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.


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.

For free dishwasher repair help, washing machine repair help and other appliance repair help guides, visit the Repair Centre on APWagner.ca.

Free bottled water day or Bottled Water Free Day?

March 11, 2010

Today is “Bottled Water Free Day”, a day meant to raise awareness amoungst Canadians of the environmental impact that bottled water has on the environment. However, one bottled water company has turned the day into a way of marketing their bottled water.

According to an article appearing on the www.torontosun.com, “Cedar Springs, based in Concord, Ont., gave away four 11 L or 18 L glass bottles of water to people who called and asked for them. The company even offered to deliver the bottles to the callers’ homes.”

The article goes on to quote Noah Stewart, National Deputy Chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students, as saying, “We’re calling on schools to ban the sale of bottled water and re-invest in water fountains.”

According to the article, “Municipalities and school boards across the country have implemented restrictions on bottled water.”  This follows a trend in the United States as well, esp. amoung government agencies looking at ways to cut costs. Many government agencies no longer pay for bottled water being delivered to their offices or being offered at government meetings and events.

A May 2009 article from www.insidethebottle.org, quotes a report by the Polaris Institute and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia that says, “The Canadian government spent over $7.2 million of public money to purchase bottled water over the past three years.”

The article goes on to say, “Bottled water has a large environmental footprint. The energy and oil required to produce a plastic bottle is equal to one third of the volume of that bottle, and then the bottles are trucked around the country resulting in greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, millions of these bottles end up in landfills each year.”

Are you celebrating Bottled Water Free Day by not purchasing or drinking bottled water or would you rather take up the offer of free bottled water from the Cedar Springs Company?  Do you feel your tap water is safe? Do you use a water filter at home?

Related Links

Frequently asked questions about bottled water from HealthCanada.com

Are B.C. residents ready to ditch bottled water?

APWagner.ca Water Filter Guide

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.

Whirlpool Washing Machine Leaks through the door during the wash and rinse cycles

February 18, 2010

Question: I own Whirlpool Washing Machine, Model # DU930PWKQ0 (Whirlpool Silent Partner 2) and recently the door began to leak heavily at the bottom. I have checked the seals, the door latch, cleaned the inner door, inspected all lines and simply cannot find the reason for the leaking. The door is designed with a steam vent at the bottom and the bottom proper is an overhanging lip which apparently is meant to seal well enough to stop a leak during operation. What can be wrong?

Answer from ApplianceMan: Here are some things you can check in order to find out why your Whirlpool Washing Machine is leaking:

  • When leaking is it more than a half inch of soapsuds on top of the water? If so, you have a problem with soap entering the tub that shouldn’t be there. Make sure there is a high loop in the drain hose so that soap cannot enter the tub from the sink.
  • Check the holes in the wash arm to see if they are plugged up, causing the water to spray under the door. Clean out the holes.
  • Check the wash arms for any holes that shouldn’t be there, it may be causing water to stray under the door. Sometimes the heating element will cause a hole to burn in the wash arm, if this is the case, replace the wash arm.
  • The wash arm may be loose causing water to spray out from under it instead of through it.
  • Some times water will leak through the soap cup. You will have to take the door apart and look for evidence of this happening.

For more Repair Help or to purchase Whirlpool Washing Machine Parts in Canada, visit APWagner.ca.

Should I buy a top loader or front loading washing machine?

February 5, 2010

Saw this on CTV News last night, “Top or Side? Should you go with a top or side-loading washing machine?” You can watch the video online, of course, but to summarize:

Top- loading washing machines are cheaper to purchase, but front-loading washing machines will save you money throughout the lifespan of the appliance because it uses less water and removes more water from your laundry during the finally spin cycle. Less water means shorter dryer times equals greater savings.

Consumer Reports, the agency that tested over 71 types of washing machines, estimates that decreased drying times will save the average household $130 a year.

Watch the video to see which brands and types of clothes washer were considered a “best buy”.

Front-loading washing machines sometimes have a foul smell associated with using them. This can be caused by mold growing in the gasket or seal of the machine. Wiping your gasket down monthly and leaving the door ajar after each load will help prevent this. If you still have problems, try a HE Washing Machine Cleaner like Affresh™ Washer Cleaner or WasherFresh to get rid of smelly washing machine odors.

Related Links

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


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.

Related Part Links:

Refrigerator Parts

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