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Ultimate Appliance Gift Ideas

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in General Appliance Repair Wisdom 14 December 2011 · 1,950 views

The Samurai has scoured both the Innernet AND the Outernet rounding up those perfect Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and Festivus gift ideas for that special Fixer Dude or Dudette in your life.  Click the photos for more info or to purchase.


 


Stay warm AND safe with this Pocket Air Check combustible gas leak detector. Works with Natural and LP gas.



 


Multimeter.  The indispensable tool for every DIYer.  Specs: Volts AC 750 , Volts DC 1000, Amps AC 10, Resistance max. (Ohms) 2M, Continuity, Temperature -4 °F to 2498° F, Display (Counts) 2,000, Operating Temperature 32° F to 74° F (0°C to 23°C), Fuse Protection mA: 0.2A/ 250V, Power 9 V Battery (included), Size 5.5"L x 3"W x 1.5". Temp probe included.


Multimeter - Part # 964740 Mfg Part # DM10T


 


Non-contact A/C voltage detector. Test for voltage without touching any bare wires. This detector works by sensing voltage through the wire's insulation. Detector has an audible beeper and visible flashing light indicator.


Voltage Tester - Part # 1255942 Mfg Part # 1000100009


 


3 in 1 tool for splicing wires. Has wire strippers for stripping off insulation from the wire. Crimpers for crimping solderless connectors and bolt cutters for cutting small bolts. High quality.


Wire Splicing Tool - Part # 967613 Mfg Part # 1002


 


240 Volt 240 Volt outlet checkers for checking the outlets on electric ranges and dryers.


Tool - Part # 1176379 Mfg Part # 4396932


 


Dryer Vent Tester for testing the backpressure on a dryer vent.  Excessive backpressure is the single most common cause of overly long dryer times, repeatedly blowing thermal fuses and poor dryer performance.  A vent can be free of lint and still be bad!  Use this spiffy tool to check your dryer vent.  A must-have if you're a pro in the trade.


Tool - Part # 1447456 Mfg Part # W10106710


 


Microwave leakage detector.


Microwave Test Kit - Part # 1668485 Mfg Part # A138


 


Refrigerator and freezer thermometer, temps from -20 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermometer face has special markings to show where food is safe and where it is at risk of spoilage.


Thermometer - Part # 903650 Mfg Part # 8171720


 


The Kill-A-Watt Energy Usage Meter. This plug-in meter allows you to track total power consumption by hour, day, week, month, or year. Also displays Voltage (V), Line Frequency (Hz), and Power Factor (PF). 15 amp maximum. No batteries required. Accepts standard 110 volt plugs, 2 or 3 prong.


Energy Usage Meter - Part # 1012487 Mfg Part # P4400


 


Freezer alarm, sounds if freezer temperature goes above 15 degrees.  Never lose expensive frozen foods again!


Freezer Alarm - Part # 786349 Mfg Part # 8171458


 


Gasohol tester.  Used to test the alcohol content in the fuel.


Gasohol Tester - Part # 1611245 Mfg Part # 795161


 


Polder 3 function thermometer: large LCD read out displays the temperature of food during cooking. Presettable HI/LOW and inside the range temperature alert. Timer: 24 hour count down and count-up. Clock: Real-time clock. Stainless steel probe. Temperature chart and battery included.


Digital Meat Thermometer - Part # 905158 Mfg Part # 601-90


 


Glide n Guard floor protector for appliance moving.


Floor Protectors for Moving Appliance - Part # 12914 Mfg Part # 93001


 


Affresh HE Washer Cleaner Pack - Use once a month to keep your HE (high efficiency) washer clean and odor-free! 3 Power Puck tablets and 4 Grit Grabber cloths per box.


Cleaner Kit - Part # 1914804 Mfg Part # W10306172


 


Affresh Dishwasher and Disposal Cleaner - 6 Tablets.


Dishwasher and Disposer Cleaner - Part # 1552531 Mfg Part # W10282479


 


Glisten dishwasher cleaner


Dishwasher Cleaner - Part # 1915432 Mfg Part # 5304482929


 


Refrigerator and freezer condenser coil cleaning brush with instructions. Also works great for dryer lint.


Long Handled Bristle Brush - Part # 12859 Mfg Part # 5303318693


 


Solid-surface range element cleaner (Sponge no longer included).


Solid Surface Element Cleaner - Part # 12830 Mfg Part # 5303310267


 


Vacuum cleaner attachment for condenser and dryer cleaning - This long vacuum cleaner attachment will help to clean dust and lint build-up in and around your refrigerator condenser coils underneath the refrigerator and dryer lint in the area where the lint filter is inserted. Fits 1-1/4 inch vacuum hose.


Vacuum Hose Attachment - Part # 1544893 Mfg Part # 8171579A


 


Dryer vent cleaning brush. For 4" diameter round ducts. 20 feet long.


20 Foot Vent Cleaning Brush - Part # 424663 Mfg Part # 18001034


 


Complete Ceramic Cooktop Care Kit - contains a 10 ounce Cooktop Cleaner to clean and polish all glass or ceramic cooktops. A 4 ounce bottle of Cooktop Protectant. Six small cooktop cleaning pads and one larger Cooktop Protectant applicator.


Glass Cooktop Cleaner - Part # 959474 Mfg Part # 31605


 


Stainless steel cleaner.


Stainless Steel Cleaner - Part # 1542817 Mfg Part # 31462A


 


Gas grate cleaner.


Grate Cleaner - Part # 496592 Mfg Part # 316119700


 


Rust remover - Removes rust stains from clothes, dishes, glassware, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, painted surfaces, concrete and water softeners. 16-ounce bottle.


Rust Remover - Part # 1550725 Mfg Part # W10278629


 




Testing a Microwave High-Voltage Rectifier

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Microwave Oven 10 December 2011 · 1,489 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 · 623 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 · 5,488 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 · 3,895 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






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