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Advice on Using Flood-Safe Hoses with a Washing Machine

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 23 December 2012 · 1,052 views
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One word: Don't.

Beware of the "flood-safe" hoses, we see lots of them that don't allow any water into the washer.

Funny you should mention the 'flood-safe' hoses. I swapped out the hot one with a regular stainless hose and now all is good, except two trips and a new valve that i didn't need to purchase. Man, learning hurts sometimes.

Source: GE Top Load Washer WHRE5260E1WW , Hot Side Water Valve

Money-Saving Tip for Replacing a Motor in a GE Dryer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dryer Repair 22 December 2012 · 755 views
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Some models of GE dryers are actually made my Frigidaire... or they at least use Frigidaire parts. One example is the GE DSXH43EA3WW dryer. If you have one of these with a bad motor, here's a tip that could save you a couple of of Benjamins: use the Frigidaire part number instead of the GE part. Grand Master Reginald explains:

...The new G.E. motor is only 376.85 clams. :woot: ............ ...Or, If yer crafty, only 115 clams :tongue: for a Frigidaire motor...

GE DSXH43EA3WW built by Frigidaire

GE Motor $ 377
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Frigidaire Motor $ 114
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Remove the Belt and try turning the Motor Shaft by hand.
Does it turn easily, smoothly ?
Give the Motor Shaft a twirl by hand.
Does it continue to spin at all ?

Source: GE Dryer: model# DSXH43EA3WW, Starts but won't stay running.

Tip for checking a mechanical cold control in a refrigerator

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 17 December 2012 · 1,197 views
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Some refrigerators use a mechanical cold control like this one:

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for regulating the temperature inside the compartments. These controls have a feeler capillary tube attached to the body of the cold control. Inside the body, changes in temperature, as picked up by the capillary tube, cause the bellows to expand and contract which, in turn, causes a set of electrical contacts to open and close. These contacts control the line power to the compressor and need to be closed for the compressor to run.

When troubleshooting a refrigerator that's warming up and you notice the compressor isn't running, one of the things you'll need to check the cold control. You could check continuity of the contacts and think the control is good but beware the adage that's been indelibly etched into the minds and hearts of all seasoned appliantological warriors: Ohms checking is merely preliminary-- something can check good on ohms and still be bad. Never accept an ohms check as conclusive proof that something is good.

Professor Willie offers some additional insight into the failure modes of mechanical cold controls:

That is actually one of the more common failure modes of a cold control to be intermittent.

If you pull the old one apart after you replace it, I can pretty much guarantee that you will find the contact points look quite crispy and melted.

One good way to know this is your problem is when you find that the unit it off and starting to thaw out, don't turn or touch the control dial, just give the control area a good slap and if it starts when you do that you can be pretty much assured you have a bad cold control, (the jolt or turning it up or off/on will make the contacts connect again until it opens and tries to close on its own).

Source: Kenmore Refer Mod#106.58582892 warm in top of freezer

Trick for solving no-drain problems on Frigidaire / Kenmore top-load washers

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 15 December 2012 · 778 views
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You'll find these Frikkidaire top loaders either as stand-alone units or as part of a stack. If it's disguised as a Kenmore, it'll have a 417 prefix in the model number.

Okay, so you're working one of these cheesy washers and it's not draining. You check the obvious thing: the drain pump is clear, getting 120vac and running during the drain cycle but still no drain. What else could it be? Academy Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Laundry Appliantology nickfixit shares with us his hard-won pearls of wisdom for solving no-drain problems on this machine. Let us attend:

remove the hose attached to the bottom of the tub, look for something blocking the hose, or something blocking the tub outlet. if it's something big, you might need to pull the spin basket out.

some of these had a "duckbill" check valve inside the drain hose, usually just downstream of the molded elbow where the hose attaches to the pump. I have used a coathanger with the end bent into a little hook to push into the hose, hook the duckbill, pull it inside out, then rip that piece of crap out with needlenose pliers.

Source: KM (Frigidaire) laundry center 417.94802301 not pumping out

How to replace the Oil Seal Kit for gearcase input shaft on a Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 13 December 2012 · 2,451 views
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Y'all go grab a brewski and kick back while Professor jumtrout 'splains it to us...

Remove the cabinet.
Lay the machine on its back.
Remove the pump and motor.
Remove the drive coupling on the transmission.
Remove the motor mounting plate from the transmission.
Remove the seal as described below...

To remove the seal,I use a drywall screw.
Use your electric drill to run the screw in at the 2 o'clock position through the seal.
The screw will hit the gearing behind the seal and pull the seal out.
Use a 3/4 socket to seat the new seal.

And here's the part link for the oil seal kit you'll need ==> http://www.repaircli...l/285352/470681

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The kit comes with two different seals so it can work with different Whirlpool-built D/D transmissions. Use the one that's made for your transmission. Match 'em up by sight.

Source: Kenmore 90 Series Washer 11020922990 Oil Leak

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