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How to replace the hidden bake element in Whirlpool electric range

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Oven-Range-Stove Repair 17 December 2011 · 3,343 views

Access to the Bake element by removing R.H. (as you stand in front of stove now) side panel. 2 screws on back and 1 on inside rail where the drawer is. Check for 240v on element terminals when oven turned on - if it's there, replace Element:

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Source: Whirlpool GJP84800 Oven will not work. Elements are hidden from view.


Complete maintenance and tuneup kit for a Kenmore-Frigidaire dryer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Dryer Repair 17 December 2011 · 1,762 views

Getting sick of all that thumpin', bumpin', rattlin', and moanin' going on inside that dryer when you run it? For just a few bucks and little bit of handiwork, you can make that dryer purr like a brand new one! You'll save money on your electric bill, too because the dryer will run more efficiently.

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Here's the link to the maintenance kit ==> http://www.repaircli...er=417.79042990

And here's how to install it:



Source: Kenmore Gas Dryer Thermal Fuse 417.79042990


Tips for removing and replacing the electronic control unit in a Thermador RDF30 Range

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Oven-Range-Stove Repair 17 December 2011 · 2,268 views

Removing control unit or display on Thermador RDF30...instructions say to remove the maintop; this is a pain and NOT necessary.
1. Remove the 4 screws under the top front panel and slide the front outer panel assembly (trim panels with end caps) down and toward the front to remove (there's a pressure spring (hold down clip) which makes this difficult);
2. Carefully rotate the glass panel up and away over the buttons, taking care not to break panel or buttons;
3. Remove screws from metal control mounting plate/panel;
4. This is the hard part: pull/rotate/cajole metal panel out from under the maintop. It's a tight fit between the burner valve stems and the maintop -- I used a nylon blade putty knife between the maintop and the panel to coax it out. After that it's easy: mark your connections and remove display.

TO MAKE THE REINSTALL EASIER (POSSIBLE) I used aviator snips to enlarge the holes for the burner stems in the metal control plate/panel (made them "taller"), and bent the top panel ("control cover") up a bit so it won't hang on the spark switch connections on the burner valves. Poor design IMO. But this method beats breaking your venturis by trying to take off the maintop.

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Source: Removing/replacing control unit Thermador RDF30


Solar-Powered Snowblower Service call on Mt. Cardigan

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Snowblower Repair, Samurai Incarnate 16 December 2011 · 2,372 views

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"Can you fly, Bobby?" by Zenzoidman, on Flickr

Got called out to Mt. Cardigan for a service call on a solar-powered snowblower. Oh yeah, you betcha: the Samurai stays on the bleeding edge of technology and is experienced in repairing solar-powered appliances, too. Appliantology.org: The Samurai Appliance Repair Academy -- your one stop for ALL your appliance repair needs.

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Wrong Address? by Zenzoidman, on Flickr

I thought this was the place but it's all boarded up. My GPS musta given me bum directions. The search for the service call destination continues. There's an appliance in need out here! :argh:

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High Mountain Service Call by Zenzoidman, on Flickr

Finally found the place. There's no place too remote for the Samurai to go on a service call! Even if you live on top of a mountain in a dumpy cabin, the Samurai can fix your broken appliances! :pain30:

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Contemplative Oz by Zenzoidman, on Flickr

When we finally got that snowblower fixed, it was getting late for the hike down. The Samurai's semper fi canine apprentice, The Oz Man, led the way! :spacecraft:

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Appliantology Newsletter, December 2011: Last-Minute Gift Ideas and Some Helpful Appliance Repair Tips

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Appliantology Newsletter 15 December 2011 · 960 views

Appliantology Newsletter, December 2011: Last-Minute Gift Ideas and Some Helpful Appliance Repair Tips

1. Ultimate Appliance Gift Ideas
2. Snowblower Repair
3. Recent Appliance Repair Tips at Fixitnow.com
4. Share the Love!

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1. Ultimate Appliance Gift Ideas

Panicking over last-minute holiday shopping? Never fear! We've got ideas for ya. Of course, one of the best gifts would be to finally repair that nagging problem on your [fill in troublemaking appliance here], and you know where to go for help on that! Otherwise, read this article for all kinds of other great ideas for doodads and gadgets to make your home run a little more smoothly ==> http://fixitnow.com/?p=6707

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2. Snowblower Repair

Yes, the Samurai can help you fix your snowblowing appliance, too! You can get parts for all major snowblower brands through the SmartSearch parts search box at any of my sites: Fixitnow.com, Appliantology.org, and Applianceguru.com. Just enter your snowblower model number in the SmartSearch box at the top of the page and you'll find any part you need as well as dozens and dozens of DIY snowblower repair videos.

As with kitchen and laundry appliances, the first step in snowblower repair is getting the full and correct model number; this video shows you where to find it on any brand of snowblower ==> http://fixitnow.com/?p=6693

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3. Recent Appliance Repair Tips at Fixitnow.com

In case you missed 'em, here are just a few of the most recent appliance repair tips I've posted at Fixitnow.com:

How to Test the High-Voltage Rectifier in a Microwave Oven ==> http://fixitnow.com/?p=6703

How To Remove A Stuck Agitator From A Washing Machine… Without Getting Agitated ==> http://fixitnow.com/?p=6696

How To Test A Dryer Cycling Thermostat ==> http://fixitnow.com/?p=6688

How To Test The Bake Or Broil Element In An Electric Oven To See If It's Good Or Not ==> http://fixitnow.com/?p=6531

If you need more detailed help fixing your broken appliance, come see us at the Samurai Appliance Repair Academy where you'll get free, interactive repair help from yours truly and his brethren in The Craft, world-renowned Master Appliantologists ==> http://www.appliantology.org/

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4. Share the Love!

Right now, you may be racking your brain trying to figure out what to give the Samurai for Christmas. The greatest present you can give me is your presence at my sites! Beyond that, all the Samurai wants for Christmas is to help even more Grasshoppers fix their broken appliances. And you can help...

If our DIY appliance repair sites and information have been helpful to you or you like what we do and how we're doin' it, you could really help us out by telling your friends about us. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or just send 'em an email-- I would be personally grateful for anything you can do to help spread the word!

Our Facebook Page ==> http://facebook.com/fixitnowsamurai

Our Twitter Page ==> http://twitter.com/fixitnowsamurai

It is my sincere hope and prayer that you have a blessed and joyous holiday season this year, however you celebrate it. May the New Year find our hearts filled with joy and gratitude for each and every person in our lives, knowing that every person in our lives is sent to us by the Great Samurai. Let us be grateful for the relationships in our lives, forgiving those who've wronged us and asking forgiveness of those whom we've wronged. Now, may the Great Samurai who watches over us all keep our families safe and together this holiday season!

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