Monthly Archives: March 2014

Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washer that Won’t Start

In this video, Samurai Appliance Repair Man, shows you how to troubleshoot a problem with a newer Whirlpool front load washer (one of the new Alpha2 platform washers) that acts like it wants to start but won’t. Watch with shock and awe as the Samurai ruthlessly hunts down the miscreant part like a mad dog and guides you through the troubleshooting process both on the physical machine itself and the schematic diagram, illustrating a graceful but deadly use of the continuity test to pinpoint the problem.

Here’s the door latch assembly I replaced to fix this washer.

Tools for Appliance Repair

Appliance repair is a trade that uses both common and specialized tools. In this video, I show you the basic tools you need to have with you, either in your tool backpack or in your vehicle, on every service call you go on.

Ryobi P882 One+ 18v Lithium-Ion Drill and Impact Driver Kit
Ryobi TEK4 4-Volt Screwdriver
JH Williams WRS-1 Magnetic Ratcheting Screwdriver
BOSTITCH BTMT72275 Specialty Wrench Bit Set, 32-Piece
Genau Gear 3730 Soft Cushion All Purpose Knee Pads, Navy Blue
Motion Pro (08-0485) 6″ Magnetic Parts Dish
SKIL 2354-01 iXO 4-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Palm-Sized Cordless Screwdriver
Fluke 117/322 Electricians Multimeter and Clamp Meter Combo Kit
Milwaukee 49-66-4562 Shockwave 1-7/8-Inch Magnetic Nutdriver Set
9 Piece Metric Quick Change Magnetic Nutsetter Set
TEKTON 1916 Combination Wrench Set, SAE/Metric, 24-Piece
MAXCRAFT 60199 1/4-Inch Dual-Drive Mini Ratchet Driver
62 Pc Metrinch Combo Spanner Socket & Wrench Set
TEKTON 7609 Telescoping Lighted Inspection Mirror
IIT 21560 Pick & Hook Set with Rubber Grip – 6 Piece
Stanley 28-140 1-1/4-Inch Nylon Handle Stiff Blade Putty Knife
Linzer 7103S Plastic Putty Knives, 3-Inch
GE 50725 Cable Ties, Nylon Assorted Sizes, 650 Per Pack
Sperry Instruments GFI6302 GFCI Outlet Tester
TEKTON 1491 3/8-Inch Quick-Release Drive Swivel Head Ratchet, 72-Tooth Round Head
TEKTON 7597 36-Inch Claw Pick-Up Tool
TEKTON 7601 Telescoping Magnetic Pick-Up Tool
Klein 11055 Klein-Kurve Wire Stripper/Cutter, Blue with Yellow Stripe, 10 – 20 ga.
Klein Tools 1005 9-3/4-Inch Crimping and Cutting Tool for Insulated and Non-Insulated Terminals
Custom LeatherCraft 1132 75-Pocket Tool Backpack
Princeton Tec Apex 275 Lumen Led Headlamp
Grease Monkey Gorilla Grip Gloves
Custom Leathercraft 125M Handyman Flex Grip Work Gloves, Medium
Knipex 002006S1 3-Piece Cobra Pliers Set (7-Inch, 10-Inch, & 12-Inch)
Stanley 84-114 3 Piece Basic 6-Inch Slip Joint, 6-Inch Long Nose, and 6-Inch Diagonal Plier Set
Stanley 66-095 3/8-Inch Vinyl Grip Square Blade Screwdriver
Victorinox Swiss Army Deluxe Tinker, Red
Victorinox Cordura Belt Pouch Swiss Army Knife Pouches Black 33214
Bondhus 20399 Ball End L-Wrench Double Pack with BriteGuard and GoldGuard Finish
Irwin Industrial Tools 2078700 6-Inch and 10-Inch Adjustable Wrench Set, 2-Piece
Irwin Tools 36- 2 Piece Original Locking Pliers Set Contains: 1 Each 7WR and 6LN
Set of 6 – Heavy Duty 6-Inch Steel Spring Clamp with PVC Grip
MAXCRAFT 60626 8-oz. Stubby Claw Hammer
Amprobe VP-440 Non-Contact Volt Detector
Kintrex IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with Laser Targeting
McCulloch MC1230 Handheld Steam Cleaner
ArmorAll AA255 Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum