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Member Since 28 Jan 2006
Offline Last Active Jan 22 2012 10:05 PM

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Soot coming from burner - a new 'feature'

06 April 2010 - 05:27 PM

In the past 2 months (and not the 14 years this water heater has been operating) there's quite the buildup of soot around the inspection door of my GSW natural gas water heater. This flash picture doesn't show you as much soot as there is, more dirty than can be seen here.

It's a simple unit consisting of a burner and lighter, and temperature control system.

In recent times I've brushed the burner with a wire brush, but nothing else, and I've never had to do any maintenance on any water heater before. Gas consumption seems about the same as it has before, it seems anyhow.

What's unique  is there's a cat box next to the water heater with dusty cat litter. But there's been one there for a couple of years too. 

What is the next step, clean the burner, or just clean the water heater and be done with it?

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Sears service man says there's nothing wrong!! HE2t front load

03 September 2009 - 03:33 PM

My Kenmore front load HE2t has always shook like crazy on even medium speed spin.

I read the faq, and expected to find shock absorber, bearing, or even spider problems. However, I have a 3 year dervice plan... so I called them in.

I wasn't the one home for the appointment, but the tech looked at the shock absorbers, pronounced them A-OK, and stated that there's nothing wrong. The pedestals make the shaking worse - We just don't fill it enough, causing unbalanced loads.

This doesn't sound right at all. I've seen front loads half full that don't visibly shake at all. I wish I was home for the appointment, I'd have mentioned the bearing or spiders. Why would he do such a quick check and pronounce problem solved?

What recourse is there now? Should I call back with a note about the bearing or spiders?

Whirlpool refrig buzzes for 10 sec, then rattles

27 November 2008 - 12:13 PM

I have a Whirlpool side-by-side that's 12 years old. It operates perfectly fine, but for a couple of months it  has been making a loud buzzing noise from the compressor area (well almost everything is in that area) for exactly 10 seconds, and then about 30 seconds later a loud rattle that seems to be coming from the upper part of the unit.

Two years ago I asked here about my defrost drain clogging. I made a heater strap for it and all has been perfectly fine since (I didn't make the aluminum drain surround though, I hope it didn't melt any plastic). I can't get parts shipped to me since I don't live in the USA, but I'd still like to hear what might be the problem.

 The model  number is ED22PQXDW02

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