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How to replace the glass cooktop on a GE Spectra range

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Oven-Range-Stove Repair 10 July 2011 · 2,029 views

If you were referring to replacing the "cook Top"

it's pretty simple....

turn off power

open oven door

remove the 3 or 4 screws that hold the top down in the front

raise top up, use a board or something to securely hold the top up
as you will need 2 hands to remove burner assemblies.

burners should be mounted on plates, remove the entire plate
with burners attached carefully laying them down.

repeat with rear burner assembly

now the top is ready to remove.

Normally it just sits on the hinges in the back,
there shouldn't be any screws holding it on
but you may have to look at the hinge closely
to see how the top needs to be manipulated to
remove it.

Part link for all styles of GE Spectra glass cooktops ==> Cook Tops

Source: GE Spectra JBP78A0B2AA

Backpacking in the Pemigewasset Wilderness

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Hillstomping Update 09 July 2011 · 629 views

Went on an overnight backpacking trip Thursday and Friday in the Pemigewasset Wilderness thru the Bonds: Bondcliff, Mt. Bond, and West Bond, the "Jewels of the Pemi," with my Samurai Spudlets™. Caught sunset on West Bond. Camped overnight at Guyot campsite. Hiked out via Mt. Guyot, the Twinway, South Twin, Galehead hut, and Franconia Brook Trail to make it a nice loop hike. Turn your speakers up and check out the slideshow here. Best viewed in fullscreen mode.

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I didn't have any cell signal the entire trip. Mucho domos to all the many fine Masters who kept the Samurai School going while I was gone especially Reg, appl.tech, kdog, john63, CTG51 and scottthwolf! (apologies if I left anyone out).

How to get to and replace the defrost heater in a Montgomery Wards top-mount Refrigerator

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 09 July 2011 · 715 views

These units are a pain in the neck to get to the defrost heater. To do so without breaking any of the plastic panels or the syrofoam divider block, you should turn the unit completely off for 24 hours with the doors open to let the unit completely defrost.

First, remove the freezer door.

Remove the middle hinge, remove all the screws in the divider between the freezer compartment and the refigerator compartment.

Gently pry the plastic divider (also known as the mullion strip) towards you.

Pull the floor of the freezer out (very gently) as these are known to crack.

Remove the styrofoam divider under the freezer floor.

You will find the glass tube defrost heater clipped under the evaporator with a couple clips.

Simply remove the clips noting their position on the evaporator and unplug and remove the glass tube defrost heater.

Good Luck!

If either the defrost heater or the bi-metal are bad
it would be well worth the few extra bucks to replace them
both so you hopfully never have to go into the unit again.

Heater Link

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Defrost bi-metal Link

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Timer Link

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Source: Montgomery Wards, Refrigerator HMG19274

How to replace the hall sensor in an LG front load washer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Washing Machine Repair 08 July 2011 · 1,731 views

Remove the 4 screws on the rear access panel/remove panel.

Remove the 17mm bolt at the center of the ROTOR. Pull off ROTOR ASSY.

Remove the *phillips* screw that secures the wire harness to the rear of the tub.

Remove all of the bolts on the STATOR ASSY & carefully lower STATOR.


Using a screwdriver or needle-nosed pliers---carefully bend the single locking tab of the HALL EFFECT SENSOR. Once pried/bent---the other three tabs will become disconnected.

Install new HALL EFFECT SENSOR. Carefully examine that *all* of the tabs are securely locked onto the STATOR ASSY.

Re-assemble & test washer.

Part link ==> Hall Sensor

Illustrative video:

Source: LG WM2277HW

How to remove the heater in a Whirlpool Duet Sport Dryer

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dryer Repair 06 July 2011 · 1,011 views


1. Turn off the gas to the dryer and disconnect the electrical power.
2. Remove the two hex-head screws from the bottom flange of the toe panel.
Pull the panel out at the bottom, pull down, and remove the panel.
3. Remove the hex-head screw from the heater shield and remove the shield.
4. To remove the heater:
a ) Remove the two wires from the terminal block.
b ) Remove the hex-head screw from the heater housing, and slide the heater out of the duct.
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Source: Whirlpool Duet Sport Dryer WED8300SW1

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