Monthly Archives: December 2006

Broken Information Appliance

Just want to access the forum … link keeps trying to open Netscape, I use IE, so can’t seem to get kernected … Jeff

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Ahh, Grasshoppah, the problem you describe pertains to the default browser settings in your PC. Neither the repair forum nor the activation link sent by the forum have any effect whatsoever on how your browser handles links.

I have written the following haiku, in traditional 5-7-5 meter, just for you in this, your hour of appliance peril; let it lead you to the enlightenment you seek. To use the haiku effectively, read it aloud, slowly, under soft lighting while burning incense. Continue doing this until Satori hits you like a bolt of lightening in the night and deep inner wisdom is revealed.

Windoze won’t behave,
links are screwy, all mixed up.
One word: Macintosh.

After experiencing the profound enlightenment embodied in the haiku, come post your appliance problem in the repair forum. Or, if you wish to experience other haikus about appliance repair, come and enter the dragon.

Dryer Venting Diseases: Venterialsclorosis

If the inside of your dryer vent looks like this…


… then you have what we professional appliantologists call Venterialsclorosis. This disease is caused by lint accumulating on the inside walls of the dryer vent. As it progresses, it reduces the effective area of the dryer vent resulting in longer drying times. The end result is that the inside of your dryer will look like this…

Amana Dryer Guts, Before Cleaning

That nice mat of dryer lint is very efficient at wicking the oil out of the motor bearings, resulting in premature motor failure. It’s also an excellent fire starter.

Yeah, I hate it when I wake up and find myself burnt to a vaguely human-shaped lump of black, flakey charcoal. Very difficult to quaff a mug of my flavorite fermented beverage in that condition.

So, to avoid all that unpleasantness, I periodically disassemble my dryer and vacuum it out thoroughly, especially around the drum rollers, motor, and heating element/burner. Then I’ll disassemble my dryer vent and use my supah-bad LintEater Rotary Dryer Vent Cleaning Kit to clean it out.

Contrary to the urban myths, Venterialsclorosis is an effect of poor dryer venting, not a primary cause. This means that the dryer vent was poorly designed and/or installed and was a cruddy venting system when it was brand new. As you used the dryer, the restricted air flow through the vent, coupled with possible condensation problems inside the vent, caused the lint in the dryer exhaust to settle out of the exhaust stream and begin accumulating inside the vent.

BTW, if your dryer vent is made out of spiral wound foil or, worse yet, white vinyl, then you’re really achin’ fer a bakin’, Budrow. These are very inefficient materials that create backpressure in the vent and long drying times which means wasted energy and money. And, in the case of the white vinyl, the vent itself poses a fire hazard. Oh, I know, you’re thinking, “Heck, Bubba and them all vent their dryers using this cheap garbage so that must be the way to go. Why’s this Samurai guy tellin’ me it ain’t?” I explain why ratcheer.

Appliantology Newsletter, Winter 2006

At long last, the wait is over: the Winter 2006 issue of our newsletter, Appliantology, has hit the streets, face-first and screaming! You can download the newsletter from the following link:

In this issue:

  • The Samurai visits RepairClinic… and likes what he sees!
  • Changes in the repair forum to serve you mo’ bettah.
  • Talk to the Samurai in Live Chat… and he may even talk back.
  • A Samurai Select™ appliance repair tip.

Hurry and download it now before it gets all used up!

If you’d like to subscribe to Appliantology so you can feast your bloodshot squinties upon it the moment it hits the Web, come hither. And you can read past issues at this link.

It’s Cold Outside and the Furnace in My House Just Died!

ShiverWinter is no time for your furnace to shi’ite the bed. If your furnace (or other heating appliance) is down and you need to save money on the repair, we can help you fix it in the Samurai Appliance Repair Forum.

For example, in this topic, Master Appliantologists guide an apprentice through the troubleshooting and repair of his Amana furnace using diagrams, explanations, and finally, a link to the part he needed to get it fixed. Note: in order to view the attachments in the forum, you’ll need to become an Apprentice Appliantologistlearn how.

GE Profile Oven with an Intermittent F7 Error Code

I am on my knees bowing to you you honerable great samurai master!!

I have a GE Profile oven that has been giving me an intermittant F7 error code for years. The repair man said it was the computer board. I figured it was bullsh*t to spend big bucks on a computer board for a piece of sh*t oven that started having symptoms shortly after the warranty expired. I recently googled the problem and eventually came across your site. I followed your worldly advice exactly and fully repaired the oven for a total cost of 97 cents!!!! The cost of a small tube of electrical connection cleaner. I could have easily replaced the board, LED display, or even bought a whole new double convection oven.

YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much. I am telling all of my friends about you!



Gilroy, CA

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This is what it’s all about: you have a broken oven, you search the Internet, find the answer ratcheer and, budda-bing, budda-boom, problem solved!

In your particular case, I had a page already written on the GE oven F7 problem. In other cases, I may not have anything already written up; however, I can personally guide you through the troubleshooting and repair in the Samurai Appliance Repair Forum. In the repair forum, my brethren in The Craft and I have helped thousands of people fix their own appliances.

Congratulations on your successful repair, my worthy apprentice. To commemorate your repair victory, I present you with the Apprentice of the Minute trophy…

Apprentice of the Minute

New Roper Gas Dryer with a Mystery Hole in the Front Panel


Name: Patty

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I just had a Roper gas dryer delivered. There is a hole in the front panel below the door that wasn’t on the electric dryer at the store. The delivery guys didn’t know what it was for, nor did the salesman at Menards. Do you know what it is for? It is 3/4 of an inch with a round top and a straight bottom located in the lower left corner of the front panel of the dryer. Thanks for any help you can give me!

That hole in the front panel is what we professional appliantologists call the Gas Burner Peep Hole. It’s a nifty little troubleshooting aid for gas dryer burners.

Using that peep hole, I can look in while the burner is trying to fire and see whether or not the ignitor is glowing. If it is, but still no flame, then I know I’m getting voltage clear up to the burner. So that means that the cycling thermostat, timer, thermal fuse, and high limit thermostat are all good in the dryer and that the problem is either 1) the gas is turned off, 2) the valve coils are bad, or 3) the radiant sensor is bad.

On the other hand, if I do not see the ignitor glow, then either the burner assembly is not getting voltage or the ignitor itself is bad. Further troubleshooting required.

By the way, the burner peep hole should have had a decorative plastic cap. It probably got sheared off while transporting the dryer. You can buy a replacement cap here.

If you’re still confoosed, need more help figuring out what’s wrong with your dryer, or to order parts for your dryer, come hither. Or you can get interactive help from professional Master Appliantologists in the Samurai Appliance Repair Forum.

Mailbag: Using a Digital Multimeter in Appliance Repair

i would like to understand the process of useing a digital multimeter to figure out why my kenmore gas dryer will not operate.

i just bought it (used) brought it home , hooked it up and ran it for a few minutes (empty) now …….nothing, i don’t understand how to use this tool properly to make a diagnosis. will you PLEASE give me some of your profound input

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Ahh, Grasshoppah, the Samurai anticipated your questions ages ago when he wrote his timeless parable, Making Basic Electrical Measurements. It has since become a classic in the sacred scriptures of Appliantology. Be there now.

Your loins now girded with this arcane wisdom, come use this parchment from the sacred scrolls to test the components in your dryer burner and cast out the demons. Procure your replacement parts here.

Can I hear an, “Om shanti?”