Tag Archive for 'repair'

How to Replace Washing Machine Inlet Valve

There’s another great repair article over at acmehowto.com about replacing the inlet valve on your washing machine.

Of course, never attempt such a repair yourself without following all safety precautions, like unplugging the washer.

First it discusses what exactly an inlet valve is, and what can happen if the valve is blocked or if its solenoid isn’t functioning.

It discusses how to identify it, where on the washing machine to find it, and how to disconnect it.  It gives advice on the hoses, the terminals, and the wiring.  Once the valve is off, it tells you how to connect the new one and make sure it’s working properly.

If you need to replace your washing machine’s inlet valve, read this article.

Oven Repair Made Easy

I wanted to let you know about a useful article when you need to look into repairing your oven on your own.  Whether you have an electric or gas oven, this article covers all the basics you need to know for oven maintenance and repair.

The article covers door gaskets, burners, disassembling the range, repairing the oven setting control, replacing the timer, checking pilot lights, shutoff valves, and more.

Read the article here and have fun with your oven!

How to Repair Most of Your Major Appliances

Perhaps you don’t actually have an appliance in need of repair, but you’d like to learn a little more about the general process, plus a few tips that you’re sure to remember when an appliance repair does come your way.

If this is the case, and you’re simply interested in a little basic education, then we have an article for you.

This article contains general–but ultimately useful–information on how to repair most major appliances.  It offers a few tricks–and even the odd diagram–to help you past the most basic hurdles one may encounter when tinkering around with a fussy appliance.  Before you call that service-person, don’t give up.  Just read the article and see what you can do on your own.

After covering the basics, the article provides great tips on disassembling appliances.  Next, it discusses how to repair power cords.  Then it teaches you how to replace the most common parts you’ll find on your appliances (everything from gaskets to motors and everything in between).  Finally, it provides more resources to find exactly the information you may need.

Happy reading!

How to Repair a Washing Machine

I found a great article on how to troubleshoot and repair a standard washing machine.  As the article’s introduction points out rather succinctly, there are a lot of parts and pieces to a washing machine, which makes diagnosis of a particular problem difficult.

The article covers basic checks, cleaning the washer, disassembling it, checking the various parts to the machine (switches, timers, valves, the tub, agitator, belts, pulleys, and the motor), and water-related issues.

The article contains plenty of details and even the occasional picture to help you on your repair quest.

As always, make sure you take the proper precautions and unplug the machine, detach the water hoses and the grounding wire.

Good luck!

Replacing a Stainless Steel Refrigerator Door

I found an article that makes the task of replacing a stainless steel refrigerator door almost seem easy.

First, it says to wear gloves, so you don’t leave any kind of marks on the surface.  The article assumes that the machine is unplugged, disconnected from the water supply, and that the old door is already off.

Second, position the door on the bottom hinge perpendicular to the body of the fridge.  Make sure the front of the door lines up with the side of the fridge and lower the door straight down on the hinge pin.

Next, replace the top hinge.  Snap on the hinge covers, if necessary.

Make sure it’s level.  The article suggests eyballing it, but there’s nothing wrong with actually using a level, if convenient.  Why not, eh?  Make any adjustments until you are satisfied.  You don’t want the door to be inadequately sealed.

Reconnect any wiring and water tubing (for any door with either an ice or water dispenser).

Finally, plug the fridge back in and reconnect it to the water supply.  Turn the fridge on, and close the door.  Voila.