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ASTI 2014, Evernote Edition

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Well, mah bruvahs, heading out on that big ol' jet airliner from Logan tomorrow afternoon making that long haul to San Diego for the 2014 ASTI. Looking forward to seeing some of you there and will miss those of you who can't make it this year.

For my absentee brethren, the Samurai's got your six! I'll be taking copious notes and will post them all as PDFs in the Downloads section when I return. Additionally, if any of you have any specific questions you'd like me to ax the instructors, please post them as comments to this blog post (so I can keep them all in one place and make sure I get them asked).

Also, one more goodie: I'll be posting various highlight notes and photos from the conference to a public Evernote notebook. You can check in periodically to see what's new as the conference progresses. Access the Evernote ASTI notebook here: https://www.evernote...oidman/asti2014


Programming Instructions for the HV Control Board used in some Whirlpool-built Bottom Mount Refrigerators

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 06 February 2014 · 1,086 views
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Some models of Whirlpool-built bottom mount refrigerators use a high-voltage control board that, at some point, you may need to replace. These boards are used in certain models of Whirlpool, Maytag, and Kenmore-branded bottom mount refrigerators.

Here's what the HV board looks like: Part number: AP4568436

Part number: AP4568436


When you replace this HV control board, you will need to program it to work in your particular model. If you don't program the new HV board, you'll get the error code PEO 000 in the display.

The new control Board may or may not come with programming instructions. In case your replacement board does not, here are the programming instructions you'll need to get things running.

Programming Mode:

NOTE: The Program Code is located on the Serial Plate on this unit after the word "Code."

1. Press and hold the Door Alarm Keypad .

2. Press and hold Freezer Temperature Down Keypad within 3 seconds .

3. Release the Door Alarm Keypad and wait 3 seconds.

4. The control will display PE to indicate the programming mode.

5. Entry is confirmed by pressing the Freezer Temperature Down Keypad once more.

6. The control will display the current Program CODE. This value should be validated with the Program CODE printed on the unit serial plate. NOTE: If the Program CODE is correct, the Programming Mode is exited by pressing Door Alarm Keypad for 3 seconds.

7. Press the Refrigerator Temperature Up Keypad or Refrigerator Down Keypad to change the digit value with each key press.

8. The decimal point indicates the selected digit. Press the Freezer Temperature Up Keypad to select the next digit.

9. Once the desired Program CODE is entered, press and hold the Freezer Temperature Down Keypad until the Program CODE begins flashing indicating it has been saved. NOTE: If you attempt to enter an invalid Program CODE the control will not save the new code, but will beep. (The unit will NOT run with a Program CODE of 0000).

Once the Program CODE has been saved the Programming Mode is exited by pressing any key. If the new code is incorrect this process should be repeated. The Programming mode can be exited at any time by pressing Door Alarm key for 3 seconds or will exit if unattended for four minutes.


Rare Footage of the Elusive Wild New Hampshire Snow Kitty

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Incarnate, Humor 05 February 2014 · 1,026 views
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Enjoy this rare footage of the elusive wild New Hampshire Snow Kitty, long thought to be extinct.




What causes SUDs and SD error codes in high-efficiency front-load and top-load washers?

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 01 February 2014 · 711 views
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Many important questions have plagued mankind since the dawn of time. Questions such as, "Why am I here?", "Who is God?", and, most importantly, "What causes SUDs and SD error codes in high-efficiency front-load and top-load washers?" Here now to guide us into the truth and understanding of this important epistemological question is Brother Delawaredrew:

Suds errors are often detergent related. It's not so much that the pump doesn't pump suds (although it doesn't) but that the pressure switch can't tell the difference between suds and liquid. So the computer doesn't see an empty tub.

An easy explanation of when computers generate a suds error is that the program has a set time allowed for the drain part of the cycle. For instance many whirlpool front loaders allow 4 minutes. After that time if the cpu has not seen a change in the pressure switch reading the SD or Suds or whatever error is displayed (this is why clogged or bad pumps show Suds) ... some machines will have some sort of suds killing routine that is initiated and some will just stop. If the CPU still doesn't see a change in water level after continued pumping you usually see a long drain code like LD or F01 or F21.

When I see repeat drain errors I first try to tell if it actually is draining at a good rate... if so I will check the pressure hose for clogs by first blowing into it at the switch end. If that is okay test the switch itself (if no fill errors are happening this is less likely) then the wiring. On models with integrated pressure sensors obviously you can skip testing the switch.

About the Cabrio/Bravos/Oasis models - lint, socks and other items sometimes gather at the sump cover and block the pump intake. Also coins and other items can damage the plastic impellors of the pump; decreasing pump rates yet still moving water.

I only get about 30 minutes per call so I have a pretty set method of diagnosis for problems to eliminate common issues. It works for me but we all think differently. In general I go for simplest solution first unless I know that a certain component is likely; like the analog pressure switches and F35 error.

Hope that helps.



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The Appliantology Academy's Appliance Tech Boot Camp, Coming This Spring

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Question: what's one job skill that cannot be outsourced to India or China?

Answer: home services.

Looking to get in on the glamour life of being a professional appliance repair technician but you don't have the time or the money to travel somewhere and be gone for a few weeks at a time? Now you can learn appliance repair at your own pace right online at your computer with the Appliantology Academy's Appliance Tech Boot Camp.

The Appliance Tech Boot Camp is a structured and guided online training program designed to quickly get you up to speed as a competent appliance repair tech with the basic skills needed to succeed and continue to grow in the trade.

Within the first few lessons, you will acquire the skills and knowledge you need to begin repairing appliances. Yours so very truly, Samurai Appliance Repair Man, will be your faithful guide and mentor through this training process.

The program is feverishly being developed at this very moment by Team Samurai. Look for more details in later posts.






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