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Member Since 24 Feb 2012
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Whirlpool Duet GHW9300PW1 - Flaky Push to Start button

18 December 2014 - 04:23 PM

My parents Whirlpool Duet has a flaky push to start button.  At first I figured it might be a simple mechanical failure of the switch, but I think it behaves oddly for it to be a simple mechanical failure.  That is, when you first power on/wake the washer, after making your cycle selections it can take several tries for the washer to acknowledge the Push to Start button has been pressed.  However once the cycle is underway, it seems every time I push the button the washer beeps at you to acknowledge the button press but that the controls are locked because a cycle is underway.  Weird.  I need to take the panel off again and check for obvious issues of freedom of movement, etc. but was wondering if anyone had any experience/quick tips/known issues for this pesky button.  


They did have a motherboard flake out and we replaced it last year - since then the washer has been behaving well.  They live in a small town and the city is the power company - and they aren't always the most competent at maintaining the power system.  The city were making some upgrades and hooked up a new transformer wrong and blew out about half of my parents appliances - that's around the time when the motherboard for the washer also went :P  I'm hoping the issue with the Push to Start button isn't another manifestation from that incident where the whole front panel needs to be replaced.


I have to say thank you to Bravo1961 for his post "How to clean out a bunked-up detergent dispenser in a Whirlpool Duet washer" - my parents have extremely hard water and the dispenser was hanging up.  His post and walkthrough was detailed enough that they were able to pop the top of the washer and clean it on their own.  Seriously good stuff!   

Think today's fridges are complicated?

24 March 2012 - 02:29 PM


Sigh.. I realize saving power is a noble goal - but here we go again!

They cite the heater to release as a big waster - I wonder if you could use ultrasonic vibrations to jar the ice free. Or just power it out of the mold. Hmm, maybe it will foster a power saving solution that isn't overly complicated.

What? it could happen :whistling:

Natural Gas Heat Pump Experiences?

21 March 2012 - 08:10 AM

Has anyone had experience with a natural gas heat pump? Engine driven, not absorption type like the large commercial units used to be: http://ecovaire.com/press.asp

The systems look very good, and just like the mini-split systems that were available decades before outside the US and are now finally starting to take off here, this looks like another vastly superior technology that is is only just now starting to trickle into the US :teehee:

I currently have an AC/Natural Gas split system on my basement/1st floor, and an electric heat pump for the second floor. The heat pump up stairs is flaking out on me, and if I have to replace it I really like the idea of putting in something allot more efficient. The natural gas units are also multi-zone so I could also replace my downstairs unit and dramatically lower my electric bill in the summer too.

The main problem with stuff like this since it's new, it's hard finding installers that are familiar with tech like this or that are even willing to talk to you...

New Fridge question - smaller freezer/larger fridge?

07 March 2012 - 09:08 AM

Since I got such great feedback in my other thread when I asked about dual evaporator fridges I figured I would ask another question of the collective - does anyone know of a fridge that has a smaller freezer compartment and larger fridge compartment?

Preferably a bottom freezer. I would love it if on fridges like this LG where that top freezer drawer were instead part of the fridge. Like quite a few people, I have a separate freezer in my basement and I don't need that much freezer space in my kitchen - but you can always use more fridge space!

Perhaps there aren't as many people with a dedicated freezer as I think and the market wouldn't be that great - but it seems like it could be a great niche for someone.

Oh well, I'm probably dreaming but you never know!

Goodman Furnace lesson learned - trust by verify!

02 March 2012 - 01:01 PM

I was reading through the excellent troubleshooting thread and reminded of an issue I was having with my Goodman high efficiency furnace. It was a couple years old and it kept cutting out. I would run for a while, then stop for a while, then run for a while... It was throwing a gas valve code and then it started not running more than it was running so I called for service (under warranty, thankfully). The tech checked the system out and one of the drain tubes for the heat exchanger was full of water. He cleaned out the tubes, put it together and it ran fine. Was near the end of the winter, didn't think much about it.

Next winter, I had the same issue - it worked for quite a while, then started locking out. When checked, water in the tubes. It only happened a couple of times and clearing the tubes solved the problem so I didn't think much more of it.

When it started for the third winter in a row, I started to suspect something might be up :teehee: (OK, so sometimes I'm a slow learner). Luckily the installers left behind all the documentation including the installation instructions. So I started to read them. Lo and behold, there are two drain ports - one for horizontal installations, one for vertical. It most come configured for horizontal from the factory. So I swapped ports and haven't had a single issue since (for two winters now). D'oh!

And yes, I read through and double checked everything else in the install guide just in case! Don't always take the error code at face value and don't always assume the last guy did what he was supposed to do. Probably obvious to the pro's in here, but it's something for us enthusiasts to constantly remind ourselves :pint1:

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