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DurhamAppliance's Blog > Can't a Brother Have a Little Fun?

Posted DurhamAppliance on 17 March 2015 - 11:28 PM

Brother Smash recently asked a question about what else we did and then specifically asked about video games. (see http://appliantology...else-do-you-do/) He made me remember there are more things in life than repairing appliances. Now don't get me wrong, I love being a tech but he made me remember times when I had fun doing other t...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Video Tip #1 : Oven door glass has continuity?

Posted DurhamAppliance on 28 November 2014 - 03:54 PM

This is the first in a series of short video tips.

First up is a tip passed on to me from Applianceman97. It's info he recently acquired in a training class. Even with all the knowledge bro A97 has, he continues to train and attend classes. A superior tech who continues to up his game is an unstoppable force. We're lucky to have him share his knowledg...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Time To Give Thanks, once again

Posted DurhamAppliance on 25 November 2014 - 09:42 PM

Wow, It's been 3 years since I wrote this one...and since then I can't believe I've made nearly 4000 posts and done countless repairs! Time sure flies when I'm having fun but I, as well as us all, must take a little time to give thanks. Once a year is certainly not enough but making this day special helps us remember to give thanks, always:

In my best...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Tool Review : Circuit Board Stand-off tool!

Posted DurhamAppliance on 13 November 2014 - 09:59 PM

An interesting tool that supposedly makes it easier to remove boards from those pesky plastic stand-offs.


My thoughts before getting it:

1) Expensive
2) I could make one
3) Limited use

My thoughts after receiving it:

1) This thing is nice...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Whirlpool universal fridge timer 482493 instructions decoded

Posted DurhamAppliance on 17 September 2014 - 06:20 PM

Sometimes after working on ADC, mainboards, jazz boards, genesis boards, utah boards, and beta boards, it's a relief to repair a fridge where the defrost is controlled by a good old standard timer. That is until you have to use the Whirlpool universal timer and have to re-read those "encoded" instructions. Over a year ago, when I had some time (an...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > GE Fridge Mainboard Cross Reference

Posted DurhamAppliance on 31 August 2014 - 04:18 PM

Most techs are aware of one or two common mainboards used in GE Arctica and Profile type fridges. The most common I suggest you have in stock as part of my GE Fridge Survival Kit ( see http://appliantology...r-survival-kit/ )

However, the other day I came across another similar board that I wasn't familiar with, o...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > The Things You Don't Know

Posted DurhamAppliance on 24 August 2014 - 01:49 AM

I'm sure some of you wonder why I'm always preaching about being prepared, scanning service manuals/tech sheets, looking for bulletins, reading pertinent posts etc prior to going on a repair. I think the following best illustrates my reason:


DurhamAppliance's Blog > Disassembling a GE Double Drawer Fridge.. PITA Video

Posted DurhamAppliance on 18 May 2014 - 06:41 AM

I had lots of fun disassembling and reassembling this GE model PGCS1NFXASS and I had the pleasure of doing it twice in two days.

The first day I replaced a bad mainboard and replaced the evap thermistor for good measure. There were no burned out fan resistors and the evap fan seemed to work fine. Rookie mistake. I still should have tested the fan's rpm...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Repairing Samsung Fridges, Simplicity to Supremacy Pt 1

Posted DurhamAppliance on 18 May 2014 - 05:48 AM

I hope this helps you kick some Samsung Fridge Bootay!

On a Samsung repair, the First thing you do is talk with the customer about the problem. DO NOT open or let customer open the doors or unplug the fridge. "Ma'am, don't touch the fridge. Only the facts, please."

The second thing you MUST do with Samsungs is "talk to the fridge." Again do not op...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Frigidaire Refrigerator Survival Kit

Posted DurhamAppliance on 09 February 2014 - 10:29 PM

Finding Frigidaire manuals is a bit different from other manufacturers.
The Style and manufacture date are more important than the model number.

Once you know the manufacture date for a fridge, simply pick the last manual produced before that date. If you don't know the date, you can always click here ,http://b2b.frigidaire.com/support/manuals.asp a...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > You can't touch this... Non-contact voltage detectors

Posted DurhamAppliance on 27 January 2014 - 02:22 AM

Why so many voltage testers? Well during last years ASTI, the instructor in Basic Electronics asked for those who were afraid of electricity to raise their hand. I embarrassingly raised my hand along with a few others.

He then asked for a show of hands of those who had a healthy respect for electricity. To those he replie...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > GE Fridge Mainboard Load Test Video... intermittent Fridge

Posted DurhamAppliance on 14 January 2014 - 09:36 PM

Complaint was intermittent Cooling on a GE SxS profile... temps in the 30's, ice melting, soft ice cream etc

Sensors all passed ohm test

No apparent seal, gasket, dispenser door leaks

All fans working... condenser coils clean... light switches okay

Frost pattern perfect... no defrost issues

compressor and relay okay.

So maybe the board fails wh...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Cold outside, Chili inside... Gadgety cooking with Durham

Posted DurhamAppliance on 11 January 2014 - 07:47 PM

1 pound ground beef
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans dark red kidney
beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes,
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 ta...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Never Worry or How To Approach Any Repair With Confidence.

Posted DurhamAppliance on 09 August 2013 - 11:10 PM

Went to a range repair last week. Old electric Frigidaire drop-in. Not much info to be found. One burner not working. No worries I say, for I am DurhamAppliance.

Didn't have a manual and never disassembled one of these before... no worries I say, .. How hard can it be?

Get out there and discovered it uses those really thick swivel style burners.... N...

DurhamAppliance's Blog > Loose Seal

Posted DurhamAppliance on 25 July 2013 - 08:40 AM

So, I was working on a Frigidaire freezer yesterday. Lots of condensation on the ceiling and near the door. Everything looked okay, initially. Customers say the door is always locked to keep the kids out. Diagnostics showed no problem. No defrost, defrost drainage nor light fixture issues. The customers weren't home so I made this video and emai...

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