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Online Appliance and HVACR help for SD members

BikerEric 16,541 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.



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Ahem again


Current Appliance Rebates and Forms

Appliance Recallsupdated when recalls are announced.

Links to repairs:
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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

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Last Edited by daniel32 May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM
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#1216
what else do you need to know and what are you trying to learn in the reviews?
do you have gas in/near bathroom?
can you run electric?
load size shouldn't be much of a concern. The large ones should still fit

Look at controls. Our Samsung has a tilted control panel, makes it hard to see certain lights up high.
Our LG's have much better control placement

Our LG has big problem with mold in detergent tray
We haven't had Samsung long enough to see if same problem

Our LG does better spinning the clothes..not sure on speed but LG has more spin time

nlaws kenmore front loaders haven't had any problems. those are stuffed in a closet
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#1217
Thank you. Yes, we have natural gas installed. I was just trying to get some guidance. I have never had stackable units and I never bought expensive top loaders as I don't need lots of cycles. I have been somewhat disappointed in the appliances I have purchased recently although I have always done research. Whirlpool and Kenmore are what I have been looking at but I just thought there would be good information here. Thanks for your time.
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#1218
I am wondering if anyone had experience with PEX Cinch tools, I am using 1" Pex and cannot get the cinchs to work without using a piece of 12" pipe one the end of a cheater and the tool seems to have some flex to it? My connections have all been good with no leaks but boy it just seems to take a lot of effort. I have not found any longer handled one so I am wondering if I am doing something wrong or not?
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Quote from komondor View Post :
I am wondering if anyone had experience with PEX Cinch tools, I am using 1" Pex and cannot get the cinchs to work without using a piece of 12" pipe one the end of a cheater and the tool seems to have some flex to it? My connections have all been good with no leaks but boy it just seems to take a lot of effort. I have not found any longer handled one so I am wondering if I am doing something wrong or not?
Nope you're not doing anything wrong
might give a bit of heat to soften the end.
I use crimp rings rings on 1"

only problems I see are when they put the rings all the way next to the fitting. Barely catches one of the barbs and leaks. Or getting the cinch clamps crooked....still can't figure that out
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#1220
Thanks I actually contacted Apollo as I had purchased their http://www.lowes.com/ProductDispl...&cId=PDIO1


And I had a hard time getting it calibrated then it broke their other cinch tool says it is good for 1" cinches other than their own brand.

Now I know that most of the tools all look alike and they are probably made in the same Chinese factory. But I received an email back from them the same day by the Sales Manager, I had email asking about the reason why their own tool was not listed as working with their 1" rings. He stated that it would work fine and explained the reason why the calibration gap was different between the 2 tools for the same size ring, he also wanted my address to send me a replacement tool. I replied back that Lowes took the tool back and I had purchased the other one. He insisted on sending me out the tool and told me he would have it calibrated before shipping it to me. It was sent out 2 day air, service like this is what separates companies.
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Quote from komondor View Post :
Thanks I actually contacted Apollo as I had purchased their http://www.lowes.com/ProductDispl...&cId=PDIO1


And I had a hard time getting it calibrated then it broke their other cinch tool says it is good for 1" cinches other than their own brand.

Now I know that most of the tools all look alike and they are probably made in the same Chinese factory. But I received an email back from them the same day by the Sales Manager, I had email asking about the reason why their own tool was not listed as working with their 1" rings. He stated that it would work fine and explained the reason why the calibration gap was different between the 2 tools for the same size ring, he also wanted my address to send me a replacement tool. I replied back that Lowes took the tool back and I had purchased the other one. He insisted on sending me out the tool and told me he would have it calibrated before shipping it to me. It was sent out 2 day air, service like this is what separates companies.
WOW thats crazy service.. Nice

That's the one I use and I have one by Kobalt...exact same thing only with blue grips. Exact down to the calibration tool, pouch and batteries. I use it for 1"
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I've got a Bosch Ascenta dishwasher, model SHE3ARF6UC, that is showing E:01 on the display panel. A A Bosch CSR says it indicates a problem with the water pump (and/or heating element maybe?), and I've got a tech coming out Wed to look at it. It should still be under warranty, but anything else that could throw this error code? Or anything I can do to try and troubleshoot it before Wed?
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#1223
wondering if anyone still monitors this thread...?

I have a very new GE Advantium built -in Microwave oven, model PSB1201NSS

Just installed this unit about 3 months ago, been out of town a lot so have used only ~30 times for microwaving only (havent learned how to use any of the other modes yet). One day the control just completely stopped responding. Left it unplugged over night, and when i turned it back on the turn dial works to set the clock but none of the other buttons respond in any way.

any help is appreciated!
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#1224
Quote from gotkwah View Post :
wondering if anyone still monitors this thread...?

I have a very new GE Advantium built -in Microwave oven, model PSB1201NSS

Just installed this unit about 3 months ago, been out of town a lot so have used only ~30 times for microwaving only (havent learned how to use any of the other modes yet). One day the control just completely stopped responding. Left it unplugged over night, and when i turned it back on the turn dial works to set the clock but none of the other buttons respond in any way.

any help is appreciated!
Contact GE, you probably have a 1 year warranty.
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#1225
yayy!!!
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#1226
I have an interesting HVAC question...

The wife and I had a new system installed about two years ago. It is presently running just fine. We had some new insulation blown into the attic recently, and while I was inspecting the work, I noticed something odd about the duct work on the A/C. We have zoned air on this system. On the main supply duct going from the air handler to the zoned air "box" there appears to be a weight hanging out of the side of the duct. This weight has been tied down inside the attic, to the point of being restricted.. It looks like it should float freely, but with the way it is tied up, it cannot be.

My educated guess is that this weight is involved in controlling the variable speed motor of the air handler..somehow.. But I have no idea. Should I just untie this weight? Does it require some form of calibration? Best to leave it alone?

I've attached some pics to help. The picture with the three ducts and the three controllers are after the zone box, and carry the air to the rest of the house.

Thanks for any advice friends!
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Quote from jmolayal View Post :
I have an interesting HVAC question...


Thanks for any advice friends!
zonedampers com/shop/rtb-round-take-off-by-pass-damper/

Looks like they didn't want any air to bypass which isn't good for motor, but good for the one room they want most air going to
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Quote from stufine View Post :
zonedampers com/shop/rtb-round-take-off-by-pass-damper/

Looks like they didn't want any air to bypass which isn't good for motor, but good for the one room they want most air going
Quote from stufine View Post :
zonedampers com/shop/rtb-round-take-off-by-pass-damper/

Looks like they didn't want any air to bypass which isn't good for motor, but good for the one room they want most air going to
Thanks for the link! This has me thinking.. I'm pretty sure whoever tied this thing up is an idiot.. I found a picture of how I think my system SHOULD be designed.. the excess pressure from my system should force that damper open.. and send the excess air into the "return air box". Ideally, the variable speed motor would spin down to reduce excess air. But since these clown tied this thing down, the variable speed motor is always running at full speed.. And a ton of useless cooled air is being blown into the return air box...

Am I wrong? Pic attached.
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#1229
I'm guess another sensor on the other side of bypass?
You know what your bills are this way. remove the ties and see what you get.
I would think with the VSM it would help reduce hot spots in the house.
Not sure how much VSM and zones work with each other but if only 1 zone is open it needs to bypass somewhere
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have a Whirlpool Cabrio gas dryer, model WGD8200YW2, that started making some squealing noises. I bought a parts kit to do a little tune up. I can't for the life of me figure out how to remove the front panel, though. All of the videos I found on youtube are either for dryers with the lint trap on top (this model has it inside the door) or with a split front panel (this model has a single full-height front panel).

I was able to remove the back plate and replace the idler pulley, and I can see the drum support rollers, but can't access them easily to replace. I also can't thread the belt back onto the drum without getting into the front and/or top. How is the front (and top for that matter) supposed to come off on this dryer?
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