, but since you indicated that all seemed normal just have to suspect the drainage.

For the fun of it, take a look at the spray arms and see if there's any crud trapped inside the holes where the water sprays from. Plastic (yes, in the best of conditions fragments of Saran Wrap and similar can get in there), melon seeds and other things can block the drain passageways... if there's a trace of anything in the spray arm it's just a hint.

Servicing most units can look intimidating, but if a repairman can do it, well, you can too. And it's a lot more fun than hiring someone, unless of course they're like BE.
I've been out of town for a while, so just saw your reply. Thanks again for the advice, we are going to dive into it this weekend and see what we can figure out. Appreciate your suggestions...
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Quote from Q-Bert View Post :
Found some tech sheets for you http://www.servicematters.com/doc...184997.pdf

Nothing about aligning the switches. You'll probably have to remove the panel and see if the mounting screws for those switches are tight and try movng them around to see where they work best.
bingo
touch and feel
no actual template
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Where can I find cheap parts besides SearsPart?

I remembered BE answered it before, but I forgot, and it must be buried in somewhere else in this thread.
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Quote from bestdeal View Post :
Where can I find cheap parts besides SearsPart?

I remembered BE answered it before, but I forgot, and it must be buried in somewhere else in this thread.
http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/index.html

http://www.partselect.com/

http://www.partadvantage.com/store
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Quote from Q-Bert View Post :
Found some tech sheets for you http://www.servicematters.com/docs/wiring/Tech%20Sheet%20-%208184997.pdf

Nothing about aligning the switches. You'll probably have to remove the panel and see if the mounting screws for those switches are tight and try movng them around to see where they work best.
Quote from BikerEric View Post :
bingo
touch and feel
no actual template
Thanks Q-Bert and BE. The microwave has been working pretty well ever since I replaced the fuse and pushed around the door locks a little bit. No new blown fuses....yet!

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Whirlpool EB21DK bottom freezer 21CF 1994 refrigerator, freezer is fine but the refrigerator is 55 at best regardless of the temp dial setting. It's been damp and raining, the humidity switch is turned on.

I removed the panel on the back of the freezer and defrosted the area around the fan that leads to the refrigerator. It was maybe 20% solid ice around it. There was some other ice in the area behind the panel, notably in the upper left corner by some wire connectors, but nothing much significant. I did notice the roof of the freezer was dripping a lot, especially towards the front where there's a removable trim piece resembling a gutter strip.

What would you suggest?
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BikerEric, sorry I didn't go through this whole thread as I would have to rip my hair out. Do you know about central air conditioner units? My cooling in the house hasn't been great so I checked the attic for air leaks in the duct, found one, fixed it. Replacing my air filter I noticed a wire not attached to anything looks like it go to a motor, so I took pics. Before I post figured I'd ask before wasting bandwidth with pics of what I'm talking about.
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Thanks, could you please put these info in the first page?
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Quote from jogalot View Post :
Whirlpool EB21DK bottom freezer 21CF 1994 refrigerator, freezer is fine but the refrigerator is 55 at best regardless of the temp dial setting. It's been damp and raining, the humidity switch is turned on.

I removed the panel on the back of the freezer and defrosted the area around the fan that leads to the refrigerator. It was maybe 20% solid ice around it. There was some other ice in the area behind the panel, notably in the upper left corner by some wire connectors, but nothing much significant. I did notice the roof of the freezer was dripping a lot, especially towards the front where there's a removable trim piece resembling a gutter strip.

What would you suggest?
was the fan running?
was the coil frozen over, almost entirely?

Quote from amps View Post :
BikerEric, sorry I didn't go through this whole thread as I would have to rip my hair out. Do you know about central air conditioner units? My cooling in the house hasn't been great so I checked the attic for air leaks in the duct, found one, fixed it. Replacing my air filter I noticed a wire not attached to anything looks like it go to a motor, so I took pics. Before I post figured I'd ask before wasting bandwidth with pics of what I'm talking about.
yep! several of us do ac

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Thanks, could you please put these info in the first page?
You could put them in the wiki.
I don't think Mr SD wants it to look like we are endorsing one site over the other.
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