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Kenmore dryer stops after release of start button

02 May 2013 - 12:38 PM

Kenmore Drver model 11063942100 Serial number mm0801748


Everything works as long I hold the start button and not release it, drum turns, heat moisture sensor ticks on etc but will not stay running. Hopefully this is an easy one for you folks to figure out. Nothing like finding out with a full load of wet clothes!

Dead Trane XL-14 heat pump out of warranty replacement

03 April 2013 - 04:11 PM

Looking for comments and opinions..........


Out of consideration for contractors and dealers, I have intentionally ommitted the comparison product to the one I am purchasing, although from the same manufacturer. Not being sure about where lines are drawn on this forum, I chose to stay on the safe side unless otherwise notified.


Compressor shot, out of warranty, and R22. The math no longer comes close to working on installing a dry unit, so half of the replacement cost goes to ripping out a perfectly well functioning  indoor section, air handler and heat strips. The only salvage is the line-set. With that out of the way, looking for comments on my selection for replacement. In trying to blend budget, efficency, warranty, since I am semi-retired. I went with a Trane oddball unit that seemingly does not exist.


The XB is the budget line which as my HVAC guy stated, not generally reccomended by him in most cases. I did a rental property last year and went with XR/A/C only unit, instead.... only bumped the price 10%, and better parts and warranty. My HVAC guy is very good at quoting different systems, with a comp on warranties etc. No mysteries at all. However in the heat pump XB line, there is an oddball.....the XB-15 which has the same warranty as the XR series and the same two stage compressor as in a much higher level series. I find little via google, Trane or other sources, and of course when this thing is delivered, (although I really do trust my guy but......)  SHOW ME THE TWO STAGE BEFORE IT COMES OFF THE TRUCK!!......I have found comments regarding people being bid the same price on an XB-15 as a 14 or being offered a 15 as no 14 was available, which seems to validate it as a product, but nothing on Trane website etc. Using the Estimated National Average Annual numbers presented, about $50 +difference for heating and cooling each, which kinda just goes with the average 10% per SEER (XB@15 vs the higher end unamed Seer 16 Trane) unit against the portion of power bill dedicated to HVAC exclusive.


The much higher end unit has a different fan, larger coil surface area to achieve higher SEER rating, lower noise level, extra pressure safety switches and plastic top. While the differences are worth consideration, the drive out price with identical warranties and identical compressors is much, much, less with the oddball XB-15. 


Anyway could we get some comments on the Trane XB-15 Heat Pump from anyone who may be privy to info about it?


suggestion for new electric water heater?

13 December 2012 - 12:10 AM

Always like to prepare for the worst cuz that is what usually happens. I know the top element in my 10 year old water heater is gone, and lukewarm showers suck. Due to work hours can not get to until Saturday, as flushing a couple times replacing elements etc can take a few hours. When the element blew, it melted the wiring off of the screw. Since I already had on hand a spare anode and two elements, the right thing to do is go through the process and see if it was a fluke. If the water heater does not respond properly, obvious replacement. I have no problem installing an electric. I have a problem with horrible reviews I read on big box models. I am thinking Marathon for the lifetime tank warranty. As a water heater is always an emergency to address, would appreciate some fast comments.


Thanks as usual!

Recall GE dishwasher fails for the second time what to do?

09 October 2012 - 08:28 PM

Here we go:

GE dishwaher model number GSD 4020Z04BB serial FV78388B. This dishwasher was purchased in 2001 but not put in service until 2003. I think it was early 2008 it started to trip the breaker. I found the recall notice, and after electing to take the repair instead of the rebate, due to the doubling in price of the Profile line, service guy came out and replaced the failed harness, and of course they blamed the failure on the rinse agent although a bottle of jet-dry was furnished with the new unit, which it has a dispenser for. There are no other appliances added that would exceed or come close to the breaker rating, which is #12 going to a 20 amp GFCI breaker in one of the two 200 amp power panels.

Looks like history is repeating itself again.......... The breaker failure when the dishwasher goes to the heated dry cycle....... My understaning of the previous failure was the high amount combo of very wet steam and heat interacting with disintegrated harness wire insulation, and in some cases causing many documented fires.

In order to separate any failure on my part from GE, tommorrow I will pick up and replace, if in stock, a new GFCI breaker, as they are known to fail and trip at the end of their life cycle, which is actually a good thing. However, I would only give it one shot and be standing there with a fire extiguisher just in case.

So......forgive me for so much information, but never been called out for giving as much as possible here..........

The original recall, as I just checked from 2007 is still being honored, but could find nothing about secondary failures. I have not called GE yet, and will not until I change the breaker. Assuming the same problem exists after breaker replacement, I will need a course of action. Should I go after GE to correct the problem a second time and spend many days or possibly weeks.....(up until a few days ago still good on cosmetics and doing a good job washing dishes).....or just give up and buy a new dishwasher, and if so reccomendations on reliable and quiet running replacement would be greatly appreciated.

Looking for opinions Trane XB300

16 May 2012 - 08:56 PM

HI Folks:

Need to replace A/C unit in a rental property. After going through the builder grade stuff, which this kinda fits into, warranty term for compressor and parts vs bang for buck has steered me to the Trane XB300. Trane recently upgraded the unit from 5 years compressor and parts to 10 years, so any experience good or bad from a factory quality etc side would be greatly appreciated. After many years of suffering, for once I am not worried about the quality of install. Finding guys like that is a tough chore, but that is not the subject matter in this post.

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