Monthly Archives: January 2005

Appliantology Newsletter for December 2004

Appliance Wisdom

Got Parts?

Whirlpool / Kenmore Calypso Washer Debacle

Mailbag: How do the Valve Coils in a Gas Dryer Work?

The Samurai School of Appliantology: Now Accepting New Students

Mailbag: Love Letter to the Samurai

Mailbag: Mental Therapy for Appliance Repair

Appliance Repair Revelation, Converting a Gas Range

Appliance Repair Revelation, Making Basic Electrical Measurements

Mailbag: Bad Ignitor or Valve on a Gas Oven?

Master Appliantologists at the Appliantology Group Repair Forum

Mailbag: Using Your Gas Range to Heat Your Home

Dos Domos

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Satellite Radio Gizmology

The Orbiter Crashes

Star Warz: XM vs. Sirius

Heavy Metal Irony Award Nominee

Appliantology for November 2004

Mailbag: Removing Mineral Deposits from a Dishwasher

girlscout wrote:

oh holiest of appliance repair men. i have searched thru your infinite wisdom and found no answer for this question…how do i clean mineral deposits that have accumulated in my DW? (well water) . i read your advice to test the hardness and if too hard, get a water softener. oh, and what IS life?


Message sent from IP:

Fun Fact to Know and Tell: white vinegar dissolves mineral deposits. Can we apply this Fun Fact to your dishwasher? Let’s find out!

You can try this exciting experiment at home, it’s fun for the whole family! Start the dishwasher (without any detergent or dishes) and let it fill with water. Once it starts spraying, open the dishwasher door and remove a quart of water from the basin and add a quart of white vinegar. Close the door and let the dishwasher run through the cycle. When the dishwasher stops, open the door and… well, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but if you take a deep whiff, you’ll find out what life is.

P.S. — For a less exciting version of this experiment, you could use citric acid crystals instead of white vinegar. But then, you wouldn’t find out what life is.

Mailbag: Whirlpool/Kenmore Direct Drive Washer Suspension Springs

JohnW wrote:

I am working on a Kenmore Washer (Model #110 92292800). I replaced the drive coupling already. When I looked under the unit I found a leveling spring on the floor. I checked the diagrams and info on the springs but they do not show EXACTLY how the leveling spring is attached. How does this spring attach – are there any photos on-line that show this?

Message sent from IP:

I have a good picture in the Appliantology Group showing the location of the most troublesome suspension spring. If that ain’t good enough, post your question in the world-famous appliance repair forum along with an illustrative photo of your washer.

In addition to the internet’s premier appliance repair forum, the Appliantology Group houses the web’s largest repository of appliance repair photos and diagrams.