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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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#16
Ok, well you will see from both of the pics.... the red wire is just hanging around. I'm getting cold air out of the vents but it just doesn't seem there is enough "pressure". Let me know what you think.

I do appreciate your time.
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#17
red=low
blue=med
black=hi
has the air always been kinda low at the vents or new problem?
is this furnace also used for heat?
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#18
honestly now that I'm thinking about this, my air used to be very good until a couple of years ago when a "motor or blower something" went out and a guy came over and replaced it. Ever since then it's been like this. Yes this unit also does heat but the heat is gas based.

Also, I'm not sure I understand what you mean be the red, blue and black. I'm I supposed to do something? Thanks for the help.
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#19
Well I read the manual (go figure) and the wiring is correct. I don't use the red wire since I have a gas heater and not electric. White wire goes to common and black goes to the select speed (1-4). It is on 1 which is Hi.
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look on the wires from the motor. see that black #1 is going to black on the motor. since the yellow is not connected to anything i'll guess its a universal motor. sometimes people will hook the black to red or blue so it doesn't over blow when heating. no troubles but AC should be HI. one other thing would be to see if rotation of the blower is going the right direction.. you can see the cup in the blades... wait until the blower stops turning...even when you think its barely moving and "I can reach in and stop it" it can tear you up.
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Facepalm I think I just killed our microwave. Pretty sure I chose "time cook" instead of "kitchen timer" when I was cooking dinner in the oven. It ran empty for a while. I was listening to a book on MP3 and didn't hear the whir of the magnetron so I completely missed the error. Doh

It's dead. It's hot. No display at all. No beeps.

GE JE1640WB001
SN SV964087S

Any chance it's salvageable?
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Quote from AggieMom View Post :
Facepalm I think I just killed our microwave. Pretty sure I chose "time cook" instead of "kitchen timer" when I was cooking dinner in the oven. It ran empty for a while. I was listening to a book on MP3 and didn't hear the whir of the magnetron so I completely missed the error. Doh

It's dead. It's hot. No display at all. No beeps.

GE JE1640WB001
SN SV964087S

Any chance it's salvageable?
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#23
Sadbye Goodbye microwave... it loved to warm stuff up.

Any suggestions on a replacement?
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Hi BE! I think I know what you're going to say but I'll ask anyway. I have a GE Spacesaver microwave (Model # JVM1631BB002) that started acting crazy last night for no reason. It started making noise like there was metal in it or something and then started stinking up the whole house with a terrible smell. Don't know if it's still heating food up or not, can't stand the smell. Any idea what's wrong with it? TIA!!
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Quote from AggieMom View Post :
Sadbye Goodbye microwave... it loved to warm stuff up.

Any suggestions on a replacement?
It really doesn't matter.
They all are made in Korea by Sunkyung.
Just look for price or warranty
Look at Lowes or HD and don'r forget the coupon in the moving kit (from the PO)

Quote from Blinkielady View Post :
Hi BE! I think I know what you're going to say but I'll ask anyway. I have a GE Spacesaver microwave (Model # JVM1631BB002) that started acting crazy last night for no reason. It started making noise like there was metal in it or something and then started stinking up the whole house with a terrible smell. Don't know if it's still heating food up or not, can't stand the smell. Any idea what's wrong with it? TIA!!
it sounds like the mag tube is going bad.
The cost to repair is very high compared to replacement of the unit.
see above.
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#26
Whirlpool EB21DK bottom freezer 21CF 1994 refrigerator, freezer is fine but the refrigerator is 55 at best regardless of the temp dial setting. It's been damp and raining, the humidity switch is turned on.

I removed the panel on the back of the freezer and defrosted the area around the fan that leads to the refrigerator. It was maybe 20% solid ice around it. There was some other ice in the area behind the panel, notably in the upper left corner by some wire connectors, but nothing much significant. I did notice the roof of the freezer was dripping a lot, especially towards the front where there's a removable trim piece resembling a gutter strip.

What would you suggest?
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was the fan running?
was the coil frozen over, almost entirely?
Fan is running, blades are intact, coil wasn't frozen over but was frosty coat; nothing a quick swipe with the hair dryer couldn't melt.

Food in the fridge is spoiling real fast. Freezer is fine. Tried leaving it unplugged, empty and open several hours to "thaw" and that didn't help. Interestingly, when the fridge is set to the coldest setting food some stuff on the top shelf can freeze (had some frozen veggies there, I placed them near the vent) while the lower part is hardly cold.
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A couple things:

Our new house has a Samsung mwave SMH9187ST however the "shelf" (metal grate) inside the mwave is missing - where can I find a replacement at a decent cost?

It also has a water softening system with a whole house filter that is supposed to take care of "smell and chlorine". I am looking for replacement cartridges for it. It's Keystone model # CG10 which I can gather is a "giant" housing accepting std 4 1/2" x 9 3/4" filters. My issue is that I don't know the filter cartridge model # and there are many in this size.
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Quote from jogalot View Post :
Whirlpool EB21DK bottom freezer 21CF 1994 refrigerator, freezer is fine but the refrigerator is 55 at best regardless of the temp dial setting. It's been damp and raining, the humidity switch is turned on.

I removed the panel on the back of the freezer and defrosted the area around the fan that leads to the refrigerator. It was maybe 20% solid ice around it. There was some other ice in the area behind the panel, notably in the upper left corner by some wire connectors, but nothing much significant. I did notice the roof of the freezer was dripping a lot, especially towards the front where there's a removable trim piece resembling a gutter strip.

What would you suggest?


Fan is running, blades are intact, coil wasn't frozen over but was frosty coat; nothing a quick swipe with the hair dryer couldn't melt.

Food in the fridge is spoiling real fast. Freezer is fine. Tried leaving it unplugged, empty and open several hours to "thaw" and that didn't help. Interestingly, when the fridge is set to the coldest setting food some stuff on the top shelf can freeze (had some frozen veggies there, I placed them near the vent) while the lower part is hardly cold.
there should be a duct between the ref anf the fridge
see if the damper or flap is open
if not see if you can move it by hand to open
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Quote from Dr. J View Post :
A couple things:

Our new house has a Samsung mwave SMH9187ST however the "shelf" (metal grate) inside the mwave is missing - where can I find a replacement at a decent cost?

It also has a water softening system with a whole house filter that is supposed to take care of "smell and chlorine". I am looking for replacement cartridges for it. It's Keystone model # CG10 which I can gather is a "giant" housing accepting std 4 1/2" x 9 3/4" filters. My issue is that I don't know the filter cartridge model # and there are many in this size.
can't help you with the mwave
but for the filter
http://www.keystonefilter.com/
buy direct
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Quote from BikerEric View Post :
there should be a duct between the ref anf the fridge
see if the damper or flap is open
if not see if you can move it by hand to open
It's apparent the cold air goes via the fan in the freezer to the top of the refrigerator and that that's working OK, and it appears the duct in the back right corner between the freezer and refrigerator is the "return" and that it's open.... but I can't be sure. There's no frost on it. I see where it exits the freezer, but have no idea where it is in the refrigerator part. And I didn't see any damper or flap, but visibility is really limited back there.

I don't know where the duct goes or what it's supposed to be like. What would you suggest?
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