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Member Since 16 Mar 2008
Offline Last Active Jun 19 2013 05:22 PM

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In Topic: GE Electric Stove/Oven JBP26G V3AD - miswired lower heating element = big fla...

16 August 2012 - 10:34 PM

Actually, I attached each black wire to its own terminal and the yellow wire to the screw plate holding the heating element in place. Stupid, really - I don't know why I was thinking the yellow wire would be a ground, but I couldn't remember 3 wires attaching to the element at all. And when I couldn't get an answer to the wiring question online after 1/2 hr plus of searching with continuing pressure from other household members to make the fix, I went for it, with the results reported above (let that be a lesson to you "other household members"). I didn't think of searching for the wiring diagram hidden in the stove until afterward. I mess around with appliances as infrequently as possible, so forget some of the basics like the information you need might be right there in good old paper and ink form......or maybe I'm just getting older.

So you're thinking both a new control board and a new heating element are needed? Or both should be tested?

In Topic: GE Profile Triton Dishwasher - Model # GSD5330D02WW - not draining well on fi...

25 April 2011 - 05:17 PM


This dishonorable dishwasher may have been made honorable after all! I couldn't figure this one out and so just lived with it since the post, draining the excess water at the end of each load by starting the dishwasher again and then canceling the run to get the machine to pump out. A number of things happened at once recently and this problem resolved. My best explanation is that the dishwasher was not well leveled. Sometimes it's the simple stuff.... The fact that the bottom rack sometimes rolled out much too easily should have been a clue. Even though I had this dishwasher out a number of times and leveled it side to side (which presented its own challenge given that neither the floor nor the counter top are level and it's an exceptionally tight fit for this dishwasher into the space), I'm not sure I ever checked the front to back. Or I might have and it was level when the dishwasher was out, but not when it was fit back under the counter. It's an old house, and the floor of the dishwasher space is pretty rough. I had the dishwasher out for another issue (which I'll mention below since it's related) and thought to check the level once it was back in place. The back was too high and after adjusting it down I noticed an improvement in the drainage right away. I've adjusted it down so that the back is ever so slightly lower than the front, and the drainage on the last cycle is perfect. Given something else that happened that I thought was related to the new leveling (but wasn't), I ended up experimenting with the leveling and seeing the final pump out worsen as the back went up and improve as it went down.

Other comments:

1) this all started when the drain hose came off the dishwasher and it emptied water into the basement (oh joy!). You might be thinking that the drain hose was clogged, but it wasn't. I had cleaned it out before and it was still fairly clean. I'm thinking this dishwasher is about 15 yrs old. The clamped rubber nipple holding the hose in place had gotten brittle and could no longer do its job. The new drain hose is a bigger diameter, and the dishwasher drains much more easily, it seems to work less. I was thinking the bigger diameter hose might worsen the drainage problem. In fact, it had no effect on the final drainage as I ran a number of loads to test the new hose before leveling the washer. But the machine seems to pump out more easily.

2) as I was testing the effects of messing around with the leveling, the dishwasher started cutting off inexplicably and there was the smell of burning plastic. Turns out a copper to aluminum connection had been made with a copper to copper wire nut. I guess it had worked for most of the life of the dishwasher but had come loose and was frying the wire nut. A quick fix got that back in business.

3) when searching for info on drainage issues and leveling, I found this helpful Youtube video (from GE nonetheless) showing how to level a dishwasher:

Anyway, for those of you that buy a house and inherit appliances with problems, don't forget to check the simple stuff like leveling and connections. Who knows what genius installed your appliances.

In Topic: Smoke and acrid smell from starter/compressor on Frigidaire FRS20ZRG side-by-...

27 May 2009 - 07:26 AM

That's the question!

Unfortunately the mating connector is deeply recessed within the starter.  It's even hard to see it well shining a light in there.......

I looked through my drawer of "fun stuff to disassemble with the kids" for the old starter, but it isn't there.  I must have trashed it after replacing it.  Thought maybe I could cut away the recessed part on the old starter to get a look at the mating connector.

In Topic: Smoke and acrid smell from starter/compressor on Frigidaire FRS20ZRG side-by-...

27 May 2009 - 06:38 AM

Thanks for all your help, everyone.

Still having trouble finding that particular connector pictured above. No luck at RadioShack.com. It is one intact connector in the picture - nothing broken off, fortunately!

So the question becomes - is it necessary to have a connector just like that one or will something different work?

In Topic: Smoke and acrid smell from starter/compressor on Frigidaire FRS20ZRG side-by-...

22 May 2009 - 12:51 AM

Additional picture attached - See previous post for explanation.

Bottom line is 2 questions:

Where can I purchase replacement terminals like the one pictured above and below?
Is any special tool needed for attaching the terminals to the wires?

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