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How to test the auto load sensing switch in a Whirlpool/Kenmore 800 top loading washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 11 October 2011 · 8,631 views

If you have the misfortune of owning one of these machines that takes away your ability to control water level (because supposedly it figures it out for you) then you need to know that you're not in Kansas anymore! These machines use an auto load sensing switch that's supposed to fill the tub with just the right amount of water based on how full it's loaded with clothes. Sounds great, right? Yeah, except it sucks.

If your washer starts agitating right away when you start it, then you may have a bad auto load sensing switch. Grand Master appl.tech.29501 enlightens us on how to test it:

You can test it by removing the 2 connectors from the load sensing switch

and then turn the machine on in the fill or wash cycle....no agitation = bad load sensing switch.

If the machine still immediately agitates with the wires disconnected from the load sensing
switch the you have a bad timer....also another problematic part with this washer.

If your feeling really lucky..I've had 2 cases when both parts are bad.....


Part link for the auto load sensing switch ==> http://www.repaircli...umber=W10177795


Source: Kenmore 800 (110.298222801)



How to test and replace the heating element in an older-model Maytag electric dryer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dryer Repair 10 October 2011 · 1,697 views

Unplug the dryer and remove the front panel to get access to the heating element. This video has dissassembly and replacement instructions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTTozln6YzM

And this video shows you how to test the heating element to see if it's grounded against the casing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq-3zsiBID8

Here's the part link for the heating element ==> http://www.repaircli...mber=MDE8600AYW


Source: Maytag MDE8600AYW runs too hot


How to replace the door handle on a GE Spacemaker JVM over-the-range microwave

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Microwave Oven 10 October 2011 · 3,962 views

So, you go to open the door on your GE Spacesaver microwave and the handle comes right off in your hand! What's a brutha to do? Well, bro, you have two choices: replace just the door handle or replace the entire door. Replacing the door is obvious and easy but costs six times more than replacing just the handle. And while the handle alone is a relatively inexpensive part, it can be a tricky endeavor for the neophyte. Sublime Master RegUS_PatOff tiptoes us through these tulips.

To Remove Door Handle:

With door open:
1. Remove inner door trim.
2. Remove door handle screws.
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To Remove Door:
1. Remove power, top grille and short out the Capacitor
2. Remove the 4 (2 on top & 2 on bottom) 5/16" head screws on door hinges and #2 phillips head screw on top.
3. Door will pull away from unit with the hinges attached to the door.
4. When reinstalling door reverse procedure and a to the control panel before securing door hinge screws.


Part link for the door handle ==> http://www.repaircli...3WHO1-%3d%3dc70

And this additional helpful hint from Sublime Master Chat_in_RI:

I would also order the choke cover, Item 11 in the above diagram. It breaks more often than not when prying it off to access the handle...


Part link for the choke cover ==> http://www.repaircli...55X10535/943106


Source: Door Handle-- GE Spacemaker JVM1653WHO1 over the range microwave.


How to fix an E1 error code in a Whirlpool Duet GEW9200 washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 10 October 2011 · 3,704 views
E1, Whirlpool, washer, Duet
Chief ReliableApp guides us through:

The thermistor is directly related to E1 error code. There are different resistance levels at different temperatures. I would try this thermistor test and more than likely I would replace the thermistor

The machine control electronics monitors the
exhaust temperature using the thermistor, and
cycles the heater relay on and off to maintain
the desired temperature.
Begin with an empty dryer and a clean lint
screen.
1. Plug in dryer or reconnect power.
2. Set the following configuration:
➔ Door – must be firmly closed
➔ Press Control On
➔ Press End Of Cycle Signal (Louder)
➔ Press Start
3. If after 60 seconds, E1 or E2 flashes in the
display and the dryer shuts off, the thermistor
or wire harness is either shorted or open.
➔ Unplug dryer or disconnect power.
➔ Check wire connections at the machine
control electronics and thermistor. See
Accessing & Removing the Electronic
Assemblies, page 7, and figure 8 for
thermistor location.
➔ If wire connections are good, remove the
two wires from the thermistor and replace
the thermistor


And Sublime Master KurtiusInterupptus offers this caveat:

Just because the thermistor checks good @ room temp doesnt. Mean it stays within tolerance as it heats up...

replace it.


Thermistor part link ==> Thermistor

And how to replace it:



Source: Whirlpool Duet GEW9200LW1, E1 error code






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