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Too much detergent can ruin your appliance

March 15, 2010

Easy there on that detergent, you don’t need that much and you could be destroying your appliance, according to  the article “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” from the NYTimes.com.

Using too much laundry or dishwashing detergent can shorten the lifespan or your machine, cause your dishwasher or washing machine to break down and doesn’t produce cleaner dishes or clothing. Dishwashers and Washing Machines made today use less water and on top of that, detergents for these machines come in more concentrated forms.

“Too much detergent can make your clothes stiff and shorten the life of your machine. An excess of soap can also cause a buildup of mold and mildew,” said Jill Notini, a spokeswoman for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade group as quoted in “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” New York Times.

“Too much soap is also a problem in dishwashers and can cause dishes and glasses to look filmy. Again, check the detergent container for recommended amounts — you definitely don’t have to fill up the entire soap container in the dishwasher,” said Vernon Schmidt, who has been a repairman for almost 35 years and is the author of a self-published book, “Appliance Handbook for Women: Simple Enough Even a Man Can Understand.”

For more appliance care tips, read the entire article online:  “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” New York Times.

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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

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.

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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 apwagner.ca. click here.

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

Important appliance upgrades for your home

September 3, 2009

Homeowners are often unaware that a few simple and cheap upgrades to your appliances could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

One recommended upgrade is to replace rubber washing machine fill hoses more secure braided stainless steel washer hoses. Over time old rubber washing machine hoses can split open and easily flood your home.

Some stainless steel hoses even come with leak detection / shut-off assembly. How it work is that a spring holds a plunger open allowing the inner hose to carry water. If an inner hose ever should leak, water fills the outer hose where a sponge in the hose end (connected to the water line) absorbs water, pulling a plunger down to stop water flow and show red in the indicator window. The outer hose is sealed and won’t leak. Any remaining water pressure won’t re-open the hose, but will help keep the hose closed.

If you have a clothes dryer, replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting with safer rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct work. Over time, foil covered flexible clothes dryer hoses gets smashed-in, causing pockets were dryer lint can build up, posing a fire hazard. Although no statistics could be found for Canada, there are about 12,700 clothes-dryer related fires each year in the U.S.

In addition to being safer, clean ducts also improve the efficiency of your dryer and shorten the time it takes to dry your laundry.

Break the bottle habit and consider installing an in-door  ice and water dispenser to your refrigerator. refrigerator water filters. Stop lugging home heavy bottles of water that, when empty, often spend decades taking up space in some landfill. Instead enjoy fresh clean filtered water. Other options include adding a water filter to your faucet, whole-house or buying a pitcher water filter.

A few appliance care and cleaning tips

If you own a high-efficiency washer, chance are you noticed that it sometimes smells. A washer cleaning tablet will eliminate the smell from your HE washer. Affresh™ Washer Cleaner has been specially formulated to remove and prevent the build-up of odor causing residues in all brands of HE Washers. Affresh is also easy to use, place one tablet in the empty wash basket and run a normal cycle or a clean cycle.

Remove scratches from stainless steel appliances with a product like Scratch-B-Gone. It also helps to restore the original finish of stained, heat-scorched or rusted stainless steel surfaces like those on stove tops and grills.

If you have an enamel range, touch up nicks and chips with appliance touch-up paint.