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BikerEric 16,538 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 Recallsupdated 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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#826
I have problem with me refrigerator of Dawlance Company. It gets fail to make ice in hot weather even in 6 hours of continuous working. In other days it works sound and give required performance in 3-4 hours. It is 7-8 years old machine. Can this problem be tackled or not. Will I have to buy new one?
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#827
I found two of the gas tubings inside of the gas range (MAYTAG Appliance Major Chef, Model 31213WAV, Serial 32564490um) were broken.

I opened it and but don't know how to unmount the tubings from the fitting assembly.

http://www.partselect.com/ModelFr...pe=&Mark=4

It maybe easy to buy and install the whole two Burner Orifice Fitting Assembly (#19), but they are too expensive.

If I want to just buy two TUBING- OV (#11), I need to remove them first from the Assembly.

Can anyone guide me how to unmount them please?

Thanks
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#828
Where'd the cut off line go, and why is it gone?

The part isn't especially expensive... almost not worth your time to fix it if you can easily get another.

Do you know what a flare is?
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#829
does anyone know where the defrost wiring and thermostat for a samsung RF26xears fridge is? the vent are frosted and the fan is making noise.
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#830
A power surge killed the compressor on my Whirlpool fridge today, so I need to buy a new one.

Can't be larger than 33 1/4" wide. Any way to tell which models are actually decently made when looking at Amana, etc?
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#831
Quote from sppunk View Post :
A power surge killed the compressor on my Whirlpool fridge today, so I need to buy a new one.

Can't be larger than 33 1/4" wide. Any way to tell which models are actually decently made when looking at Amana, etc?
You sure the compressor is really dead? Sometimes a starting cap will go, and sometimes there's a relay that can be replaced.
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Quote from Q-Bert View Post :
You sure the compressor is really dead? Sometimes a starting cap will go, and sometimes there's a relay that can be replaced.
Yeah, it's a goner. After the surge it was making a hammering sound for a few minutes then shut down. A friend who knows a little about appliances came and pronounced it dead.

I've had nothing but problems with this thing anyway (in fact BikeEric two or so years ago helped my install a heater in the freezer because it kept leaking into the fridge.)

We want a bottom-mounted freezer (prefer French door but might be hard to find in max 33 1/2" wide) and for it to have a water dispenser (inside, not an exterior door/ice unit)
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#833
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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
Any takers? Haven't seen any repsonses to this yet and yes, it's still leaking due to what I believe is a clogged drain line. Thanks
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Quote from PCs_R_Tools View Post :
Any takers? Haven't seen any repsonses to this yet and yes, it's still leaking due to what I believe is a clogged drain line. Thanks
Pretty simple fix. It will be a pan at the bottom after removing the inside cover.
if you have a steamer with a wand, it works great to melt ice.
it looks like this frig was recalled a few years back for a bad relay on the compressor. did you have yours fixed? it was a fire hazard
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Quote from stufine View Post :
Pretty simple fix. It will be a pan at the bottom after removing the inside cover.
if you have a steamer with a wand, it works great to melt ice.
it looks like this frig was recalled a few years back for a bad relay on the compressor. did you have yours fixed? it was a fire hazard
We did not receive any re-call info, but then again, we may not have registered the product. Thank you for the reply and suggestion. We don't have a steamer and I know we want to be careful with unclogging the line.
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Quote from stufine View Post :
Pretty simple fix. It will be a pan at the bottom after removing the inside cover.
if you have a steamer with a wand, it works great to melt ice.
it looks like this frig was recalled a few years back for a bad relay on the compressor. did you have yours fixed? it was a fire hazard
So is it ice that typically clogs the line? Also, is the general approach towards melting and/or pushing the clog through the line down into the pan?
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#837
KitchenAid Refrigerator - side-by-side - Model# KSRG25FKSS15 - MFG Date 03-04

Just recently the water dispenser stopped dispensing water. I replaced the water filter and reset the indicator light, but to no avail. I did some research and some people were saying a control board needs to be replaced but I am not sure that's the problem.

Some info that may or may not be related: The icemaker stopped making ice about 2 years ago but I never fixed it since I really didn't use ice much. I've been using 2 ice cube trays since then.

Thanks!
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Quote from PCs_R_Tools View Post :
So is it ice that typically clogs the line? Also, is the general approach towards melting and/or pushing the clog through the line down into the pan?
most times its ice. a slime can build up also but that usually just surface and not a clog. the lines are pretty tough but i still wouldnt use a coat hangar. I'll cook some water in the microwave. if the shopvac took care of it last time it may just be the slime.
you should have no problem seeing which it is
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KitchenAid Refrigerator - side-by-side - Model# KSRG25FKSS15 - MFG Date 03-04

Just recently the water dispenser stopped dispensing water. I replaced the water filter and reset the indicator light, but to no avail. I did some research and some people were saying a control board needs to be replaced but I am not sure that's the problem.

Some info that may or may not be related: The icemaker stopped making ice about 2 years ago but I never fixed it since I really didn't use ice much. I've been using 2 ice cube trays since then.

Thanks!
it could be the water inlet valve. Maybe use a voltmeter back at the vale to see if you get juice when pushing the water lever.
http://www.partselect.com/PS34976...RG25FKSS15 example
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So I have always read that you should adjust your thermostat higher during the day and then have it cool before you come home to save energy, here is my issue, my AC unit which is sized properly along with the furnace can cool my house about 1 degree per hour so if I wanted my house to be 70 when I came home I would need to have it set for 74 when I was away then set to 70 4 hours before I came home. To me it just makes sense to leave it at 70 and let the unit run.
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