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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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BE - Our microwave stopped working very abruptly. The clock display is off, the buttons don't function - almost as if it has no power to it. I checked the switchboard to see if any fuses are tripped but that wasn't the case.

Is there any fuse like thingy within the microwave? What else might be wrong?

Didn't know we depend so much on the microwave until it stopped working....

Brand: Whirlpool
Model: MH1150XMS-0
Serial:TR R 13 16602

Thank you!

EDIT: Wifey banged on the door hard and everything started working again!

EDIT: It turned off again and won't start even after a lot of banging Frown Helllp!
Banging it is always good!


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An old refrigerator, has water leaking from front door, what caused the problem, and is it possible to fix it?
model and serial

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Oh BE...are you not around? Frown

The fan doesn't work either....so it's kinda an emergency now. Need your input before I have to call an Appliance repair guy....
sounds like a main board

what color is the unit?
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EDIT: Wifey banged on the door hard and everything started working again!

EDIT: It turned off again and won't start even after a lot of banging Frown Helllp!
Looks like there is a loose connection in the power supply line. I do not know how difficult it is to open the microwave, but you will need to find out where the problem is by opening this.
Also there may be possibility of you having to solder the dry solder.
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Banging it is always good!



model and serial



sounds like a main board

what color is the unit?
Brushed stainless steel.

I opened the front panel today...took off the fuse...pressed on most of the connectors....put it back on...plugged it back...and it worked.

However after running it and opening the door, the whole unit turned off again...and this time even after fidgeting with all the earlier connections, it won't turn on.
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Brushed stainless steel.

I opened the front panel today...took off the fuse...pressed on most of the connectors....put it back on...plugged it back...and it worked.

However after running it and opening the door, the whole unit turned off again...and this time even after fidgeting with all the earlier connections, it won't turn on.
ouch!

The control panel and erc (in S/S ) cost over 200 dollars
Try, with the door closed, pushing the door up and down while trying to start it
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ouch!

The control panel and erc (in S/S ) cost over 200 dollars
I had a microwave that acted like Pig's. It was a thermal cutoff that would shut off power to the entire microwave. Does this model have one?
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I had a microwave that acted like Pig's. It was a thermal cutoff that would shut off power to the entire microwave. Does this model have one?
couldn't find a resettable one in the schematics

I'm thinking maybe a door latch.....
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couldn't find a resettable one in the schematics

I'm thinking maybe a door latch.....
BE,

I removed the fuse and tested it. The fuse is gone. It's a 20amp fuse. I was browsing partselect.com and found this:
http://www.partselect.com/xq/aspx/Inventory.2163369/qx/PartDetail.htm?SourceCode=6
Is this the right one?

I also was searching on the net for microwave problems and it said that a bad door switch usually blows the fuse. Is it true?

Since the last month or so, the microwave light was not turning off automatically when shutting the door. It needed to be pushed a bit in order for the light to go off and be able to turn on the microwave.

How easy is it to replace the door switch? I see two - one at the bottom of the door and one at the top - how are they different?

I was thinking of ordering two fuses. Replace one, see if it solves the problem and if it blows again, something that is causing the fuse to blow needs replacement too?


Thoughts? Suggestions? Any other troubleshooting tips?

What is really bugging is that the fan won't work either....and cooking is a HUGE pain without it.....
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BE,

I removed the fuse and tested it. The fuse is gone. It's a 20amp fuse. I was browsing partselect.com and found this:
http://www.partselect.com/xq/aspx/Inventory.2163369/qx/PartDetail.htm?SourceCode=6
Is this the right one?

I also was searching on the net for microwave problems and it said that a bad door switch usually blows the fuse. Is it true?

Since the last month or so, the microwave light was not turning off automatically when shutting the door. It needed to be pushed a bit in order for the light to go off and be able to turn on the microwave.

How easy is it to replace the door switch? I see two - one at the bottom of the door and one at the top - how are they different?

I was thinking of ordering two fuses. Replace one, see if it solves the problem and if it blows again, something that is causing the fuse to blow needs replacement too?


Thoughts? Suggestions? Any other troubleshooting tips?

What is really bugging is that the fan won't work either....and cooking is a HUGE pain without it.....
you should be able to get the fuse at Radio Shak
A lot of times the door catches will get out of whack
It's a pain to realign them but with patience it can be done . They both need to 'make ' at the same time

As far as the switches go, IIRC one is NO and the other NC. and they should be able to gotten as RS too.
they are the 110 vt micro switch with paddle or button.
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you should be able to get the fuse at Radio Shak
A lot of times the door catches will get out of whack
It's a pain to realign them but with patience it can be done . They both need to 'make ' at the same time

As far as the switches go, IIRC one is NO and the other NC. and they should be able to gotten as RS too.
they are the 110 vt micro switch with paddle or button.
Thank you sir! Will be at RS first thing tomorrow Smilie

What is NO and NC?
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Thank you sir! Will be at RS first thing tomorrow Smilie

What is NO and NC?
NO = Normally Open
NC = Normally Closed
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Thanks Q-Bert and BE.

I got the fuse from Radioshack this morning. 4 for $3. Replaced the fuse and everything works. I however feel that it will blow in a couple of days if not earlier because of the door switch....let's see...

How do I align the door so that it doesn't need an extra nudge to "click" in place?

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