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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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#151
Check for
Fan rotation ( if not possible fan motor)
Ice Build up Blocking fan (possibly the defrost stat or defrost timer )
the defrost stat ( or bimetal) should not be bubbled or popped open
is there ice buildup in the aluminum trough? (drain trough) water would have been leaking into the fridge compartment.


the defrost timer is in the fridge compartment
if you look at the bottom of the control panal
you should see a hole (1/2 3/4 inch diameter)
you can stick a wide blade straight screwdriver in the hole and slowly twist the control until the compressor stops and then the heater should come on ( and glow red for about 10 mins) and take about 20 minutes until the compressor comes back on

on this model I have replaced both the fan motor and defrost timers ( so I can't give you a 'most of time' cure)
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Thanks, I'll report back what we find.
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#153
Electric Top Loading Washing Machine (ca 1991)
Maytag Model# A8420 (S/N 205485 DK)

A Month or so ago the machine started making more noise than normal during hte agitation cycle. (Squeaking/Screetching)
Last week the spin cycle failed ot get up to speed and my wife smelled burning rubber.
I replaced the belts from a local appliance parts store.
Now the Agitation and spin cycles are running very slowly and it is making the (squeaking/Screetching) noise again.

Let me know if you need any further information or pictures.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Quote from wperry1 View Post :
Electric Top Loading Washing Machine (ca 1991)
Maytag Model# A8420 (S/N 205485 DK)

A Month or so ago the machine started making more noise than normal during hte agitation cycle. (Squeaking/Screetching)
Last week the spin cycle failed ot get up to speed and my wife smelled burning rubber.
I replaced the belts from a local appliance parts store.
Now the Agitation and spin cycles are running very slowly and it is making the (squeaking/Screetching) noise again.

Let me know if you need any further information or pictures.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
With the machine turned off , if you shake the tub/agitator does it squeak?
if so, part of the problem is the Damper Pad Kit [pcappliancerepair.com]
but with the slowness , I'm thinking the transmission may be shot (if it is , trash it) and buy a new whirlpool.
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Quote from BikerEric View Post :
With the machine turned off , if you shake the tub/agitator does it squeak?
if so, part of the problem is the Damper Pad Kit [pcappliancerepair.com]
but with the slowness , I'm thinking the transmission may be shot (if it is , trash it) and buy a new whirlpool.
Thanks for such a prompt reply. There's no squeaking when shaking the tub or agitator so I guess it's off to find a deal on a new washer Frown
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This is probably a dumb question but what are the "rules" regarding tipping the HVAC guys? I am having a furnace replaced today. There are 2 guys replacing it. Does one normally tip them? Not sure what is the proper etiquette. If so, how much? thanks
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I have a general question. I just moved into a new house and the AC unit is about 15 years old. I dont know when the last time it was serviced. Its been pretty hot here recently and I am wondering what temp the air should be that is coming out of my vents? It seems to be not as cold as it should but I would like to avoid a service call if its in the "Normal" range for a unit of that age. Any help here is appreciated.
I thought I would update this after BikerEric provided some help in saying I needed to do a Delta T test.

I did the delta T and got a 7. Obviously this was not enough cooling and it really showed on some of the 100 degree days. The AC guys came out and put in 2lbs of R-22 and said I had a leak in my Coil. Replacement is $710 installed. This seems like quite a bit of money to spend on an old unit, so this is what I am thinking.

The local electric utility has some energy credits going on currently for heat pumps and A/C's. Units under 16.99 SEER rating gets $150 per ton, and units with a rating of 17+ SEER get $500 per ton. The federal government then has energy credits that cover upto 30% of the total cost. (Not sure of the specifics here). So would it be worth it to start looking at a new heatpump? About what would one of these cost (probably a 2.5-3 Ton Unit)?
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#158
Hello,
I am looking for any info that you may have on my fridge that is giving me problems. The evap coil keeps freezing up on my side by side electric fridge. We have replaced the defrost heater several times and the mother board. I recently had someone come out to diagnose the problem and he said we had a bad motherboard so we replaced it again and its doing the same thing.

The fridge will get up to approx. 60 degrees and once we pull the cover off the inside of the freezer it is completely iced over we defrost w/a blow dryer and it will be good for a few days and then the same thing happens. What else could it possibly be. My fiance did the exact same thing this repair guy did and came up with the mother board being bad we replace and the same thing happens and I don't want to have to pay for another repair guy to come out. Please help.
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Quote from mkarias1 View Post :
This is probably a dumb question but what are the "rules" regarding tipping the HVAC guys? I am having a furnace replaced today. There are 2 guys replacing it. Does one normally tip them? Not sure what is the proper etiquette. If so, how much? thanks
If they go out of their way to do something maybe 10-15 each

Otherwise keep them happy with plenty of cold ice water
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I thought I would update this after BikerEric provided some help in saying I needed to do a Delta T test.

I did the delta T and got a 7. Obviously this was not enough cooling and it really showed on some of the 100 degree days. The AC guys came out and put in 2lbs of R-22 and said I had a leak in my Coil. Replacement is $710 installed. This seems like quite a bit of money to spend on an old unit, so this is what I am thinking.

The local electric utility has some energy credits going on currently for heat pumps and A/C's. Units under 16.99 SEER rating gets $150 per ton, and units with a rating of 17+ SEER get $500 per ton. The federal government then has energy credits that cover upto 30% of the total cost. (Not sure of the specifics here). So would it be worth it to start looking at a new heatpump? About what would one of these cost (probably a 2.5-3 Ton Unit)?
I'd just wait and see how often you will need freon
If it's once a season or 2 two , I just have it topped off
If it more than once a season , replacement is needed

How old is the system overall?
710 for a coil ( depending on tonnage is not too bad.
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Quote from BikerEric View Post :
I'd just wait and see how often you will need freon
If it's once a season or 2 two , I just have it topped off
If it more than once a season , replacement is needed

How old is the system overall?
710 for a coil ( depending on tonnage is not too bad.
Its the original with the house. So right at 14 years old. I have read the useful lifespan is about 10-12 years.

My service call to come out and recharge was $110 but included a furnace check as well so I would probably be looking at about $80 for every recharge.
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#162
Hi,

I got a question. My wife went out today and bought a washer and dryer from hhgregg for $898, the models as follow: Samsung WF210ANW (Washer) , Samsung DV210AEW (Drier).

The question is: Did she do good, or should I ask for an exchange. We are a familiy of four and a lot of cloths to wash. Also do you recommend the extra warranty, or...?!?

Any help would be appreciated!
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Its the original with the house. So right at 14 years old. I have read the useful lifespan is about 10-12 years.

My service call to come out and recharge was $110 but included a furnace check as well so I would probably be looking at about $80 for every recharge.

If I couldn't afford the new unit I certainly would consider 80 bucks every year

Quote from pyrux View Post :
Hi,

I got a question. My wife went out today and bought a washer and dryer from hhgregg for $898, the models as follow: Samsung WF210ANW (Washer) , Samsung DV210AEW (Drier).

The question is: Did she do good, or should I ask for an exchange. We are a familiy of four and a lot of cloths to wash. Also do you recommend the extra warranty, or...?!?

Any help would be appreciated!
I am not a fan of samsung as they are hard to get parts for.
I like the whirlpool front loads
If you stay with the sammys I would seriously consider the extended warranty
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Quote from marciad33 View Post :
Hello,
I am looking for any info that you may have on my fridge that is giving me problems. The evap coil keeps freezing up on my side by side electric fridge. We have replaced the defrost heater several times and the mother board. I recently had someone come out to diagnose the problem and he said we had a bad motherboard so we replaced it again and its doing the same thing.

The fridge will get up to approx. 60 degrees and once we pull the cover off the inside of the freezer it is completely iced over we defrost w/a blow dryer and it will be good for a few days and then the same thing happens. What else could it possibly be. My fiance did the exact same thing this repair guy did and came up with the mother board being bad we replace and the same thing happens and I don't want to have to pay for another repair guy to come out. Please help.
I would keep having the tech come back out on recalls. I understand you don't trust him anymore , but the replacement boards ( which are under a GE warranty for 1 year) would be covered as well as his labor

On these units we have had major problems with the boards the heaters and the thermistors


[URL="http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/part-detail.php?sku=WR55X10942&brand=GEN"]Board Assembly Main Control

Defrost Heater
p/n: WR51X10101
[pcappliancerepair.com]
this is the upgrade 2 tube heater assembly ( replacing a 1 tube assembly)
CLIP EVAP THERMISTOR
p/n: WR02X10552
[pcappliancerepair.com]

the tech can put this into a self diagnostic mode which will check each componant

I would call and raise hell to the company to get this fixed !!!! but that's me.
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#165
Well that is the thing I found a guy off of craigslist that was an appliance tech and I will be calling him back but I think I may have been scammed which is my own fault. The motherboard I purchased from Serval in MI and it has a lifetime warranty so I can keep getting new boards but it doesn't seem like the new board helps. My type of fridge is older so I don't think you can put mine into a self diagnostic mode. Right now I have to call GE and see if I can get a service manual on my fridge and see if my fiance can read that and possibly try some things but he has tried everything. Thanks for you input I do appreciate it.
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