Archive for November, 2009

More Canadians choosing to repair than replace their appliances

November 11, 2009

Today’s blog headline comes from B loomberg.com article, “Canadians Hang on to Their Fridges, ‘Beaters,’ in Slow Recovery” and it makes sense especially when you consider Canada’s economic downturn that started last year.

The article quoted appliance shop salesman Ben Miller of Prince George, British Columbia, as saying, “Most people are willing to repair rather than buy new because they don’t have the money.”

It seems this repair than replace mentality is also prevalent in the U.S.  Bob Harlacher, an appliance parts store manager in Bronx, N.Y. for 30 years  said that he has noticed more people buying replacement parts and repairing their old appliances due to new appliances becoming more expensive.

“The price of (new) appliances has also gone up, so maybe that’s making people repair them more. I deal a lot with (appliance) mechanics and this is something that that have noticed and told me.”

According to the Bloomberg article, Canadians are taking advantage of temporary tax credits for home renovations. Michael Rowe, chief financial officer of Home Depot’s building- product Canadian unit, said customers are more drawn to items in his store that will get them a tax break.

If you need to make an appliance repair, a good place to start is online. Look for websites that provide how to repair help and forums where you can post your appliance repair questions.

For appliance parts in Canada, APWagner.ca carries new brand-name parts for all major household appliances and ships across Canada.

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Frigidaire clothes dryer overheating and too hot to touch

November 10, 2009

Question: The top of my Frigidaire FSE747GES1 clothes dryer is too hot to touch and the top rear of it is scorched. I tore it apart last night and completely cleaned the entire route of lint from the lint collector in the front, all the way through the exterior house wall. After all the cleaning, the dryer is still too hot to touch after a few minutes of running: THIS MAY EXPLAIN OUR SUDDEN $180 MONTHLY ELECTRIC BILL!!!

Most all web posts related to overheating dryers point to an airflow problem, but we clearly don’t have that problem.

After reading a million web posts about dryers overheating, I’ve come to 2 possible conclusions:

1) The 240v heating coil is possibly grounding out (touching metal where it shouldn’t) and thus causing the element to be heated continuously because it also will bypass the safety thermostat?

2) Possible cycle thermostat failure?

I went through the schematic and parts list from the link  and can’t find any other thermostat, other than part #33 which appears to only be the safety one.

I need to crack this unit back open asap, but before I do, I was hoping to get info on the location of the operating thermostat and a price.

Answer: Here’s a link to the Clothes Dryer Thermostat you need. It’s located on the fan blower housing.

Frigidaire Dryer Thermostat

Frigidaire Dryer Thermostat

You may also have a problem with a grounded element. To read more about grounded elements, visit ApplianceAid.com for a further explanation on Grounded Elements on Clothes Dryers.

Another reason your clothes dryer can be too hot to touch is due to clogged or blocked air vents. Clean any lint from the inner and outer ductwork. If your dryer can’t get rid of any excess heat or moisture, the heat will build up in the dryer drum, and becomes a fire hazard.

To find more Clothes Dryer Repair help, visit the free online clothes dryer repair help guides on APWagner.ca.

Need a part for your clothes dryer? Purchase electric clothes dryer parts and gas clothes dryer parts online and have the part shipped to your home in Canada at apwagner.ca.

Samsung™ Over-the-Range Microwaves Recalled Due to Shock Hazard

November 6, 2009

Today Samsung has announced a voluntary recall of their 1000 watt over-the-range microwave ovens due to the danger of shock hazard.

No injuries or incidents have been reported in relation to the recalled microwaves which were sold throughout the U.S. from January 2009 through July 2009 and retailed between $180 and $200.

Serial and Model Number Lable Location for recalled Samsung Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens

Serial and Model Number Lable Location for recalled Samsung Over-The-Range Microwave Ovens

Consumers should stop using the recalled microwave ovens immediately and contact Samsung for a free repair.

The following model and serial numbers are included in this recall:

Samsung™ Over-the-Range Microwaves Recalled (Serial Number Range VF122xxxxx – VF831xxxxx) and Models Beginning with
Affected production lots Affected Serial Number Range
From serial number To serial number
All SMH9151x produced from January through May 2009: xxxxxxxS1xxxxxx xxxxxxxS5xxxxxx
Some products produced in June were also affected: From serial number To serial number
SMH9151B xxxxxxOS600001

 

xxxxxxTS600001

xxxxxxOS600100

 

xxxxxxTS601100

SMH9151S xxxxxxTS600001 xxxxxxTS601386
SMH9151ST xxxxxxTS600001 xxxxxxTS600330
SMH9151STE xxxxxxTS600001 xxxxxxTS600330
SMH9151W xxxxxxOS600001

 

xxxxxxTS600001

xxxxxxOS600200

 

xxxxxxTS602055

For additional information, contact Samsung toll-free at (888) 402-6974 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET seven days a week, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.samsung.com/otrrecall

According to a recall notice posted on the Samsung website, the recall was issued due to the “possibility that an installation bolt can contact the terminal on the capacitor of the ventilation motor on some installations. In some circumstances if the power cord is connected to an ungrounded outlet, there could be a remote risk of shock.”

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Maytag Dishwasher no longer cleaning very well

November 5, 2009

Dishwasher Repair Question: My Maytag Dishwasher, model number MDBD880AWB is going on about 6-yrs of age, and it now fails to do a thorough cleaning of dishes and glasses. The unit will run through the wash cycle just fine, but will not clean. At first, I thought that it might be the orifices in the spray arm, and I cleared each one of them with a tooth pick. Still not cleaning. What else could be wrong?

Answer: One of the first things I check on any dishwasher with a complaint of clean-ability is water softness.

If you do not have soft water then your dishwasher soap will not work properly. The hard water build up also does not do the water pump and other parts of the dishwasher any good. You might want to try a Dishwasher Cleaner that removes mineral build-up, rust and calcium deposits to see if that improves your dishwasher’s cleaning ability.

Even if you have a water softener it may not be working correctly or you may simply be running out of soft water before you run the dishwasher.

There are test strips you can by to test your water softness.

If after checking your water softness and your dishwasher is still not cleaning properly, here are some other factors to consider:

Loading: Loading is very important to a good cleaning. Load so that you don’t block any sprayer arms, and distribute the dishes so that they all get sprayed by the wash water.

Water temperature: The temperature should be at least 49C, and up to about 65C. Most dishwashers will pause while they heat up the water to the proper temperature. If your unit is hooked up to the kitchen sink, you may want to run the faucet for a few seconds to ensure that the water entering the dishwasher is already hot.

Detergent: It is very important to use fresh detergent, so keep it fresh and dry. You can store it in an airtight container. Many manufacturers recommend discarding old and lumpy detergent as it may not dissolve fully, and may leave a gritty residue. Using the right kind and amount of detergent is also very important to getting dishes as clean as possible.

Rinse aid: The use of a Dishwasher Rinse Aid like Jet-Dry Rinse Agent can help to keep dishes spot-free and keep dish drying time down.

If you noticed unsightly stains or smells coming from your dishwasher, try a Dishwasher Cleaner like Glisten, or affresh Dishwasher and Garbage Disposal Cleaner which you can use to clean both appliances.



Save Money: Keeping a full fridge lowers your energy bill

November 3, 2009

You would not think so, but it’s true; a full refrigerator lowers your utility bill.

How? When the refrigerator is fully stocked, less cold air is lost each time you open the door. Plus the food that is already cooled/cold helps cool new room-temperature foods when placed inside the refrigerator –it helps to even out the temperature.

Experts say that the Celsius settings for your refrigerator should read between two and seven degrees Celsius, with four degrees Celsius being the optimum level.

For more refrigerator and freezer maintenance tips, visit www.APWagner.ca. You can also find refrigerator repair help, freezer repair help, appliance parts and more.