Kenmore freezers have a flash defrost feature that allows you to quickly thaw out the ice inside the unit. Cleaning the interior of the unit can then be quickly accomplished provided you take the necessary steps.

Here are the steps for using the flash defrost on a Kenmore freezer.

  • Remove all the contents inside the freezer. Keep the contents in basins or place them on towels or several sheets of newspaper to control melting liquids. Keep a dishrag nearby to wipe away the excess melt-water. You should also spread newspapers around the freezer to catch the melt-off. If an item needs to be kept cold, keep it in an ice-box or cooler.
  • Turn on the flash defrost button.This button will activate the heating coil that will thoroughly melt all the ice at a much faster rate than simply exposing it to room temperature. The accompanying user’s manual should indicate how long it will take for your freezer model to finish defrosting. Keep the freezer door open during the defrosting cycle and clean-up, as closing it will halt the flash defrost cycle.
  • Turn off the flash defrost before cleaning the interior. Once all the ice has melted, switch off the flash defrost plunger and remove the plug from outlet to prevent any chance of an electrical accident. Use a washrag to wipe the interior of dirt and liquid; you can also use baking soda to remove bad odors. You may use a bit of liquid soap or detergent to remove stains and odors. Make sure to remove excess moisture before re-plugging the unit. Avoid using toxic cleaning supplies that may contaminate the freezer contents. Make sure the power cord is not exposed to moisture when cleaning the unit.
  • Re-plug the freezer. Switch the freezer on and return all the contents back in place. You can add activated carbon to prevent odors from building up. Clean the work area and properly dispose of the wet newspapers.
  • Troubleshoot a faulty flash defrost. If the freezer isn’t defrosting quickly when you set the flash defrost on, check if the unit is plugged in the socket. The freezer should also be open during this cycle. Do not expose any wires while the unit is plugged in or the interior is still moist. If the flash defrost still won’t operate, contact the Kenmore service center to ask for help or schedule for repairs. You may still defrost the freezer manually by exposing the interior to room temperature, but keep the contents in ice boxes or store them temporarily in your neighbor’s freezer until you can clean and power up your freezer again. Make similar arrangements with the contents while the freezer is being examined and repaired.

Do not operate your freezer under direct sunlight or expose it to the elements to prevent it from being damaged prematurely. Read the user manual thoroughly and operate the freezer within stated parameters, and do not store any item that will prevent the freezer door from closing properly.



How to Troubleshoot Bosch Refrigerators


  1. Check that the plug is inserted into the household power outlet at the wall. If there’s no text displayed on the display panel, it is because there is no power to the fridge
  2. Make sure that the door hasn’t been left open if the warning signal sounds. The warning signal means the temperature is rising, and frozen food can be at risk. Visually inspect that the ventilation3
  3. Ensure that the temperature controls are set correctly if the fridge or freezer compartments get too cold.
  4. Check that the water supply is on if the icemaker isn’t producing ice. Test the water supply by using the water dispenser on the door. If “IWD Off” is displayed on the panel, the ice and water are supplies are off and need to be turned on again.
  5. Press the “Condensation Heating” switch near the ice dispenser and water outlet on the door if condensation forms on the outside of the refrigerator. If the environment around the refrigerator is too humid, the appliance can compensate for that.
  6. Run the self-test program to identify major faults. Switch the refrigerator off and wait five minutes. Switch the refrigerator on again. Press the “Select” and “Options” buttons at the same time for five seconds. The self-test will commence. Keep an eye on the display. “E” indicates a fault which needs reporting to customer service.



Dishwashers are available at a huge range of prices and sizes, but which are the best of 2012? This particular appliance is a significant investment, and you want to make sure your dollars are well spent. Luckily, consumer reviews and professional analyses are available to point you in the right direction. Here are the best dishwashers of 2012.

Size Comes First 

Typically, a kitchen dishwasher will fit a 24-inch space under the kitchen counter and has a hot water pipe, drain, and electrical wiring to hook up. While this is the most common, this is not the only size out there. There are designer drawer dishwashers that are typically more expensive, but they are also sleek, compact, and allow for separate washing cycles. The drawback is that consumers have found this individual style does not clean as effectively as the larger group wash. There are compact and even portable dishwashers as well, starting at $400 for those who have smaller living spaces. But when most people purchase a dishwasher, they are selecting the standard built-in model.

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Did you know that the color of your gas range flame could indicate if repairs are needed? GE range oven parts and other brands may not be a requirement if all you need is a simple adjustment to the range’s air shutter.

1. Turn on the burners on your gas range.

2. Observe the color of the flame.

3. Do you see a steady blue flame? Your range is fine and needs no adjustment to the gas flow or air shutter.

4. Is the flame yellow? You need to check the air shutter and the gas flow. If the air shutter needs opening, adjust this first and check the quality of your flame once more. If it is still yellow, check the gas flow. These fixes should do the trick, and you can save the purchase of Jennair parts for the next repair job.


Refrigerators with forced air condensers are the only kind that can be built in. Models with regular static condensers will not be able to dissipate the heat if used in this application. This will result in poor cooling efficiency and damage to the compressor. You can tell forced air models by the fan, located in the compressor compartment, used to circulate air through the condenser.

GE RECALLS 62,000 front-loaders

GE has recalled 62,000 of its GE Profile front-loading washers because the washer’s basket seam can separate during the final spin cycle and break the machine’s top panel posing a hazard. GE has received 19 reports of baskets separating, including 10 that resulted in top panel breakage. No injuries have been reported.

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Thermador announces updates to wall oven line

The luxury appliance maker’s wall oven lineup includes an integrated rotisserie and heavy-duty broiling ability. Additionally, the ovens feature telescoping racks and hinges that prevent slamming.

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Carl von Linde, German engineer whose invention of a continuous process of liquefying gases in large quantities formed a basis for the modern technology of refrigeration.
Refrigeration is chiefly used to store foodstuffs at low temperatures, thus inhibiting the destructive action of bacteria, yeast, and mold.

Invention: refrigerator in 1876
Function: noun / re·frig·er·a·tor
Definition: A refrigerator (often shortened to fridge) and/or freezer is anelectrical appliance that uses refrigeration to help preserve food.
Patent(s): In 1877, Carl von Linde obtained a patent for his refrigerator from the German Imperial Patent Office
727,650 (US) issued May 12, 1903 for Linde oxygen process
728,173 (US) issued May 12, 1903 for Apparatus for process
Inventor: Carl Paul Gottfried von Linde
Criteria: Modern prototype. First practical. Entrepreneur.
Birth: June 11, 1842 in Berndorf, Germany
Death: November 16, 1934 in Munich, Germany
Nationality: German
1000 The Chinese cut and stored ice
500   Egyptians and Indians made ice on cold nights by setting water out in earthenware pots
1700 In England, servants collected ice in the winter and put it into icehouses for use in the summer
1720 Dr. William Cullen, a Scotsman, studied the evaporation of liquids in a vacuum
1805 Oliver Evans of Pennsylvania, compressed ether machine, the machine is never built
1820 Michael Faraday, a Londoner, liquified ammonia to cause cooling
1834 Jacob Perkins, ether vapour compression cycle, Ice Making Machine
1844 James Harrison of Australia invents compressed ether machine
1850 Edmond Carre of France, invents an absorption process machine
1852 William Thomson & James Prescott cooling increases in proportion to the pressure difference
1855 Dr. John Gorrie builds compression refrigeration system based on Faraday’s experiments.
1856 James Harrison commissioned by a brewery to build a machine that cooled beer.
1859 Ferdinand Carre of France, developed the first ammonia/water refrigeration machine
1871 Carl von Linde of Germany published an essay on improved refrigeration techniques
1873 Carl von Linde first practical and portable compressor refrigeration machine was built in Munich
1874 Raoul Pictet of Switzerland, a compressor system using sulfur dioxide instead of ammonia
1876 Carl von Linde, early models he used methyl ether, but changed to an ammonia cycle
1878 von Linde starts Lindes Eismaschinen AG, (Society for Lindes Ice Machines), now Linde AG
1881 Edmund J. Copeland and Arnold H. Gross start Leonard Refrigerator Company
1894 Linde developed a new method (Linde technique) for the liquefaction of large quantities of air.
1894 Linde AG installs refrigerator at the Guinness brewery in Dublin, Ireland
1895 Carl von Linde produced large amounts of liquid air using the Thomson-Joule effect
1901 Patent # 665,814 issued January 10, for a Refridgeator (Ice Box) invented by Henry Trost.
1911 General Electric company unveiled a refrigerator invented by a French monk. Abbe Audiffren
1913 Fred W. Wolf Jr.of the Domelre Company (DOMestic ELectric REfrigerator)
1914 Leonard Refrigerator Company renamed Electro-Automatic Refrigerating Company
1915 Alfred Mellowes starts Guardian Frigerato to build first self-container refrigerator for home use
1916 Servel models compressors were generally driven by motors located in the basement
1916 Henry Joy of Packard Motor Car Co. purchased the Fred W. Wolf refrigerator rights
1918 Guardian Frigerato purchased by General Motors and renamed Frigidaire
1918 Electro-Automatic Refrigerating Company renamed Kelvinator
1920 there were some 200 different refrigerator models on the market.
1922 Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munters introduce absorption process refrigerator
1923 Kelvinator held 80 percent of the market for electric refrigerators
1923 AB Arctic.begins production of refrigerators based on Platen-Munter’s invention
1925 Electrolux purchases AB Arctic and launches the “D-fridge” on the world market
1925 Steel and porcelain cabinets began appearing in the mid-20s
1927 first refrigerator to see widespread use was the General Electric “Monitor-Top” refrigerator.
1930 first built-in refrigerator is launched by Electrolux
1931 Dupont produced commercial quantities of R-12, trademarked as Freon
1931 the first air-cooled refrigerator introduced by Electrolux
1932 Gibson, then owned by Frank Gibson, manufactured its own line of refrigerators.
1934 an innovation, the Shelvador refrigerator, was introduced by the Crosley Radio Corporation
1936 Albert Henne synthesizes refrigerant R-134a
1937 more than 2 million Americans owned refrigerators.
1939 refrigerator with one section for frozen food and a second for chilled food, introduced by G. E.
1946 Mass production of modern refrigerators didn’t get started until after World War II.
1947 GE two-door refrigerator-freezer combination
1955 80% of American homes now have refrigerators
2005 A domestic refrigerator is present in 99.5% of American homes
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