WASHING MACHINE REPAIR

Belt Replacement Look around the top rim of the drum to see if there’s a piece of fabric wedged in between the basket and the drum. Pull it out. A piece of clothing stuck between the inner and the outer tub on your washing machine or a load that’s too large can stop the drum, […]

ABOUT HEATING APPLIANCES

What do you know about heating appliances? Heating appliances convert electrical energy into heat, which is used to toast bread, warm coffee, dry hair, or perform other helpful tasks. This heat is developed by passing current through a special wire called an element. Since the element makes it difficult for electricity to pass through it, […]

How to Clean Oven Door Glass

Go where oven cleaner can’t reach Cleaning between the glass panels of an oven door looks impossible, but all you really need to do is dissassemble the door. It’s simple. Really. Remove the panel Remove the screws that secure the front panel to the oven door frame. Note their location and store them in a […]

REPAIRING A GAS FURNACE

Natural gas and propane burn cleaner than fuel oil, and most gas furnaces present fewer operational difficulties than oil burners do. In fact, the problems that affect gas furnaces typically involve the furnace’s thermocouple, the pilot light, or some component of the electrical system. Gas furnaces and heaters have control shutoffs to prevent gas leaks, […]

SIMPLE FIXES FOR YOUR APPLIANCE PROBLEMS: GAS STOVE

If your stove burner won’t come on, the likely culprit is the spaghetti sauce that boiled over a few days ago. Use a toothbrush to clean off food spills from the igniter. On an electronic ignition stove, it’s a little ceramic nub located either on the stovetop or under the ceramic seal strike plate. Also […]

SIMPLE FIXES FOR YOUR APPLIANCE PROBLEMS: DISPOSER

Look for a reset button If your disposer won’t start, push the reset button and give it a spin. All disposers have an overload feature that automatically shuts off the power when the motor becomes overloaded and gets too hot. Once the motor cools, simply push the reset button on the side of or under […]

REPAIRING SMALL APPLIANCES

Heating Appliances Heating appliances convert electrical energy into heat, which is used to toast bread, warm coffee, dry hair, or perform other helpful tasks. This heat is developed by passing current through a special wire called an element. Since the element makes it difficult for electricity to pass through it, some of its energy turns […]

OVEN PROBLEMS

Is your oven not baking? Bad bake ignitor. You can’t tell it’s bad by looking at it–you must measure amperage. Just because it glows orange, doesn’t mean it’s good. On round ignitors, look for a current draw of 2.6 to 2.8 amps. On flat ignitors, look for 3.2 to 3.6 amps. Insufficient current draw will […]

REPAIRING MAJOR APPLIANCES

Appliances are built to perform. They work hard, year after year, usually without too many problems. They’re easy to take for granted. The result is that when an appliance breaks down, you may be completely at a loss — you don’t know how it works, you have no idea why it stopped working, and you […]

STEAM DISHWASHERS

Believe it or not, the modern world largely runs on steam. Most people associate steam power with antiquated steam boats and the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, but the truth is, many of today’s power plants still rely on it. Whether it’s a fossil-fueled or nuclear power plant, its process involves heating water to […]