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 […]

REPAIRING AN OVEN

Gas and electric ranges and ovens operate fairly simply, and they’re usually easy to repair, mainly because the components are designed for quick disassembly. Most of the malfunctions that affect gas ranges involve the supply and ignition of gas in the burners and the oven. Most malfunctions that affect electric ranges and ovens involve faulty […]

MAINTAINING AN AIR CONDITIONER

Central air conditioners have two separate components: the condenser and the evap­orator. The condenser unit is usually located outside the house on a concrete slab. The evaporator coil is mounted in the plenum or main duct junction above the furnace. Most central air conditioners are connected to a home’s forced-air distribution system. Thus, the same […]

HOW TO REPAIR A DISHWASHER

The control panels on the latest dishwashers can look intimidating. They’re loaded with so many dials, push buttons, and other features that the machine looks too complex to repair. This is actually not the case. With the exception of the control panel, dishwashers haven’t changed much in basic design over the last two decades. You […]

DON’T PUT GRANNY’S GLASSWARE IN THE DISHWASHER

Most dishwashers have a gentle cycle but if you treasure your grandmother’s china or crystal, it’s best to clean them the old-fashioned way, by hand. Our experts offer this advice. When hand washing your fine china and porcelain, line the sink with an old towel to prevent chipping and use a mild dish detergent. Here […]

QUICK FIXES FOR BROKEN ICE MAKER

The most common problems with a refrigerator ice maker are the following: 1.) Producing hollow or thin ice 2.) Failure to produce ice at all As we welcome in warmer weather and cooler drinks that need ice, here are three possible quick fixes to keep in mind, should you have a troublesome maker: Make sure […]

VIKING FRIDGE HISTORY

History Headquartered in Greenwood, Mississippi, Viking is a privately held company that was established in 1983 and incorporated in 1984 by founder and president, Fred Carl, Jr. In 1987 Carl introduced the first commercial appliance marketed for residential use. Later, in 2000, Viking acquired the Amana 84″ W. Built-In refrigerator line and continues to market it, […]