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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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#1201
Did we get a model number yet?
Age of furnace
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I had totally forgotten about this thread... but I have returned!
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Its been a bit quiet
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An issue with dishwasher
I have 6-7 years old kitchenaid dishwasher.
This model does not have a built-in food grinder.
After a cycle the bottom is dry and does not have any water.
Within a day or two, sometimes four I will have puddle.
Yesterday, I run a cycle and it was dry, today I found almost an inch of water in dishwasher.
Any ideas?
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disposal in sink?
hows the dishwasher drain attached under the sink
clean water? could be bad water solenoid.
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connected to disposal (sink) and water a bit dirty but was working fine for 5+ years.
on top of that i got a leak from dishwasher during vacation.
checked / cleaned pipes till wall, no issues and water drains fast from sink.
dishwasher hose a bit short for a high loop, but it was working fine for number of years.
should I install an air gap device or replace solenoid?
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connected to disposal (sink) and water a bit dirty but was working fine for 5+ years.
on top of that i got a leak from dishwasher during vacation.
checked / cleaned pipes till wall, no issues and water drains fast from sink.
dishwasher hose a bit short for a high loop, but it was working fine for number of years.
should I install an air gap device or replace solenoid?
as a test you could turn of water to dishwasher.
air gap would eliminate this issue if it's blow back from disposal. My wife fills the disposal without running it unless it overflows on her.. always does it to me so I don't know what her problem is
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I don't know how much action this thread sees these days, but worth a shot ...

I have a Kenmore Elite Over-the-Range Microwave/Convection (Model # 721.80829500). I have 2 separate problems.

(1) The fan sounds awful. It squeals and just recently has started to delay when it starts. In other words, you can hear it kick on, but it takes 1-2s to start spinning. Do I simply need to replace the fan motor or are there other things I should be looking at?

(2) The microwave no longer heats. Over time, we have had to add time in order for food to reach the same temperature. For example, a cup of coffee used to get piping hot at 55s and I got all the way up to 85s before the microwave finally gave up heating altogether. The convection oven still works fine. With that in mind, does that narrow the field at all in terms of what I need to test once I crack this thing open?
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I don't know how much action this thread sees these days, but worth a shot ...

I have a Kenmore Elite Over-the-Range Microwave/Convection (Model # 721.80829500). I have 2 separate problems.

(1) The fan sounds awful. It squeals and just recently has started to delay when it starts. In other words, you can hear it kick on, but it takes 1-2s to start spinning. Do I simply need to replace the fan motor or are there other things I should be looking at?

(2) The microwave no longer heats. Over time, we have had to add time in order for food to reach the same temperature. For example, a cup of coffee used to get piping hot at 55s and I got all the way up to 85s before the microwave finally gave up heating altogether. The convection oven still works fine. With that in mind, does that narrow the field at all in terms of what I need to test once I crack this thing open?
There a a number of different fans / motors in a typical microwave. There's a motor for the turntable, a fan, a blower, and the stirer. Microwaves are one of the more difficult and dangerous appliances to attempt repairs on. They're also generally one of the less expensive appliances (i realize a combined microwave / convection oven isn't cheap), which is why people often replace them rather than repair them.

There's a high voltage capacitor inside the microwave that holds a charge of a few thousand volts and could deliver a nasty shock. You also have to be very careful as improper servicing can result in microwave leakage. Service procedures require testing after your done to make sure you didn't screw up the microwave's shielding and end up with dangerous levels of microwave radiation escaping the microwave. I'd probably leave this one to the professionals.

To me it kind of sounds like the problem may have started with the stirer (a metal fan that causes the microwaves to bounce around / radiate differently. This could have led to other problems over time (not heating at all), which could be more difficult / expensive to fix.
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There a a number of different fans / motors in a typical microwave. There's a motor for the turntable, a fan, a blower, and the stirer. Microwaves are once of the more difficult and dangerous appliances to attempt repairs on. They're also generally one of the less expensive appliances (i realize a combined microwave / convection oven isn't cheap), which is why people often replace them rather than repair them.

There's a high voltage capacitor inside the microwave that holds a charge of a few thousand volts and could deliver a nasty shock. You also have to be very careful as improper servicing can result in microwave leakage. Service procedures require testing after your done to make sure you didn't screw up the microwave's shielding and end up with dangerous levels of microwave radiation escaping the microwave. I'd probably leave this one to the professionals.

To me it kind of sounds like the problem may have started with the stirer (a metal fan that causes the microwaves to bounce around / radiate differently. This could have led to other problems over time (not heating at all), which could be more difficult / expensive to fix.
Sorry, to clarify, it is the exhaust fan for the range top that is on its last leg.

I'm inclined to at least attempt to repair rather than replace, as it would run me $400+ to replace this with a similar model. Based on the little knowledge that I do have, I imagine I would have to replace the capacitor, diode, or magnetron. Even if I had to replace them all it would be far cheaper than a new unit.
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May i know from where i get the cheap and quality wise spare parts
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only because you can return for any reason for 1yr
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Due to family illness we need to purchase a stackable washer and gas dryer to have appliances upstairs out of our scary cellar. I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions. I do not need anything fancy but they would need to hold a fairly large load. They will be installed in our bathroom when we have a walk-in shower installed. Any help will be appreciated. I have read reviews but they are not always that helpful. I thank you for any information you can provide.
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