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How to enter forced defrost mode in a Maytag refrigerator with the "Jazz" control board

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Refrigerator Repair 19 August 2011 · 4,607 views

What is an adaptive defrost in newer models, which replaces the defrost timer?

one of the functions of the Jazz Board

Defrost Operation:
The Control Board adapts the compressor run time between defrosts to achieve optimum defrost intervals

Enter the Forced Defrost Mode by performing the following sequence of events:
1. Hold the refrigerator door light switch closed.
2. Press the Refrigerator Temperature Down keypad 3 times consecutively within 10 seconds.

Source: Maytag MFF2558KRW french doors, bottom freezer

How to fix an ice dispenser door that doesn't close all the way on a Whirlpool-Kenmore SxS refrigerator

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dispenser Repair, Refrigerator Repair 13 August 2011 · 3,134 views

on this cover, there should be two little slots at the bottom of the panel.... ( ya gotta get down on the knees and look up at the bottom of the panel )

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...I use a mini-pry bar,....when you pry on the panel, it will pop off at the tabs on the inner frame......
I did not know if this fix-it kit mentioned by K-dog........fixed this one last week....

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..hinge pivot point broken off..

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....made this part out of a 1/4 inch 'P' clamp from a copper water line
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took a few file swipes to get the correct dimensions...

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almost as good as new..... darn picture alignment

Source: Kenmore Whirlpool SxS ice dispenser icing up 106.58562890

How to test a dryer heating element using the Bump Test™

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man, in Dryer Repair 12 August 2011 · 1,154 views

I know you checked the element, but I will almost guarantee that it is shorting out. Here is how you check it:

1. Bump Test (my own name for it ... you like? lol.) Put one lead from your meter on one of the heating element leads and the other other to the housing of the element. Now 'bump' the heater ... give it a good shake or rap with the butt end of a screwdriver. If you see any jumps at all in your meter, it is grounding out when hot.

If the 1st test does not show anything then:

2. Pull the heater and inspect it. When you get the top shell off, I'll bet that you find the plate between the coils has heated up and warped to the point where one of the coils is almost touching it. Usually at the very back of the element. In this condition, when the dryer gets hot, the coil sags slightly and you've got a short. This means the element does not cycle and gets hotter and hotter until the high temp t-stat blows.

See here: http://neighboursapp...-to-ground.html

and here: http://neighboursapp...ng-element.html

Happy trails.

Source: Whirlpool Duet GEW9200LW0

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