Monday, June 4, 2018

Oven heating element failure

One big reason for premature failure of a oven bake or broil element is contamination of oils or greasy residue that can accumulate on the red-hot heating coils.  Types of contamination is grease that splatters or drips from cooking food such as fried chicken.  When the grease gets hot during  the bake or broil process, it can become unstable and drip on the element thus creating a hot spot that burns hotter then the rest of the element and weakens the insulation of the element material. If the grease spot is real bad or if this happens repeatedly it can cause a rupture and a small explosion.  Most customers describe this event as a flash fire in the oven or a arc-welding type of event.  Many times the 240V circuit breaker will trip and will need to be reset.
If this happens to you, disconnect power to your appliance and call a repairman.  If you would like to attempt the appliance repair yourself then turn off all power to the appliance before doing anything.  Inspect the element carefully using a flashlight.  If the element is similar looking the the picture above then replace the element.

Rich
Appliance Repair in Meridian Idaho

Friday, March 2, 2018

Maytag Neptune Washing Machine Problem

This is a picture of a very reliable and top-end front-load Maytag Neptune washing machine.  This washer, once the cycle is started, will not lock the door when it is suppose to.  When the door is locked the front panel light should illuminate.  In this case it is not happening.  The first thing we want to look for on this board is the R11 resistor on the front of the main control board.  Remove the screws from the back panel and gently remove the access panel.  The main control board will be attached to the back panel.  You will have easy access.  Inspect the front of this board very carefully and look for any burn marks.  Sometimes the burned components will give off a bad smell.  If you find that the board is burned, the board will need to be replace.  Please note: the wax motor, which controls the door lock, will also need to be replaced at the same time.
Western Appliance Repair
208-599-1086

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Don't run a oven self-clean before Holiday

Folks, it's very common for people want a clean oven for holiday meals especially when you have visitors.  My advice- don't run a self-clean.  Clean the oven with a good quality spray cleaner instead.  If a malfunction occurs in the oven controls or thermostats during a self-clean you may be without a oven until help arrives after the Holiday. These problems are not uncommon since the stress on the oven and components are great when the oven reaches 900F .  If you really need to do a self-clean, my advice is to wait until after the holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving folks!    208-599-1085.  http://www.appliancerepairmeridian.com. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dishwasher dispenser indicates problem

When we see this kind is soap buildup it suggests a problem with water circulation.  A healthy dishwasher will wash away any residual detergent and leave the dispenser clean after each wash.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dishwasher dispenser bad

Detergent is dispensed during the main wash cycle.  It cannot be added manually because the detergent will be flushed out after the initial prewash.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Damaged Dryer Drums


Bad bad bad.  This dryer drum has definitely seen better days.  What started out as a new LG dryer drum, shipped straight from the manufacturer, has turned into to a taco shaped mess.  UPS did a good job at destroying this however, it wasn't all their fault.  The box that it was shipped in was thin and did not have any support.  Considering how paper thin these new dryer drums are, you would think that the appliance-maker would provide decent packing and support.  I guess not!  This is what I get.

I may not provide replacement drums for my Meridian and Boise customers anymore.  The damage rate on these drums, as received, are about 70 percent.  That's right, seventy percent are damaged.  I usually have to go through paperwork and refunds to make sure everyone is happy and it leaves the customer without a repaired dryer.  It's become a big pain in the !@#ss.  Oh well!

Rich
Western Appliance Repair
208-599-1086