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From coffee grinders to walk-in refrigerators, home appliances are all around our homes. This category deals with any of the special tools around our homes that make life a little easier.
%REPLIES% Answer Thermostat stuck open or heater core plugged. Answer CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY YOUR HEATER VALVE IS CLOSED/CABLE RENDERED INOPERATIVE BY A BROKEN PLASTIC SLIDER HOUSING,AS IS OFTEN THE CASE ON OTHER MODELS/MAKES,SHOULD IT NEVER WARM UP.
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There's an article on line at www.izook.com on cleaning out the fan compartment to get better heat. Try there.
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These recommendations depend on the height and size of the room, the season, and the activity taking place in the room. Keep in mind that warm air rises to the top and cold air settles on the bottom. Air settles in layers from warm at the top to cold at the bottom, if left alone at equilibrium. Cei…
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Eggs and Shells in Garbage Disposals Eggs and eggshells are probably alright to put down your garbage disposal. Here is more detailed advice and opinions: Eggshells are very brittle and break as soon as the disposal is flipped on. You would be surprised what you can put down a disposal without doin…
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Washing Machine Repair agitator cap can be unscrewed, then the retaining nut removed, then the agitator pedestal can be pulled up off the drive splines.
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Microwave display This common problem can be repaired by a competent technician.
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Most TV sets don't draw enuff current to make an extension cord unusable. The real problem is getting which kid to confess to throwing that heavy toy at the screen which caused the implosion. OK, maybe it wasn't the kid--your kids must be as perfect as mine--but it is very, very likely that the scre…
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I had a problem with a noisy hunter fan last month. After going to similar post like this one, I found this site www.fanshack.com and ordered a bottle of fan motor oil (I know it sounds funny) but it cleared it right up. I couldn't find this oil at lowes or home depot for the life of me. Anyways, tr…
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Are you certain that you mean "amps"? Maybe you mean 110 VOLTS. The voltage in most home circuits are 110 volts except for a few appliances like driers, well pumps, hot water heaters, etc. And even those appliances probably only use 30 amps or so. The whole house may only have the capacity for 100 a…
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You need a dedicated circuit for that. You cannot power a 220V device off 110V.
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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. You'll have to change the wiring and the receptacle. Your oven is most likely 4-wire, and your dryer circuit is 3-wire. Even if your oven is 3-wire, it will need more amperage than the dryer. Ovens typically require 30-4…
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10/3 will be fine if its not more than 75 feet   Assuming they draw 30A or less, yes.
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The NEC allows connection of ungrounded, 3-prong outlets if there is a properly installed GFCI "upstream" of the ungrounded outlet. As long as everything is working as designed, nothing will happen, but that third connector is a safety feature to protect you. It is connected to the frame of the …
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This may sound simple, but does it have a timer/alarm feature on it? I had the same problem and it was the timer. It had been accidently set by the kids pushing buttoms. Once we went into the menu and disabled the on/off timer, the problem was solved. If your TV has a remote control, try replacing t…
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Assuming this is one with a big plug with one L-shaped prong and the other set at an angle - NO! Don't even think about doing this!
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The typical electric stove (range) operates on a plug that supplies 220 volts AC to the stove. Some parts of the stove operate on 110 volts AC. The oven light for instance. The standard range plug consist of two separate 110 volt lines, which add up to 220 volts. It also has a third line that is ref…
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You live in a mobile home, or older house? I live in a doublewide, and my dryer breakers are 30amp, and the water heater breakers are 20, both 220V lines, shared. The only safe way to answer this is to have an electrician look at your setup and determine if your wiring is capable for allowing a larg…
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Get an electrician to wire you up a 220v line.   Yes, with a caveat. The current ratings must be the same, and the the 110V outlet must be a dedicated circuit, i.e. nothing else on that breaker. You can safely upgrade a dedicated 110V 15A circuit to a 220V 15A circuit by re-using the same wir…
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For USA, Canada and other countries running a 60 Hz supply service.If you had to ask this question here you need to learn more about your local wiring code re all the items you must use for a new household AC power range circuit. Serious home fires can result from incorrectly installed new circuits…
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NO! Use only a circuit that has a breaker for the correct amperage. To avoid the risk of a house fire you must change the breaker to the required 30 amps. <><><> As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electr…
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Answer Yes it can. But leave this work to a qualified electrician. The consequences of doing this improperly range from failure of the cooktop to work, to damage to the cooktop, to an electrical fire, to injury or death due to electrocution. The hazards cannot be stated strongly enough.
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Hire an electrician to install for you a 240 line.   I agree with Tim. You need a dedicated circuit for a dryer. The wiring is larger and you cannot use the 12/2 wiring that is already there. You need a home run from the dryer to the electricl panel. You need an electrican.
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For USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz supply service. It is best to install a new 120 volt branch circuit for the gas stove using properly sized cable and breaker and the correct type of GFCI-protected 120 volt socket outlet for use in a kitchen area. <><><> As the existi…
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You really cant do it because a 220 has a heating element in it to dry the clothes unlike gas that uses fire to dry the clothes and the 120 is to turn the drum.Your drier will keep poppin breakers which isn't good at all. Outlets and Power (110V outlets and 120V outlets are practically the same for…
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Should be fine as long as you use a GFIC receptacle and mount at the proper height.   You need to contact your local code enforcement people. Normally each locality has their own requirements to be followed.
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Check the frequency - European appliances run at 50Hz (cycles per second), while US appliances expect 60Hz.However, this is generally unimportant for things like TVs or stereo equipment. It may be important for anything with a motor, because a lot of these motors run at the mains frequency, and will…
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%REPLIES% Answer your drains are probably on the same waste line. by upc code your waste line should tie into your main sewer line 6 feet from any horizontal to vertical change in direction. this is due to the fact that the sudds from your washer can actually go up your drain line. Answer I…
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Several things cause the toilet to "keep running." Either the flap in the bottom of the tank isn't sealing shut. When you push the handle, a chain connects an arm on the handle to the flap on the bottom of the tank. The flap opens letting the water in the tank run through the bowl flushing the float…
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My grandmother's house used to have drainage for her washer that was piped out of the house and onto the ground. She lived on a farm with a well, so there were no city ordinanced regarding water. Problems with this that I can think of as a non-professional: 1) The water might run close to the house …
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Yes, make sure you turn off power to the water heater. Also shut off the icemaker.   No. Just turn it off. Just remember to turn it back on before you open any of your inside faucets. And you also need to turn off the hot water heater.
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%REPLIES% Answer Main drain line is stopped up. Answer Main Line under house is clogged. Hydro Jet cleaning will last for several years. Roto Router won't. If you have 2"drain, I was told changing to 3' plastic would solve the problem. Answer Have the Main line Roto Rootered as for…
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You need to replace the aluminum anode with a zinc/aluminum alloy anode. ANS 2 - If a hydrogen sulfide (or rotten egg) odour exists around your water, it's often an indicator of excess iron in the water supply. This can be bad for your plumbing. I would advise taking a water sample(in a sterilised …
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Go to your plumbing or hardware store, and you find a special tool for this job which resembles a large socket or wrench.
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They have a special cutter which you could probably rent to cut the cast iron pipe with. It would be best to go ahead and buy the tee fitting, and couplers first, that way you will know how much of a section will need to be cut from the pipe. You can keep it all cast, or use a PCV TEE fiting and neo…
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You are more than likely correct. Try draining the water heater to remove any sediment.
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Adding Freon to your AC Unit Although, some of what I've read here is right on, I feel it necessary to state that you should utilize an EPA certified person. Charging an ACsystem is more complicated than you may think. Superheat, subcooling... Still with me?... Oh, and yes, length of your refriger…
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Garbage disposers clean themselves if used properly. Do not put lye or other chemical drain pipe cleaners into the disposer. Periodically, and always after disposing of fibrous food wastes, purge the drainline by filling the sink with two or three inches of cold water. Turn on the food waste dispos…
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Thoroughly clean the inside of the freezer, using baking soda and water. Put an open box of baking soda or a container of coffee in there to absorb the odors. If you have to store the appliance, put blocks in the door to keep it open a few inches so it can be ventilated.
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On the inside of the heater cover, and within the documentation shipped with the heater, there should be a diagram of the control circuit. These heaters will not operate if the pump is off (pressure switch), if the "fireman" switch is off (a switch generally inside the pump timer that disables the h…
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Make sure the gas valve that is part of the supply line is on.There is another gas valve inside the heater, which has three positions: OFF, ON, and PILOT. Turn the valve to PILOT, then press it down. This will allow gas to flow to the pilot light, so that at this point it should be able to be lit wi…
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Yes, you can use an ionizer and ozone generator together. The ionizer specializes in algae and bacteria control and the ozone generator is an excellent oxidizer. The EPA recommends including a trace amount of chlorine (around 0.5ppm) to act as a residual sanitizer.
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depends on what ur bleaching. But usually u fill up the container with mostly water and put a bit of bleach in to dilute it so ur stuff doesnt get destroyed.if that doesnt work u probably didnt do it right, but that's ok. it takes a few trys to get it. Answ:: You don't use "regular" household bleac…
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Answer In weight of water calculations there's 62.3 pounds for every cubic foot. My best advice would be to use those calculations in determining what size to buy. Answer 35 pounds per cubic foot of freezer space.
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Turn on a strong flow of COLD water Slowly add the materials to be disposed of Metal, large bones and fibrous materials should be disposed of in the trash After disposing of the materials, leave the disposer on for one full minute with a strong flow of COLD water, About once a week dump a tray o…
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NOTE If you are viweing this because you want to change the newer 4-prong plug/outlet to fit an older 3 prong outlet/plug don't do it! The newer plug is safer and the 3 prong plug no longer meets code. See the discussions in other threads. Answer all you need to do is hook the two hot leads …
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Yes you can place a small amount of bones down the disposer
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If the toilet and shower are in an upper floor then there is a PVC drain for both that will drain to either the sewer or septic. If there is a vertical piece to this, as there is in my basement, then you actually get some dribbling and running sounds from the water 'falling' down that vertical PVC. …
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It depends, are you installing a gate opener, garage opener or a opener for a house door? What make and model is it, where is it being located, what will it need for power, what will it need for structure?
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Probably not. The average dryer will pull 25amps.
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This malady just occurred with me. In my instance, it was a very light pan lid and had just finished melting all over everything. I let the oven cool down a bit but not completely and then took a metal knife and chipped at the plastic gobs. They were hard enough to come off as a full gob but still m…
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You'll have to run completely new wire (size 10/3 copper) from a 30amp double-pole breaker and install a new type of receptacle at the machine. It can be done yourself if you have some wiring experience. If not, leave it to a pro. The most important part is using the correct size wire and breaker.
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Check the appliance's specifications on the strip, tag or plate that is usually fixed either on the back or inside on the frame, just inside the door. On there you will find its required operating voltage and wattage that it draws. If your home has 240 volt line voltage just divide the watts by the…
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This is probably due to a faulty thermocouple. The thermocouple generates a small voltage when hot that is used as a security device that keeps the gas flowing to the pilot. These are relatively inexpensive (UK about �18).You can check if this is the problem by measuring the voltage on the wires c…
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Answer You'll need to replace the small pull-switch inside the light housing. You can buy them at most "home improvement" stores. Beware though: there are LOTS of wires inside the housing. Also: TURN OFF THE POWER TO THE FAN!!!! Answer Take The Caps Off The Bottom Of The Ceiling Fans. …
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First, turn off the power. Then, remove any objects inside the disposal. Things that usually get caught are chicken skin, bones, mashed potatoes, celery and so on. If that does not work, use a broomstick to try to unstick the blades so that they move. Then turn on the power and the reset on the disp…
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for USA, Canada and other countries using standard 60Hz electrical services You should put in a separate circuit back to the breaker panel. Don't try to run two dryers from the same circuit because, even if the breakers protecting the circuit don't trip (which they may or may not do, depending on …
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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. The washing machine outlet should be ground fault protected on 12-2 wire. The 30 amp dryer circuit should be on 10-3 wire with a ground. <><><> Laundry receptacle outlet for washer, 12/2 with ground…
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- YES, you can put potato peelings in garburator. However, add them slowly and allow them to process so you do not clog the appliance.
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have you checked to see that gas is getting to the valve if it is the pilot could be stopped up pull it try to clean it soak in spray carb cleaner ect. blow out with compressed air or replace with new one  Take the tubing loose from the pilot assembly and depress the pilot valve on the gas val…
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I just removed the very same thing from my 25 year old washer yesterday, and it was very uneventfull because of a few tricks I use from when I rapaired cars. I'll give you the answer in order: 1 - Hose down each connection thoroughly with Penetrating Oil. I prefer to use the kind that foams and bub…
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Answer The dryer may be heating more than you think. Has the vent pipe ever been cleaned out? I had to have mine cleaned by a chimney sweep last week and it now works like it used to. There also is a great danger (that I never thought of) in the vent being clogged. It could possibly catch fire an…
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Connect a hose to the spigot at the bottom of the water heater and drain out a few gallons. If the water heater has not been drained for a long time the sediment has probably bound together from the minerals that are naturally occurring in the water and you probably won't get much out.If the water h…
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Orange Peels Down Garbage Disposals Here is advice and input: Putting orange and lemon peels down the garbage disposal makes the drain, sink, and entire kitchen smell fresh and clean. No one likes a smelly drain, and recycling these peels as air freshener can make your entire kitchen smell citru…
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you want your cold line coming tying into both inlets on the water heaters and the hot lines tied onto the outlet side of the water heaters evenly (so they get even draw and one water heater doesen't have to work harder tnan the other). your recirc line coming in ties into the cold line in beetween …
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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz supply service. First of all, it's 240 Volts, not 220. Even though everybody you know calls it "220", it's really 240 Volts you need, and that's what an electrician would call it. OK, it sounds like you can't figure out if your dryer is faulty or…
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Try thoroughly defrosting it. If the self-defrost isn't working properly the ice could build up in the freezer side, moisture could freeze into the insulation, pass the frost through the wall and freeze the refrigerator side. It could also just be the control knob.My GE has two sliding controls uppe…
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Answer for USA, Canada and countries using similar 60Hz mains supplies (LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Should you be doing this yourself?) This is one of those question…
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Answer #2 There are a few possibilities. If the water comes out of the faucet but is cold, then the burner (on a gas unit) or the heating element (on an electrical unit) is not functioning. Check the pilot light. Is it lit? If not, follow the lighting instructions. Is the emergency kill …
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I would say it is impossible as they work completely differently. For one thing there are no burner holes for gas on an electric stove! The control dials will have to be changed too. I just think it would not look very good sitting in a kitchen anywhere after it has been converted from one to the o…
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(LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] This information is provided for the use of parties as they see fit! I am not responsible for the application of this information by any party, including those lacking sufficient skill or knowledge to perform these steps safely and any hazard created is the SOLE …
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You DON'T! The washer needs to be on a separate dedicated circuit; 120v, 20 amps. The dryer needs to be on a 240 V, 30 amp dedicated circuit. Trying to do otherwise is unsafe.
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Prices for refrigerators vary so much its amazing! You can get very cheap ones for less than $400 and get some as high as $10K!!! What affects the price is mainly features such as Frost regulation systems, energy efficiency, capacity and obviously looks! Added by User:You're looking at about a grand…
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for USA, Canada and countries using similar 60Hz mains supplies Checking a dryer outlet for power... The point of the change they made from 3 to 4 wires is to keep the ground separate from the neutral. When you don't know how something is wired, use a test meter CAREFULLY AND SAFELY to measure the…
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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. In general the answer has to be: "Not if it has been designed and wired to run only on the 50 Hz mains frequency system that is used in Singapore, Europe and elsewhere." The mains frequency in 230 Volt areas is 50 Hz (Cyc…
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Answer If you have a "split system" with an outside condensing unit, this first thing to do is check to see if the outside unit is running. If it isn't, you have probably blown one or both of the fuses in the outside junction box. Be sure to turn the off the power to the junction box before check…
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It depends... if the air conditioner has a slide out chassis, then yes you can. If the air conditioner is a fixed chassis (the guts don't slide out of a sleeve) then you are taking on some risks. First of all, the louvers on the side of the AC will probably get partially blocked by your wall, causin…
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Get a new blower wheel and replace it. No sense spinning your wheels trying to fix it, simply replace it. A wheel should cost no more than 65.00 and it is a very simple change out.
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Here are a few things to check: Does the pilot light stay on after you light it? If so, good, did you turn the control valve to the "on" position? Sounds funny but there's a pilot position and a "on" position. Is the pump on? Water must be circulating through the heater to activate a pressure switch…
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Answer The air from the vent should be 18 to 22 degrees F lower than the temperature of the air going into the return.
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The fan motor takes a lot less power than the compressor pump in an air conditioner. If you have a plug-in system you can use a plug-in "Kill-a-Watt�" meter (for around 25 dollars) to measure the watts (or amps) in each mode and determine how much power each one uses.
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A few months I had the same problem, I wanted to install my ceiling fan too.I didn't know how to do this, after searching the Internet I found this website:See related links below.
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If your having condensation at the bottom of the unit it could be that the bottom element has gone bad and when the cold water comes in and hits the warm tank it is condensating. Also if heating element has gone bad that could be a definite cause for the breaker to keep tripping.
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Answer There are a few possible reasons this would occur: - The lid switch is not working properly. - A faulty solenoid relay is not shifting the transmission into the spin cycle. - The timer which controls the solenoid relay is faulty. - The transmission itself is faulty. In rare instances …
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Possible causes: vents between fridge and freezer sections are clogged with ice. Warranty guy told me to unplug 24 hours, replug and everything should work out. Fautly thermostat Clogged/dirty evaporator coils (underneath in newer models, on back in older models) Bad "Adaptive Defrost Control Boar…
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There's probably a model number or serial number on the back of the washer and dryer. Jot it down and call the manufacturer for the information. Many department stores like Sears can probably also help.
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I have a three ton unit and when the AC guy came out and did a reading on my unit with a Yellow Jacket Manifold and it said something like 65 on the blue and 305 on the red gauge. I don't know what it means, but you probably can talk to a pro at home depot to find out more. Btw, I am by no means a p…
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Contary to popular belief, 'duct' tape is not for fixing broken furnace ducts. It was originally developed for sealing the joints between duct sections, and is a poor substitute for properly riviting the sections together. If you have a large leak in a duct section, you might consider replacing the …
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The best thing to use is a oil like WD-40. Just spray it on and rub. It works when kids get it there hair to. When kids get it there hair butter works good to. I hope that helped IMPROVED ANSWER: Actually the BEST thing to use is a little dry laundry detergent powder. Turn your dryer own and get t…
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silicone caulkI fixed mine with some silicone caulk like you would use for bathroom repairs- worked fine after thatANS 2 -Depends where the leak is ! -You don't say. If the leak is from the door as many are, then you need a new door seal. -If from somewhere underneath, you need to pinpoint it and re…
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This is usually caused by a bad thermocouple. The thermocouple looks like a thick, solid copper wire screwed into the gas valve on the water heater. The pilot flame heats the tip of the thermocouple, causing it to generate a minute electrical current at low voltage, which provides power to an electr…
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Click on the link below for dishwasher installation instructions.
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Answer 1, Black steel Black steel pipe is usually used for gas lines inside the home. But I can't think of a reason why galvanized steel would cause a problem.  Answer 2 Galvanized pipe is never used for gas lines because the zinc coating flakes off and will clog the filter at the appliance. …
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Installation of gas appliances is not a D-I-Y job and if you have not been trained and licensed it is very dangerous to attempt to do this kind of installation work yourself. In many countries of the world it is illegal to work on gas appliances unless you are a trained and licensed gas fitter.
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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. Assuming you want to plug in say a 120V washer next to the 240V dryer, you would need to install a separate 120V 20A circuit. This is not a simple task and can kill you in several ways if you get it wrong. Please have …
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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. Getting 40 Amps First, you'll need to run a set of heavier wires from the wall outlet for the water heater back to the main breaker panel - the longer the run is, the heavier the wires will have to be. The wires must …
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Answer I've done this but you must have a resource to parts appropriate for your machine, along with diagrams. There is no way to respond with exact instructions for you in this forum but this task can be accomplished with simple household tools. The best advice is to disassemble the com…
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Having just wrestled (literally!) with this very problem, let me try to clarify this a bit. On our Kenmore model (#253 707 524 07) at least, once the securing screws have been removed from the top and bottom handles, you have to tilt the handles sideways until the angled return with the 2 screw hol…
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