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Member Since 04 Dec 2007
Offline Last Active Nov 29 2014 02:49 PM

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Kenmore 417.44072300 Drum/ Bearing

24 November 2014 - 07:54 PM

It appears our Front Loader might be ready for the great appliance boneyard. During the spin cycle it's started to roar like a small freight train. I don't think I want to hazard the repair as it sounds REALLY complicated for a sub-grasshopper but perhaps I could be talked into it. Is there a video for my model or a similar one that anyone knows of?


What I worry about: spending the $300 on parts and the full weekend it would take a dim bulb like me to complete it and then find out next year that something else is bad. I think we bought it about 2004.  I really thought a washer would last something like 20 years. The good old days.


Additional sour thought: I don't exactly have an appliance repair fund sitting around so I can't replace it with something new right away either.


So: if we have been having bearing noise for about 4 weeks now how long do we have before something calamitous happens? Advice on next steps? (buy / repair)? 


thanks in advance for insights!

Whirlpool GU2475XTVQ1 top rack unclean, bottom rack okay

11 October 2014 - 02:11 PM

I'd like help troubleshooting what's probably a common issue with our dishwasher. The top rack dishes are coming out barely-touched so I'm assuming the top arm is not spraying. 


I wish I could put a camera in there while it's running so I can see what's going on! :-)


I've checked some of the holes in the arm but they aren't clogged. Other notes: The dishwasher seems to have lost some of its ability to push out the gray water as the top shelf dishes (and the door) seem to have food particles on them more than usual. Also, We live in an area with horrifically hard water, for the record. 


How would an appliance ninja effectively troubleshoot for next steps?

Intermittent water dispenser leaking... drip drip... nothing... drip

22 June 2013 - 10:58 AM

We have a Whirlpool Gold side-by-side fridge (model GD5SHGXKQ01) and the water dispenser will drip slowly.. drip fast... and then stop.. and sometimes stop for long periods of time (months)... then it will start again. I've been told " you've got air in the line.. run a couple of gallons of water through..."  (wasting water and filter cycles!). Sometimes this seems to work but recently we are creating the waste without creating the dryness!


We have high water pressure in our neighborhood if that matters. We also are cursed with great plains hard water. 


I will replace the inlet valve as a next step I guess but I'm really going to hate spending the time and money (that little valve REALLY costs $80??) if I'm just going to go back to putting a pan under the fridge to capture the drip. But one of these days it's going to leak and we're not going to catch it and then I'll be repairing a basement ceiling and the "Christmas Story" type cursing will hit new records.


basic help a/c

11 June 2013 - 11:34 PM

I will start with overly simple dialog since I'm out of my element. The outside thing makes noise (it's not blowing out hot air but it's blowing out neutral air to my thinking). The inside thing makes noise... and yet no cold air is moving through the vents. The registers are cold but no air is flowing. Why does the furnace "thing" make noise and yet no air is moving???

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