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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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#811
Hello,
I am hoping you could determine what the problem on my wine fridge might be.
Make and Model: Vinotemp VT-60
Production #: VT60CU05093753

Problem: I've owned it since around 2005/2006 and it worked fine until last summer (2011) it stopped getting cold. The fan runs but the compressor doesn't run. I hear a periodic clicking noise. The click will have another click about 15 seconds after it, then it will take a couple minutes before another set of clicks happens.

Here is a video of the problem. Jump to 00:45 to hear the clicks that occurred after about 2 minutes of plugging it in.
http://youtu.be/u6BN5yHcSbY
I also attached a photo of the model info and circuit diagram.
This is a troubleshooting guide [vinotemp.com]by Vinotemp. I see Vinotemp sells a replacement control board [vinotemp.com] but I don't know if the board is bad.

Thank you very much for your help!
woot
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Quote from herbie711 View Post :
Hello,
I am hoping you could determine what the problem on my wine fridge might be.
Make and Model: Vinotemp VT-60
Production #: VT60CU05093753

Problem: I've owned it since around 2005/2006 and it worked fine until last summer (2011) it stopped getting cold. The fan runs but the compressor doesn't run. I hear a periodic clicking noise. The click will have another click about 15 seconds after it, then it will take a couple minutes before another set of clicks happens.

Here is a video of the problem. Jump to 00:45 to hear the clicks that occurred after about 2 minutes of plugging it in.
http://youtu.be/u6BN5yHcSbY
I also attached a photo of the model info and circuit diagram.
This is a troubleshooting guide [vinotemp.com]by Vinotemp. I see Vinotemp sells a replacement control board [vinotemp.com] but I don't know if the board is bad.

Thank you very much for your help!
woot
see if you can get voltage after the overload protector. you could jump the compressor bypassing the protector for a test. the last small frig i looked at had a bad protector. i took it apart and found a small quarter size disk about 1/8 thick that was rusted and wouldnt make the connection to send power on to the compressor. I dont remember if it was clicking or not. i wouldnt think the starter comes into play until after the compressor has been running. still need to make sure power is making it past these 2 items
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#813
Maytag Plus Refrigerator (side by side, Model MSD2756AE) is leaking water from the freezer all over the floor about once a week. Any ideas as to whether we can fix this ourselves? I'm guessing the drain is clogged since we had a technician in to fix that about five years ago. He had some kind of a bucket shop-vac and suctioned it and then placed a cap (small amount) of bleach in the drain. The fridge is 12 years old. Thanks
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#814
Can anyone recommend a good brand for a gas range? My old die but it lasted almost 20 years. I think the bran is Caloric and it does not seem that they make it anymore.

I read Consumer Reports and JD Power. Their information conflicts so its hard to see what is a good brand. I cannot afford the expensive top of the line. Something less than $700. Can be black or stainless.

From my research, it appears that Kenmore, GE, Frigidaire are the best. Whirlpool seems to be OK. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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#815
This isn't a problem, just a curiosity. My washer and dryer were plugged into a two outlet box. The Verizon guy installs a FIOS box that need A/C so he unplugs the W & D and plugs the FIOS box into one of the outlets, plugs a power strip into the other outlet, and plus the W & D into the power strip. After he leaves the W & D don't work. The power strip is good. I even tried another power strip but the W & D only work if they are plugged directly into the outlet box. How do the W & D know that they are plugged into a power strip, and why don't they work?
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#816
Model Number: MCWC16MCG
Brand : Magic Chef
Electric


This is a wine cooler that I had sitting unplugged for 2 months. When I plugged it back in it never was able to cool again. The compressor (or whatever the mini propane tank looking thing) in the back does get warm when it's plugged in. Obviously its not worth much and might not be worth fixing but if its something cheap I was hoping you could help me out. Freon?

Picture of circuit diagram:

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums...030308.jpg
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#817
Quote from BlueOvalStangGT View Post :
Model Number: MCWC16MCG
Brand : Magic Chef
Electric


This is a wine cooler that I had sitting unplugged for 2 months. When I plugged it back in it never was able to cool again. The compressor (or whatever the mini propane tank looking thing) in the back does get warm when it's plugged in. Obviously its not worth much and might not be worth fixing but if its something cheap I was hoping you could help me out. Freon?

Picture of circuit diagram:

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums...030308.jpg
check to see that you get voltage after the starter and overload. I think the starter is crap. If I'm not mistaking it has a round disk inside. It can corrode or break and not make a connection. I fixed one once by a light sanding on both sides.
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#818
So put the multimeter on AC, black to ground and red to back probe the connection at the starter and overload? Should read 120v?
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#819
probe to
white and black =120
white and red = 120 as long as t-stat is turned on/up
white and red after overload protector ( C ) =120

when you first turn the unit on
black to S =120
black to M =120
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#820
I guess I am not familiar with using a DMM on anything other than my car. Care to explain a little further?

When I plugged it in earlier to kind of probe around I noticed it was clicking like a relay or solenoid was trying to turn on and off.
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#821
I would say thanks to you for this online assistance. It sounds great. Please tell me why ceiling fan produce noises while switching in ON. One of my ceiling fan is irritating me a lot. I just purchased it 6 months ago. I am thinking to replace it. It's local company brand. Can this issue be resolved by changing any part inside it? Thank you once again.
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#822
Quote from Mikeburley View Post :
I would say thanks to you for this online assistance. It sounds great. Please tell me why ceiling fan produce noises while switching in ON. One of my ceiling fan is irritating me a lot. I just purchased it 6 months ago. I am thinking to replace it. It's local company brand. Can this issue be resolved by changing any part inside it? Thank you once again.
no parts to change inside
did something get dropped inside when installing?
did a blade come loose and rubbing the side
does it make the noise if you spin it without it being on
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#823
Whirlpool side by side refrigerator Model ED25RQ.

I noticed yesterday what seemed to be a smell coming from the freezer. Then today, I noticed it is very warm in the freezer. Ice cream is more like soft serve, and buns are not completely frozen. I have not heard the freezer running.

Just now, I unplugged the the unit for about 5 minutes, then plugged it back in. The freezer seemed to turn on. I'll check in a couple hours to see if everything is frozen again. Any thoughts as to what could have caused this? Something need to be replaced? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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#824
what did it smell like
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#825
Quote from mkarias1 View Post :
Can anyone recommend a good brand for a gas range? My old die but it lasted almost 20 years. I think the bran is Caloric and it does not seem that they make it anymore.

I read Consumer Reports and JD Power. Their information conflicts so its hard to see what is a good brand. I cannot afford the expensive top of the line. Something less than $700. Can be black or stainless.

From my research, it appears that Kenmore, GE, Frigidaire are the best. Whirlpool seems to be OK. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If that's the model that has the utra ray screen broiler that's like 7x15 I'd fix it. Nothing will ever come close to that. Really. Take a look at the broiler. New ones are sticks with some holes on the sides. No comparison.

What happened to the OP of this thread?

Parts can be had for Caloric. I regret not fixing mine when an ignitor failed. What's wrong with yours?
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