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Member Since 27 Mar 2006
Offline Last Active Apr 07 2015 11:29 AM

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Kitchen Aid KDTE704DSS1 install question - what the heck is this thing?

06 April 2015 - 02:59 PM

Hi - just had this Kitchen Aid dishwasher installed.  There is something that looks like a flat hollow black plastic tube underneath the door on the left side.  No corresponding plastic part on the right side.  It wiggles when I touch it - doesn't seem to be attached to anything.


What the heck is this thing?  Maybe a shipping protector that was left on accidentally? 


If you can tell me how to post a picture I will put one up. Thanks!



Kitchen Aid Dishwasher KUDE70FX leak at diverter motor - known issue?

26 February 2015 - 03:07 PM

Three questions for my very knowledgeable pros on this forum.


Background:  I bought a Kitchen Aid KUDE70FV dishwasher in 9/2010 ($1499) and had problems with lower arm alignment and the circulation motor within the first 2 months.  Kitchen Aid/Lowes replaced it with model KUDE70FX in 2/2011.  No problems with the new model, until this year.


At some point recently, the second dishwasher sprung a leak (tech says it's leaking at the diverter motor). Huge mess!!!! Carpet and furniture in the adjacent bedroom ruined, Servpro had to open up the walls, blowers and dehumidifiers everywhere, 2 kitchen cabinets ruined.  Judging from the surface rust and soap residue on the bottom rails of the dishwasher, and the fact that the harness is corroded, the tech thinks the leak has been going on for a while, but became progressively worse over time to the point where we were able to detect that the carpet was sopping wet. However he cannot tell us how long it might have been going on. Repair estimate is $555 (for harness and diverter plus labor), but the tech advised AGAINST repair and instead suggested we replace the unit.  Since replacing vs. repair is not in his best interest, I assume he is being honest.  


I have known and trusted many of you in this forum for many years and thought I'd check to see if you agree. That's question #1...  Do you agree we should replace this unit rather than repair it?


Question #2... Since I've now had issues with motors on two different Kitchen Aid KUDE70F dishwashers, I am wondering how common this is.  Are there known issues with these models leaking? Any recalls or published info you can point me to pertaining to this?


Question #3... If I do replace, what do you recommend? Should I get another Kitchen Aid or something else like LG? I got this model because I wanted the quietest dishwasher on the market.  Bosch was actually a couple of dB less than the Kitchen Aid, but had far less internal capacity. There's a bedroom on the opposite wall - HAS to be quiet!  Also has to be SS to match the other kitchen appliances.  Aside from that, not much in the way of requirements.  I don't need a lot of bells and whistles, just something that cleans dishes quietly.







Whirlpool LA9200W Washer On Last Legs - Seeking Replacement Advice

14 July 2012 - 12:56 PM

Hi all! With the help of this forum, I've managed to keep my Whirlpool LA9200W washer and LE9200H dryer operational for more than 21 years. I've taken apart and reassembled the washer multiple times and replaced just about every part in the pair over the years. it's been an incredible journey.

Now the dogs have worn out in the agitator for the third time, the cabinet shakes, and there is advanced cabinet rust around the bleach dispenser. I'm finally, reluctantly, ready to call it quits on this pair.

However, I'm uncertain where to go from here. So much has changed in the past 2 decades! I am not a fan of front-loaders for various reasons, so I'm only looking at top-loading. Yesterday I saw the Samsung WA5451ANW / DV5451AEW. The pair is recommended by Consumer Reports and the washer gets good consumer reviews (although some folks are disgruntled about low water levels and not being able to change settings once a cycle starts).

I believe the washer is direct drive, but there is no agitator. The pair has only been on the market since 2011, so you should not have come across them for repairs yet. So I would appreciate some general feedback about Samsung in general. (There's a very similar LG pair but I've always heard LG has quality control issues - is that still true?)

So... for the masters that have helped me over the years, here are my questions:

--What do you think of this Samsung pair? ($999/ea retail, my cost is $850 ea + tax, delivery etc.)
--If money were no object, what toploading duo would you buy for your own use?
--Considering my experience with the Whirlpool pair, do you think I will be able to repair these Samsungs after they fall out of warranty?
--Given ease/difficulty of repair, would you recommend I purchase an extended warranty?


Whirlpool Washer LA9200W Bad Tranny?

05 May 2012 - 12:49 PM

It's me again... my 21-year old Whirlpool washer is still in service, thanks to this forum.

About 3 years ago I had a problem with the washer. Thought it was the tranny but it wound up being the motor instead. Here is the URL for that issue, FYI.


At that time we replaced the tranny with a rebuilt one from a boneyard before we figured out the problem was actually the motor. Since then, cycles on the washer have been gradually going out. We lost 'gentle' almost immediately. The washer would agitate but when it was supposed to drain and spin, it would just stop. We had to rotate the dial to another cycle to spin and drain.

We kept talking about putting the original tranny back in but something else always came up, and we are basically lazy anyway, so for the past 3 years we have been washing everything on 'regular.' ('Perma press' never worked, as far as we can tell - but we don't use that cycle, so no biggie.) Everything was fine until a couple of days ago. Now the 'regular' cycle gets to a certain point on the dial and just quits - same as 'gentle.' When I rotate the dial to the dot, it agitates but no matter where I position the dial it will not drain or spin.

With a "no spin, no drain" problem I would not be surprised if you point me to the lid switch, but I replaced it a few years ago and I can hear an audible click when the lid closes. (I suppose I could check the ohms for those of you who are anal about that). Others of you might diagnose the timer or the pump (both of which I've also replaced in recent years). But given the pattern of lost functionality and the length of time involved, I suspect the rebuilt tranny was never quite right.

I still have the original transmission - we kept it when we figured out there was actually nothing wrong with it. What do you think? Should I swap out the tranny before buying any other parts?

Goettl heat pump HP-601F2 only blows heat when the sun is up

04 November 2011 - 04:54 PM

This one has us going crazy. The heat pump blows cold air before the sun comes up. Later in the day when the sun is shining on the roof, the air coming out of the vents feels warmer - but not much, and it takes a long time to bring up the temp of the house. When it's very cold at night, the unit runs all night long, blows cold air and the inside temp just keeps slipping.

The unit is switching ok from A/C to heat, and is not stuck in defrost mode - the defrost control and sensor were replaced less than a year ago. Evap coils were professionally cleaned just over a year ago. Beyond that, we have no clue. We've had servicemen out several times but they always get here when it's warmer outside and the problem seems to be fixed... until the sun goes down again.

Maybe it's worth mentioning that the A/C works like a champ. It was nice and cool in here all summer, even when the temps outside were over 110 several days in a row.

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