Posts Tagged ‘general electric’

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!

GE Electric Oven won’t broil, but burners all work

October 26, 2009

I have GE Electric Oven Model Number JGSP23WEY5WW. The broil works just fine, but the oven does not heat at all. All 4 burners work just fine as well. Is this something simple to fix,
or do I need to call a professional, or do I throw the oven out the door?

Well don’t throw the oven out until you have checked it out. It could be an easy fix.

First, check the timer control and make sure the oven is not in the automatic cleaning cycle. If your oven has an option for choosing Delay-Cook or Delay-Start, make sure that this feature is not currently running. Some ovens have a lock-out feature. If this is selected, your oven will not work until it is de-selected.

Next, test the heating element for continuity. A burned out heating element if often the cause for an oven not baking or broiling and it’s a part that is easy to replace.

Following that, you’ll want to check the common wiring, selector switch, and thermostat. Sometimes there are screw-in fuses that control the current to the bake and broil elements. These are usually 30 amp fuses, one for each element. Consult your owner’s manual for their location, and replace as necessary. If you do not have your owner’s manual, check this website for appliance diagrams for repair help purposes. Just enter your appliance’s model number and you will be presented with inside diagrams of your appliances, as well as an appliance part’s list according to your appliance’s model.

Look over the heating elements to see if there is any bubbling, burnt spots, or broken spots in the element. If there is, you will want to replace the element.

Why doesn’t the oven bake or broil, but the top burners are still working?

General Electric Clothes Dryer Squeaks

September 10, 2009

Question: My GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww, still squeaks after I replaced the little drum tabs. Where else should I look to solve this problem now?

GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww,

GE Clothes Dryer, Model Number: dclr333gt1ww,

Answer: The first part of this answer comes from ApplianceAid.com.

For GE Clothes Dryers that squeak, listen to the noise carefully, a slow or fast noise can help point you in the direction to look for the trouble maker.

Slow squeaking or scraping noises: Check the front glides (there are 2 of them to change) or the rear bearing area, the rear bearing sleeve is inside the middle of the heater housing and the shaft part is attached to the back of the drum.

For help taking apart older GE Clothes Dryers, visit ApplianceAid.com

For other types of clothes dryers:

Check the parts that support the Clothes Dryer Drum:

  • the center spindle that supports the clothes dryer drum,
  • drum support rollers (it is recommended that the whole set be replaced at the same time)
  • clothes dryer belt

Often times these parts wear out from normal wear and tear and simply need to be replaced. For example, a center spindle often supports the clothes dryer drum. This spindle may be a ball-and-socket support, or it may be a shaft inside a sleeve. When these component bearings get worn out, they may make a squealing or rubbing sound. Replace this bearing when it gets worn out.

HowStuffWorks has some good, generic, instructions on how to repair and replace dryer drum rollers.

Other causes for a noisy clothes dryer:

Sometimes the Clothes Dryer’s blower wheel gets clogged with lint and it simply just needs to be removed. Other times the blower wheel wears out and needs to be replaced.

Check inside the drum and make sure nothing is loose inside of it.

Remove the lint trap and look below the lint trap holder for any loose items that may have slipped through the cracks.

Clothes Dryer maintenance and repair kit. Avail. for $29.95

Clothes Dryer maintenance and repair kit. Avail. for $29.95

Make it easy on yourself, purchase a clothes dryer repair kit and get everything you need: 4 tri-rings, 2 support rollers, an idler pulley, a multi-rib belt, a clip, and instructions all for under $30 (not including tax and shipping.) It works on Whirlpool, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, Roper, and other brands of dryers.