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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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#841
Quote from komondor View Post :
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.
how well does your place keep the cool. if you turn it off how long before it goes up 2-3 degrees. i keep mine on 78 and use a fan. 1 degree an hour seems too long
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#842
It will start to get warm at about 9AM by 10 it is probably up 4 degrees I am in Colorado and the sun is pretty strong i have new windows and they help a lot but the house still heats up.
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#843
Quote from komondor View Post :
It will start to get warm at about 9AM by 10 it is probably up 4 degrees I am in Colorado and the sun is pretty strong i have new windows and they help a lot but the house still heats up.
not much to do in the window factor other than to upsize and add more vents. closed blinds,or curtains may help
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#844
I did not think there was much to do I installed a 500CFM booster fan it seems to help a little but yesterday was not the hottest day, one odd thing I found is that the duct does go up an outside wall and using my non contact thermometer it shows the wall is 62 degrees vs 70+ for the wall where the duct is not i am not sure if it is just normal bleed or maybe an air leek, I had a heck of a time finding which duct went upstairs and working in the crawlspace was just dirty.

Furnace is as large as you can go in a home 150k BTU, it heats fine new 4 ton AC unit, I keep the blinds closed just a lot of air in the house living room is 2 stories and bedroom has a cathedral ceiling.

If the booster fan does work I will probably be buying 4 more if I can find all the ducts to the upstairs, shutting off lower ducts cuts off too much air and the unit freezes up so I think this will be the best way to solve a poor duct problem.

If anyone is interested I purchased a 2 speed booster fan from Mc Master Carr

http://www.mcmaster.com/#duct-boo...ns/=imqgkn 160\300cfm
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#845
Quote from komondor View Post :

If anyone is interested I purchased a 2 speed booster fan from Mc Master Carr

http://www.mcmaster.com/#duct-booster-fans/=imqgkn 160\300cfm


what do you use to turn the booster fans on and off?


I have a similiar problem and have attempted to install dampers on the main trunk to attempt to balance/direct the existing airflow.
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#846
You can buy a airflow/temp sensor but I just let it run, right now I can hear some white noise will see how it is in the long run.

You can buy something like this
http://www.amazon.com/Tjernlund-A...ure+switch

If I do go with a bunch of them I will probably buy one pressure switch to turn them all on and off

using dampers is just not a good solution in my opinion as in my case the unit will freeze and I am really not sure how much difference it is than just shutting off ducts?
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#847
Quote from stufine View Post :
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
Thanks for the info. I'll need to get a voltmeter from a friend to test it.
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#848
Quote from komondor View Post :
You can buy a airflow/temp sensor but I just let it run, right now I can hear some white noise will see how it is in the long run.

You can buy something like this
http://www.amazon.com/Tjernlund-A...ure+switch

If I do go with a bunch of them I will probably buy one pressure switch to turn them all on and off

using dampers is just not a good solution in my opinion as in my case the unit will freeze and I am really not sure how much difference it is than just shutting off ducts?
Without getting the system balanced by a pro, you won't know if it's operating properly. I can restrict the hell out of mine without getting it to freeze up. maybe the fan speed isn't on the high setting. dirty A-coil? just sounds like it's starving for air. Any summer/winter levers not turned?
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#849
my ac and furnace are new







my ac and furnace are new I added and enlarged my return ducts to make sure I added a vent on the return plenum in the basement fan runnung on high just crappy ducting upstairs it makes a 90 off the main trunk then another 90 then another 90 to make 180 then 90 up the outside wall another 90 to go under the floor and finally a 90 to come up from the floor about a 45' run in 6" duct not counting elbows
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#850
Quote from komondor View Post :
my ac and furnace are new I added and enlarged my return ducts to make sure I added a vent on the return plenum in the basement fan runnung on high just crappy ducting upstairs it makes a 90 off the main trunk then another 90 then another 90 to make 180 then 90 up the outside wall another 90 to go under the floor and finally a 90 to come up from the floor about a 45' run in 6" duct not counting elbows


I understand that the unit is new, but that doesn't mean the airflow was balanced properly after it was installed. I've seen lots of hvac installations, and none of them had any balancing done on them. Most "this one room is too hot" problems can be solved by doing some airflow balancing.
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#851
Whirlpool washing machine model #CA2762XYW0 is leaking water when filling the tub.

The tub is leaning forward.

Which part caused the probel?

Thanks
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#852
Quote from bestdeal View Post :
Whirlpool washing machine model #CA2762XYW0 is leaking water when filling the tub.

The tub is leaning forward.

Which part caused the problem?
Always unplug the electricity when working on the washer because there's a lot of exposed high voltage in there.

If it leaks only during filling but quits leaking once the tub is filled, look at the hose and fittings that go between the fill valve and tub.

If it leaks any time there's water in the tub, look at the bottom shaft seal and drain plumbing, including the very short, fat hose that attaches at the bottom of the tub.

YouTube has some videos about repairing those direct-drive Whirlpool top loaders. Notice how the whole cabinet is removed to gain access. Do NOT pry between what seems like the top of the cabinet and the bottom because those two pieces do not separate; you instead have to remove the whole cabinet by first removing the control console on top and prying a couple of clips there: cabinet removal [youtube.com]
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#853
Quote from bestdeal View Post :
Whirlpool washing machine model #CA2762XYW0 is leaking water when filling the tub.

The tub is leaning forward.

Which part caused the probel?

Thanks
I'm not an appliance guru but I did get a good nights sleep.
looking at the diag. I'll go with balance ring at top or with the base.
The base looks to be a welded tripod with springs on top holding the bottom of the tub.
either a spring broke or one of the legs on base broke.
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#854
Thanks Larrymoencurly & Stufine, one of the string in the bottom escaped from a hole, I put it back in, now it works like before.
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#855
I need some help, and hopefully someone can help me out please Smilie

my whirlpool 9400 front load washer makes scratchy loud sounds when it's in "rinse" mode... but it's seems to be fine when it's in "spinning" mode. I'm assuming that when the clothes is wet, it put more weights making it harder for the washer to spin which makes the sounds but when it's on full force, the machine is able to spin without making any sound.

any help? please?

Thanks!!!
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