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Member Since 09 Jul 2006
Offline Last Active Jun 05 2015 03:11 PM

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Icemaker and condesner cleaning questions (Whirlpool ED5KVEXQ00)

05 June 2015 - 10:11 AM

I have a Whirlpool fridge (Model ED5KVEXQ00), and there are a couple of things about that aggravate me:


First, what is a normal cycle time for the icemaker?  (The standard Whirlpool Modular with the bin on a shelf instead of in the door)  My freezer is usually around -8F, and the icemaker only cycles every two hours or so, at best.  At eight ice cubes per batch, it starts to disappear quickly, especially in hot weather with guests in the house.  My previous SxS (a basic GE that also had the Whirlpool Modular) cycled every 45 minutes.


I'm not quite sure how to test the thermostat to see if it's closing at the right temp.  (I read it was supposed to close at around 17F.)  I was thinking of dunking the t-stat in a glass of vodka and then sit around watching the DMM and a thermometer, but that's a bit tedious (and I'm not sure my electronic thermometer even reads below-freezing; it's meant for ovens to monitor roasts.)


Also, how does one properly clean the condenser coils?  They are arranged under the fridge like this:


/\/\/\/\  (And on the front and back you see it flat-side-on, not edge-on, which would be easy to clean.)  


We have two cats, and I'm sure they are hopelessly nasty after several years, but I can't figure out how to access it more than the front and back "rows".

Generic Whirlpool SxS condenser cleaning question

02 April 2012 - 08:48 AM

I have a fairly late-model Whirlpool SxS fridge. I went to clean the condenser coils the other day, and I cannot figure out how to access the majority of their surface.

With previous fridges, they've been nice and flat, and I just had to jam my condesner brush in there and give 'er a good scrubbing, and then repeat the process for all the nasty-looking parts at the back.

With this model, instead of the coils looking like this: Front ---> --------, the coils are laid out like this: Front ---> /\/\/\ . Now, I can see the advantages of this arrangement (more coil surface area), but how do I clean out those "valleys" in the middle that cannot be accessed with a condenser brush, much less my vaccuum cleaner? Is an air compressor (which I don't currently own) the only option?

Bosch SHU43C02UC/17 Cleans like @*&%!!!

03 December 2010 - 10:08 AM

I, appliance-using-peasant, humbly beseech my appliantological masters for aid!

Our Bosch over-priced junk dish"washer" (came with the house, not my choice) was doing okay-ish for a few years. Now it cleans horribly, and this change was rather sudden. There is a nasty white film on all the glasses, the plates feel nasty, and even the tub of the thing isn't clean. I have an obvious rectangle of crunchy white gookus where the big plastic plate is near the door. The inside of the thing is so filmy, I have a hard time refilling the rinse aid, as the little window isn't clear enough anymore to see well. I have a hard time getting the detergent door shut because the latch seems stiff with gookus. Once, I saw some trace of suds (but no water) in the bottom of the tub at the end of the cycle.

I have the rinse aid cranked up, and I'm still using a stash of pre-zero-phosphate Cascade Complete Gel (which I've used for years with no ill effects.) (Yeah I know the Samurai doesn't like gel/liquid; the folks that made our dishes said to use liquid/gel, and I can't convince the wife otherwise.)

Water seems to fill up and pump out just fine, the sink line it drains into does not back up, and there are no error codes.

I have started the process to finally have the recall work done, but I have no idea if this will help the problem.


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