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Appliance Repairs – When a Refrigerator Compressor Overheats

Even the high-end, most recognized brand name refrigerators still end up needing work done on them from time to time. And when that time comes, especially if you’re dealing with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, you want only the best appliance repair Las Vegas has to offer… the Appliance Masters is who we count on (http://lasvegasappliancemasters.com).

Okay, we have a Sub-Zero refrigerator; complaint is it just not cooling efficiently. We determine that the condenser is dirty, needs to be cleaned. So we’re going to go ahead and blow that out.

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Before beginning any repair, always be sure to disconnect the power to the appliance. It is also recommended to test the outlet for the proper voltage.

To complete this repair, you’ll need a tank of compressed air. We need to access all the important step on top, so on this model here, this panel, it just, it’s hinge almost., it’s not really hinged at the bottom, it just sits on little pins and so we’re going to lean it forward. And there is a spring, which is right here so we’re going to just pop that spring out here, lift that off, we can remove the grid completely.

Okay, so we’re going to blow out the condenser up there. I have some compressed air, a CO2 tank with a line on it. What we’re going to do is we’re going to cover this area with a damp towel, I have an old beach towel that we’re going to use that way all that dust doesn’t blow all over the home may get a little bit, but with the towel there, it won’t be too much.

Then, once we get up there, basically we’re going to take our line and we’re going to run up and down all over that condenser back there and that’s how we’re going to clean that with compressed air.

Okay, so now we’re going to take the towel, we’re just going to do our best to try to get it up here. There’s no right way or no wrong way to do it, we’re just trying to minimize the mess for the customer. Will go over the top here, tuck it in here. So since we now already know where we have to get this.

Line, I don’t need to see it and if I do see it,  my face is isn’t going to like me afterwards. So, we’ll go ahead and just get everything prepped, get ready to go, get my hand back here with the line and we’ll just going to blow it out.

Alright and you just try to do the best job you can, I will set this down and then what we can do is kind of get in there and stick your head in there, make sure that you got it all and we’ll go ahead and pull the towel down and we’ll be careful because I’m sure it’s got a lot of dust and dirt.

So I got my brush, just going to reach in there, just to make sure I got everything the best I can. Just want to be careful with the brush that we don’t bend the coil and I am just going with the groove that’s in the coil that way you don’t bend anything and I don’t see much of anything left.

We’ll take our panel, we’re just kind of set it in the general area, I pointed out earlier. There’s tabs, two of them here that correspond with little recessed like holes and the grill here. So we’ll just set it close because it’s going to move a little bit on you. And you grab that spring, grab the spring and hook it around and line up our pins in their holes and there we go.

How to Easily Clean a Greasy Range Hood and Filter

In this article today I am going to show you how to clean a greasy range hood and range hood filter. This is a terrible job, it absolutely stinks having to do it. But I am going to show you a quick and easy way to accomplish it with remarkable results. So let’s get to it. I really think you are going to like this video.

Here is my greasy range hood. Yuck! Pretty disgusting, right? It’s just caked full of grease. And here is the range hood filter. I just popped it out by pressing the spring release. And there is the greasy side of it. The product that I am using is called Super Clean. You can find it at a lot of well-known  stores. What I like is it works fast and it’s biodegradable (thanks to my friend at Las Vegas Appliance Masters: http://lasvegasappliancemasters.com – for pointing me to this great product).

Three things here though. Make sure that you pre-test it, you don’t allow it to dry, and you wipe off your surface with water. So again, here is the range hood filter. What I am going to do is put in a baking sheet and spritz off the surface using the Super Clean. It immediately started to work, but I let it sit for 5-7 minutes.

And then I rinsed it off using a watering can just because my watering can was sitting there and I wanted to see if that would work, and sure enough, it did. And I didn’t even use a sponge to clean the rest of the filter, I just used my gloved hand, which you should always wear gloved when using any chemicals. And I soaked it some more in water.

And there you go. Voila! Looks pretty amazing, right? Now, for the range hood, what I did is I stuck a paper towel down into the crevice because I am going to test using the Super Clean on the right side. So that’s what I did. I spritz it down, and all the excess Super Clean went down into that crevice and got collected by the paper towel.

But you see, there’s so much grease on this range hood, but the Super Clean started working immediately. There is the right side that I treated. Here is the left side, pretty greasy still. So I wanted you to see the “before” , the greasy side, and then the “after” and how well the Super Clean works.

So what I did was I sprayed some additional  Super Clean on a towel and wiped off the bottom of the range hood. Just look how much grease is there. Then I rinsed it off and got it streak free by using a wet paper towel, a damp paper towel. Pretty awesome stuff! Well, I thought the results were amazing.The coolest part is it took less than ten minutes.

So if you like this video, or maybe if you have your own tips, add them to the comments section, because that way other people will learn from your awesome ideas. If you like this video, go ahead and click the thumbs up button so that other people can see it and also, remember, you can subscribe to my channel and you will get a new DIY video every Friday.

Thanks for joining me today, I really appreciate your time, hope you are having a good one, see you in my next post.  In the meantime, here’s a bit more information to help you get things cleaned…

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.