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Purchase Advice

27 November 2012 - 02:24 PM


I've always gotten great info and advice from these forums - think I've used them for almost every appliance and a/c in my house. It's about time to replace the washing machine and wanted to see if anyone has general guidance or advice from the perspective of a technician about brands/types. You techs get to know the machines from a very in depth perspective about operation and durability that almost no one else, save factory engineers, get to.

For background, I currently have a GE machine that's about 10-15 years old. I've replaced the part with the clutch that drives the basket back and forth. It generated a leak around the basket and now does not spin any more. I think the water dripped down and shot the motor because it is not turning (as opposed to the motor turning but the clutch not turning. I could start taking it apart but seems possible that the water did more damage than is worth fixing. [correct me if i'm wrong]

Home Depot seems to have good deals now w/ free shipping, etc. I'm looking at machines around $300-$600 on sale (list for ~$500-$750) from GE, Maytag, LG. There are only 3 in our family, so relatively light use (though we do clean sheets and blankets), so looking at 3.5-3.7 cu ft size. Top loading is preferable but not required.

I've seen various threads on this and the old repairclinic board with comments about different mfg's, but those might be out dated. Some questions:

-any pros/cons to the manufacturers (or models) from the perspective of durability, ease of repair, and parts availability/price?
-same question about the newer "high efficiency" models versus "traditional" ones - what does HE buy us?
-metal basket versus plastic?

I know it's hard to compare in generalities - I could pull some model numbers if that's easier - and I know this forum is generally about repairing not buying, but just wanted to see if there were some things I should steer away from or towards.

Many thanks.

Troubleshoot problem with Ruud A/C

06 August 2012 - 05:27 PM

I have a small home/office that is detached from my home and it has it's own A/C unit. Last Monday, I came into the office in the morning and the air handler was blowing air, but the A/C unit was not working, such that the A/C was blowing warm air.

Took the unit apart and got it to the point where the compressor was working but the fan was not spinning (I pressed the button labeled "High Pressure Control Release/Reset" though I'm not sure if pressing this button was what got the compressor turned on or not). Got the fan to spin manually, so figured the issue was just the capacitor.

Replaced the capacitor (original was 40/3 but the store had only 40/5, which they said would work) but now I can't get anything to turn on - either the compressor or the fan.

Is there a good way to troubleshoot what other parts may need to be replaced?

One other thing - when I first went to replace the capacitor, for some reason, there was still electricity going to the A/C even though I had turned off the breaker. I managed to get some sparks before I realized this and turned off the main feed to the house. Is it possible I shorted something or fried one of the electrical parts? Any good way to test what needs to be replaced?


Here are the relevant pictures (last one is of the unit with the replacement capacitor installed. It was smaller in diameter than the old one, so I needed to fill with some weather stripping.) The "reset" button is the red one at the bottom center of the first picture.


Help diagnosing/fixing Hotpoint HE40M1A

05 December 2011 - 03:25 PM

Attached File  whtop2lores.jpg   172.14KB   12 downloadsI have a Hotpoint model HE40M1A electric water heater, 40 gallons, s/n HP1002B15060

Recently, the temperature of the hot water went down to the point where we could not take a shower any more. Turned off the circuit breaker to the water heater to take a look. Noticed that there was water dripping from 2 points - one on the copper input pipe and one on the copper output pipe. Also, there was water pooling around the junction where the hot water exits the water heater and connects to the copper output pipe. This junction also had a significant amount of rust.

See photos here: https://picasaweb.go...55/WaterHeater# (main one is also attached to this post).

Next, I removed the 2 covers (approx 6"x3") on the side of the water heater and found that the insulation on the top one was quite wet and there were rust stains all around both the top and the bottom covers.

Any ideas what the issue(s) are and what is the best way to repair?


Help Troubleshooting A/C Compressor

28 March 2011 - 05:33 PM

For my home central A/C, I have a copeland zr49k3 compressor unit feeding a Ruud Air Handler.

Currently, the air handler is running, but it is not blowing cold air. I believe what is happening is that the compressor turns on, then blows the circuit breaker and shuts off, leaving the air handler running.

Can anyone suggest steps for troubleshooting the problem - steps, tests, etc.?


Help Diagnosing GE WJSR1070A Washer

26 November 2010 - 01:37 PM

Yesterday, while doing a load of laundry, the circuit breaker to the washing machine tripped. I removed all the clothes and bailed the water out of the tub by hand. I then reset the breaker and turned the washer on in spin cycle - very briefly - and heard water being pumped but the tub was not spinning.

Turned the washer off and noticed that I can not spin the tub by hand. Also noticed that there was some water on the floor and, if I remember correctly, there has been water on the floor before but this is the first time the breaker has tripped.

Before I start taking the washer apart, any suggestions for going about diagnosing and fixing the problem? Should I be able to spin the tub by hand?


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