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Learning2

Member Since 23 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Jun 28 2014 01:05 PM

#225356 Kenmore (Frigidaire) upright freezer 253 9280213 frozen drain line

Posted by Learning2 on 27 February 2012 - 08:18 AM

The is an upright freezer. Frozen drain line again. Same problem as in July, 2011. Back then I thawed and cleaned the line. (It ran fine for 4.5+ years - then froze up 7-2011).
This time I decided to use the trick of wrapping some #14 or 12 copper wire around the calrod heater and extend it down the drain hole. But then I found there is a Whirlpool part 819043 to address this problem. It is an aluminum piece that clamps onto the calrod heater and extends down the drain hole. But it was too short for my Kenmore / Frigidaire.

So I made a similar device from some copper flashing (for roofing). The attached photo shows my copper handiwork next to the too-short aluminum Whirlpool part.

I will post again if it freezes up. Otherwise you know it is working as of today, 2-27-2012.

Also - does anyone have advice about using or ditching the existing "cap" that fits on the end of the drain line? It does allows water to pass. Not sure what its function is - maybe it prevents air from being drawn up into the freezer compartment? The attached photo shows the cap.

Thanks

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#209103 Power surge Frigidaire FAFW3511KWO front load washer

Posted by Learning2 on 25 September 2011 - 06:01 PM

OK - finally finished the repair. Takes a while when you replace one electronic component at a time. The surge knocked out
1. main control board ($130)
2. user interface board ($110)
3. pressure switch / sensor ($45) - plugs into the control board

The surge was caused by an open neutral - an underground cable let go. Thus I got 240v on half of the panel - including the washer.

Now my washer plugs into a high quality surge supressor which in turn plugs into a GFCI. I also have a whole house surge protector (which fried). The surge knocked out 6 GFCIs and 3 high quality point-of-use surge supressors. These items saved all my other electronics so I feel a little better my washer is now protected also.

Tip of the week: BE SURE YOUR DRAIN HOSE DOES NOT WORK ITS WAY LOOSE as you slide the washer in / out many times making these step-wise repairs. It was wired down but not enough to handle so many in / outs. My house survived Hurricane Irene but not a loose drain hose!IMG_3865.jpg


#208060 Power surge Frigidaire FAFW3511KWO front load washer

Posted by Learning2 on 13 September 2011 - 08:52 AM

The burn mark was easy to see. No major disassembly required beyond what the Repair Clinic video clearly showed.

http://www.repaircli...irHelpVideoTabs

It was right where the green plug with black and white wires enter (green plug).

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