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Dealing With an Ice Dispenser Not Giving Up Ice

Whirlpool logoToday we’re looking at a Whirlpool refrigerator where the complaint is that it’s not making any ice. This is a very common issue that we get from customers calling us. It’s usually a fairly straight forward process to fix, if you’re so inclined, and that’s what we’re going to discuss here. However, for those who are NOT so inclined, we remind you that we’re always available to help you at Appliance Master – just check the website at www.appliancerepairtucsonaz.org.

So the first thing I do is I open up the unit, I can hear noise coming from the ice maker itself. So I am just going to open it up and verify that I have proper voltage first. We are going to remove the cover for the ice maker and then with my photometer, just going to put one of my leads at the L and then one at the neutral and I just want to verify that I have power to it and I have a hundred and twenty one point eight volts. So I know everything is fine, everything is getting proper voltage and in order to repair this, we are just going to have to replace that ice maker. I can hear it trying to run, it’s just not running.

So what we will do now is remove the ice bucket so we can access everything for the icemaker, pull it right out.. So with that out, we can unscrew this, a quarter inch screw at the bottom and then two quarter inch screws here at the top that hold the icemaker in place, go ahead and remove those. Just going to loosen those top two. So it will be easier to reinstall a new icemaker, lift it up and off and there we go and now we can access our thermostat, our fuse and then we are going to press in the tab for the icemaker, the power supply, it locks in place, we are just going to press in the tab and then pull the wires out and we have our icemaker out.

fridge ice makers 2So now we are going to go down and transfer some of the necessary parts onto the new icemaker from the old icemaker and then we will reinstall. We have our two icemakers on the floor, our old one and the new one, basically everything is identical on it, the only thing that we are going to need to transfer is the arm on the old one. We are going to remove that from the fill cup area here first, this pulls out and then I am going to use my screwdriver and just pry it out there and now we are going to do the exact opposite on the new icemaker. Just slide it into position as far as it will go and then go to our fill cup and push that in there, we will make sure it functions, that it stays off and then on. So now we can go ahead and install this in the freezer.

Now we are ready to install our new icemaker, I am going to do everything in the reverse fashion. So we are going to connect our power supply first, that’s just going to slide right in, snap in, put our fuse in place and then from there, we are going to make sure our fill tube is into the fill cup and then get our mounting screws in place, the two that we just loosened up. So now we can go ahead and tighten those two up then we have the one screw at the very bottom that we have taken out all the way.

Now the last thing to do, we have to make sure that the icemaker is going to operate and fill because it’s warm, it won’t cycle on it’s own. So I have a jumper wire, I am going to jump out the motor to the neutral and in about five seconds, it will snap and then the icemaker will continue to fill on its own in about twenty seconds. We are going to listen to a hum and that’s how we know that the icemaker is filled with water. So at this point here, we can just go ahead… I am going to put the icemaker cover on the head, this snaps on and we are just going to wait for that icemaker to fill.

The icemaker is filled with water, the last thing for us to do is to put the ice bucket back in, make sure it’s on the on position and once the first batch of ice is made, we will dispose of it in case there are any contaminants that were in the new icemaker.

Simple Electrical Fixes in the Kitchen

fixing a light switch in the kitchenToday we’re going to look at fixing a light switch that isn’t working in our kitchen. It started as an appliance repair for our dishwasher that wasn’t working, but then we realized we didn’t have enough light to work with. So before we called on our repair guy buddies at the Appliance Masters, we figured we better get the lights in here to work.

What we are going to do is take a regular piece of wire, I am going to pull out any one of these wires, doesn’t matter which one and I am going to stick this through the hole here, feed it all the way through and this is going to be tricky so sometimes you are just going to have it straight, just feed this through inside, and it doesn’t matter I can probably go through this one just as easy and this is going to be tricky so you are going to have to work with it till it comes out, found out, as I took this off, there is a part here, that’s the pivot part and it….the wire that I was putting through kept hitting the top of this so, had to take this apart, now what I can do is even simpler I just simply take my wire and the reason I’m doing this, the wire through here is cause I’m going to let it pull through and how I do that is simply take some tape and I’m going to pull off a little bit here and then I’m going to attach this to the wire here as well, and now I’m ready to pull it through once I get it wrapped, now that I’ve got the wire through to this bottom section is to go ahead and feed it through the back here and reconnect this section so you want to be very careful as always working with anything electrical, make sure that you don’t pinch any wires.

fixing a light switchDon’t do anything crazy like that because if you pinch the wire, it’s going to trip the breaker, hopefully it’ll trip the breaker and then you’ve got another issue so what I do here is to just go ahead and put everything back together, so we’re getting ready to putting everything back together as far as up into the ceiling where the light is and so I’m going to go ahead and twist and you twist clockwise, twist light colored lights back together so our wire is back together, so I’ve got the white to white and the black to black and then of course this wire here is the grounding so now we’re ready to put this up into the ceiling, so the first thing I’m going to attach is the ground and just use a regular screw driver on it.

Again remember, I always touch it just to make sure nobody has touched it at all, it’s going to bite you just for a second, don’t ever grab a hold of a wire, don’t recommend that, okay so that wire that is on, then I do the same thing to the neutral or the white wire as well, so I’ve got this going and just turn clockwise until it stops and it’ll finally get very difficult to do, that I do personally and this is kind of a signature for me, you’re welcome to copy it is I take some black tape, after every job that I do and I wrap all of the wire that I just work on, so I wrap the wire and I wrap it around securely on to the nut so not too many people but for me, if I was to call back into this and there was a problem with the light, if somebody else got into it, they would put that back on necessarily, because it just doesn’t make sense sometimes to wrap a wire other than for safety issues. But the average person wouldn’t do that so what I do is I wrap this, that way I know I’m the last person in.

Replace the Drain in Your Kitchen Sink

kitchen sink drain replacement2 I am going to cover the steps on how to change the sink basket in the kitchen sink and one thing you want to make sure you save is, once you remove the slip nut, we have a specialized washer for the tail piece that goes up to the sink basket. It’s flange on one side and completely flat on the other and it sets flush against the bottom of the sink basket and when you tighten up that nut, it does a good job of keeping it from leaking.

Most of these are going to come in nylon, which is a little more effective and long-lasting compared with rubber. The other thing, we are going to have a nut, a friction ring, a piece of cardboard, so that your nut doesn’t get caught on the rubber gasket that’s going to keep it from leaking underneath the sink. And underneath here, what we are going to use as a washer, we are going to use plumber’s putty.

So you are going to just take a piece of plumber’s putty and you are going to knead it in your hands for few minutes, you are going to warm it up, it’s going to make it soft and then what you are going to do is you are going to roll it out and make yourself a fairly thick rope of it and we are going to push this into the under side of the sink basket and a little bit on an angle, maybe about the size of your pinky and we are going to work it all the way around the bottom lip of the sink basket.

kitchen sink drain replacement3This is what’s actually going to become our washer inside the sink. So now we are going to drop this down into the sink and then we are going to put our rubber washer, our gasket and our nuts and we are going to connect it from underneath. So when you push down your sink basket, depress it hard and you are going to see a little bit of the plumber’s putty coming out and you want that. So you can see right there is about what you want it to look like when you push it down from the top.

Underneath, you can wipe off just a little bit of the excess, pulling up on the bottom of the sink basket and now we are going to put the rubber washer first and then this friction ring, so that when we tighten down our nut, it doesn’t get caught on the rubber and pull it and tear it. And we are just going to snug this up, like that and then I have an excellent little tool. If you have a basket wrench like this, it grabs these little nipples on the end of the nut and it gives nice leverage.

What I am going to do, I am going to tighten this up, I am going to grab a pair of needle nose pliers and hold this to keep it from turning and then we will tighten up the rest of the basket. So this is a little trick, just with the needle nose pliers, you kind of hold it in place as you are tightening this nut and you want to snug it down pretty well. You are going to see that the plumber’s putty is going to come out of the top quite a bit and we are going to get it very snug.

If you have a sink that it’s in place and if you are working from underneath, you can have someone from above, hold a pair of needle pliers like this, just to keep the sink basket from turning as you tighten it. I put in both sink baskets and I flipped over the sink and all I have to do is remove the excess plumber’s putty and that’s all there is to it. For those who really want more suggestions on projects you can tackle for your home, check this.

And if you have the luxury of having the sink off and putting in a new sink, it’s easier if you do this before you install the sink into the counter top, but it’s not very difficult just to change this out, if you need to change your sink baskets.

Overseeding For a Beautiful Lawn

overseeding 2 The routine every homeowner should have is adding grass seed to your existing lawn and by over-seeding your lawn once every few years, you are going to create a thick, beautiful lawn that’s resistant to weeds. What’s interesting about grass is once it gets to be about five years old, it drastically reduces the amount of new grass that produces.

So by adding grass seed once every few years, you are going to maintain a healthy lawn. So the first step is you want to mow it and you want to set your mower to the lowest setting.The rest of the year, you want the highest setting, but for this we’re going to put it on the lowest setting, we’re going to mow the lawn and if you have a bag catcher, use it, because we need these seeds to touch soil.

overseeding 3If the seeds don’t touch soil, they won’t germinate. So once you mow your lawn, then you want to water your lawn thoroughly and it’s going to help with the germination. And then you want to put down your grass seed. And you want to get a good quality perennial grass seed and you are going to put it down with a spreader or a hand held spreader. After you get the grass seed down, you want to apply a starter fertilizer or you want to put down a seeding soil.

And you can put seeding soil into a spreader and just tap your whole lawn, which is healthy for your whole lawn. And what is nice about the starter fertilizer is once the seeds use up the nutrients inside the seed and the roots are starting to go into the soil, it’s going to give them those nutrients so that they develop good root quality. The next step and the most important step is you need to water your lawn twice a day for two weeks.

And you need to be diligent, because if the seeds dry out or if the seedlings dry out, they will die. And one tip I’ve got from the lawn care on YouTube is he suggested every time you over-seed once every few years, it’s a great time to aerate your lawn too. So if you follow those steps, you’ll have a beautiful healthy lawn that’s going to be resistant to weeds.

Repairing a Leaky Toilet – Flapper Replacement

replace a toilet flapper If you have a toilet that’s constantly cycling on and off, you most likely have a flap that’s leaking. Overtime water, the chlorine water slowly breaks down the rubber and changes it shape, so you don’t get a good seal inside the tank. So I’ll show you the steps on one of the most basic types of toilet flaps and it’s important to look inside your toilet, because there’s quite a few different manufacturers and different styles.

But this is the most common and in your overflow tube, you’ve got two little ears that stick up on the bottom of it and you can see, it kind of moved the shape, it’s not flat, like it was when it was new and these two ears just clip on to the two holes in the side of the flap. Now on the new flap, it’s a little different shaped, but this is an universal flap and these two holes will just go right down into the two ears on the side of the overflow tube, very easy to put in.

red toilet flapperAnd then we’re just going to take this clip and put it on to the handle and I already shut off my water going into this, so we’ll let this fill and we’ll test it. So I turned the valve back on and I filled the tank and you can see, it is sealed real nice and we can’t hear anything leaking. A good thing to check is actually looking into the bowl itself and if it’s leaking at all, sometimes you’ll see movement of the water. It looks good so that’s all there is to it.

If you have a basic flap in a toilet tank it’s a very easy Do It Yourself project. It’s just important that you look at the style and if you can, bring it to the hardware store with you, that way you’ll make sure you get the exact match.