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GE Dishwasher Not Draining?

GE dishwasher not draining...sometimes it's a clogged drain line but now a days it's probably a jammed drain pump. Modern dishwashers have weak little drain pumps that can jam from a wet toothpick, crab shell piece, glass shard, rubber foot off serving plate, etc..... they are more energy efficient but don't really save you any money in the long run. The dishwasher must be disconnected and pulled out of the cabinet. Then the drain pump removed and taken apart to fix this problem. $165.00 Job. GE dishwasher, full of water Get a straw....I mean wet dry vacuum... The culprit.... a pistachio shell. Old dishwashers while not as "efficient" would have ground that up and spit it out the drain hose. The little drain pump that can't...
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Appliance Repair Mystery

The mysteries of Appliance repair....How did that happen? Sometimes a tech leaves a job scratching his head, wondering. How did a sock end up under the detergent tray in the washer? How did a piece of glass make it thru three screens and lodge in the drain pump of a dishwasher? Well here's another one. 48" Wolf range, installed for about a month. Neither oven is working. I head over and notice the lights are on in both ovens. I open the oven doors and can tell the ovens have ...never been used. Weird. I go to heat the large oven and nothing....just sits there. Same with the small oven. Now I'm baffled. Lights in the oven don't ever go off....oven won't heat. Then it dawns on me, door switch!…
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Ventless Washer & Dryer

Ever wonder where all the lint goes in a ventless washer & dryer?  These machines are necessary in some of the small ski condos here in Summit county. There slow but they do get the job done. After 8 years or so on this machine (LG) the drain pump failed.  I came over, brought one with me and installed it. ...When I was done before I reassembled the machine, the customer mentioned that the dryer takes twice as long to dry a load as it used to. I removed the tube where the lint is captured and was amazed, the inlet was packed full.  I cleaned it out, reassembled and reinstalled the machine. She called me a day later to thank me as her machine was working like it did…
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When it comes to Wolf and Subzero, call an authorized servicer…….

I got a call a week ago from a customer who was in an agitated state over his refrigerator. Now this is somewhat normal because when the milk and beer are warm, its time to act! But this was more than the "normal" reaction, he was very, very, upset. He had a five year old, built in 42 inch Subzero  refrigerator, with custom wooden panels. He had called a local appliance repair company to come over and repair the unit because the fresh food side was not cooling. The tech arrived, went over the refrigerator and concluded the customer needed to buy a new one...........Yep, $9000.00 refrigerator barely 5 years old and its time to get a new one. I understood immediately why he was so upset, I would have been even…
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Gas oven not lighting or smelling unburned gas when it finally does light??

Gas oven not lighting or smelling unburned gas when it finally does light? Appliance technicians don't usually replace a component until it has "failed", as in totally stopped working, dead. Except for oven Ignitors..... A glow bar oven ignitor doesn't always "fail" in the true sense of the word. They get weak, or degraded and will fool the untrained eye.....but these pictures can demonstrate the difference for you. You can see the difference in brightness, in person it is even more pronounced. An ignitor in this condition won't allow the gas valve to open and stay open and if it does the customer complaint is "smelling gas when I bake" It's an easy repair too. Modern ignitors typically last an average of 5 to 8 years so if your gas…
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GE Refrigerator Not Cooling??

Have a GE refrigerator that suddenly stopped cooling? Lights and fans all working but no cold air? Pull the refrigerator out, unplug it and remove the control board as shown below in the pictures. Look for the burn spot on the compressor relay, if it is there bingo! You found the problem. Replace the control board and your cool again....... Taking off the Back Panel Removing the Bad Board Burn Spot on Bad Board New Board
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Magnetic Refrigeration? “Cool” new technology.

Designed in America by American companies, this new technology is the first fundamental change in refrigeration since the 1930s! It is based on a concept known as the "Magnetocaloric effect". Basicly this system uses a special alloy that heats up when exposed to a magnetic field and cools down when the field is removed. Like stretching a rubber band, it gets hot when it stretches and cools down as it contracts. No compressors, no chemicals, no trouble recycling old units. The system is projected to be about 20 percent more efficient than our current vapor cycle refrigerators. GE engineers are the first in the world to display a working prototype.  This technology will be applied to air conditioners and large commercial freezers eventually, cutting power usage across the US considerably.  GE is…
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Kenmore, the truth.

Kenmore from Sears! We all remember when Sears was the go to place for  tools, clothes and appliances.  Back then, most of us also thought that a Kenmore appliance  was actually manufactured by Sears.  How wrong we all were! No one is exactly sure where Sears executives came up with the name Kenmore back in 1927 when they introduced their first washer. The best guess is the name was pulled from a high end housing community being developed near Buffalo, N.Y.  The name was to imply quality in their products by associating it with a well known up scale community. Then the  guys at Sears  then hit on a fantastic business idea, rebrand and sell products manufactured by other companies as their own!  With zero investment in manufacturing facilities it was a golden path to profit…
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Home inspector says your oven is too cold, microwave not working. What to do?

Your home is ready to sell, you have a potential buyer and the home inspector tells you your oven is too hot or too cold. Unless you have noticed poor baking results yourself or the oven door seal is torn, the chances are good he did not follow proper procedure. It takes a trained technician 45 minutes to properly test an oven and  costs around $79.00 for the test. You cannot just heat your oven up to 350 and look at your oven thermometer and write down that temp and call it good. No no no no. Oven test: The manufacture trained tech uses a digital  thermocouple that is much more sensitive to temperature changes than a dial thermometer. He will preheat the oven for 15 minutes then record the temperature of the oven right…
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