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How to diagnose and fix Whirlpool, GE and Frigidaire hot surface gas oven igniters

September 19th, 2017 · No Comments

In this article, we are going to talk about not heating gas ovens with electric ignition used flat or spiral (round) hot surface igniters. How to find out if the cause of the problem with your oven is a bad igniter? The first thing you do is a visual test. After the oven control (thermostat) called for heat, wait at least 30 seconds and take a look at the igniter in question. In order to see the bake igniter, very often you would need to remove the oven floor. The igniter should glow very bright red, almost close to white. The normal time for the igniter to light up the burner is between 40 seconds to 1 minute. If it glows red but not bright and even if it does light up the burner but it takes more than a minute, the igniter is bad and would need to be replaced.

If it does not glow at all, remove the power from the oven by unplugging the power cord or flipping off the circuit breaker. If it is a freestanding range, just pull it out of the wall. Build in oven some time would need to be removed from the cabinet completely. Usually, the igniter is attached to the burner. Remove the oven floor and visually inspect the igniter wires. If they go through the oven rear wall, you would need to remove the rear panel from the back of the unit. Otherwise, remove the igniter wires and check for continuity between these wires. If there is no continuity, replace the igniter. If there is continuity, then the problem could be with other parts and troubleshooting has to be performed in accordance with the model number for your oven/range. Oven igniters are very universal but you must replace the flat igniter only with the flat one and the round igniter only with the round one. The only flat igniters with the blue ceramic must be replaced with exactly the same part. If you would need more help just post your question in the comment box under the article and I’ll be glad to help you.

Oven igniters are very universal but you must replace the flat igniter only with the flat one and the round igniter only with the round one. The only flat igniters with the blue ceramic are not universal and must be replaced with exactly the same part. If you would need more help just post your question in the comment box under the article and I’ll be glad to help you.

The part number for the least expensive universal flat igniter is 5303935066

 

The part number for the least expensive universal round igniter is 4342528

 

If you would need to connect igniter wire to oven wire, use high temperature porcelain wire nuts.

The part number for the pack of 15 porcelain wire nuts is AP5641942

You can order parts by clicking on the part number or picture.

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How to fix Whirlpool and KitchenAid Direct Spark Ignition (DSI) gas oven

August 21st, 2017 · No Comments

The Direct Spark Ignition (DSI) ranges designed by Whirlpool to provide a complete, reliable spark ignition and gas distribution for gas ranges. Such ranges are operated by an Electronic Range Control (ERC) and included a Gas Distribution System (GDS) regulator/valve, four top burners and two oven spark electrodes (bake and broil). Due to an ability for flame sensing within the oven, it will continually monitor the flame presence. If flame presence is not detected, it will try to reignite 3 times and then, if no success, the system will lockout. Lockouts can be reset by pressing the OFF/Cancel keypad on the Electronic Range Control.

This Direct Spark Ignition system is available on self-cleaning gas ranges made by Whirlpool and Kitchen Aid as well as on some gas ranges with Accubake cooking system made by the same manufacturers.

I have to admit as I did before, that, unfortunately, nothing last forever so, for many years (since 2000) of production and very high popularity of these ranges, there are many complaints about different problems. Some of them are very easy to diagnose and fix while some of the others requesting more complicated troubleshooting and, sometimes, can require expensive parts to replace.

Now we will discuss the most common of those problems and how to diagnose and fix them in order to bring your range back in business.

1. Bake burner will light for a few seconds and then cut off.

  • Besides lighting the flame the tip of the burner igniter is also sensing the flame presence sending the signal to the DSI control aka a spark module  (flame safety check). That’s why it is so important to have the oven igniter properly aligned with the oven burner gas ports (lighting holes) and keep it free of a grease. So the first step is to verify that the igniter is mounted correctly and the tip of the igniter is clean. You can use a soft metal brush or rubbing alcohol to clean the igniter tip.
  • The next step is to check the bake burner gas ports (lighting holes). Remove the Bake burner and check the lighting holes (circled red on the attached picture).

  • If there are only four holes then the Bake burner would need to be replaced. If there are eight holes then you have to enlarge them using a drill bit one size bigger.
  • If the bake burner would need to be replaced you can find and order the correct part by entering the range model number into the model number search box. Then go to the appropriate diagram. If you would need any help to search or order a part, let me know through the comments.

2. The clicking sound was noticed but the Bake and or Broil burner would not light at all and there was no gas flow noticed in the oven.

  • Unplug the range. Remove and put aside the bottom drawer. There is the gas distribution valve/regulator mounted to the rear range wall. It is accessible through the drawer opening. You can see its image below.                                        
  • Make sure the gas shut off valve is open (in the raised position).  Label the three wires connected to the valve terminal to reinsure proper reconnection and remove them. Using a multimeter check the gas valve solenoids for continuity between the middle and upper, and middle and bottom terminals. The correct resistance readings suppose to be 216Ω±30 for any of them. If any of those reading is incorrect, gas distribution valve/regulator would need to be replaced.
  • You can find and order the correct part by entering the range model number into the model number search box. Then go to the appropriate diagram. If you would need any help to search or order a part, let me know through the comments.

3. There was no any clicking sound noticed.

  • When the consumer selects the bake or broil mode on the ERC, the appropriate ERC relay closed sending the power to the direct spark ignition electronic control (spark module) which generate two sparks per second to both oven burner igniters. So the cause of the problem could be the spark module as well as the ERC. The diagnosis consists of checking for 120 VAC between the wires connected to the pins J1-6 and J1-4 (Bake) or J1-7 and J1-4 (Broil), depending on the mode selected, on the spark module (inside the control panel). You will work with the live power. Be careful not to electrocute yourself.
  • Spark module picture 
  • If 120 VAC presents, the spark module would need to be replaced. If there is no 120 VAC, the ERC would need to be replaced.
  • You can find and order the correct part by entering the range model number into the model number search box. Then go to the appropriate diagram. If you would need any help to search or order a part, let me know through the comments.

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Whirlpool, KitchenAid or Kenmore tall tub dishwasher door squeaking

January 4th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the very common problem with  tall tub stainless steel dishwashers made by Whirlpool and sold under Whirlpool, KitchenAid or Kenmore (with the 665 prefix in model number) names is a loud squeaking noise coming from a door when it’s opened and closed.

A stainless steel door is more heavier than usual and requires stronger door spring to counterbalance its weight.  In order to lift the door easier and prevent the door from falling open, Whirlpool connected the dishwasher door with the door spring via a door balance link which originally consisted of a cable (rope), a stationary plastic pulley and a roller on a shaft on each side of dishwasher. Over time, a plastic pulley as well as a cable will wear out due to tension provided by movement of the cable. That’s what cause this terrible annoying squeaking noise. Also extra friction due to worn out pulley can result in a broken cable causing the door to fall open.

Later on, Whirlpool engineers found out this issue and redesigned the door balance link replacing the stationary plastic pulley with an additional roller. Thus, now you can fix this loud squeaking noise as well as if the door falls open by installing a new balance link kit. It contains mounts, ropes and wheels for both sides of the dishwasher. All parts of the kit have to be installed at the time of repair. The dishwasher would need to be pulled out of the cabinet.

The balance link part number is 8194001

You also can watch how to do it right in the repair video provided by ApplianePartsPros.com

 

 

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How to fix Frigidaire oven error code F10, F11, F30, F31 etc

April 14th, 2013 · 320 Comments

In this article we will discuss most common oven error codes with ovens made by Frigidaire/Elctrolux. I will show you how to diagnose and fix them depending on the fault code.

All Electronic Oven Controls (EOC) have ability for self diagnosis. When an oven fails, usually it will stop working and show on the display an error (fault) code which corresponds to a specific problem.  Actually there are only two major parts which, if anyone of them failed, could cause most of error codes. These parts are: Electronic Oven Control (EOC) and oven temperature sensor. Frigidaire used the name RTD sensor or RTD probe, where RTD means “Resistance Temperature Detector” instead of oven temperature sensor.

If the error code shown on your oven display leads to a possible problem with oven temperature sensor, start the troubleshooting from testing the temperature sensor resistance. This part is usually located on the back wall in the upper part of the oven cavity but it can be easy tested from the EOC. Locate the two pins in the plug at the EOC that are connected to the sensor. Measure the resistance between the wires connected to these pins. The normal reading at the room temperature is supposed to be about 1100 Ohms.

If the reading is incorrect, remove the sensor from the oven and check its resistance at the sensor. If the reading at the sensor is the same as reading at the EOC plug, the sensor is defective. If the reading at the sensor is correct, the wiring between the sensor and the control is defective.

If the reading is correct, the EOC would need to be replaced.

The vast majority of oven controls, used by different manufacturers, consists of two separate parts – the electronic control board and the user interface device (keypad or touchpad). Frigidaire incorporated keypad into the electronic control board for most of the models and used just a faceplate or overlay which is adhered to electronic control board. It can be easily determined by the model number, usually located on the frame behind the bottom drawer or on the oven door frame. Use the “Search by the model number” link bellow to see if your range has a such part. If it does, I would recommend to order both of them because it’s very hard to remove faceplate and reattach it without damaging the part.

Search by the Model number.

NOTE: Before you will proceed with any tests, disconnect power for at least a minute. If fault returns when power is reconnected, continue the troubleshooting. If the oven problem is intermittent you must do the tests when the oven is malfunctioning.

 

Older products will show only two digits F-codes, but on ranges manufactured beginning in 2004 many of EOC’s will have expanded three digit fault codes. There are probably over 50 different error codes but in this article we will review only the most common ones.

 

F1 or F10 – Runaway temperature.

If these error codes shown while the oven is in day time mode, the EOC would need to be replaced. Otherwise check the oven temperature sensor (RTD sensor) as described earlier and replace if necessary.

Most of the EOCs incorporated power relays among all other components while some of ovens use a separate power relay board to simplify design and lower cost of production. You can determine it by visual EOC inspection and/or by the wiring diagram for your oven (if it is available). If there are some relays on it, replace the EOC. If there are no relays on the EOC, check the parts list (Search by the Model number) for the relay or power board. If there is a such part, replace it. I’ll be glad to help you if any problems with the diagnostic. Just leave a comment on the bottom of the page. In such situation I’ll need the complete model number of the oven.

 

F11 – Shorted keypad.

If fault returns after reconnecting power, replace the EOC.

 

F3 or F30 – Open/shorted sensor (RTD probe) connection.

Check the temperature sensor resistance as described previously. If the reading is incorrect and the wires and plugs between the sensor and the EOC are good, replace the temperature sensor (RTD probe). If the sensor and wiring are good,  the EOC would need to be replaced.

 

F4 or F31 – Shorted sensor (RTD probe) connection.

Check the temperature sensor resistance as described previously. If the reading is incorrect and the wires and plugs between the sensor and the EOC are good, replace the temperature sensor (RTD probe). If the sensor and wiring are good, replace the EOC.

 

F8, F9 or F90 – Lock motor switches improperly positioned.

Check the lock motor and the switches for continuity. If there is something wrong, replace the door lock assembly. Check the wiring between the EOC and the lock motor and switches. If the lock motor, switches and wiring are good, the EOC would need to be replaced.

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GE refrigerators thermistors values

July 8th, 2012 · No Comments

When you do troubleshooting for your GE refrigerator it is very important to know the correct value of the thermistors (temperature sensors) in your refrigerator. You can find it in the following table by clicking on the link bellow and downloading the file. Do not rely on the temperature shown on the refrigerator digital displays (if there are such). The best way is to measure the temperature yourself, using a refrigerator thermometer.

Thermistor Values

 

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ANOTHER GE DISHWASHERS RECALL

October 27th, 2010 · No Comments

October 26, 2010 – GE recalls dishwashers due to fire hazard.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: GE Profile™ and GE Monogram® Dishwashers

Units: About 174,000

Manufacturer: GE Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: Water condensation can drip onto the electronic control board, causing a short circuit and resulting in an overheated connector. This poses a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE has received five reports of fires, four of which caused minor damage to the kitchen countertops where the dishwashers were installed and one caused minor damage to adjacent cabinets and smoke damage to the home. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the GE Profile dishwashers manufactured between July 2003 and December 2005 and GE Monogram dishwashers manufactured between January 2004 and December 2006. They were sold in white, black, bisque, stainless steel and with custom panels. The recalled model and serial numbers listed below are located on the inside on the front left side of the dishwasher tubs.

 

Brand Model Number Begins With: Serial Number Begins With:
GE Profile PDW9200J, PDW9280J MF, RF, SF, TF, VF, ZF, AG, DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG,
VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH, LH, MH, RH, SH, TH, VH, ZH
PDW9800J, PDW9880J MF, RF, SF, TF, VF, ZF, AG, DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG,
VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH, LH, MH, RH
PDW9700J MF, RF, SF, TF, VF, ZF, AG, DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG,
VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH, LH, MH, RH, SH, TH
GE Monogram ZBD6800K00, ZBD6800K01, ZBD6800K03, ZBD6800K10 AG, DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH,
HH, LH, MH, RH, SH, TH, VH, ZH, AL, DL, FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, RL
ZBD6880K00, ZBD6880K01, ZBD6880K03, ZBD6880K10 AG, DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH,
HH, LH, MH, RH, SH, TH, VH, ZH, AL, DL, FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, RL, SL,
TL, VL, ZL
ZBD6890K00, ZBD6890K01, ZBD6890K03, ZBD6890K10 DG, FG, GG, HG, LG, MG, RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH,
LH, MH, RH, SH, TH, VH, ZH, AL, DL, FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, RL, SL
ZBD0700K00, ZBD0700K01, ZBD0700K03, ZBD0700K10 VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH, LH, MH, RH, SH, TH, VH, ZH, AL, DL, FL,
GL, HL, LL, ML, RL, SL
ZBD0710K00, ZBD0710K01, ZBD0710K03, ZBD0710K10 RG, SG, TG, VG, ZG, AH, DH, FH, GH, HH, LH, MH, RH, SH, TH, VH,
ZH, AL, DL, FL, GL, HL, LL, ML, RL, SL, TL, VL

 

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide, appliance dealers and authorized builder distributors from July 2003 through December 2006 for between $750 and $1,400.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it and inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire. Contact GE for a free in-home repair or to receive a GE rebate of $200 for the purchase of a new GE Profile dishwasher and a GE rebate of $400 for purchase of a new GE Monogram dishwasher.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (877) 275-6840 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.geappliances.com/recall

 

Samples of some of the colors and models included in this recall

 

 

 

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FRIGIDAIRE AND ELECTROLUX RECALL ICON ELECTRIC SMOOTHTOP COOKTOPS AND SLIDE-IN RANGES DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

October 22nd, 2010 · 4 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON Smoothtop Electric Cooktops and Frigidaire Slide-in Ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays

Units: About 122,000

Manufacturer: Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Charlotte, N.C.

Hazard: Liquids can pool under the control knob and cause the surface heating element to turn on unexpectedly, heat to temperatures other than expected and then not turn off, posing a risk of fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Electrolux has received 70 reports of incidents, including three reports of fires that resulted in property damage. Three minor burn injuries were reported.

Description: This recall involves Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON smoothtop electric cooktops and Frigidaire slide-in ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. Model and serial numbers for the slide-in ranges can be found inside the oven door on the left side of the unit or on the underside surface on cooktop models. The following model and serial numbers are included in this recall:

Frigidaire Serial Number Range and Models
Serial Number Range: NF501XXXXX through NF952XXXXX
Model Numbers GLEC30S9EB
GLEC36S9EB
GLEC30S9EQ
GLEC36S9EQ
GLEC30S9ES
GLEC36S9ES
GLES389EB
GLES389EQ
GLES389ES
GLES389FB
GLES389FQ
GLES389FS
LEEC30S9FE
LEEC36S9FE
LES389FE
PLEC30S9EC
PLEC36S9EC
PLES389EC
PLES399EC

 

Electrolux ICON Serial Number Range and Models
Serial Number Range: NF501XXXXX through NF045XXXXX

Model Numbers E30EC65ESS E36EC65ESS

Sold at: Mass merchandise and independent retail stores from January 2005 through August 2010 for between $500 and $2,500.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled ranges or power off cooktops at the circuit breaker. Contact Electrolux for information on how to obtain a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Electrolux at (888) 281-5310 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or visit the firm’s website at www.smoothtoprangerecall.com (Frigidaire) or www.cooktoprecall.com (Electrolux).

Sample smoothtop slide-in range with rotary knobs and digital displays
Sample smoothtop slide-in range with rotary knobs and digital displays

Sample smoothtop cooktop with rotary knobs and digital displays  Sample smoothtop cooktop with rotary knobs and digital displays

 

Slide-in serial plate—left side of oven with door open
Slide-in serial plate—left side of oven with door open


Cooktop serial plate—underside of unit
Cooktop serial plate—underside of unit
   

 

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GE RECALLS FRONT LOAD WASHERS DUE TO FIRE AND SHOCK HAZARDS

June 11th, 2010 · No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: GE Front-Load Washing Machines

Units: About 181,000

Manufacturer: GE Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: A wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE is aware of seven incidents in which flames escaped the units and caused minor smoke damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water heating. Model and serial numbers are listed in the chart below. Recalled washing machines were manufactured between December 2006 and February 2010. The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers.

 

Brand Model Number Begins With: Serial Number Begins With:
GE WBVH5 AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM,
FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM,
LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS,
SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR,
VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS

Sold at: Department and various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through May 2010 for about $700.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled washers, unplug it from the electrical outlet and contact GE for a free repair. Consumers should not operate the washer until it has been repaired.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 345-4124 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.geappliances.com

 

Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

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MAYTAG RECALLS ABOUT 1.7 MILLION DISHWASHERS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

June 4th, 2010 · No Comments

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Dishwashers

Units: About 1.7 million in the United States

Manufacturer: Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa or Maytag Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich.

Hazard: An electrical failure in the dishwasher’s heating element can pose a serious fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes Maytag®, Amana®, Jenn-Air®, Admiral®, Magic Chef®, Performa by Maytag® and Crosley® brand dishwashers with plastic tubs and certain serial numbers. The affected dishwashers were manufactured with black, bisque, white, silver and stainless steel front panels. The brand name is printed on the front of the dishwasher. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located inside the plastic tub on a tag near the left side of the door opening. Serial numbers will start or end with one of the following sequences.

 

SERIAL number STARTING with OR SERIAL number ENDING with
NW39, NW40, NW41, NW42, NW43, NW44, NW45, NW46, NW47, NW48, NW49, NW50, NW51, NW52, NY01, NY02, NY03, NY04, NY05, NY06, NY07, NY08, NY09, NY10, NY11, NY12, NY13, NY14, NY15, NY16, NY17, NY18, NY19   JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL, JN, JP, JR, JT, JV, JX, LA, LC, LE, LG, LJ, LL, LN, LP, LR, LT, LV, LX, NA, NC, NE, NG, NJ, NL, NN, NP, NR

Sold at: Department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010 for between $250 and $900.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it, inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire and contact Maytag to verify if their dishwasher is included in the recall. If the dishwasher is included in the recall, consumers can either schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate following the purchase of certain new Maytag brand stainless-steel tub dishwashers. The rebate is $150 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB7759, MDB7609 or MDBH979; or $250 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB8959, MDB8859, MDB7809 or MDB7709. Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maytag at (800) 544-5513 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.repair.maytag.com

Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.

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Appliance repair in Orange County, CA

October 25th, 2007 · Comments Off on Appliance repair in Orange County, CA

Hi, my name is Gene, owner and operator of Mr. Magic appliance repair company.
I have been involved in the appliance repair business for over 30 years and for the last 14 years I’ve been servicing people in Orange County, CA.
From basic Whirlpool refrigerators to high end Thermador ovens, you can expect professional diagnosis with a fair estimate and a quick, accurate repair. If you need a good and honest appliance technician, call the expert today 

 714-309-9221

I service and repair all major appliances: Oven, Range, Cook Top, Stove, Microwave, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Trash Compactor, Washer and Dryer.

I do work with appliances made by: Admiral, Amana, Bosch, Caloric, Dacor, Frigidaire, Fisher & Paykel, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn Air, Kitchen Aid, Magic Chef, Maytag, Roper, Kenmore, Sears, Sub Zero, Tappan, Thermador, Viking, and Whirlpool

For fast and professional appliance repair, call the expert today at 714-309-9221.

 
 

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GE oven error code “F7” and how to fix it

June 23rd, 2007 · 38 Comments

One of the most common problems with GE electric built in ovens is the error code “F7” shown on the display. I’ve seen it many times before and today I had a service call for the same problem again. The error code “F7” will be displayed along with a beeping sound if the ERC (Electronic Range Control) or “clock” senses one or more buttons on the control panel stuck. It could be displayed in any mode: “cook”, “clean” or even more often in the “time of the day” mode. In order to fix it, the control panel has to be replaced. This is a very simple job and you will need just a 1/4″ nut driver and a Phillips screwdriver.
To get the right replacement part just click on the link AppliancePartsPros then type the model number of your oven (it is located at the bottom left corner on the door frame of the lower oven) in the search box, click on the “search” button and in the new window type the word ”control panel”  in the “search by keyword” box and click the “search” button.
Always turn off the circuit breaker first.
Open the oven door (if you have a double oven, it should be the upper one) and remove three screws (on some models just two on corners) from the bottom of the control panel. If the control panel on your oven is made of stainless steel, then you have to pull the oven out of the cabinet for about 2″ to 3″ to get better access. Pull the control panel forward and up to remove the tabs on the top of the frame, out of the holes in the end caps. Pull the control panel out and turn it about 90° toward yourself (the face of the control panel down). Unplug the control panel ribbon from the ERC. Remove four screws holding the ERC to the control panel. On some models you also have to remove the screw which attaches the ground wire to the control panel. Let the ERC hang on its wires, remove the old control panel and replace it with the new one. On some models before you do it, you have to remove the end caps and the bottom shield from the old control panel and install them on the new one. Do not forget to plug the new control panel ribbon into the ERS slot. Attach the new control panel to the oven and turn the circuit breaker on. Set the time of the day and you are back in business.

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ASKO dishwashers recall

June 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Asko Cylinda (Sweden) Recalls DW95 Series Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard.

Less than half of this year has passed and this is the third massive recall on high end dishwashers due to the same problem – fire hazard. The line has been open by Maytag which recalled about 2.3 million dishwashers then GE recalled about 2.5 million dishwashers and today the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Asko Cylinda AB announced a voluntary recall of about 130,000 high end DW95 series dishwashers.

Here is the exact quote from the CPSC web site:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Products: Asko DW95 Model Series Dishwashers

Units: About 130,000

Manufacturer: Asko Cylinda AB, of Vara, Sweden

Importer/Distributor: AM Appliance Group Inc., of Richardson, Texas

Hazard: An electrical component in the dishwasher can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 21 reports of dishwasher fires. Product and property damage has been reported. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled dishwashers include the ASKO model series DW95 with model numbers 1355, 1375, 1385, 1475, 1485, 1555, 1585, 1595, 1655, 1805, 1885, and 1895 manufactured from January 1995 through April 2000. The model number, serial numbers and manufacture date are printed on the name plate on the right interior side of the dishwasher door. Asko dishwashers manufactured after April 2000 are not included in the recall.

 

Picture of Serial Tag Location

 

Sold by: Major kitchen appliance distributors/dealers nationwide from January 1995 through April 2000 for between $750 and $1,300.

Manufactured in: Sweden

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the dishwashers immediately and contact Asko to arrange for a free inspection and repair or to participate in a rebate program.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Asko toll-free at (866) 309-9921 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.askousa.com

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How to prevent a washer from overloading

June 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

Overloading of the washer machine usually causes a lot of problems, even if they are not visible at first glance. Just a few of the problems: clothes not washed properly which means wasting of your time and money (detergent, water, electricity); damage to delicates; excessive wear to the clothes and to the washer, etc. It is very easy to prevent all these hassle. I will give you a few suggestions on using your washer in the most efficient way with the maximum use of its capacity.
Mix large and small items to improve the wash quality and a balance of the load. If your clothes do not have a lot of soil, set the main wash for less than 10 minutes. Use about 1/2 to 3/4 of the detergent measuring spoon. Use the largest possible load (see bellow) to decrease the total amount of washes (less water, less energy, less detergent). For these suggested full-sized loads, set the LOAD SIZE selector to the highest load size setting.

SUPER CAPACITY PLUS WASHERS

Heavy Work Clothes:
3 pair pants
3 shirts
4 pair jeans
1 coverall
1 overall

Delicates:
3 camisoles
1 quilted robe
4 slips
6 undergarments
2 sets of sleepwear
1 child’s outfit

Towels:
10 bath towels
10 hand towels
14 wash cloths
1 bath mat

Mixed load:
3 double sheets
4 pillowcases
8 T-shirts
6 pair shorts
2 shirts
2 blouses
8 handkerchiefs

EXTRA LARGE CAPACITY WASHERS

Heavy Work Clothes:
2 pair pants
3 shirts
3 pair jeans
1 coverall

Delicates:
3 camisoles
4 slips
6 undergarments
2 sets of sleepwear

Towels:
8 bath towels
8 hand towels
10 wash cloths
1 bath mat

Mixed load:
2 double sheets or
1 king size sheet(s)
4 pillowcases
6 T-shirts
6 pair shorts
2 shirts
2 blouses
6 handkerchiefs
 

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GE dishwashers recall

May 20th, 2007 · 2 Comments

  GE recalls about 2.5 million dishwashers due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with GE, on May 16th announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: GE Dishwashers

Units: About 2.5 million

Manufacturer: GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky.

Hazard: Liquid rinse-aid can leak from its dispenser onto the dishwasher’s internal wiring which can cause an electrical short and overheating, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: GE has received 191 reports of overheated wiring including 56 reports of property damage. There were 12 reports of fires that escaped the dishwasher. Fire damage was limited to the dishwasher or the adjacent area. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes GE built-in dishwashers sold under the following brand names: Eterna, GE, GE Profile™, GE Monogram®, Hotpoint®, and Sears-Kenmore. The dishwashers were sold in white, black, almond, bisque and stainless steel. The brand name is printed on the dishwasher’s front control panel.

 

The following model and serial numbers can be found inside the dishwasher tub on the front left side of the dishwasher.

Brand Model Numbers Must Begin With Serial Numbers Must Begin With
Eterna EDW20, EDW30 SS, TS, VS, ZS, AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT, ZT, AV, DV, FV, GV, HV, LV, MV, RV, SV, TV, VV, ZV, AZ, DZ, FZ, GZ, HZ, LZ, MZ, RZ, SZ, TZ, VZ, ZZ, AA, DA, FA, GA, HA, LA, MA, RA, SA, TA, VA, ZA
GE and GE Profile GHD50, GSD40, GSD41, GSD43, GSD46, GSD4910Z, GSD4920Z, GSD4930Z, GSD4940Z0, GSD50, GSD51, GSD521, GSD522, GSD523, GSD531, GSD532, GSD533, GSD535, GSD536, GSD55, GSD56, GSD57, GSD58, GSD59, GSDL3, GSDL6
GE Monogram ZBD3500Z0
Hotpoint HDA3400F, HDA35 SS, TS, VS, ZS, AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT, ZT, AV, DV, FV, GV, HV, LV, MV, RV, SV, TV, VV, ZV, AZ, DZ, FZ, GZ, HZ, LZ, MZ, RZ, SZ, TZ, VZ, ZZ
GE and GE Profile GHD35, GSD21, GSD2200D, GSD2200F, GSD2200G, GSD2201F, GSD2220F, GSD2221F, GSD2230F, GSD2231F, GSD2250F GSD23, GSD26, GSD27, GSD3115F, GSD3125F, GSD3135F, GSD3200G, GSD3210F, GSD3220F, GSD3230F, GSD33, GSD341, GSD342, GSD343, GSD345, GSD3610F, GSD3620F, GSD3630F, GSD3650F GSD37, GSD381, GSD382, GSD383, GSD385, GSD391, GSD392, GSD393, GSD4525F, GSD4535F, GSD4555F, GSDL122F, GSDL132F, GSDL24, GSM2100F, GSM2100G, GSM2100Z0, GSM2110D, GSM2110F, GSM2130D, GSM2130F
Sears-Kenmore 363.1438, 363.1447, 363.1445, 363.1448, 363.1457, 363.1467, 363.1475, 363.15161792, 363.1517, 363.1521, 363.1527, 363.1528, 363.1531, 363.1532, 363.1546, 363.1547, 363.1548, 363.1556, 363.1565, 363.1567, 363.1617, 363.1655 SS, TS, VS, ZS, AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT, ZT, AV, DV, FV, GV, HV, LV, MV, RV, SV, TV, VV, ZV, AZ, DZ, FZ, GZ, HZ, LZ, MZ, RZ, SZ, TZ, VZ, ZZ

Sold at: Department and appliance stores from September 1997 through December 2001 for about $400.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers and contact General Electric for a free repair, a $150 rebate towards the purchase of a new GE dishwasher, or a $300 rebate towards the purchase of a new GE Profile or GE Monogram dishwasher.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact General Electric toll-free at (877) 607-6395 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday. Consumers also can visit the firm’s Web site at www.geappliances.com

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How to find out the manufacturing date of your GE made appliance

May 1st, 2007 · 2 Comments

GE also makes appliances under names “Hotpoint” and “RCA”. Knowing the age of your appliance can help you find out the manufacturer warranty and decide if it’s worth the repair.

The date code is in the letters on your serial number.
Date codes – First letter is the month and the second letter is the year.

A = January   D = February   F = March   G = April   H = May   L = June   M = July   R = August   S = Sept.   T = Oct.   V = Nov.   Z = Dec.

G = 1980 & 1992   H = 1981 & 1993   L = 1982 & 1994   M = 1983 & 1995   R = 1984 & 1996   S = 1985 & 1997   T = 1986 & 1998   V = 1987 & 1999   Z = 1988 & 2000   A = 1989 & 2001   D = 1990 & 2002    F= 2003   G = 2004   H =2005. The same letter code will be used and repeated in a twelve year cycle.

Example serial number: FR221102
FR221102 – F = month – March
FR221102 – R = year 1984 or 1996

FR was made in  March 1996 or in March 1984

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