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Mr. Lee Fix

Member Since 14 Jan 2007
Offline Last Active Aug 11 2015 05:46 PM

#276717 F3 = FMe

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 07 December 2013 - 12:06 PM

...and thank you as well, Oh Inebriated One (Juan for our Spanish members).  This is what I found, and while the movie wasn't much on plot, it was skillfully directed.


Mr. Lee Fix

#259602 Where there smoke, there's wire!

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 30 June 2013 - 09:35 PM

I have the manual, but it doesn't begin to address the electrical short that I think I have.  As I'm clearly not the best at reading electrical schematics, but can after time, decipher what it is that they wrote I'm looking for a bit more guidance in resolving my dilemma.  Anyone with some suggestions, and patience is most welcome.


Mr. Lee Fix


In my mature years, I’m finally beginning to understand the Bible! For those who haven’t heard, the State of Washington just passed two laws:
• Same Sex Marriage
• Legalized marijuana
The fact that same-sex marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same day makes perfect biblical sense because Leviticus 20:13 says: “If a man lies with another man they should be stoned.” I just hadn't interpreted it correctly before.

#259588 Where there smoke, there's wire!

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 30 June 2013 - 06:58 PM

Posted 27 July 2012 - 04:47 PM

Weil Mclain WTGO-4 has been firing ok. It is used, at this time of year, solely for heating the domestic water in the internal tankless heater. The unit is a home heating oil fired one.
Unit has a 1.25 gph 80* B Delavan nozzle. Top flue goes into a masonry chimney.
The other day I noticed dark smoke from the chimney and immediately shut down the unit.  Thinking soot build up, I proceeded to thoroughly clean the heat exchanger grids, box, etc.  They were sooty (dry) but nothing really bad.  The blower motor, air inlets, etc., were dust covered (unit is in laundry room and I have 2 teenage boys) so I dis-assembled nearly everything (pump, blower cage, couplings, housing, etc., etc.  Cleaned lines, new filter, wiped everything clean and when I plugged it in  (it's on a connection harness, not hard wired as of now), it popped the GFI that is on that circuit.  It has however, been on a plug in since the Sandy debacle and has run without a problem.
Re-set and it popped again.  Plugged it directly into another GFI unit and the positive leg welded itself to the GFI contact until I yanked them apart.  Really, the pos leg is now 1/8 " shorter.  I'm thinking DEAD SHORT.  (But where?)
Beckett burner - RWB model
Suntec strainer
HONEYWELL ignition

Unit does not have the auto purge feature of the newer ones. This one is 5+1/2 years old
I disconnected he Beckett from the wiring and tested it and it tests fine.
I tested the wiring harness that I use and it tested fine.
I tested the GFI and it tests fine 
I tested the circuit that I use and it tests fine.
Nothing lights up or does anything because the GFI immediately trips.
Lastly, but most important.  After removing the motor leads for the Beckett, I can't recall (with absolute certainty) to what other leads they were connected.  I've included a picture and would appreciate the correct wiring designations.  This one was my fault and stupid!
It appears as though the WHITE motor lead needs to be connected to the WHITE ignition lead.
It appears as though the BLACK motor lead needs to be connected to the ORANGE/BLACK (ignition/transformer connection.
I did find, underneath the service cut-off cover, a loose white wire (see picture) that appeared to be tack welded to the metal box.  It looked factory ( a ground) but, could it be a loose wire that welded itself to the box and is a/the problem?  It is now loose, but I will re-attach or cap it as necessary.  See pictures # 4 and # 5.  Should this be attached again?
So, there you have it.  I repaired a mechanical issue, and now have an electric/electronic problem.
As these were the only 2 wires that I disconnected this should resolve this issue, but i thought that they both had 3-wire connections.  My memory must not be working (shorted out?)
I have included a picture of the Honeywell Aquastat #6. 
I have include a picture of the disconnect with the wire attached   #5
I have include a picture of the disconnect with the wire unattached   #4
I have included 3 pictures of the wire hook up for the motor ( for clarity) #s 1, 2, & 3
Below is the Photobucket  link.

Help please

Mr. Lee Fix



#254098 More hotter water, please!

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 08 May 2013 - 08:36 AM

I apologize for the scan as it wasn't the clearest, nor able to be enlarged readily.  Do you need a better scan or are you confident in your assessment?  I'm not questioning your solution, only if whether or not you could read the diagram.  Your color quotes are correct (from the original).  I have read you comments, looked at your handiwork (nice!) and although your diagram for the cuts and splices is clear I'm not sure what it will actually look like.  I'm not stupid, but neither can I accurately read a wiring diagram that is this involved without a bit of doubt.  So, after Friday's surgery (to me by the honourable Samurai Surgeon San) I shall make this a Sunday project and hopefully won't burn too much time, just some water!  Thank you, Fairbank56, and RegUS_PatOff for your excellent analysis and solutions.  Once done, I will report.


Mr. Lee Fix


I leave you with a few insightful comments  (okay, there are 17 of them)



Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.   Winston Churchill loved them.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure..

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.


#253521 More hotter water, please!

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 02 May 2013 - 07:39 AM

This is why they pay you the big bucks.  I should have read your post while I was more awake, although I don't think it would have helped.

Yes, that is the way to go with the "mixture valve"....simple and functional.  I will find the download and then upload! 

I found them, but they are Sumo-Sized.

I will extract the pertinent data or upload the parts manual and troubleshooting manuals in their entirety if my son, or an appliantologist can assist me.


Mr. Lee Fix




#253465 More hotter water, please!

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 01 May 2013 - 11:45 AM

Purchased a Speed Queen washer Model # AWN542SP111TW01 stainless tub washer (love that SS) the near cousin of our AMANA washer (resting 10 feet away).  

Problem: #1.  Not enough water...you can manually override it, but who wants to washersit the machine when there's games to be played.  

Question:  How can I override the limit, hopefully without breaching the warranty?

Problem #2: The first and second rinse waters are COLD!!!  Did those government ecologists and do-gooders ever check to see which rinses better, cold or warm water?  I'll save them the time;  ANSWER - WARM WATER.  

Question:  So, how can I bypass the aforesaid cold fill for a more suds deterring warm fill on rinse #1 and rinse #2?  And if anyone is going to say that I should only be using cold water or nor rinsing twice, remember - global warming results when the highly concentrated expellings of hot air by vacuous politicians become too concentrated.


As always, your keen observations and wise wisdom are honourably received, greatly appreciated, dutifully followed.




Mr. Lee Fix


Model # AWN542SP111TW01

Serial # 1208031015



PS  Some observations follow...




 Understanding Engineers #1

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?"  The second engineer replied,  "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."  The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, "Good choice:  The clothes probably wouldn't fit you anyway."


Understanding Engineers #2

To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.  To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.


Understanding Engineers #3

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with those guys?  We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!"  The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such inept golf!"  The priest said, "Here comes the greens-keeper.  Let's have a word with him."  He said, "Hello George, What's wrong with that group ahead of us?  They're rather slow, aren't they?"  The greens-keeper replied, "Oh, yes.  That's a group of blind firemen.  They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime!."  The group fell silent for a moment.  The priest said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."  The doctor said, "Good idea.  I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there's anything she can do for them."  The engineer said, "Why can't they play at night?"


Understanding Engineers #4

What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?

Mechanical engineers build weapons.

Civil engineers build targets


Understanding Engineers #5

The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?"  The graduate with an engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"  The graduate with an accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"  The graduate with an arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"


Understanding Engineers #6

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body.  One said, "It was a mechanical engineer.  Just look at all the joints."  Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer.  The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections."  The last one said, "No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer.  Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?"


Understanding Engineers #7

Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.  Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.


Understanding Engineers #8

An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess."  He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.  The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week."  The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.  The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want."  Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.  Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter?  I've told you I'm a beautiful princess and that I'll stay with you for one week and do anything you want.  Why won't you kiss me?"  The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer.  I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog - now that's cool."

#237243 Smoke on the water, and fire in disguise!

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 03 August 2012 - 12:25 AM

It's too much work? Since when is it too much work? The machine has worked exceedingly well and now I'm supposed to toss it out? I thought this was a repair forum not a shopping forum, and one that benefits when repair parts are purchased. You already stated your dissatisfaction with having to repair many such machines in the past so maybe you're rather biased, but I have no predisposition to hating this job...in fact I'm rather looking forward to it. I'll have the tools. That said, who out there can accurately diagnose the malady and make a positive plan recommendation of needed repairs as I don't want to miss anything? And I don't want to reopen the machine for any repairs that should have been done. I have no axe to grind with AMANA (nor Maytag for that matter, nor Whirlpool) so I'm reminded of a famous saying from the Land of the Rising Sun:

Monde De wa naku, hinan o shūsei shimasu

Arigato Sensei of the Sake
Mr. Lee Fix (William)

#237222 Smoke on the water, and fire in disguise!

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 02 August 2012 - 02:03 PM

NEWSFLASH!! Removed motor as per http://appliantology...pliance-repair/ instructions (couldn’t have been easier) and attempted rotation of pulley. Rotated in the agitate mode only, but not in the spin mode. The brake engages upon ramp up as the disc moves up and the upper plate moves down. Used two hands and no go. Then turned with one hand on pulley and one on the transmission and it BROKE LOOSE. Now, it will rotate in either direction under hand power. Was it the brakes (don’t know ) the transmission/bearing (still don’t know) or a stool bind situation (sounds painful)? I’ll definitely replace the milk stool. What else should be replaced (other than the writer) as I don’t want a recurrence of the dreaded “Gotta Go To The Laundromat Blues”.
The pictures are of the following conditions: (Link below)
3624 - The S/S Tub 3623 - lower view of pulley 3622 - Lower view of transmission 3621 - Trans bearing upper & rear splatter 3620 - Trans bearing upper 3619 - Milk stool Pulley 3618 - Milk stool crack left side 3616 - Milk stool crack left side 3615 - Milk stool front side 3614 – Right side case splatter 3613 – Left side case splatter 3608 - Bearing mount plate corrosion (Under agitator)
Is the plate under the agitator good, as it had a bit of corrosion which I scraped off readily. I noticed that AMANA uses a “Loctite” glue fastener on their bolts. What is the correct one to use or should I just use a good one? Is there a way to readily separate the S/S inner drum from the plastic outer tub as I want to clean them spotless (I’m kind of anal about this stuff). I don’t think there is but I’m sensing a special tool requisition


Thank you for help
Mr. Lee Fix (William)

#237051 All show, no go, this blows.

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 30 July 2012 - 12:39 AM

Case Closed!! A supply side issue (insufficient fuel delivery) was the cause of the problem. After one thorough and meticulous cleaning (and many hours work) the Weyl McLain is wailing again. Many thanks to those, who through their knowledge, caused me to become better and finally slay the beast. Thanks to all and to all a good night!

William (Mr. Lee Fix)

#233676 Septic Tank Treatment

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 03 June 2012 - 09:27 PM

First, clean off all fats and oils and the like from dinnerware before washing. Avoid commercial drain uncloggers (Draino and the like), use a laundry lint-catching sock to trap washing machine lint expelled in the wash water (very important) and when needed you can use CLS for treatment. If you aren't doing the aforementioned, then there is no need to use a treatment as your septic will be damned from the start. Oh, and periodically pump the tank (every 2-3 years as required) as it's rather cheap insurance.

Mr. Lee Fix

#218537 Disgusting fridge...when to refuse?

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 26 December 2011 - 11:21 PM

If the bugs are alive you need to add an "Extermination Fee", or failing to terminate them, an "Impede Fee". If they're dead you should add an EPA mandated "Bio-Hazard Remediation Fee". Then cash the check and never return. I, for one, would never have set foot in the place...not for any sum or anyone. I'm skieving just reading your account.

#216199 Logo la crosse

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 02 December 2011 - 06:18 PM


You'd better hope that your customers don't use the same system of acronyms for reading your business name! Just thinking out loud.

Mr. Lee Fix

"Music is like candy....you need to throw away the (w)rappers."

#214124 Logo la crosse

Posted by Mr. Lee Fix on 11 November 2011 - 09:40 PM

Wow, nearly 8 months and 4 votes tallied....should be done in another 5,665 years or so!

Mr. Lee Fix

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