Category Archives: Repair Video

Whirlpool dryer makes a horrible squeaking noise

Your Name: Lori

Type of Appliance: Dryer

Brand: Whirlpool

Model Number: WGD8300SWI

Your Precious Words:
Trying to find a schematic for this model the pully has a horrendous squeak and I used w-d-40, still screeching. So I need to buy a part but instead of taking it out and dryer sitting with down time while I search for the part, I would rather leave it in, and continue to use the dryer, while I order the part. Need to diagram that shows all the pulleys so I can identify the one it is and need a part number.

Lori, it’s time to gut this beast. Install the Maintenance Kit for this dryer and move on. Here’s the part link to the maintenance kit you need ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Maintenance-Kit/4392067/587637

And here’s how to install it:

If you (or other readers) have the Duet Style dryer, here’s how to disassemble it to install the parts:

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Whirlpool gas dryer – no heat

Your Name: Gary

Type of Appliance: Dryer

Brand: Whirlpool

Model Number: LG5801 Natural Gas

Your Precious Words:
Thermal Fuse is good.
Has continuity or 0 ohms.
no heat.
?

Hi Gary,

In any gas dryer, if the thermal fuse has continuity, the problem will be one of these three components:

Gas Valve Coils

Ignitor

Flame Sensor

Let’s step through some tips and tricks for ferreting out which one is the bad actor.

Gas Valve Coils

These often fail intermittently, making diagnosis difficult. To test, watch the burner assembly while the dryer is heating. If the igniter glows for a while and then shuts off without the gas turning on, it usually means one of these coils is bad. Here’s the part link with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Gas-Valve-Solenoid/279834/3479

And here’s how to replace ’em:

Ignitor

Here’s the part link to the ignitor with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Dryer-Igniter/279311/3415

Here’s how to test the ignitor:

And here’s how to replace it:

Flame Sensor

This flame sensor should have continuity at room temperature (no flame). Check for continuity with a multi-meter before replacing. Here’s the part link to the flame sensor with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Flame-Sensor/338906/2681

This video explains how to test the flame sensor:

This video shows how to replace it:

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Appliantology Newsletter: Refrigerator Repair Visualized


Appliantology Newsletter
Refrigerator Repair Visualized
Late-May 2012
Professional Appliantologists mark the seasons by the prevalence of a particular appliance failure. For example, we are currently in what we professional Appliantologists call, “Refrigerator Season.” This is the time of year when the warm, humid weather brings out all those incipient and latent problems with your refrigerator: fresh food (beer) compartment no longer cold, no ice from the ice maker, water leaking from the freezer, etc. This issue offers you visual (video) repair tips for various common refrigerator problems that you’re likely to see this Refrigerator Season. These are just a few selections– check out all the videos on our Youtube channel. Each week we add new videos; subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss ’em!
Troubleshooting a Water Dispenser that Quit Dispensing Water

Fixing a Refrigerator with a Warm Beer (fresh food) Compartment

Fixing an Ice Dispenser that Only Dispenses Crushed Ice

Troubleshooting the Electronics in an LG Refrigerator

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How to force the adaptive defrost control (ADC) into test mode in the new-style GE top-mount refrigerators [video]

Your Name: JEFF

Type of Appliance: Refrigerator

Brand: GE

Model Number: HTH17CBT2RWW

Your Precious Words:
How to force adaptive defrost contol to test. part #WR55X10900
This is a new style top mount, even tech sheet on back only shows schematic.

Hi Jeff,

Short answer: Press the fresh food door switch 3 times within 5 seconds and close the FF door when the control is not in defrost or dwell.

Long answer: Watch the screencast…

Part link to the ADC board ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Circuit-Board-Timer/WR55X10900/1535852?RCAID=24038

You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at Fixitnow.com. No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!

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Diagnosing and replacing the gas valve coils in a gas dryer [video]

Your Name: david

Type of Appliance: Dryer

Brand: kenmore

Model Number: 110.76642500

Your Precious Words:
After doing the diagnostics it appears that I need new solenoids on the gas burner. Do you have these or do I need to buy the who burner assembly

Hi David,

If the coils (or solenoids) on the gas valve are bad, they can be replaced easily and inexpensively without having to replace the gas valve itself. In fact, to replace the coils, you don’t even need to shut off the gas!

These gas valve coils often fail intermittently, making diagnosis difficult. But here’s a quick n’ easy way to check the gas valve coils on the valve in a gas dryer. Watch the burner assembly while the dryer is heating. If the igniter glows for a while and then shuts off without the gas turning on, it usually means one of these coils is bad. Don’t bother trying to figure out which one is bad– just replace both as a set to avoid aggravation later on.

The gas valve coil set is inexpensive and easy to replace. You can buy the set here with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Gas-Valve-Solenoid/279834/3479?RCAID=24038

That set will work with your model and with most common models of gas dryers out there today.

This video shows you how to replace the valve coils in a gas dryer…

To learn more about your dryer, or to order parts, click here.

You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at www.fixitnow.com. No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!

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Where is the operating thermostat in a Whirlpool dryer?

Your Name: keith

Type of Appliance: Dryer

Brand: kenmore

Model Number: 110.70982990

Your Precious Words:
I get no flame, no valves clicking open and no glow on my ignitor. I found my thermal fuse was open, so need to get a new one of those, but I have been looking for a part you mentioned called the operating thermostat. I don’t have a schematic but do have an assembly diagram and I can’t fine that part anywhere. Can you give me a clue where I might fine it and check continuity?? thanks man, love your website. I visit you about every 5-7 years when my washer/dryer break.

Hi Keith,

Good job getting this far! Your particular model, the Whirlpool-built 27″ dryer with the lint filter in the door, uses a thermistor instead of an operating thermostat. This is actually becoming the norm for modern dryers as electronic control boards are increasingly used to control the dryer.

A thermistor works as the operating thermostat because its resistance changes with temperature. This change in resistance in read by the control board which then makes decisions about cycle time, powering up the heating elements, etc.

On the older versions of this same dryer, which did have an operating thermostat, it was located in the same exact place where the thermistor is now located in the new models, like yours.

The thermistor for your dryer is located on the blower housing, in front, below the drum. Here’s the part link to the thermistor with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Thermistor/8577274/1181075?RCAID=24038

This video shows you how to get to it and replace it:

You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at www.fixitnow.com. No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!

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Clearing an ice clump jamming the ice maker in a Samsung refrigerator [video]

Sometimes, when an ice maker stops working, it’s something simple. In this case, it was an ice clump stuck between the ice maker and the compartment wall jamming the ice maker.

This particular Samsung refrigerator is model number RFG297HDWP/XAA. It’s a French Door / bottom freezer unit with the ice maker in the upper (fresh food) compartment in its own little cubby. Watch with amazement as the Samurai practices his art.

Sometimes, it’s not this simple. In fact, in this particular model group, it’s very common for the ice maker to fail; many professional servicers will even stock the ice maker as truck stock. If you’re not as lucky as the folks in this video, you’ll need to replace the ice maker. You can buy it here with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Ice-Maker-Assembly/DA9707365A/2002456

To learn more about your ice maker, or to order parts, click here.

Dryer has something trapped in the motor

Your Name: mary

Type of Appliance: Dryer

Brand: amana

Model Number: alg643raw

Your Precious Words:
My drier seems to have something trapped in the motor and is not working. How can I check it and remove it?

Hi Mary,

Your Amana dryer comes apart very similarly to the Maytag dryer which is is shown in the video below. Very common to find a sock or something caught in the blower wheel housing.

To learn more about your dryer, or to order parts, click here.

LG washer with LE code [video]

Your Name: Tom

Type of Appliance: Washer

Brand: LG

Model Number: wm2077cw

Your Precious Words:
Dreaded LE code again Unplug and wait not working this time, what next?

Hi Tom,

LG washers throw this error code when they sense there’s a problem with the rotor position sensor (RPS). There may or may not actually be a problem with the RPS, but the machine computer is pointing us in that direction. So, we start there.

This page explains how to test the RPS ==> http://fixitnow.com/wp/2011/07/18/how-to-test-the-hall-sensor-in-an-lg-front-loading-washer/

If the sensor is, in fact, bad, you can buy the replacement here with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Rotor-Position-Sensor/6501KW2002A/1268238?RCAID=24038

And this video shows you how to install it:

It’s worth noting here that the single most common cause of LE error codes in LG washing machines is using non-HE detergent. Professor john63 in the Appliantology Academy explains ==> http://appliantology.org/blog/1/entry-319-the-consequences-of-using-non-he-detergent-in-an-lg-washer/

You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at www.fixitnow.com. No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!

Subscribe to our FREE, award-winning newsletter, Appliantology: The Oracle of Appliance Enlightenment ==> http://newsletter.fixitnow.com and download your free report on appliance brand recommendations! Every issue is jam-packed with appliance repair tips and inside information direct from the Samurai’s fingertips to your engorged and tingling eyeballs.

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Gas dryer stopped drying [video]

Your Name: Corey

Type of Appliance: Dryer

Brand: Roper

Model Number: RGS7646KQ2

Your Precious Words:
s/n MM2102599 8yr old gas dryer that tenants say slowly stopped drying the clothes until now they don’t dry at all, still turns, no flame thru peep hole and I don’t hear any clicking where it would be trying to ignite. Gas is flowing to the dryer I know. Please advise which parts I should buy. Replaced igniter, etc in my home’s dryer, so familar with repair which I plan to do. thx. corey

Hi Corey,

Sounds like a couple of things going on here. First, the “slowly stopped drying the clothes” part of your question makes me think we’re dealing with a bad venting issue. This screencast explains what’s going on with that:

As for the stopped drying part of your problem, there are two common culprits in gas dryers: the thermal fuse and the gas valve coils.

If indeed you have a bad vent as explained in the screencast above, then the thermal fuse probably finally blew.

Here’s the part link to the thermal fuse with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Thermal-Fuse/3392519/2986?RCAID=24038

This video shows you how to test the thermal fuse to see if it’s bad:

If the thermal fuse tests good, then you probably need to replace the gas valve coils. An easy check for this is to see if the ignitor starts glowing up when you first start the cycle but then you hear a click and the ignitor stops glowing. This is a sure sign of bad gas valve coils.

Here’s the part link to the gas valve coils with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Gas-Valve-Solenoid/279834/3479?RCAID=24038

And this video shows you how to replace them:

If the gas valve coils and the thermal fuse both check out good, then check the ignitor. This video shows you how:

And here’s the part link to the ignitor with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Dryer-Igniter/279311/3415?RCAID=24038

You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at www.fixitnow.com. No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!

Subscribe to our FREE, award-winning newsletter, Appliantology: The Oracle of Appliance Enlightenment ==> http://newsletter.fixitnow.com and download your free report on appliance brand recommendations! Every issue is jam-packed with appliance repair tips and inside information direct from the Samurai’s fingertips to your engorged and tingling eyeballs.

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How to replace the door latch switch in the newer model Frigidaire front load washers [video]

You’ll know you need to replace the door latch assembly in your Frigidaire Affinity front load washer if it:

– doesn’t run at all or, more commonly,

– tumbles but won’t spin

Fortunately, this is pretty easy to do and you don’t even have to pull the washer out to do it!

Here’s the part link to the door switch assembly with a 365-day return policy ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Door-Switch/131763202/1531974?RCAID=24038

And this video shows you how to replace it:

You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at the top of the page at www.fixitnow.com. No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!

Subscribe to our FREE, award-winning newsletter, Appliantology: The Oracle of Appliance Enlightenment ==> http://newsletter.fixitnow.com and download your free report on appliance brand recommendations! Every issue is jam-packed with appliance repair tips and inside information direct from the Samurai’s fingertips to your engorged and tingling eyeballs.

Oven bake element sparked and arced! How to replace it safely? [video]

Your Name: Linda

Type of Appliance: Oven/Range/Stove

Brand: GE

Model Number: JBP26GS2WH

Your Precious Words: Where to begin my oven on Easter burn and arc so we shut the power off to it and we are wondering how to take the old one out..thank you so much.
Linda

Hi Linda, thanks for your email! Yes, these calrod elements used in all electric ovens can fail in dramatic and spectacular fashion. This video probably shows something like what you saw (just don’t do what this guy did):

Anyway, you can buy the replacement element you need for your range with a 365-day return policy right here ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Bake-Element/WB44X5082/3358?modelNumber=JBP26GS2?RCAID=24038

For others reading this with a different brand or model number range or oven, you find your replacement elements with the same 365-day return policy on this page ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/Range-Stove-Oven-Parts

As for replacing the bake element in your GE range, this video shows you how to do it safely and correctly:

You can find whatever appliance part you need through the parts search box at www.fixitnow.com. No harm in buying and trying with our 365-day, no-hassle return policy, even on electrical parts that were installed!

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Dryer overheats and/or dryer runs too hot! [screencast]

Dryer overheats and/or dryer runs too hot! from Samurai Appliance Repair Man on Vimeo.

A dryer that overheats or gets too hot can ruin clothes and even start a fire in your house! The cause is usually very easy to find and correct. This Samurai Screencast™ explains how to get your dryer running right again.

To learn more about your dryer, or to order parts, click here.

How to clean a refrigerator condenser yourself [video]

Most folks know that their condenser needs to be cleaned periodically but not everyone is familiar enough with their refrigerator to be comfortable doing that. This short little video shows you exactly how to safely and quickly clean the condenser on your refrigerator to keep it running at peak efficiency. You can do it!

Here are a couple things that’ll help you do a good job cleaning the condenser:

Condenser brush ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Long-Handled-Bristle-Brush/5303318693/12859

Vacuum attachment for cleaning condensers ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Vacuum-Hose-Attachment/8171579A/1544893

To learn more about your refrigerator, or to order parts, click here.

Easy way to replace the door latch assembly in a Whirlpool Duet / Kenmore HEt front load washer [video]

If the door on this washer doesn’t latch properly, the washer won’t spin, either. To fix this, you’ll need to replace the door latch assembly. Piece of pie repair! This short repair video steps you right through it.

Part link to the door latch assembly (365-day return policy!) ==> http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Latch-Assembly/8183270/1419926?RCAID=24038