Archive for September, 2009

Kenmore brand electric oven display not working right

September 29, 2009

Please help! I have a Kenmore brand electric oven, model number C880662020L0. The problem is the arrow for the temperature to go up is not working after 175 degrees. What part do I need?

Answer: Even though the brand on your electric range says “Kenmore” your oven was actually built by another manufacturer, in this case, Inglis made your electric range. It sounds like you will need a new clock timer and to order this part in Canada call 1-800-287-1627. Appliance part specialists will look up the correct part you need according to your electric range’s model number. To find the model number on your electric range, view this page.

Do you have other issues with your electric oven or range? Here are some repair solutions to common electric stove problems:


Oven doesn’t bake – how to solve

September 25, 2009

Oven doesn’t bake – how to solve

Thanksgiving is about two weeks away and that means you will be using your oven once again to cook turkey and other tasty dishes. Here’s what to check if your gas or electric oven doesn’t bake.

Gas oven does not bake.

Check the timer controls. An automatic cycle setting could be preventing the oven from lighting. If you have an electronic display, try unplugging the oven to reset the controls.

Most gas oven systems today use an electronic ignition to ignite the gas flame in your oven.  An electric current will pass through the ignitor and the ignitor in turn allows the gas safety valve to open. It does this by heating an internal piece of bimetal to open the gas valve.

Most times when an oven won’t bake, it’s because the bake ignitor has gotten weak or it’s just burned out. The ignitor is a small round or rectangular device located near the burner. The ignitor is wired in series with the gas safety valve.

If this ignitor is weak or burned out, it won’t heat enough to lower its resistance to the point where the bi-metal strip gets enough electricity to heat up and allow the gas safety valve to open, and it will not release gas to the burner assembly. When this happens, you may have to replace either the ignitor or the gas safety valve. Many times it’s the ignitor that is to blame, and cheaper to replace.

Gas Ignitors come in two basic types, ‘flat’ and ‘round’, and these parts are not interchangeable, so make sure you are ordering the correct part for your oven. You can do this by looking up parts by your Gas Oven’s Model number. The part list will show you the correct parts you need for your particular gas oven model.

Electric oven does not bake

Check the controls and make sure the delay-cook or delay-start options are not running. Some ovens have a lock-out feature and the oven will not work until this feature is unselected.

The most common reason for an oven not to bake is that the heating element is burned out. Check the bake element for continuity with an Ohm meter or simply look at the terminal ends for signs of corrosion. Look for obvious signs of burning, bubbling, or blistering on the element itself and replace the bake element if you see any signs of damage. A properly working element glows cherry red.

Read more about why electric ovens do not bake online here:

Is your gas or electric oven having other issues such your electric doesn’t the oven bake or broil, but the top burners are still working or your gas oven oven bake or broil, even though the top burners still work? Find more oven repair help online at

Electrolux ICON™ and PureAdvantage™ PS2 Refrigerator Water Filters Available in Canada

September 22, 2009

Drink cleaner water and get better-tasting ice with Electrolux Refrigerator Water Filters, now available in Canada through

Electrolux ICON™ PureAdvantage™ PS2 Water Filter EWF2CBPA

Electrolux ICON™ PureAdvantage™ PS2 Water Filter EWF2CBPA For side by side refrigerators

The Electrolux ICON™ PureAdvantage™ PS2 Water Filter fits all Electrolux Icon side by side refrigerators, (except the French door models) and is one of the most advanced water filtration systems available today . This filter will reduce cysts, particulates, aesthetic chlorine taste and odor, lead, mercury, some herbicides and pesticides from your drinking water.

This filter will last you six to nine months, or through 400 gallons of water. Or change your refrigerator filter whenever the status alert light is lit, indicating a need to change the filter.

Order your Electrolux ICON™ PureAdvantage™ PS2 Water Filter now and have it shipped right to your home in Canada.

The Electrolux PureAdvantage Water Filter ensures fresh, clean water and ice at your fingertip and fits all Electrolux refrigerators and Electrolux ICON French door models (not Electrolux ICON side by side models.)

Electrolux PureAdvantage Water Filter

Electrolux PureAdvantage Water Filter for French door model refrigerators

Order your Electrolux PureAdvantage Water Filter and have it shipped right to your door. Receive a price break for this water filter when you order three or more filters online.

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Fall home maintenance checklist

September 18, 2009

Fall is here and it’s time once again to break out the rake and clean the gutters.

Periodic home maintenance will help to prevent expensive repair jobs down the road and this Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist from the is a good place to start. This story offers important inspection suggestions and tips every home owner should perform.

Some appliance-related items from the story include:

1. “Clean out the dryer exhaust vent.”

    We want to add: Clogged clothes dryer vent’s are one of the cause of house fires in the U.S. (according to Consumer Reports, about 4,000 per year) To aid your cleaning, purchase a vent cleaning kit that attaches to your home vacuum cleaner.

    If your dryer venting has become bent and pushed in over time, replace it with metal clothes dryer ducts, either flexible or solid.

    2. “Check for proper operation of gas or propane dryers as they can vent carbon monoxide into the home”

      We want to add: Purchase a carbon monoxide and install one on every level of your home. According to the website, “Do not install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up.” That’s good to know!

      Also, check over your air humidifier machine. Purchase or order any humidifier filters, humidifier wicks, cleaners, water treatments, or other humidifier parts now.

      If your humidifier is not working properly, use the internet to look for free sources of humidifier repair help.

      What appliance do you plan on buying in the next six months?

      September 15, 2009

      GE Refrigerator icemaker produces ice, but no water

      September 15, 2009

      Question: My GE Refrigerator, model number gss25wgph, produces ice, but no water is coming out. I use to hear the switch engaging, but now – nothing. Could this be a switch problem, and is it hard to change?

      Answer: The first and easiest thing to check is your refrigerator water filter. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your water filter, chances are, it needs to be replaced.

      Water filters can become blocked over time. To test this, simply remove the water filter and see if you get water. Sometimes it is necessary to pull the filter out of the feed line to see if water is flowing from the exit of the filter into the refrigerator or freezer. You can do this over a bucket to catch any dripping water. Some models have a filter bypass plug to help determine if the filter is clogged. If so, you would remove the filter and replace it with the filter bypass plug. Now test your water flow.

      It is possible the switch is bad. To access the switch, remove the dispenser panel by prying it off from the bottom. Inside that housing is the switch which you can test with an Ohm meter to see if it’s bad. These switches usually don’t go bad very often however.

      The most common thing that will cause this is that the line inside the door is frozen. To check this, remove the coupling at the bottom under the door then attempt to dispense water if water comes through the line the line is frozen inside the door. To fix this, reconnect the line then open the door and press the door-switch and then press the lever to dispense water repeatedly until water comes.

      GE makes a heater that will prevent the water filter line in your refrigerator from freezing (part number is WR49X10173.) You can purchase this GE Refrigerator Water Dispenser Heater part from, since they offer shipping to Canada.

      Also if when you attempt to get water the entire refrigerator seems to cut off (fans, compressor and all) and the lights dim the main board is bad.

      Purchase more GE Refrigerator Parts that offer shipping to Canada.

      Refrigerator Icemaker Repair Tips.

      Kenmore Washing Machine won’t fill with water

      September 14, 2009

      Question: I have a Kenmore Washing Machine and when I turn it on it automatically starts to wash without filling with water. What’s wrong?

      Answer: Dry agitating is often a sign of a bad water level control or

      An example of a Washing Machine Water Level Switch . This pressure switch is found on Kenmore/Sears, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Roper, and other brands of washers. On Sale at $45.64

      An example of a Washing Machine Water Level Switch . This pressure switch is found on Kenmore/Sears, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Roper, and other brands of washers. On Sale at $45.64

      pressure switch. This switch measures the depth of water in the tub. It does this through an air tight hose then runs from the outer tub to the water level control. As the washer fills with water, air is pushed up through the hose. The air pressure in the hose activates the water level control when the proper water level has been reached. A signal is then sent to the solenoid that closes the water-inlet valve and then  power is sent to the timer telling the washing machine to start.

      The water control switch might have gone bad, i.e. burnt wires or it may be stuck in the “full” position. Be sure to check it and replace it if this is the case.

      Find washing machine no-burst fill hoses, pump to tub hoses, injector hoses and drain hoses at click here.

      Find washing machine no-burst fill hoses, pump to tub hoses, injector hoses and drain hoses at click here.

      Sometimes the air tight hose that runs from the outer tub to the water level control develops a pin hole leak. Check and replace this if it does. If the tube or diaphragm in this device has a slow leak, your washer may act oddly. An example would be that it fills and starts to agitate, fills more, goes back to agitate, and so on, leading to an overfill or overflow problem.

      If the tube or diaphragm in the water level switch has a really bad leak, the water level switch won’t detect any pressure whatsoever, and will not stop the water flow.

      For more information read: Why won’t the Washer stop filling yet it doesn’t get full?

      Washing Machine Parts

      Cross border shopping: buying large appliances in the U.S.

      September 11, 2009

      Some issues and questions to ask before your next cross border shopping trip.

      I saw in my blog stats that someone was searching for how much duty they would need to pay for appliances purchased in the U.S., so I thought I would try to find an answer to this question.

      In no way do I think this is an all-inclusive article. Also, laws and restrictions are subject to change, so it’s best to consult official government websites, provincial websites, and Canadian Customs websites for exact answers to your questions.

      A quick internet search presented me with several more issues and questions. Before you purchase that U.S. Appliance ask the following:

      What about my warranty? If I live and reside in Canada, but purchase in the U.S., will your warranty still be valid?

      • First, get all information in writing. Don’t just rely on the salespersons advice.
      • Before you go shopping visit the web sites for any manufacturers or brands you think you would like to purchase from and look up warranty information on those websites.
      • Make sure the warranty is valid in the U.S. and Canada. Check the owner/user manual for the appliance in question for warranty information.
      • Look for manufacturer 1-800 numbers for Canada in the warranty information.
      • After you buy be sure to fill out the warranty information cards, as they may use this information in order to contact you in case of recalls or repairs. However, don’t leave it up to chance, make sure you keep an eye out for recalls and repair information on the government run Health Canada web site.
      • To find about your warranty rights, check with your provincial or territorial consumer affairs office.

      What about delivery and installation?

      If you are thinking about buying from a particular store in the U.S., check out their website for shipping information before you purchase. Some U.S. appliance sellers and stores do offer shipping and delivery to Canada, but with certain limitations and additional fees.

      For example, Orville’s is an appliance seller online and with stores in Buffalo, N.Y. Orville’s will ship to Canada, but certain terms and restrictions according to their Canadian Delivery page.

      Remember to factor in any additional costs into your final purchase costs.

      If you are shopping in person, ask about the following:

      • Is there a purchase minimum?
      • How much is the delivery charge?
      • What about installation?
      • What is the delivery area?
      • What if I live outside of your delivery area?
      • How are appointments for installation set up?

      What is the tax or duty I would need to pay when bringing a new appliance across the border? Do I need to pay PST and GST?

      According to the Canada Border Service Agency’s website, Items made in the North America (U.S. and Mexico) and that are for personal use are exempt from duty.

      Items made in Canada, the U.S. or Mexico are only subject to the GST (not PST) when entering Ontario. If you live in another province, or enter in another province, you need to check with that province as provisions vary.

      The longer you are gone, the more you are allowed in personal exceptions when it comes to duty fees. However, if you are gone less than 24 hours, you do not qualify for any exemption and must pay duties on all of your purchases.

      Be sure to factor in other fees according to how your pay. A 2007 newspaper article from, informs shoppers that Canadian credit card add a “foreign exchange fee that can range from 1.8 to 2.5 per cent (depending on the bank that issued your card and the type of card you hold) on top of the day’s exchange rate and the cost of your purchase.”

      You can get around these foreign transaction fees by applying for a U.S. credit card or opening a U.S. Bank account.

      Can I get my money back on U.S. taxes I pay on my appliances?

      According to this website, the answer is no. The U.S. does not offer any such tax refund program for Canadians shopping in the U.S.

      If you have questions, your best bet is to talk to the store where you plan to make your appliance purchase. Most likely, they have probably heard and answered questions similar to yours.

      For further information, consult one of the helpful links below:

      Personal Exceptions as outlined by the Canada Border Service Agency

      CBC News Cross Border Shopping Tips and FAQs

      The Globe and Mail Cross Border Shopper Calculator

      Did you real save money on your last U.S. shopping trip? Find out with this handy calculator.

      Canadian Consumer Information

      Industry Canada – Canadian Consumer Handbook

      Shopping in the U.S., 2007 article by

      Cross-border Shopping Guide / FAQ for Canadians

      General Electric Clothes Dryer Squeaks

      September 10, 2009

      Question: My GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww, still squeaks after I replaced the little drum tabs. Where else should I look to solve this problem now?

      GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww,

      GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww,

      Answer: The first part of this answer comes from

      For GE Clothes Dryers that squeak, listen to the noise carefully, a slow or fast noise can help point you in the direction to look for the trouble maker.

      Slow squeaking or scraping noises: Check the front glides (there are 2 of them to change) or the rear bearing area, the rear bearing sleeve is inside the middle of the heater housing and the shaft part is attached to the back of the drum.

      For help taking apart older GE Clothes Dryers, visit

      For other types of clothes dryers:

      Check the parts that support the Clothes Dryer Drum:

      • the center spindle that supports the clothes dryer drum,
      • drum support rollers (it is recommended that the whole set be replaced at the same time)
      • clothes dryer belt

      Often times these parts wear out from normal wear and tear and simply need to be replaced. For example, a center spindle often supports the clothes dryer drum. This spindle may be a ball-and-socket support, or it may be a shaft inside a sleeve. When these component bearings get worn out, they may make a squealing or rubbing sound. Replace this bearing when it gets worn out.

      HowStuffWorks has some good, generic, instructions on how to repair and replace dryer drum rollers.

      Other causes for a noisy clothes dryer:

      Sometimes the Clothes Dryer’s blower wheel gets clogged with lint and it simply just needs to be removed. Other times the blower wheel wears out and needs to be replaced.

      Check inside the drum and make sure nothing is loose inside of it.

      Remove the lint trap and look below the lint trap holder for any loose items that may have slipped through the cracks.

      Clothes Dryer maintenance and repair kit. Avail. for $29.95

      Clothes Dryer maintenance and repair kit. Avail. for $29.95

      Make it easy on yourself, purchase a clothes dryer repair kit and get everything you need: 4 tri-rings, 2 support rollers, an idler pulley, a multi-rib belt, a clip, and instructions all for under $30 (not including tax and shipping.) It works on Whirlpool, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, Roper, and other brands of dryers.

      Frigidaire Washing Machine belt keeps breaking, what is causing this?

      September 9, 2009

      Question: I have a Frigidaire Gallery brand washing machine, model number GLWS1233AS2, that is 1-5 years old. I replaced the belt a few months ago and it just broke again! What can be causing this? Is it the pulley that is the problem?

      Answer: Be sure you are using the correct belt on this style of washer. There are several different belts for this model depending on which model and year clothes washer you have. The belt is a cloth belt which slips in the spin mode and acts like a clutch.

      Frigidaire Gallery brand washing machine belt GLWS1233AS2 - $21.99

      Frigidaire Gallery brand washing machine belt GLWS1233AS2 - $21.99

      Other possible reasons causing the belt to burn off:

      1. Rusty motor pulley. Residue from burning belt must be cleaned off thoroughly from the motor pulley.
      2. Spring adjustment-must allow the belt to slip and act as clutch when getting up to spin speed.
      3. Something stuck in the clothes washer’s pump.
      4. Drain hose obstruction. The drain hose must be clear and allowing the water to clear machine properly. The rubber backflow flapper in the drain might be giving it some problems. Check this and make sure it is not the cause of your problem.
      5. Do not try to pump water higher than five feet.
      6. Water siphoning from the washer and washer agitating dry.
      7. Warped and wobbling transmission pulleys.
      8. Tight center bearing. Replaced along with belt and water seal kit. Something between the tubs causing drag on the wash basket. This would also cause slow draining problems that could burn the belt.
      9. These washers are known for the transmissions locking up in agitation and cooking belt…turning transmission pulley will free it again (like installing belt) and it will work for a couple loads….look at the transmission carefully.

      Read the rest of this answer online at

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