Archive for January, 2010

Recall of Thermador® Built-In Ovens Due to Fire Hazard

January 26, 2010

Consumers with Thermador Brand built-in double ovens should stop
using their oven’s self-cleaning mode and check to see if their oven is one of the 37,000 being recalled due to a fire hazard.

Model and Serial Number Location

Model and Serial Number Location

The oven’s manufacturer, BSH Home Appliances Corp., of Huntington Beach, Calif., has received three reports of incidents, including two that resulted in fires that damaged surrounding cabinets. No injuries or deaths have been reported. Gaps in the oven’s insulation can lead to overheating, posing a fire risk especially when the oven in is the self-cleaning mode.

SEC,SECD 272 and 302

SEC,SECD 272 and 302

Consumers should immediately stop using the oven’s self-cleaning mode and contact the firm to schedule an inspection and free repair, if necessary.

The recall involves Thermador Brand built-in double ovens with model numbers C272B, C302B, SEC272, SEC302, SECD272 and SECD302 and serial numbers between FD8403 through FD8701. Model and serial numbers are located on the underside of the control panel.

The ovens were sold at appliance and specialty stores throughout the U.S. from June 2004 through July 2007 for between $3,000 and $4,400.

For additional information, contact Thermador at (800) 701-5230 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, or visit the firm’s Web site at

C272 and C302

C272 and C302


My refrigerator/freezer in my garage does not work

January 21, 2010

Question: I have read about the issues of a freezer not working in a garage as the temperature drops. We just went through a very cold spell (minus 30 degrees C most days) and the freezer stopped working (the fridge part seemed to continue working properly). As the temperature rises, will the freezer begin to work on its own again, or have we permanently damaged it?

Answer: Possibly, although time will tell if you have damaged your refrigerator. Refrigerators are not designed to be in cold areas. If the temperature goes too low, you will cause excessive wear on the compressor.

If you  decide to leave a refrigerator in your garage  all winter, you should turn it off, clean it out, and leave the door slightly ajar. This will help prevent mold and mildew from accumulating in the refrigerator.

For our friends that live in places where is only occasionally drops below 10 Celsius  (but remains  above freezing) and they might want to keep their  refrigerators humming,  with a  Garage Refrigerator Kit.

The Garage Refrigerator Kit is a  heater kit designed for Top-Freezer-No-Frost refrigerators. The kit supplies a little bit of heat so that the refrigerator portion of your appliance detects an increase in ambient temperature, signaling that more cold air  is needed from your freezer. Cold air is then produced in your freezer, keeping frozen items frozen and  keeping refrigerated items at their proper temperature.

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Why is my humidifier leaking?

January 19, 2010

Answer: Your household water supply feeds the humidifier. Yours may have a reservoir or use a continuous flow system.Humidifier

Check the water connections and valves for leaks. Reservoir systems use a float ball to control the level of water in the holding tank. Make sure the float is working properly.

If your humidifier is a continuous flow set-up,you want to make sure that all the hoses, valves, and tubing are connected tightly.Plastic fittings and hoses have a tendency to break down over time. You will also want to make sure that the filter and drain lines aren’t clogged or kinked in any way.

Due to expansion from heat, and contraction from cold, sometimes fittings become loose. Put a wrench on and make sure the   connections are snug and secure.

More Humidifier Repair Help and Fixes

Humidifier Parts and Cleaners in Canada

Ontario introduces time-of-use pricing

January 15, 2010

Be careful what time  you run that dishwasher or turn on your washing machine, it could be costing you more money. Thanks to time-of-use pricing, now being expanded to all of  Ontario as of  January 8, 2010, it will cost hydro power consumers more money to run their appliances during peak power usage times.

Residential electricity consumers are charged a premium when they consume power during weekday peak periods – from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter months.

Toronto Hydro Customers have been on the time-of-usage plan since the end of 2009.


SUMMER (May 1 to Oct. 31)

  • Off-peak / 9. p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Mid-peak / 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. / 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • On-peak / 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

WINTER (Nov. 1 to April 30)

  • Off-peak / 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Mid-peak / 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • On-peak / 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. / 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


APPLIANCE / Off-peak 4.4¢ per kWh / Mid-peak, 8¢ per kWh / On-peak. 9.3¢ per kWh

To view estimated costs and savings, Visit

Whirlpool Clothes Dryer WED5100VQ not spinning and belt not broken

January 11, 2010

Question: I have a Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number

WED5100SQ0 and when I set the timer the heating element turns on, however, when I hit the start button the clothes dryer does not tumble. I checked the clothes dryer belt and it is fine. There is no noise when I hit start button on my clothes dryer and it does not turn on or start. What can be wrong?

Answer by, Appliance Repair Advice

Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0

Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0

It sounds like a problem with the motor or motor switch. A start switch is mounted on the front of the motor. It could be stuck in the “run” position because the heater element should not have power unless the motor is running and that motor switch is tripped.

I would take it apart and see if the motor has a lot of lint build-up around it making the start switch stick.

View repair diagrams for a Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0

View replacement parts for a Whirlpool Electric Clothes Dryer, Model Number WED5100SQ0