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Troubleshooting Clumping Ice in an Ice Maker Bucket and not Dispensing Properly

If your refrigerator has an ice and water dispenser, one of the things that may happen is that the ice in the bucket stops coming out the chute when you push the ice lever in the dispenser. This problem can be a real head scratcher to track down and Brother DurhamAppliance offers some sagacious tips and tricks for whuppin' up on it: To learn more about your refrigerator of to order parts, click here. Source: GE refrigerator not dispensing ice

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Some Pearls of Wisdom on the Maytag MAH2400AWW washer and on the Maytag Brand in General

Our Brother in The Craft, nickfixit, who has logged hundreds of thousands of hours in hand-to-appliance combat in his distinguished career as a Professional Appliantologist, offers his unique and practical perspective on the Maytag MAH2400AWW washer on the once-venerable Maytag brand in general. Ignore his wisdom at your own peril: To learn more about your washing machine or to order parts, click here. Source: A Mini Rant
 

Orifice Size Code Markings for LG Gas Stove Burners

The orifice hoods are the little brass hoods that screw down on the gas jet that supplied the stove burners in a gas stove. Their purpose is to meter the correct amount of gas into the air-fule mixture that gets ignited at the burner ring. The diameters of the orifice vary with the BTU rating of the burner and the type of fuel being burned. Professor john63 provides us this handy listing of orifice metering hood size codes for LG gas cooktops and ranges: Source: LG Center Burners
 

Theory of Operation of Electrode Gas Flame Detection

If you're working on a gas stove where the burners keep clicking even after the flame is established, you may be tempted to throw a new spark module at it and hope for the best. But you would probably be disappointed. Let's start the troubleshooting process with a fundamental understanding of how the spark module is supposed to detect that the burner has established a flame: Source: G.E. ZGU36L6H4SS Cooktop
 

Replacing the Recirculation Hose in a Whirlpool Calypso Washer

If you need to replace the recirculation hose (recirculates water inside the tub) in a Whirlpool Coll-apso washer, you'll be relieved to know that you don't have to remove the inner basket to do so. This page from the service manual shows where the location of the recirc hose and explains its function: http://appliantology.org/files/file/492-recirculation-and-drain-in-a-whirlpool-calypso-washer/ And Chief Master Appliantologist DADoESTX explains the technique: Here's the part link to the

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Dishwasher with the Clean Light Blinking Seven Times

Here's the low-down on a Whirlpool (or Kenmore-labelled, Whirlpool-built) dishwasher that has the Clean Light blinking seven times. In other words, blinks seven times, pauses, then repeats. The reason the light is blinking seven times is because the control board is looking for a specific temperature rise in the water in the basin and is not seeing it. "Well, if the water temperature ain't rising, then the heater must be bad, right?" Maybe. But other things besides a bad heater can cause the

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Tip for Testing the Door Switches in a Microwave Oven

Most microwave ovens have three safety microswitches in the door latch assembly. The diagram below is typical: These microswitches aren't the most robust switches ever made and can be down right squirrely. They may test good one minute and then look bad the next. When a switch looks flakey like that, trust your meter and just replace it. Chief jumptrout's experience with this is typical: Source: Weird microswitch

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Money-Saving Tip for Replacing a Motor in a GE Dryer

Some models of GE dryers are actually made my Frigidaire... or they at least use Frigidaire parts. One example is the GE DSXH43EA3WW dryer. If you have one of these with a bad motor, here's a tip that could save you a couple of of Benjamins: use the Frigidaire part number instead of the GE part. Grand Master Reginald explains: Source: GE Dryer: model# DSXH43EA3WW, Starts but won't stay running.

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Tip for checking a mechanical cold control in a refrigerator

Some refrigerators use a mechanical cold control like this one: for regulating the temperature inside the compartments. These controls have a feeler capillary tube attached to the body of the cold control. Inside the body, changes in temperature, as picked up by the capillary tube, cause the bellows to expand and contract which, in turn, causes a set of electrical contacts to open and close. These contacts control the line power to the compressor and need to be closed for the compressor to ru

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

Trick for solving no-drain problems on Frigidaire / Kenmore top-load washers

You'll find these Frikkidaire top loaders either as stand-alone units or as part of a stack. If it's disguised as a Kenmore, it'll have a 417 prefix in the model number. Okay, so you're working one of these cheesy washers and it's not draining. You check the obvious thing: the drain pump is clear, getting 120vac and running during the drain cycle but still no drain. What else could it be? Academy Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Laundry Appliantology nickfixit shares with us his hard-won

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

How to replace the Oil Seal Kit for gearcase input shaft on a Whirlpool Direct Drive Washer

Y'all go grab a brewski and kick back while Professor jumtrout 'splains it to us... And here's the part link for the oil seal kit you'll need ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Oil-Seal/285352/470681 The kit comes with two different seals so it can work with different Whirlpool-built D/D transmissions. Use the one that's made for your transmission. Match 'em up by sight. Source: Kenmore 90 Series Washer 11020922990 Oil Leak

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

 

How to replace the heating element in an electric hot water heater without draining the tank

If you need to replace the heating element in your electric water heater, you may be thinking that you need to first drain the tank. You could do it that way but the Old Timers would shake their head at you and think, "What a rube." Below, a few of the Master Appliantologists here at the Academy offer some tips and procedures for repalcing the heating element with a tank full and not making a flooded mess: Source: suggestion for new electric water heater?

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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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