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Wire harness madness to watch out for when replacing the evaporator fan in Kitchenaid built-in refrigerators

This Public Service Announcement is brought to you today by Brother fixyourboard of Fixyourboard.com fame, providing fast, expert rebuild and repair of NLA circuit boards: Here's the link to the PDF of the evaporator fan motor installation instructions: http://appliantology.org/files/file/867-whirlpool-fridge-8201589-evaporator-fan-instructions/ Source: KSSS42FK KA Built In Evap Fan not running after board/fan replacement
 

Winter Wonderland Hike up the Ammonusuc Trail

Celebrated the Second Day of Christmas with an awesome winter wonderland hike up the Ammonusuc Trail to the AMC Lakes of the Clouds hut. Didn't take the Oz Man this time because I didn't think this trail and conditions would be dog-friendly. Turned out to be the right choice-- would have had to abort mission if the Oz Man was with me, no way he could've made this. Trail conditions were snow on top of ice-- combined with the steep grades, this is one of the most difficult traction conditions you can encounter. I only brought my Kathoola microspikes and they were not at all adequate for this hike-- needed full 10-point crampons, which I left back in the van. Took some world-class tumbles both going up and back down. No real injuries, just a wet, bruised butt and snow dumped down my shirt and britches. Turn your speakers up and enjoy the slide show ==> Slide Show <img src="http://cdn-3-service.phanfare.com/images/external/4169021_5407861_146794035_WebSmall_3/0_0_0b129d26f6caa057858a32ccc68eb6a7_1"> <img src="http://cdn-3-service.phanfare.com/images/external/4169021_5407861_146794093_WebSmall_3/0_0_6212151215ebdd23cd4f5fb6dac9746b_1">

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Why do antiphase sine waves cancel each other out in a sound mixer but not in a center-tapped transformer?

This is an excerpt of the full split-phase household power supply webinar held on June 6, 2016. In this excerpt, I explain why antiphase sine waves (meaning 180 degrees out of phase with each other) cancel each other out in a sound mixer but not in a center tapped transformer. Just because an AC voltage can be represented or modeled as a sine wave does not mean all sine waves behave the same way everywhere regardless of the device-- you have to know what you're measuring!   References: Summing Amplifier Basics How Sine Waves are Used to Model things in the Real World Using an Oscilloscope to Understand 120 VAC Household Power Supplies  
 

Whirlpool Vertical Modular Washer (VMW), United Servicers Regional Training in Albany, NY

Starting to get my notes and photos together from an excellent United Servicers Association regional training in Albany, NY. Here's my summary of the training. Dave Shertzer was the instructor; he did a great job. This is a very easy machine to work on. Tears down in about 10 minutes; 15 minutes if you're one-armed, one-legged, or one-eyed. You're gonna want a set of these to facilitate electrical measurements on those tiny-ass wire harnesses. Inside the control panel the VM washer. Panel comes apart differently. Two clips in front, either end. Can press in with a putty knife or credit card while pushing back on the panel. Can also undo them by reaching underneath the top panel. Main control board and water inlet valve inside the control panel, closer look. Looking into the tub with the top panel removed. Kind of a funky z-maneuver to get the top panel off. Have to remove the hinge screws in back and then do the z-maneuver to lift off the top panel. Looking at the drive guts underneath the washer, laying on its front panel. The only two ways you'll be working on this machine: through the top or the bottom, as shown here. Do not remove the back panel. Belt cage and belt removed. Motor and main yellow drive pulley. Main yellow drive pulley removed. Seeing part of the splutch assembly. With splutch removed. Splutch assembly. Mode shifter motor. Shifts the splutch between spin and agitate modes. This has been a common fail item so far in this machine. Very easy to replace.
 

Whirlpool Vertical Modular Washer (VMW) Training Manual

File Name: Whirlpool Vertical Modular Washer (VMW) Training Manual File Submitter: Samurai Appliance Repair Man File Submitted: 03 Jan 2012 File Category: Appliance Repair Manual Pot Luck Supper Job Aid W10329932 Covers models: MVWC400XW MVWX500XW MVWX550XW MVWX600XW MVWX700XW WTW4950XW WTW5500XW WTW5550XW WTW5600XW WTW5700XW Click here to download this file Source: New Appliance Service Manual added: Whirlpool Vertical Modular Washer (VMW) Training Manual
 

Whirlpool Duet washer F1E1 error

If you're getting the f1e1 error code even after replacing the CCU, it means the CCU is (still) bad. Professor of Appliantology john63 gives us the poop on this one: Buy the replacement CCU with a 365-day return policy here ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Control-Board/W10309219/1876151?RCAID=24038 Source: Whirlpool duet washer mod# wfw9250ww01
 

Whirlpool Duet Sport - Kenmore washer leaving clothes sopping wet at the end of the cycle

So your Whirlpool Duet Sport or (Kenmore equivalent) washer is leaving your clothes sopping wet at the end of the wash cycle? It seems to be tumbling the clothes okay and it pumps the water out but it never kicks into high speed spin. Sublime Master tronicsmasta has some inside scoop on the fix: Part link ==> Motor Control Unit Source: Whirlpool duet washer WFW9750WW01

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Whirlpool Duet electric dryer- three fast beeps when you press the start cycle button

Example model number: GEW9200 This problem is caused a bad door switch. Here's the link to the door switch, click the picture: You can test using an ohmmeter. There are 3 prongs on switch, identified as C,NC, and NO. C-NC should be closed circuit until you push switch and then it should be open. C-NO should be open circuit until you push switch and then read closed. Buying the switch through this site is a risk-free proposition because you can return the switch for a refund if that doesn't fix it.
 

Whirlpool Cabrio / Maytag Bravo / Kenmore Oasis Washer Tub Bearing and Seal Replacement Kit

Tub bearing failure and seal leaks are just one of the repair joys that await the unsuspecting owner of these machines, especially if you're using non-HE detergent. Used to be that when the tub bearing or seal failed, you have to replace the entire tub because Whirlpool didn't sell the bearing and seal separately. The tub assembly alone runs $300 Part number: AP5306816 After much wailing and gnashing of teeth from both victims, er, I mean owners of these machines and the professional appliantologists who work on them, Whirlpool finally got the message and recently made the tub bearing and seal kit available as a separate repair kit without having to buy the entire tub assembly at considerable cost savings to the consumer. The bearing and seal kit itself runs about $75 and is available here Part number: AP5325033 And you'll need a special $60 tool to install it Part number: AP5325072 If you're a DIYer doing this job, you'll probably only use the tool once in your lifetime. But still, even with the tool, the total parts cost is $135, less than half of what it used to cost when replacing the entire tub assembly. Since this kit is so new, there's no info yet on how reliable this repair is-- replacing the bearing in a plastic tub which itself is prone to deformation and causing leaks-- vs. replacing the entire tub assembly with a factory-installed bearing. But at this kind of cost savings, it's worth a shot! Source: From: Cabrio Washer Tub Bearing And Seal Replacement Kit If you like this post, please share it using one of the buttons below. Domo!

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