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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 · 1,716 views

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


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


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 · 4,297 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 · 4,185 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
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

How to check the motor on a Maytag Neptune MAH5500BWW washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 09 October 2011 · 2,087 views

Grand Master RegUS_PatOff tiptoes us through these tulips:

Motor Windings Check

1 . Disconnect power to the unit.
2 . Remove each pair of phase wires from the motor control and perform an ohm check of each wire leading to the motor.
Each wire pair should show 2-3 ohms resistance.
2 . There should be no continuity between any of the terminals and the frame of the motor.
3 . Check that all six motor terminals are secure and at the same height in the connector housing.
Replace motor if terminals are pressed into the motor.
4. Remount the six-position motor connector onto the motor.
Reassemble the drip shield cover onto the motor control.
5 . Reposition the motor control into the washer when finished.
Make sure the two screws and the twistlock wire ties are fastened properly to the wire harness.

Service Bulletin

Motor and motor control board part link ==> Motor and Control Module

Source: Maytag MAH5500BWW s/n 74919775ZZ

How to test the heating element in a Bosch SHE43C02UC dishwasher

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dishwasher Repair 08 October 2011 · 3,417 views
Bosch, dishwasher, heater
Sublime Master KurtiusInterupptus waxes eloquently:

Wanna make damn sure before you try go expose that element...a real bitch to get at.

do you have an amp clamp? If so here is my method to test this ...
remove the door panel outer..
clamp amp clamp around red wire in the harness..
start a cycle, follow the red wire up to the controller and then take a small jumper wire and jump between the red and black wire in the back of that plug.
does the amp meter show a current of 8-10 amps? If so, the heater and high limit are good and prolly just a bad controller.

Part links:

Control Module

Heating Element

Heater voltage can be measured at the control module:

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Source: Bosch Heater Element SHE43C02UC 43

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