Archive for December, 2009

LG Dehumidifiers recalled due to fire and burn hazards

December 31, 2009

Consumers should immediately shop using the following recalled Goldstar and Comfort-Aire 30-pint portable dehumidifiers due to a fire and burn risk involving a malfunction in the unit’s compressor.

The recall involves 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the brand names Goldstar and Comfort-Aire.

The recall involves 30 pint portable dehumidifiers sold under the brand names Goldstar and Comfort-Aire.

Manufactured by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China, the company has received 11 reports of property damage incidents allegedly  involving the dehumidifiers including  arcing, heat, smoke, including four fires that spread to the building structure and involved significant smoke/water damage. No injuries have been reported.

The dehumidifiers are white with a red shut-off button, controls for fan speed and humidity control and a front-loading water bucket. “Goldstar” or “Comfort-Aire” is printed on the front. The model and serial numbers are printed on the interior of the dehumidifiers and can be viewed after the water bucket is removed.

Check the chart below to see if your dehumidifier is being recalled:

Brand Model No. Serial Number Range Sold at
Goldstar GHD30Y7 611TAxx00001~08400

611TAxx08401~40600

612TAxx00001~20400

612TAxx21001~30600

Home Depot
Goldstar DH305Y7 612TAxx00001~00600

701TAxx00001~16800

702TAxx00001~03000

Wal-Mart
Comfort-Aire BHD-301-C 611TAxx00001~01697

612TAxx00001~04200

701TAxx00001~00578

710TAxx00001~00599

Heat Controller Inc.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dehumidifier, and contact LG to determine if it is included in the recall and return it to an authorized LG service center for a free repair.

For additional information, contact LG toll-free at (877) 220-0479 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Saturday for the location of an authorized LG service center for the repair, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.30pintdehumidifierrecall.com

The dehumidifiers were sold across Canada and the U.S. from January 2007 through June 2008  at Home Depot, Walmart, and Heat Controller Inc. for between $140 and $150.

Ontario Power Authority will haul away your old refrigerator for free

December 30, 2009

Book your appointment with the Ontario Power Authority to have your old refrigerator hauled away for free. Go to

Book your appointment to have your old refrigerator hauled away today.

Book your appointment to have your old refrigerator hauled away today.

http://everykilowattcounts.ca/residential/fridge/ to see if you qualify for this free service. The OPA will make sure your refrigerator is recycled in an environmentally-responsible way and very little will be sent to a landfill waste.

According to the OPA website, you can save $120 – $150 a year off of your electric bill when you switch to a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator.

Some additional energy efficiency tips you can follow:

  • Don’t overfill the refrigerator – this blocks air circulation.
  • A full freezer will perform better than an empty one.
  • Clean your refrigerator’s coils (in the back) and air intake grill (below the doors) every 3 months.
  • Allow hot foods to cool before putting them in the refrigerator.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezers out of direct sunlight, and allow at least 5 cm all around the unit.

You can also have that old air conditioner or dehumidifier hauled away and recycled as well.

  • Window air conditioners and dehumidifiers must be:
  • in working condition
  • 10 years of age or older
  • window air conditioners must be removed from the window prior to pick up and placed near a power source.

For more help, visit http://everykilowattcounts.ca/index.php

A stain guide for the holidays: how to remove stains from your holiday attire

December 24, 2009

The holidays mean dressing up and eating and drinking which can be the perfect combination for stains.  Here’s a quick how-to guide for removing stains:

  • Red Wine – If it’s red wine, wet a paper towel and blot with cool water. You can also use white wine to neutralize the stain or try club soda. Spot treat remaining stain with a laundry detergent and launder according to care label.
  • Candle Wax–   Scrape off as much hardened wax as possible, then place paper towels both over and under the stain and use a warm iron to melt remaining wax.  Or, place garment over a bowl of hot water and pour boiling water over the stain spot until stain is removed. Spot treat with laundry detergent and wash in the hottest water possible that is still safe for the fabric .
  • Chocolate – Pre-treat with stain-remover and work detergent in with fingers and let it stand for 20 minutes. Launder in the hottest water possible that is still safe for the fabric .
  • Fruit juices, cocktails – Wet a cloth with warm water and club soda and blot. Rinse in cool water.
  • Red Sauce Stains (Salsa, Cocktail Sauce, Spaghetti) –  Turn garment inside out and work from the “back of the stain” flushing it with cold water. Wet a sponge with white vinegar and sponge stain then rinse with cool water. Repeat as necessary to remove as much of the stain as possible.
  • Grease stains (Salad dressings) – Shake on talcum powder or cornstarch to soak up as much oil as possible and pre treat stain with a detergent. Let soak, the launder.

Don’t be caught unprepared! A take along stain remover like Shout® Wipes, or the Tide To Go® stain removal pen works wonders. Stock up and take it along with you to your next holiday party.

For more Stain removal help, here are some great sites:

Rid your dishwasher of smelly odors

December 23, 2009

New Affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner is your once-a-month solution for

Affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner, new once-a-month solution for Dishwasher Odor

Affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner, new once-a-month solution for Dishwasher Odor

smelly Dishwasher Odors.

Simply add an Affresh tablet to your dishwasher and Affresh will penetrate and dissolve any foul odors from your dishwasher, leaving your dishwasher smelling fresh for up to a month. Each package contains 6 tablets and is recommended by such notable dishwasher makers as Amana, KitchenAid, Maytag, and Whirlpool.

Order Affresh™ Dishwasher Cleaner in Canada through APWagner.ca.

Liquidation sale of W.C. Wood Refrigerator and Freezers inside the Guelph, Ontario factory

December 18, 2009

It doesn’t sound like the W.C. Wood factory in Guelph, Ontario, will be coming back, despite the company being purchased by the Whirlpool Corporation.

Efforts are right now underway to liquidate all the remaining items at the factory at 5 Arthur St. including fully assembled freezers and refrigerators.  In addition to the appliances all equipment inside the plant will be sold.

The sale is scheduled to last for six weeks and is open to the public.

For more information see:

Former W.C. Wood’s workers hired for liquidation sale

Related Part Links

W.C. Wood Refrigerator Parts

W.C. Wood Freezer Parts

W.C. Wood Dehumidifier Parts

Maytag Clothes Washer shakes and does not balance loads

December 15, 2009

Question: My Maytag Clothes Washer, Model number pav2300aww, shakes and pulls the pressure fill line loose from the tub. The Maytag washing machine also does not balance the load when spinning. It is on a solid cement floor, so that is not the reason for the shake. How can I make it stop shaking?

Maytag Clothes Washer Snubber Ring location

Maytag Clothes Washer Snubber Ring location

Answer from ApplianceJunk.com: The snubber ring at the base of the washer helps keep it from shaking.
I would remove the front of the washer and take a look at the snubber ring.

View diagrams for Maytag Clothes Washer, Model number pav2300aww

Maytag Washing Machine snubber ring part in Canada

Gas in Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer turns on and off, loses heat

December 11, 2009

Question: My Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer, Model number 11072822101, cycles on and heats normally for about 5 – 10 minutes but when the gas cycles on it goes for about 10 seconds and then stops. After about   break a minute it then tries again. During this time the dryer tumbles and the blower blows normally, just no heat. I have opened up the dryer and cleaned it out and suspect that I must change out some sensor, but I don’t know which one to replace.

Answer: There are two small coils on the gas valve. There is a good chance that one of them is getting hot after awhile and stops working. Then after it cools down for a bit it works again.

The coils can be bought in a set and should both be replaced at the same time. Sometimes you can run the dryer until it stops heating, then feel the coils to see if one of them is getting hot or if you have an ohm meter, test it.

More Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer Repair Help.

Kenmore Gas Clothes Dryer Repair Parts.

Kenmore Refrigerator icemaker producing crushed ice only

December 9, 2009

Question: I’m wondering if any of my fellow ice dispensing refrigerator owners has experienced the problem of their side-by-side Kenmore Refrigerator ice maker not going back to cubed ice? I’m stuck on crush and have been for a week. How do I get the icemaker to dispense cubed ice again?

Answer: There is an arm on the bottom of the ice container/bucket, #46 in the diagram, the control rod.

There is an arm on the bottom of the ice container/bucket, #46 in the diagram, the control rod. This rod slips into a slot in the back of the freezer and the rod moves up and down to switch from cubed to crushed.

There is an arm on the bottom of the ice container/bucket, #46 in the diagram, the control rod. This rod slips into a slot in the back of the freezer and the rod moves up and down to switch from cubed to crushed.

This rod slips into a slot in the back of the freezer and the rod moves up and down to switch from cubed to crushed. Often times the bucket is removed or slips forward and the arm does not get back in place at the back of the freezer.

For more Kenmore Icemaker Parts that ship to Canada, go to APWagner.ca.

Holiday meal preparation: baking and thawing

December 7, 2009

Emergency calls to appliance repair shops increase during the holidays due to the fact that more people are using their ovens to cook holiday meals and goodies. However, having an oven emergency December 24 is not practical as most repair shops can’t get the parts that you need.

One tip to avoid this type of emergency is to try cooking a batch of brownies in your oven. If the brownies come out fine, your oven is working properly.

If the brownies come out undercooked, here’s a few things that can be wrong with your oven:

Why doesn’t my electric oven bake?

Why does my electric oven temperature seem too hot or not hot enough?

Why is the electric oven temperature incorrect?

Why is my gas oven not baking?

A guide to freezing food (and saving money)

Many people love to save money by stocking up on food items that go on sale and freezing it for use at a later time.

The Washington Post has an excellent guide to freezing food which you can print out via PDF and post on your freezer or in your kitchen as a reminder.

Here are some tips from the story:

For faster freezing:

  • Set your freezer to the lowest setting several hours before adding large amounts of foods to the freezer.
  • Space items and packages out evenly, don’t stack them.

Thawing Frozen Items

In the refrigerator: allow one whole day for four pounds of poultry and a one-pound package of meet, two or more days for roasts, steaks or ham.

In cold water: Submerge food in a leak proof bag in a bowl of cold water. Allow 30 minutes per pound of whole poultry and one hour per pound of small packages of food.

In the microwave: Rotate and break up item into individual pieces to allow even thawing.

In the Oven: Add 50 percent additional time to the recommended cooking time of that item.

See the entire article online here, “The Big Chill: A Freezer Guide.”