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Insights for Some of the Best Tools to Purchase

September 14, 2012

Best new tools! What to Buy? Tips for the best new tools out there!

From hatchet to cross-cut saw, multi-tool to hammer, I am going to provide you with 11 products that are a must-have purchase if you want the best for your home and the best for the appliances that you wish to repair this year. Some of these may seem like they are not for you, however, I urge you to take a closer look at what it is that I am writing about. I guarantee that these products will prove useful in some way or fashion and you will not want to miss out on some of these great deals.

Tool Gift Ideas for Men (Under $50)

Black & Decker RRW100 Ratcheting ReadyWrench – If you are on a budget, like most of us, then you are really going to impress the men in your life with some tools that they probably have not thought to actually purchase before. Take a look at the Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench. This top-notch wrench can handle a variety of tasks and saves a lot of time and space by including 16 standard (SAE) and metric (MM) socket sizes into one wrench and its color coded so that it’s simple to use. This tool is ideal for a quick oil change, building and maintaining furniture around the house, or routine maintenance on any appliance that may need it. Best part? A lifetime warranty is included when you purchase this from most suppliers making this product a simple must-have for all occasions.

Fiskars 7884 X27 36-inch Super Splitting Axe – Next up we have this beautiful piece of equipment made for the manly men of your life. Efficient, sharp and lightweight this axe is ideal for splitting a pile of wood quickly without all the back pain that usually is party to such an activity. The design is ergonomic and lightweight so it works with your natural strength to put more power into the head of the axle, which makes it easier to control which allows for better safety applications as well. However, you might be thinking that a lightweight axe has nothing to offer the burlier men of our age, yet one should not be fooled by this sleek appearance. It’s steel blade is designed to last longer than most and it is being advertised as virtually unbreakable, which every mountain man likes to hear.

I leave you with these first two powerhouse tools, and yes, more will come; that are sure to tickle any fancy and will certainly aid greatly in any home repair. So shop wisely, speak softly and carry a “Fiskars Super Splitting Axe!”

Money-Saving Tips for Buying a Clothes Dryer, Pt. II

August 30, 2012

Having the knowledge about what you are buying can make all the difference

Last week we began a series on how to save some money when purchasing a dryer for your home, and essentially, as a consumer, the most important point to take away is that you must be informed. Being informed can mean the difference in hundreds of dollars simply by knowing and understanding exactly what you need for your home and what may be a whimsical addition that will empty your wallet. Last week we discussed understanding the energy costs of a dryer and how important it is to read the energy labels before purchasing.

This week we will focus on some “must-haves” when purchasing a dryer, and what you should look for and expect when making your purchase. First, you will want to find a dryer that has sensors to detect moisture or dryness, or allows you to custom select different settings, such as regular, more dry, or less dry. This may seem trivial but actually proves invaluable in reducing drying time and therefore saving energy use. Saving energy then results in less money you are spending monthly, and our aim is always to reduce spending and bolster savings. Again, mainstream producers like Whirlpool and GE are always strong producers to consider, however it always helps to make the informed decision. Continuing on this, looking for temperature controls can allow for High Quick Dry for some fabrics, and can also allow for Low or Fluff for delicates. Also, a permanent press or press care dryer setting provides a cool-down period at the end of the cycle, which reduces wrinkles considerably, and thus will save you time and energy on ironing. Finally, having a dryer drum light is a must, and yet this does not always seem to be a standard feature on some so we urge you to check for this before purchasing.

Folks, bottom line we are just simply trying to make you more aware of what it is that you are buying. Many times we take buying major home appliances for granted as a mundane process, however that complacency can result in spending money that does not need to be spent. Happy buying and stay informed!

Simple Tips Can Save You Time and Money

August 23, 2012

Simple purchasing tips can have a major impact on your long-term satisfaction

We want to arm you, the consumer, with some helpful hints when purchasing some major appliances. After all, the informed consumer is the best kind and we aim to give a little more insight for you when deciding what new addition to your household you will buy. We will start with some tips for purchasing the best dryers, and how those tips will provide you with a new member of the family for many years to come.

Though you can hang wet clothes to dry indoors or even put them outside on a sunny day, most would agree that a dryer speeds up this process considerably, and a good dryer can add even more, making a dryer a much needed major appliance within the home. So let us begin with some useful tips to help aid the drying process, and allow for your wallets to not feel so light afterwards.

The most important thing to remember, and probably the most forgotten as well, is that the dryer consumes the most electricity in your household and so buying a dryer that saves the most energy is a must, especially if you are on a tight budget. Be aware of the Energy Guide Labels and make an informed decision regarding what will save you the most energy. Be wary! Although the major producers like Whirlpool and Electrolux are always solid brands, don’t assume that they will always serve your best interests. It is important to make an informed decision in this regard because it will have long-lasting effects for you and the ones you love.

So we leave you this first tip until next time because it is probably the most pertinent to the current times and one that can actually narrow down your search considerably. Look for energy saving first, and allow that to be your driving marker in narrowing down your purchase.

New Player in Town

August 3, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new

Canada’s home appliance suppliers have a new face to put to the industry association as their former industry association is now shutting down. Everything changes in time, it seems, but is this shift in industry associations a positive thing for the Canadian market or is this new association going simply throwing its weight around because it can?

Last July the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers of Washington, D.C. (AHAM), has set up a Canadian division in Ottawa Ontario. Sounds like great news! However, not everybody is thrilled since this announcement by the AHAM has caused the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) to close its doors in Toronto.

What really happened here? This quick collapse of the CAMA seems tragic, but why did it lose so many members so quickly? When one examines this new association it is easy to see that the CAMA simply could not compete with the powerhouse producers that the AHAM brings with it. Members of the AHAM include producers such as Electrolux Canada, Whirlpool Canada LP, and LG Electronics Canada Inc. “CAMA’s closure is a direct result of the Washington, D.C.-based AHAM opening a Canadian branch,” stated the CAMA on its latest website post concerning the closure pointing that, at the very least, they were forced out of “business” due to the newer, bigger AHAM. CAMA began losing members that have had long-standing relationship with them as soon as AHAM announced this new move.

The interesting twist here is that the CAMA has been serving the Canadian market in this capacity since 1995, and while it will remain a presence in other industries, they were essentially pushed out of the way by the AHAM despite a long track record of service. This is hard to believe given their long-standing relationship with many suppliers in the area but the fact remains that they are out of the game and AHAM is the new face of the industry association. Does experience and years of service mean nothing anymore?

This story, along with the questions it implicitly brings with it, calls for further thought. Why was CAMA so quickly depleted of members after AHAM’s announcement? Did the CAMA really not hold a candle to the incoming AHAM? Was there nothing that could have prevented such a closure? We ask these questions not to play favorites but to point out that not everything may always be as it seems, and certain questions beg more thought and pursuit even if there is nothing that can be “changed.” It speaks volumes that a long-standing association has no chance of holding members if a big player, filled with an even bigger roster, rolls into town.

However, what it speaks volumes about we leave to you, the consumer, and ask you to remember that you still hold the ultimate power and that even the biggest of producers still need your business.

Bad smell coming from Amana Refrigerator

March 22, 2010

Question: My 10 year old Amana Refrigerator has the smell of a wet dog, specifically on the exhaust. We pulled it out and confirmed its coming from the back exhaust. We cleaned out the fridge and vacuumed out the coils and the areas I could reach in the back. Everything I have read is pointing to the drain pan having something nasty in it. Unfortunately, the drain pan is inaccessible. Any ideas on how I can get some cleaning solution in it to kill what might be growing in there?

Answer:
You should be able to access your refrigerator’s  drain pan (also referred to as an overflow pan, drip tray, evaporator tray) by removing the front grill plate of your refrigerator and sliding out the pan. Take it to your sink and wash it with a mixture of warm water and bleach and then dry. Before replacing the pan, clean the grille/kickplate plate and clean around the area with a condenser coil cleaning brush or other soft brush. Sometimes this area can attract a lot of pet hair and dirt.

Additional help

Danby Dishwasher spray arms do not move or spray water

March 16, 2010

I have a Danby Dishwasher, model number ddw1805w, it fills, heats, and the dial moves, but it doesn’t wash and the spray arms do not spray any water. Any suggestions?

Answer: First, always unplug your appliance or disconnect power before working on it.

Make sure that nothing is blocking the sprayer arms. Some models of dishwashers have an alternating sprayer arm washing system. What this does is cycle the washing action between the lower sprayer arm and the middle sprayer arm. The cycle begins with the lower arm spraying first, then switching over to the middle sprayer arm, and back again through-out the washing cycle. The sprayer arms will pause as they switch over from one to the other, making it sound like the sprayer arms aren’t turning.

If you’re sure that the arms are not turning at all, open the dishwasher and verify that nothing is blocking the sprayer arm rotation, and that there is water in the bottom of the sump covering the filter area.

Try removing the bottom spray arm, pump cover and secondary filter assembly to clean out the area. Sometimes food particles and debris gather here.

Check the holes in the dishwasher’s spray arms to make sure that they are not blocked up. Sometimes food particles can block the spray arm holes.

For more help or to purchase Danby Dishwasher Parts, visit APWagner.ca.

Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher Model Number: GU2451XTSB1, works sporadically

February 25, 2010

Question: Hi, my two-year old Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher, Model Number GU2451XTSB1, works but only intermittently.  The light always light up and sometimes it starts and sometimes it doesn’t. Is there a series of tests to perform in order to figure out what parts to replace?

ApplianceJunk, Appliance Repair Help says:

If you remove the plate at the bottom of the dishwasher (kickplate). You should be able to find a tech sheet on the other side that will tell you how to test things.

Canadianapplianceparts Blog Says: Here are some other things that could be wrong with your dishwasher:

The door latch switch is a safety switch that prevents the dishwasher fromworking if it is defective. When working properly, the switch doesn’t allow power through it when the plunger is out, and it allows power when the plunger is in. If the plunger is broken or if the internal parts are not working properly, power is stopped at the switch and it needs to be replaced.

Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher, Model Number GU2451XTSB1

Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher, Model Number GU2451XTSB1

The timer and the selector switch are other possibilities. If one of these is defective, your dishwasher won’t operate normally, and the part will need to be replaced.

Running the dishwasher regularly may help prevent any seals from drying out and sticking. This includes the motor seals.

Visually inspect the wiring to see if any looks disconnected or burned. Repair or replace as necessary.

View Repair Diagrams for the Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher, Model Number GU2451XTSB1.

View a Parts List for the Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher, Model Number GU2451XTSB1.

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 www.thermador.com

C272 and C302

C272 and C302

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10118.html

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 ApplianceJunk.com, 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

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.