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Kenmore 790.94213405 gives code F10

24 August 2014 - 03:30 PM

My previously honorable, if boring, Kenmore electric range, model 790.94213405 is now giving a code F10 when using the oven. When the code appears, the oven turns off, and the whole range beeps annoyingly at intervals to call attention to its failure.


What gives?


Fr Basil

Stopping Burner Rattle on an Electric Coil Range

25 April 2013 - 12:14 PM

In a previous post, I inquired about the wisdom of going from a swanky, flat-top electric range (with more gizmos than a cockpit) to a coil-type electric range. Well, I did it some months back, and am generally happy with the switch.


The one thing I still don't like: I can't make the rattling of the burners go away. If someone weighing more than about 50 pounds walks by, the vibrations are enough to make the coils and drip pans rattle. It drives me nuts. I replaced the drip pans with ones that still had the little clip that grabs a foot under the coil, and that seemed to help for a while. But now the rattle has started again.


The range in question is a recent model Kenmore (made by Frigidaire), but this sort of issue doesn't seem model-specific.


Any ideas as to how to get rid of the rattling?




UPDATE: Kenmore model 790.94213405.  Three of the four drip pans are specific to the model, not aftermarket. They have the clips that hold one leg of the coil in place.

Recommended Laundry Detergents 2013?

19 April 2013 - 09:25 AM

I know I've not been around to soak up the rays of wisdom from the stars here at Appliantology of late. However, a recent discussion with someone interested in laundry detergent/soap that works in cold water soon devolved into "I want a more natural, less chemical clean" chat.


Having a small herd of people making dirty laundry around here, I'm highly interested in a detergent that "just works." To that end, we've discovered that powdered Tide HE works pretty well in my house. (The liquid leads to stinky front loader problems that have been solved by using the powder at a rate of about 2 Tbsp -- much lower than the amount recommended on the box -- for a typical full load in my LG front loader.) I've also had good experience with the Sears Ultra Plus HE.


I'm doubtful that any of the mere "washing soaps" that lack enzymes and a detergent's better cleaning in hard water would ever keep up with a modern laundry detergent, especially since being "natural products" means they'll cost more for the privilege. But I could be wrong.


So, my dearest appliance professionals, what are your recommended favorite detergents (HE and not) and why?



Am I nuts to replace a smooth-top fancy pants range with an old school coil one?

18 September 2012 - 09:12 AM

I currently have a fancy schmancy stainless steel smooth-top slide-in range, Kenmore branded (made by Frigidaire; looks about like this one: http://www.frigidair...FGES3045KF.aspx although mine is older). The previous owner of our house installed it. I hate it. The only pans I have that are really flat enough to work well on it are made of cast iron, the surface is slow to heat up, the oven is even slower (20+ minutes to get to 350F; over half an hour for 450F), and the convection fan in the oven prevents the use of cookie sheets inserted lengthwise). The controls are accessible to my 17-month-old, unless I go through the tedious task of locking the panel. The smooth top always looks dirty, unless I use the special cream cleaner on it. The range's only redeeming feature to me is that it's pretty, and that happens about once a month when I spend the time scrubbing the gook off the smooth top.

I'm considering buying a used freestanding Kenmore 790.94213405 (similar to this Frigidaire: http://www.frigidair...FFEF3015LS.aspx ) for $200 (should I offer less?). Instead of the 7 minutes it takes to heat 1 quart of water on the fancy range, the coils do the same in 4 minutes. The oven was at 350F in 12 minutes, even with its concealed element. A cookie sheet fits. Controls are out of reach of the toddler's inquisitive fingers. I'll have to cut the counter top that was installed to fit the slidein range, but that's no hard task.

Am I nuts to go back like this? Would it be a horrible mistake? Really, I want to COOK on my range, not look at it.

Be as serious or as funny as you like in the comments. I really appreciate all of you, and mention this site to every DIYer I meet.

Fr Basil

Amana dishwasher ADB1600AWD1 won't run

18 July 2011 - 02:21 PM

Gee. I come to town, and everyone's appliances die. :blink: Next time, I'll stay home.

This time it's an Amana dishwasher, ADB1600AWD1.
The clean light is flashing continuously, pressing Start/Resume does nothing and its LED flashes 3 times after you press the button.

This post for a Kenmore likely made by Maytag/Whirlpool (confirm?) points to motor/heater problems.

Anyone have a service manual or pointers to share?


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