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Rare Footage of the Elusive Wild New Hampshire Snow Kitty

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Samurai Incarnate, Humor 05 February 2014 · 1,161 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 · 920 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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"What should my refrigerator controls be set at?"

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 27 January 2014 · 1,225 views
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How many times have you been on a refrigerator service call and the customer asks you, "What should the controls on my refrigerator be set at?" You notice that they do not have any thermometers in their fridge and do a mental face-palm. How do you even begin to explain to this customer that the single most important indicator of a refrigerator's health - and the way you determine where to set the controls - are the temperatures inside the freezer and fresh food compartments?

Relax, compadre, cuz that's the whole point of this blog post: to help you explain to your customer the importance of temperature measurement in a refrigerator simply and clearly and to provide them the means by which to do it.

Begin by explaining to your customer that temperature is, in fact, the single most important number that tells the story about the health of that box. Further, home refrigerators are very sensitive to changes in conditions and usage: changes in ambient temperature throughout the seasons; frequency and duration of door openings; condition of the door gaskets and their ability to seal out warm, humid outside air; the temperature of foods placed inside the compartments; amount of pet fur on the condenser, etc.

Next, I explain to the customer that unless their refrigerator controls actually measure and display the temperatures inside the compartments, the indexing numbers provided on the controls are simply a way of noting the relative changes that they need to make to the control dials in order to achieve the target temperatures inside the compartments. And how are they going to know what those target temperatures are unless they are actually measuring the temperatures inside the compartments?

This is where refrigerator thermometers come into play. I buy these refrigerator thermometers by the dozen and stock them in The Guru Mobile: https://www.amazon.c...HKPEBS5M25BG72
I tell my customers that they should have one of these thermometers in each compartment of their refrigerator box: fresh food and freezer. Here's how I instruct them on using the thermometers and setting their refrigerator controls according to temperature measurements.

Fresh-food compartment:

For normal, day-to-day tracking of the temperature, place the thermometer in the central area of the compartment (not on the door). Ideally you want it to be easily visible whenever you open the door so that you can glance at the display regularly. Make it a habit to look at the thermometer at least once a day, perhaps in the morning the first time you open the door. The needle should be in the purple “REF.” section, approximately 33 to 40 degrees.

Be aware that opening the door of the fridge, particularly if the ambient conditions are warm and/or humid, can raise the temperature quite a bit in the compartment. If you notice that the temperature is above 40, and the door has been opened recently, leave the door closed for awhile then check the temperature again.

If the temperature is consistently above 40 by a few degrees, you should adjust the cold controls of your refrigerator to see if you can get it down into the 30’s. (See your fridge’s instruction manual for help on this - how to adjust the controls can vary among different brands and models.) Any adjustment to the controls can take several hours or overnight for the temperatures to settle to their new level.

Freezer:

Place the thermometer in a central location in your freezer and monitor the temperatures as described above.
Although frozen food is safe at any temperature below 32 degrees (the blue zone), a normally-operating freezer should be between 0 and 5 degrees. If you see temperatures consistently above that, try adjusting the freezer’s control to a colder setting.

If their temperatures remain above-normal despite adjusting the refrigerator’s controls, I instruct them to call me for service as soon as possible to avoid food spoilage and loss.


Helpful Tips and Tricks for Troubleshooting Samsung Refrigerators

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 26 January 2014 · 851 views
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Troubleshooting Samsung refrigerators can be a head-fake for Appliantologists who aren't used to some of their special quirks. If you know just a few tips, it can really facilitate your troubleshooting and even keep you from faking yourself out or running down rabbit holes.

Brother Durham has put together a short list of some very helpful tips and tricks to keep tucked into one of those cerebral creases when you're tracking down a problem in a Samsung refrigerator. Let us attend:


When you initiate a diagnostic mode or unplug a Samsung, you effectively clear any outstanding error code. More than likely it will do the same thing once it finds the error again. Prepare your customers for this eventuality and have them observe any flashing Led segments on the display

Remember the following Samsung help tips:

1) their mainboards rarely ever fail

2) A shorted or open thermistor will shut down the fridge and lock the display. The fridge may have no operation or operate in emergency mode. Not unusual after a power failure... look for a blinking segment on the display. Other errors will not lock the display. Out of calibration thermistors will not show up as an error.

3) check for displayed diagnostic code before unplugging fridge or entering diagnostic mode. Unplugging the fridge starts a self diagnosis but will take 5 hours for any error code to reappear so always manually diagnose fridge before unplugging.



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