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Testing a Microwave High-Voltage Rectifier

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Microwave Oven 10 December 2011 · 1,430 views

When you're troubleshooting a no-heat complaint in a microwave, one of the components you may need to check is the high-voltage rectifier (called a "rectumflyer" in the trade. :moondance:)

Trouble is, the junction resistance on these rectumfliers is so high that doing a standard forward and reverse bias test with an ohm meter won't tell you anything because it'll just read open in both directions. This video shows an easy method for testing these special critters:

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How to test a dryer cycling thermostat

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dryer Repair 08 December 2011 · 601 views



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How to remove the freezer drawer in a Maytag French Door refrigerator

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 05 December 2011 · 4,486 views

Freezer Drawer
1. Open drawer to fully open position.
2. Remove upper and lower baskets.
3. Remove screws one in each rail marked on side of rail.
4. Lift front of drawer up and out to remove drawer.
5. Set drawer on a padded surface to prevent damage to finish.



Source: MFI2266AEB Maytag French Door


How to remove a stuck agitator from a washing machine

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 04 December 2011 · 3,345 views

Methods to pop off agitator

2x4 method...the one we use
1 Fill the washer with hot water to cover the bottom half of the agitator

2Get a piece of strong rope about 58 inches long. Tie a knot the way you see it on the picture.

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3 Place the rope around the agitator neck (sometimes looping under the bottom of agitator is best)

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4 Get a 5 ft long piece of 2x4 and put a folded towel underneath it to protect the finish on the washer top.
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5 Use the 2x4 as a lever. Putting pressure on the end of the piece of wood will lift the agitator out.

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in the olden days we would loop 2 ropes under the agitator, connect the rope to each end of a 2x4 or broomstick. Stand on the machine and lift up like we were doing a clean and jerk
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uh, huh...guys didn't think the old man had it in him, did ya now?. See what moving 'frigerators can do. But alas, we'll let you young ones get all puffy while we'll use our brains and the principal of leverage as depicted above or.......

Agitamer
bladder like device that lifts it out for ya

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and even better, a home made agi remover thingy made using a unibar, some bent metal, a crescent wrench (or better yet, a drill driven socket)

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Source: Maytag HA806 Series 01 SN 7608722WW Won't Agitate


How to disassemble an LG dryer to remove a sock or something stuck in the blower

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dryer Repair 03 December 2011 · 4,259 views

Dryer powers up, you select a cycle and push start and the dryer hums for a coupla seconds and then goes quiet for a while. This usually indicates something is blocking the drum from rotating. A sock stuck in the blower would do it.

A quick test to see if you have a drum blockage problem is to simply open the door and try to turn the drum by hand. If you can't turn the drum manually, ain't no way that dinky motor in there is gonna turn it, ether! Can I hear an, "A-freakin-men?"

If you need to get inside the dryer to remove a sock stuck in the blower or some other rolling problem, Sublime Master john63 steps us over the rice paper without a single tear or wrinkle:

Unplug dryer

Looking at the rear of dryer---the TOP COVER has what looks like "hinges"

At each plastic "hinge"---there are 2 phillips-type screws---remove only the lower screws at each "hinge".

Grasp the TOP COVER and slide rear about 2 inches---lift off & remove.

Standing at the front of the dryer---remove the WATER DISPENSER TRAY (release tab is at the bottom of the drawer).

Remove the 2 phillips screws that are now visible with the WATER DISPENSER DRAWER removed.

At the right-hand side of the CONTROL PANEL---remove a single phillips screw from the corner (opposite side of panel).

Disconnect plugs/wires that are directly behind the *jog dial* of the CONTROL PANEL

Remove the CONTROL PANEL---a small flat screwdriver helps to unsnap the **tabs** that secure the CONTROL PANEL

With the CONTROL PANEL removed---remove the 5 screws which secure the entire FRONT PANEL/COVER of the dryer. These screws are located at the top of the front panel---and were not visible with the CONTROL PANEL installed.

Pull the FRONT PANEL towards you just enough to allow unplugging the DOOR SWITCH

Lift the entire FRONT PANEL an inch or so & remove

Remove the LINT FILTER & place it inside the Drum

Looking at the front of the dryer---you'll notice a DUCT HOUSING (silver)

Remove the 2 phillips screws from the DUCT & slide it down-and-away.

With a bright flashlight---examine the BLOWER HOUSING---remove any clothing/obstruction

Re-assemble in reverse order


Common parts that cause rolling problems when they go bad:

Drum Roller

Belt, Drive

Drive Motor

Blower Wheel

Idler Pulley



Source: lg dlex7177rm






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