Monthly Archives: June 2011

How to fix a dryer that won’t stay hot during the cycle or doesn’t get hot enough

Peter wrote:

We have a GE dryer model DDG7280SBLWW, S/N GL315788G. The problem is the dryer does not stay hot though the entire cycle for any of the cyles (automatic of timed). When the dryer is turned on for any cycle it initially gets hot and comes up to temperatur, vent pipe hot to touch but not burning hot, then the heat cycles off and does not heat back up. The dryer will run though the rest of the cycle and when it turns off the clotes are cold and damp. I removed the vent cap outside the house and cleanned the vent pipe and dryer to make sure we have sufficient air flow but no change in the dryer performance. We called a tech who came in and started replacing parts (i believe all the sensers, coils on the gas valve, timer & timer knob) but we still have the problem. They have sent differnet people to the house but it has been 2 weeks and the dryer still isn’t working. Wife near point of leaving. There is good and bad in all situations. Please help.

This is a classic symptom of a vent duct with too much backpressure. Vents can be clear of lint and still have excessive backpressure. You can easily test this by disconnecting the vent from the back of the dryer and run it again while observing the burner on/off cycle. I’m sure you’ll see normal heating operation.

Get the gory details on how to make a good dryer vent in this post:

http://fixitnow.com/wp/2003/10/15/appliance-tip-of-the-day-the-ultimate-dryer-venting-guide/

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How to fix a broken detergent dispenser on a Bosch dishwasher

jeff wrote:

the spring in my Bosch soap dispenser is broken. Can I just replace this spring or will I need to replace the entire dispenser. I cannot seem to get the spring in the door and then close it.

Depending on what exactly is broken on the dispenser, you may just need the detergent cup latch and spring kit:

Dispenser Lever - Part #935391
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Or you may need to replace the whole dispenser:

Detergent Dispenser - Part #1055122
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How to fix a gas oven that won’t fire up, won’t get hot, won’t keep temperature, or goes BOOM when/if it does fire up

Kevin wrote:

Hi, Our Kenmore stove oven has delayed ignition i.e. we turn it on and perhaps 2 or 3 minutes later there’s a loud boom as the gas ignites and a smell of gas. What should we do? Thank you Kevin

 

Abe wrote:

 

I have a tappan model 30-3989-23 stove. When I turn the oven on and set the temp I hear the top console click like normal and the display shows it as being on, but the oven does not heat up.

 

The burners and top broiler works fine. In fact if I turn on the oven after using the broiler the oven temp does show that it has gone up. But the temp slowly goes down as the oven still does not work.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

 

tyestick wrote:

 

Type of Appliance: Oven/Range/Stove

 

Brand: maytag

Model Number: MGR5750AAW571

Your Precious Words: No gas to oven. haven’t metered the ignitor as yet. Is it likely both oven ignitor and broiler ignitor are bad or will it be just the oven ignitor. 2003 maytag

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Hot Surface Glow Bar  Igniter - Part #3377
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How to fix a Whirlpool / Kenmore direct-drive top-loading washer that fills, agitates, then goes dead

Kelly wrote:

Whirlpool Ultimate Care II Washer. Help! It fills and agitates, but stops.

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Lid Switch Assembly - Part #547225
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How to fix a refrigerator water dispenser with a case of the dribbles

Chris wrote:

I have a 9 year old whirlpool side by side fridge (mod #GC5SHGXKB00) that has developed a drip at the water dispenser. I thought maybe the inlet valve was stuck, so I put on a new one and it still drips. Any ideas?
Thanks

It’s common for air to get in the line from any number of ways. As this air warms up, it expands and pushes on the water. That pressurized water will go to the path of least resistance: out the dispenser spout. So, if this is what’s going on, then the cure is to purge the air from the system. And the easiest way to do that is to run at least three gallons water out the dispenser.

PS: Heard back from Chris and this fixed his problem.

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How to fix a refrigerator that’s warming up and making clicking sounds from down in back

MIKE wrote:

amana scd23vl…..compressor not kicking on, i hear clicking sounds from that area

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Start Device - Part #1159182

Start Relay for an Amana Refrigerator
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How to fix an electric dryer that runs but won’t get hot or heat up at all

Ana wrote:

Kenmore Elite dryer not heating. I have replaced the heater element 2 mos ago and just replaced for the 2nd time along with the thermal fuse. Still not heating. Help!

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Dryer runs a few seconds, kicks out and has to cool down for a few minutes before it can restart

Keith wrote:

I have an unruly LG DLE 5932 dryer that will run for about 30-seconds, then shuts off. I can wait about 2 minutes cylye it again sometimes it will start run another 30-seconed, and shut off.. Sometimes it won’t run at all. I smell a faint smell of “hot” from the left side of the drum.. Can you offer any dicipline for this naughty dryer??

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How to fix a gas stove burner having trouble firing up

George wrote:

Our sealed burner GE stove model no. JGBP30WEH2WW now about seven years old still is clicking, however, the burners only llght occasionally. The simmer burner on lights rarely. The burners were cleaned as per instructions from the GE manual. Using matches the burners light immediately. What are your suggestions? New spark ignitor switches, do I do the repair, and where can I order them from.

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KitchenAid KBHS179SSS Microwave Oven Schematic

KitchenAid KBHS179SSS Microwave Oven Schematic

Model number variations: KBHS179SSS, KBHS179S, KBHS179

KitchenAid KBHS179SSS Microwave Oven Schematic
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How to fix a Whirlpool Cabrio / Kenmore Oasis / Maytag Bravo washer that leaks from the bottom center of the tub during wash

jerome wrote:

kenmore model 11027032603 leaks at bottom center. Leak starts shortly after start of wash cycle. Apeasr to leak more with heavy load. What is likely source of problem?

The tub seal has gone out on your washer.  Not an uncommon problem.  The tub seal and bearing comes as a factory-installed set.  Kommenzie und gitenzie one:

 

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Not a bad job.  The one good thing about this washer is that it’s pretty easy to work on.  Which is a real plus because you’ll be working on it a lot.  Come grok on this illustrated and annotated teardown guide:

Kenmore Oasis HE, Whirlpool Cabrio HE, Maytag Bravos HE: Full Disassembly/Outer Tub Replacement Guide

 

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Mailbag: Why does my dryer shut off after running only a few minutes?

Stacy wrote:

I have a Maytag PYE2200AYW electric dryer. We had problems a few weeks ago and discovered that the blower wheel was cracked, so we replaced it (part # 31001317). Then a couple days later it just stops and won’t turn back on until it cools off. We figured it was the Thermostat and /or high limit fuse, so we replaced both of those (part # LA-1053). Thought all was well and tried a load of towels. It ran for about 20 minutes and then shut off again. Now it won’t turn back on even after it has cooled. The vents are clear, and we can’t figure out what it causing it to shut off. 
Please Help!

The motor has an internal thermal overload protector that’s tripping.  It does this when the motor overheats.  The motor overheats because it’s either drawing too much current or it’s blanketed in a layer of lint, which acts as insulation.

There’s a lot more to a proper dryer vent than just being clear.  Start by checking your dryer vent in accordance with the scriptures on this page:

Appliance Tip of the Day: The Ultimate Dryer Venting Guide

Next step is to disassemble the dryer and vacuum the lint off the motor.  If you need help disassembling your dryer, we can give you specific instructions in the Samurai School of Appliantology, just start a new topic in The Laundry Appliance Repair Forum.

If neither correcting the vent or cleaning the motor does the trick, then it means the motor itself is drawing too much current and overheating.  You’ll need to replace the motor:

Drive Motor - Part #1028915

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Why is the panel between the two compartments on your refrigerator getting very hot?

faye wrote:

Type of Appliance Refrigerator

Brand? whirlpool

Model Number? eED5PHEXRT00

Your Precious Words: panel between the two doors are very very hot

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