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Appliantology Newsletter, Fall 2010

Appliantology Newsletter, Fall 2010

0. Introduction
1. New appliance repair posts
2. There are blogs, and then there are forums
3. Website enhancements
4. Scribd document stash
5. Samurai the twit
6. Repair manuals on request… free
7. Facebook
8. Hillstomping update
9. Domo!

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0. Introduction

Like Autumn leaves wafting to the ground, another issue of Appliantology falls into your inbox. Movin’ on…

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1. New appliance repair posts

It’s been a busy three months since the last Appliantology newsletter. I’ve cranked out over 300 new pearls of appliantological wisdom since June at Most deal with specific problems in all sorts of brands, models, and types of major appliances. But a few are of more general interest or apply to common appliance problems. Here are some highlights:

Diagnosing Dishwasher Door Leaks

Diagnostic Flowcharts for GE Refrigerators With a Muthaboard

Warm Refrigerator Troubleshooting Flowchart

Diagnosing and Repairing Spin and Agitate Problems in a Whirlpool / Kenmore Direct Drive Washer

Handling Hard Water and Mineral Buildup in Today’s Dishwashers

Estimating Home Appliance Energy Use

Coping with Phosphate-free Dishwashing Detergents

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2. There are blogs, and then there are forums is a blog, where I write posts and registered users can post comments or followup questions. Our forums, on the other hand, are at This is where registered users can initiate questions and receive help from myself or other techs. You must register separately at both- one registration does not cross over to the other. Please do – it’s free and I wanna hear from you!

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3. Website enhancements

I got rid of that stuffy, cramped three-column layout and went to a simple two-column design. This gives a bigger content area and less junk. Have a look and lemme know whatcha think:

We’ve gone mobile! Now you can have to go. I’ve added mobile capability to the site so it’s user-friendly for most cell phones. And there’s a special feature just for mobile users. Read more:

I’m starting to build a collection of wiring diagrams, tech sheets, and schematics. As I get ’em, I upload them to the site and make them searchable to all, free of charge, always. Special domo to Sublime Master for sending me mucho diagrams. If you have any tech sheets or schematics in good condition and you’d like to be part of this project, please email them to me so I can add them to the growing library. You can also fax them to me at 866-315-4504.

I know it can be confusing to navigate a new website so I’ve added a new orientation page that gives a quick run-down on how to use the site:

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4. Scribd document stash

I’ve been steadily building a stash of various appliance repair PDFs on Scribd, all free and available for download. You may have seen posts at with embedded documents in a scrollable, re-sizable viewer. Those are docs in my Scribd stash. I’ve got ’em grouped by appliance type so it’s pretty easy to paw through and find what you’re looking for. Here are the links to the various collections:



Washing Machines:


Ice Makers:


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5. Samurai the twit

I had given up on Twitter a few months back and just ran the RSS feed for the forum into my Twitter profile. After several months of that, I’ve rediscovered Twitter as a highly convenient venue for blasting out hand-picked pearls of appliantological wisdom gleaned from the repair forums,, and beyond. I also tweet out new posts from my blog site,

I end up doing about half a dozen or so tweets a day. Here’s the link to my Twitter profile which you can follow to get the pearls I’m continually casting:

I’ve found that one of the best uses of Twitter is for short communications with you. Whether it’s a quick appliance repair question or you’re having trouble finding something at my site or using the repair forum, Twitter is perfect for this. When you send me an @ message on Twitter– a message that begins with “@FixitnowSamurai”– I see it and can reply right away. This is superior to email because:

1) It’s brief! Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters. I get tons of email, lots of it looong rambling, hard-to-follow sagas of broken appliances. If I were to give all the email the attention they need, I wouldn’t get anything else done. Twitter forces brevity. With brevity comes clarity. Or, in pseudo-Latin, “E brevitas, claritas.”

2) No bounced emails. Another reason I hate replying to appliance repair questions via email is because sometimes people have a bad email address filled in on their return email. I can’t tell you the number of times I would stop what I was doing, take the time to compose a thoughtful reply to an email only to have it bounce. Argh!

3) The conversation is public so others can benefit from the exchange.

4) @fixitnowsamurai messages are pushed right to my iPhone and go into a special stack so they don’t get lost in the daily crush of email.

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6. Repair manuals on request… free

Aside from getting my appliance repair tweets (and the occasional tweet about other stuff), one of the big reasons you’ll want to follow me is to get repair manuals.

It is one of the Samurai’s greatest joys in life to assist his precious Grasshoppers and Apprentices in their journey to Appliance Nirvana™. If you need a service manual for your insolent appliance, just ax me!

Service manuals on request via Twitter:

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7. Facebook

I only post select things at my Facebook page because the “etiquette” there is a little different than on Twitter. I average less than one post a day. But Facebook is more interactive and there’s usually more comments and back and forth. The really annoying thing about Facebook pages is that there is no notification whatsoever on new wall posts or new comments to posts; I have to go in and look for what’s new. Since when is Facebook shy about notifying you for *anything*?

But it would be awesome if you’d “like” my Facebook page. Then hopefully your friends will see that you liked it and they’ll come check it out and, well, you know, that whole sick viral thing gets going:

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8. Hillstomping update

An Appliantology newsletter just would not be complete without a hillstomping update!

I’ve done lots of hiking since my last newsletter but here are three selected slideshows that I think you’ll enjoy. If you’re at your desktop computer, turn your speakers up to hear the music and get the full experience. If you’re on your phone, the photos will render mobile-friendly but you won’t get the music. Either way, enjoy!

Magical Sunset on Old Bridal Path:

Mt. Niphon (Jefferson) and Awesome Sunset on the Gulfside Trail:

North and South Kinsman with Mah Boyz:

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9. Domo!

Thanks for your support! Whether you buy your appliance parts thru the parts links at or, click the Google ads on the sites, like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter, I want you to know that we really and sincerely appreciate your support. Our sites exist because of and for you.

Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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P.S. A word on Twitter clients

There’s a bewildering assortment of Twitter clients out there for every conceivable device and it can be confoosing to figure out which one to choose. I’ve used just about all of ’em and can offer you my opinion on the best Twitter clients by application, just Google them to find them more:

iPhone: SimplyTweet
iPad: Twittelator
iMac or other desktop: Chromed Bird, an extension for Google Chrome (best browser)

You may have a different opinion; that’s fine, use whatever works for you. I offer my opinion for those who have no experience with Twitter and aren’t sure how to get started.

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How to replace the muthaboard in a GE refrigerator

Seems like every day or so, I either get an email or someone asks the question in the repair forum, “How do I replace the motherboard in my GE refrigerator?”

Well, these folks either don’t have the new muthaboard yet or they threw out the instruction sheet that comes packaged inside the box with every new board, as you can see…

Go ahead and click it, you’ll see for yourself. And, in case you need one, you can buy the board right there, too. 🙂

Anyway, if you already have the board and you lost your destruction sheet, you can borrow mine; just be sure to return it!

WR55X10552 Motherboard Replacement

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

No mas: we don’t charge for appliance repair advice!

Yvonne wrote:

Please do not charge me for any more advice other than that received today. I can’t afford to be charge more than the initial $24.

You have us confoosed with another website; we didn’t charge you $24 for advice. How do I know? Because we give out appliance repair advice for FREE all day long at the Samurai School of Appliantology!

Oh, I know– we’re insane! How do we make money givin’ it all away? Volume.

But we also do marital counseling for we charge a small fee. Are you and your husband gettin’ along okay, darlin’?

I’m here all week. Tell your friends. Thankya vrry much. [that’s my best online Elvis impersonation]

Samurai Appliance Repair Man


How to manually unlock a stuck door on a Whirlpool Duet washer

This procedure is for the Whirlpool Duet (not the Duet “Sport”) and Kenmore HEt front load washers. Example Whirlpool model numbers: GHW9100L GHW9200L GHW9150

Manually Unlocking the Door Lock System

1. Unplug washer or disconnect power.

2. Remove the lower kick panel.

3. Reach up along the inside of the front and locate the bottom of the door switch/lock unit.

4. Located on the bottom of the door switch/lock unit is a tear-drop shaped tab.

5. Gently pull the tab down about a ¼” or until a click is heard.

6. The door may be opened.

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

A fantastic photo essay detailing the disassembly of the motor-pump on the new Bosch Ascenta dishwashers, an Internet premiere exclusive!

Now, for the first time ever on the Internet, an illustrated and annotated guide to disassembling the motor-pump assembly on Bosch’s new budget line of dishwashers, ironically named “Ascenta.”

slantsixdan, a Scholar of Advanced Appliantological Studies at the Samurai School of Appliantology, has written this fine photo essay detailing this procedure. It’s even better than the procedure illustrated in the official Bosch service manual. Let’s tip toe through these repair tulips with Dan:

Bosch Ascenta Dishwasher SHX3AM05UC01 Motor-pump Disassembly

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

Troubleshooting tip when working on a Kenmore HE2T / Whirlpool Duet “Sport” washer, RE: door panels, F28

International Academy of Sublime Masters of Appliantology Fellow, Willie, recently offered these troubleshooting tips in the Samurai School of Appliantology. Y’all gather ’round, chillin’, and let’s listen in:

This appears to be a HE2T Kenmore – a Whirlpool Duet ‘SPORT’.

It’s very important to have all the panels in place or if not in place and testing remove ground switch and wrap with electrical tape to keep switch closed while testing.

If any of the grounding wires that go thru the front or rear panel ground switch are broken or the switches are bad, (OR PANELS OFF), you will get a F28 error.

William Burk (Willie)
Willie’s Budget Appliance Repair
Eureka, CA 95501

Sent from my iPad

Appliance repair service manuals on request via Twitter… FREE!

This is a shameless and experimental Twitter promotional campaign. Here’s how it works:

● Go to If you have an account, log in; otherwise, create a free new account.

Follow me on Twitter; my Twitter username is @fixitnowsamurai. This is important because if you don’t follow me, I can’t get the manual to you as explained below. Here’s my Twitter page:

● Send a tweet to @fixitnowsamurai requesting the service manual you need. Just send one tweet– don’t worry, I’ll get it. Be sure to include your complete model number; no model number, incomplete model number, bad model number = no manual. Model number help here: NOTE:Sending multiple, repetitive tweets is unnecessary, obnoxious, and will delay getting a manual.

● If I have the manual (and I usually do), I’ll send you the download link via direct message on Twitter.

That’s it!

We’ll see how this works out. If it turns into a big headache for you or me, that’ll be the end of this brave new ‘spearmint. But I’m hoping this will turn out to be one of those synergistic, symbiotic kinda deals. If this works out, I have other plans in mind that I think you’ll like. 😉

Tips for installing the sump inlet boot in a GE GSD model dishwasher

Many a noob attempting to replace or reinstall the rubber sump inlet boot on these GE dishwashers end up with water leaks at the boot-tub junction. As a result, they are often tempted by the Great Satan to use silicon sealant to make a water-tight seal, not realizing that this is but a poor attempt at a band-aid for an improperly installed sump inlet boot.

Installing these sumsabeeches can be a real flatulence-inducer. But unbunch thy panties, dear ones, for Sublime Master offers these words of solace to guide thee on the path to appliance satori:

No silicon necessary, the most common thing I see with [leaking] complaints is that the sump isn’t correctly in the channel of the tub. When it enters the tub you have to stretch the rubber over the groove, not on the inside. When you have it correct, it will lay there flat, flush with the bottom.

Read more:

Get appliance parts at

GSD400T GSD500T GSD530T GSD550T GSD650T GSD680T GSD700T GSD730T GSD750T GSD780T GSD800T GSD830T GSD900T GSD930T GSD950T GSD980T GSD1200T GSD1230T GSD1350T GSD1380T GSD1400T GSD1410T GSD1420T GSD1430T GSD1910T GSD1920T GSD1930T GSC700T GSC800T GSC1200T GSM603T GSD4330Z02WW GSD4330Z02 GSD4330Z GSD433

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

Maytag Dryer MDG8400AWW will only tumble in the “Extended Tumble” cycle and does nothing on any of the other ones

Model number variations: MDG8400

This is a classic bad timer condition; if the dryer runs in one cycle it should run in the rest. Replace the timer and problem solved!

Part link for the timer==>

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

Tips for replacing the door gasket on an LG WM2277HW washer

First, seat the rubber boot into the groove of the door, it will stay there. Then put the wire clamp on three quarters of the way from the 10 o’clock position to the 6 o’clock position. Make sure the wire is properly in the groove. Then hold the 10 o’clock position of the wire with your right hand and the 6 o’clock position with your right knee and pull the spring apart with a hooked dental pick or similar type tool with your left hand and slip it into the rest of the door boot groove. It’s so easy a caveman could do it but that’s just my opinion.

Read more:

Get appliance parts at

How to disassemble a Maytag Atlantis washer to install a new transmission

Janet wrote:

how to take apart a maytag atlantis washerto install transmission

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Oh, sorry, I was waiting for you to go ahead and tell me but I guess you were axin’ a question. 😉

Funny you should ask/state that ‘cuz I just posted a link to the repair manual for this on Twitter:

I’m always cranking out goodies like this, just follow me on Twitter to git ’em:

It’s free!

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