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beam current

Member Since 24 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Sep 15 2014 02:45 PM

#302399 25370151010 Kenmore Room A/C

Posted by beam current on 02 September 2014 - 01:49 PM

Need to post your request in the "appliance repair manual request" section on home page.

#302371 Appliance Life Expectancy Article

Posted by beam current on 02 September 2014 - 12:16 AM

In other words, job security :).

#301857 Help Selecting A New VOM For Appliance Repair?

Posted by beam current on 25 August 2014 - 08:34 PM

Is a "megger kit" crucial for diagnosing an issue with compressor windings or can this be accomplished with a good quality VOM?

Yes the megger is the best way to check for compressor winding insulation breakdown ie., an inefficient compressor or nuisance trips.

However, a meter will show a winding when you have a "hard" short to ground.

I think I know what your next question is Squeaky ;). I recommend the Fieldpiece megger. Small and compact. And mine has worked nicely for years. But again, do your homework.

#301830 Harbor Freight Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

Posted by beam current on 25 August 2014 - 01:31 PM

I don't know, that Fluke sure is sexy. Just the "shiney tool" syndrome taking over my brain again. It makes my Craftsman 50455 seem so inferior now. Thanks DA, now I have IR thermometer envy. And there goes this month's budget, again :).

I look at it this way..... if you spend a little more now on your test equipment, the tools that help you accurately diagnose the appliance (which make you money), then it's a no brainer. Harbor Freight is probably not the way to go.

Stay cheap on your common hand tools, you can always upgrade later. But choose and buy wisely on your test equipment.

#301628 Help Selecting A New VOM For Appliance Repair?

Posted by beam current on 22 August 2014 - 01:44 PM

That's a pretty good set-up. Decent price too.

I would recommend buying a couple hi-temp K type probes for your oven calls.

Having a true rms meter when troubleshooting circuit boards is the best way to go. Check this out to get a better understanding. Right from the Fluke brainiacs.


#301244 Bypassing the Factory-Default Rinse Water Level Setting in a Washer

Posted by beam current on 17 August 2014 - 11:56 PM

Again, excellent video. Did not know this. Thanks.

BTW, those government standards make me want to torch a humongous pile of black tires every April 22nd.

#296491 Lunatic Fringe

Posted by beam current on 16 June 2014 - 08:52 PM

Sounds like you may have a stuck x, y, or z axis. Or a combination there of.

Perhaps it's time to bust out the test set.

Did you check your tech sheet?

#296094 Lunatic Fringe

Posted by beam current on 10 June 2014 - 02:19 PM

"Researchers tend to downgrade the lunar effects on animals and people, but I know better"

Me too. The coyotes go on a howling binge, as do alot of my neighbors. The "other" kind of binge, that is.

#295654 LG mini split code CH45

Posted by beam current on 05 June 2014 - 03:45 PM

I believe you can order it right here, thru this site.  Use the parts search bar at the top of the homepage.


Check this part #: Part number: EBG61107014

Part number: EBG61107014

.  Is this it?  Several were listed but this has the 4-pin white connector and what looks like the wires are blue/black.  Need to verify against your part.


If it is, APP offers a 365 day return policy, even electrical parts, plus you help keep the lights on here.


Good job.

#295329 Sick of Not Making Any Money

Posted by beam current on 03 June 2014 - 03:08 PM


It definitely sounds like you have APPLIANTOLOGY BURN-OUT.

We all get it from time to time, no matter what we do for a living. You need to take some well deserved time off, now!

Money is tight for all of us, but there are some free things you can do. Take the significant other and go hiking, camping, local museums. Something.

Just get your head off your work and have some fun. If your boss has a problem with that, tell him to f**k off. After 5 years of service, you deserve some time off. He is definitely taking advantage of you and he knows it. And he will continue to do so until you won't let him.

We're all looking out for your best interest Scott. The time is now to put an end to this unfair treatment.

Good luck.

#294592 GE Profile Microwave touchpad oddness

Posted by beam current on 26 May 2014 - 03:50 AM

If after troubleshooting and everything points to a flakey main board, as it sounds in your case, I've had random sucess with using contact cleaner (great degreaser) on the main pcb, ribbon cable end, and touchpad membrane (if accessable). Give it a good "soaking".

Allow to dry thoroughly, then test. Worth a shot before you totally condemn it.

#293373 With Just A Few of Us ie Grover Washinton, Bill Withers and KURTIUSINTERUPPTU...

Posted by beam current on 11 May 2014 - 06:05 PM

Awesome. Well done.
KurtiusInterupptus singing and DA ad lib lyrics.

#290874 Spring clamp pliers

Posted by beam current on 15 April 2014 - 01:19 PM

Bryan, awesome find.  Don't you just love it when you find tools made in the USA at a great price too.


One word comes to mind..... SCORE.


I load up the kids and head over to the local Goodwill at least once a week. They (and I) love it.  Actually there are 3 we patronize within a 20 minute drive. Kind of like winning on a scratcher.


I got some really decent tools over the years.  Will only buy USA, German, and Isreali made tools. NEVER China junk.

#283402 LG Refrigerator LFC255776SB

Posted by beam current on 04 February 2014 - 04:57 AM

That helps, and I did find this lg pretty easy using the wild card.  The kitchen aid, i found  a manual, but not right models..  there are so many models and changes it still makes my head spin..lol..  The tip on searching with google while staying on site that I need to learn.  I have several others i am searching for and I was able to find them.  Thanks for your help and explaining how to better search.  I also have to figure out a good system to file them in , on computer..  This manual covers mod#s, publication #,  this model was in production at about 2008- 20010..  I'm not that good at admin, file organization, I have to push myself, and think harder, not a natural talent..  getting better and need a mentor, or good advice here.


I get on the computer and people ask me what did I get done today, fixed.. I say nothing but I have researched, how to fix them, where to get the parts, and ran ads to sell what I have in stock..  but made no cash today.  I bought 3 stoves, 4 friges and 7 washers and dryers, so far have 4 fixed (stove, three dryers)


Trying to load my computer for the next couple of days of battle and get parts ordered.  The friges if I can fix them will make good money, but I'm still learning a whole bunch on them..


Thanks Durham..



curjones, your title to this thread is EXACTLY how I do it.


For example: 

LG Refrigerator LFC255776SB

LG = Manufacturer


Refrigerator = Type appliance


LFC255776SB = Model number


Customer calls, gives you the above 3 words and within a few seconds, you will be able to see if you have the service material in your library.


Consistency is the key here.  Do NOT mix them up. It is second nature now when I download a weeks worth of material.


Manufacturer FIRST.  Type appliance SECOND.  Model # THIRD.  Each and every time.  Very easy searching once you get this system down.


My ENTIRE library (close to a couple thousand manuals, tech sheets, service bulletins, pictures, videos etc) is organized this way.  Sort them by pdf, jpeg, power point, word docs, videos also.  Takes a little time, but well worth the effort.


Hope this helps.

#279145 How to Test the Evaporator and Condenser Fan Motors in a GE Refrigerator with...

Posted by beam current on 28 December 2013 - 05:07 AM

Standard banana leads fit fine.  Actually, nice and tight.  Use my Pomona test leads - no problem.  Could also use ring or fork terminals.


This will probably be larger than you would care to carry around if you have a smaller tool bag, but I will now have it in the truck when needed.


The output voltages were within + 0.15 vdc on all positions.  Nice power supply.  Glad I got it.

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