Misc Free appliance repair help

robclement

Contributing Member
So I have been on here for a while,lurking and posting some too.
Anyhow if any members have an appliance problem and need some advice on fixing them.Ask away.
I have 30 yrs in the business and 6 years with my own business I can probably help you out.I know how much it cost to have someone come out and charge a sh#@tload of money for something that,if you knew you could do yourself.

Keep in mind I am SWAMPED right now so if it is an emergency call some one local. I will answer every question possible as soon as able.
Otherwise post questions with model number
 
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robclement

Contributing Member
Dryer not drying in one load? take a look at your vent where it leaves the house. Is the air coming out good? If not that is most likely your problem.Good time to check it now and every few months.
 

raven

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I have a GE Range which has a printed plastic button panel.
all the button work fine but the plastic panel is cracked.
Is that something that can easily repaired or do I need to adjust the hearing aid every time sweetie decides to bake something?
 

robclement

Contributing Member
Raven
maybe it is easily repaired.Got a model number and I'll check it out.
IF it just an overlay and not a touchpad AND if it is available it's an easy fix.
 

Walrus

Veteran Member
Rob, thanks for the offer; it's much appreciated. I've been wrestling with dishwasher and stove issues recently - got the membrane replaced on the oven controls, so that's done and yeah, it was expensive. The dishwasher may be kaput. I've got to go up to another place where there's a new one stashed that hasn't been installed yet; might just be able to swap it out and then wrestle with the other one when I get time to mess with it.

Again, thanks; I for one sure do appreciate the offer of help. You're a gentleman and a scholar.
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
Where can I get the thermal mastic to hold the drip/condensing pan to the bottom of a fridge?
 

robclement

Contributing Member
kyrsyan
right here
or something in a smaller tube.
All it is a heat transfer gel.Now if your pan is overflowing that is a different story .
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
kyrsyan
right here
or something in a smaller tube.
All it is a heat transfer gel.Now if your pan is overflowing that is a different story .
No. Dad bought it off the flawed row. As we found out, the original thermal mastic was gone. Used a ton of things over time. Things that were supposed to hold. None of them worked. Called the manufacturer, they wanted $60 for a 3 oz putty, when they got it back in stock. Which never happened. Or hasn't yet.
Supposed ro be used between the pan and the thing above it to keep the pan level. Otherwise pan tips when it gets to a certain level and I have water on the floor.
Thank you!
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
krysyan
how about this
I'll grab the model info in a bit. I'd willing pay for a whole kit if only because I only want to pull that monster out once to mess with it. Well, hopefully only once more.
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
robclement, sorry for the delay. It's been a day.
The fridge was manufactured by Sears.
Model # 253.7481340H
Manufactured 10-7
 

Babs

Veteran Member
Very generous offer! Thank you!!
I have a stacked washer/dryer combo. Whenever the spin cycle starts I get a really loud squealing sound. Also is there anyway to make the water level higher? It only fills about half way for a large load. Thank you again!!
 

robclement

Contributing Member
Depends,really need a model number,kenmore could be any brand.If it is the bearing probably around $300-600 depending on manufacturer
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Wow! I don't think I've seen a bearing (even a whole bearing kit) even for our biggest tractors or machines that were over $150. I could see the entire repair costing that easily, especially with a "house call (or more than one - almost no repair people carry parts... they diagnose, order the parts and then come back) involved. But the only parts we've found to be expensive enough to make you question whether the thing was worth repairing are computer boards.

We fix pretty much everything ourselves... hubby has the knowledge hard won from years of experience (and being too broke to pay an expert to do a job!) He admittedly grew up in a family who hired out *everything* that required the slightest technical skill. They didn't even change the oil in the cars! (And I was shocked when I saw his father's "shop" on the farm... an abandoned house from the 1840's, it had one rickety bench, no electric lighting, and the "tools " consisted of a broken hammer and a few worn out screwdrivers. My own person tool kit as a bride of 16 was much more useful! LOL!)

But necessity will create amazing abilities... and YouTube is a wonderful help! As are the varioys appliance parts stores online. The availability of reasonably priced parts, rather than having to buy them from the only appliance store in town, has gone a *long* way towards extending the life of the ever-more-cheaply-made junk for many of us.

Summerthyme
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
Summerthyme, I'm the same way. But I've learned. A replacement door handle for my oven was $80, which was a miracle price. Everyone else had it for double that. I've replaced all the burners with heavy duty versions twice. And the heating elements. And a few years back we had to replace the connections for the eyes. That stove needs to survive.
And the dryer. And my washer until it called in quits in spectacular fashion about a month ago. (It tried to catch fire. Then it tried to flood my back room.)
YouTube is a wonderful thing.
But, I keep looking to replace the shelves in my fridge and those are pricey as heck. And prices only keep going up. Especially nowadays.
I just keep crossing my fingers and hoping I can keep doing the repairs. Or borrowing friends to do what I can't.
 
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