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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.



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

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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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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?
Take a close look at the parts diagram:
http://www.whirlpool.com/digitala...520420.pdf
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Take a close look at the parts diagram:
http://www.whirlpool.com/digitala...520420.pdf
Thanks, that definitely helps. I can see the locating tab (#35) and lock (#43) at the top front, but I'm not seeing a way to release them. I can slide a putty knife in behind the lock and push one side of forward, but that leaves the front portion still. I can't seem to push the front portion back at all. Maybe I just need to apply more force? Or is there some other trick? I don't want to break it...
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Quote from mmathis View Post :
Thanks, that definitely helps. I can see the locating tab (#35) and lock (#43) at the top front, but I'm not seeing a way to release them. I can slide a putty knife in behind the lock and push one side of forward, but that leaves the front portion still. I can't seem to push the front portion back at all. Maybe I just need to apply more force? Or is there some other trick? I don't want to break it...
I've only taken 1 dryer apart and that was an older model that just had 2 hidden screws on the front. To me it looks like screws (22) and clips (19) do more to hold the front on. (43) looks like it does help hold the top and front together. Maybe the top has to come off first?


Someone else probably has more experience with recent washers/dryers.
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Thanks, that definitely helps. I can see the locating tab (#35) and lock (#43) at the top front, but I'm not seeing a way to release them. I can slide a putty knife in behind the lock and push one side of forward, but that leaves the front portion still. I can't seem to push the front portion back at all. Maybe I just need to apply more force? Or is there some other trick? I don't want to break it...
Not sure on this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX0KjiQJWpY

When you say behind it? are you pushing straight in from the front into the clip?
some that I have done, 2 screws in the back or even remove the control box, flip up and then slide forward the lid and raise.
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Not sure on this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX0KjiQJWpY

When you say behind it? are you pushing straight in from the front into the clip?
some that I have done, 2 screws in the back or even remove the control box, flip up and then slide forward the lid and raise.
I'm sliding the putty knife behind the clip (from the side) and then pushing towards the front of the dryer. Pushing straight in from the front into the clip, I don't get any movement of the clip.

I found this video [appliancepartspros.com] which shows the top being removed, so I should just need to push the clips from the front. Maybe mine were installed backwards or something? I'll try tonight...
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I'm sliding the putty knife behind the clip (from the side) and then pushing towards the front of the dryer. Pushing straight in from the front into the clip, I don't get any movement of the clip.

I found this video [appliancepartspros.com] which shows the top being removed, so I should just need to push the clips from the front. Maybe mine were installed backwards or something? I'll try tonight...
straight in off to the right so you don't hit the other bracket next to it
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