Our Appliance Repair Blog

This blog is not ALL about Appliance Repair. This is Our Soapbox. The idea is, in the future, it will contain Tips and Tricks, Opinion Pieces, Appliance Repair Info, and other relevant and/or irrelevant information. We're just jumping into the modern times, so give him some time to acclimate. Just sit back, read, and enjoy!

Recent Blog Posts

  • The Modern Miracle of the Washing Machine - A talk by Hans Rosling Check out this video! Pretty cool stuff! A talk by Hans Rosling about the Modern Miracle of the Washing Machine. Only 2 billion out of 7 billion people on the ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2011, 7:11 PM by Appliance Angel
  • Top Loading Washing Machine Repair Frequently Asked Questions
    Posted Oct 6, 2011, 6:47 PM by Appliance Angel
  • Washing Machine Repair FAQ Check out our Washing Machine Repair Frequently Asked QuestionsAt www.repairmywasher.com
    Posted Oct 6, 2011, 7:12 PM by Appliance Angel
  • Ice Maker Repair FAQ Is your Icemaker or Ice Machine acting up??We repair all Major brands of Ice Makers and Ice MachinesCheck out our Ice Maker FAQ by clicking on the Ice ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2011, 7:20 PM by Appliance Angel
  • Tips for finding your Appliances Model Number The first step in getting your appliance repaired is locating your model and serial number. This can be difficult, as its located it different spots depending on the make, type ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2011, 7:30 PM by Appliance Angel
  • Refrigerator Repair FAQ     There are many trusted(?) names in the appliance world. One of the big ones is Whirlpool Corp. They own Maytag, Roper, Amana, Kitchen-aid and others.You will find that ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2011, 1:56 PM by Russ Smelser
  • Washer Repair notes and FAQ     Washing machines come in a number of different shapes and sizes.        Top loaders and front loaders. Some of them seem to last forever,while other seems to break down almost ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2011, 2:01 PM by Russ Smelser
  • DRYER NOTES AND FAQ It's always disappointing opening your dryer door and finding your clothes are still wet. They haven't dried at all, and the dryers been running for almost an hour ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2012, 12:52 PM by Russ Smelser
  • Wow! A 92 year old Frigidaire Refrigerator that still runs! Still going after 92 years: The fridge that cost more than a Model T Ford By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 9:51 AM on 13th November 2010 Comments ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2010, 1:52 AM by Russ Smelser
  • A New Idea in Stovetops Stumbled across this on the net. Thought it was pretty neat. Cooktop uses 85% of its surface area for cooking.
    Posted Aug 30, 2010, 12:37 AM by Russ Smelser
  • It's Dryer Season It's July, the official air fluff setting if your dryers' in the garage month. Believe it, enclosed garages can heat up to 130 degrees easy. Though a dryer averages ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2010, 2:32 PM by Russ Smelser
  • It's Refrigerator Season Whether it's Sub Zero or Whirlpool, Electrolux or LG, it is summer out here. I think it was 432 degrees (not) but HOT anyway. Kids home from school, fridge ...
    Posted Jul 24, 2010, 1:24 AM by Russ Smelser
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The Modern Miracle of the Washing Machine - A talk by Hans Rosling

posted Oct 6, 2011, 7:10 PM by Appliance Angel

Check out this video! Pretty cool stuff! 
A talk by Hans Rosling about the Modern Miracle of the Washing Machine. Only 2 billion out of 7 billion people on the planet have washing machines! Crazy! 

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang///id/1101




Top Loading Washing Machine Repair Frequently Asked Questions

posted Oct 6, 2011, 6:05 PM by Appliance Angel   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 6:47 PM ]


Washing Machine Repair FAQ

posted Feb 15, 2011, 10:43 AM by Russ Smelser   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 7:12 PM by Appliance Angel ]

Check out our Washing Machine Repair Frequently Asked Questions



Ice Maker Repair FAQ

posted Feb 15, 2011, 10:40 AM by Russ Smelser   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 7:20 PM by Appliance Angel ]

Is your Icemaker or Ice Machine acting up??
We repair all Major brands of Ice Makers and Ice Machines
Check out our Ice Maker FAQ by clicking on the Ice Maker FAQ button below.
Or give us a call, usually we can have a technician call you back within the half hour. 

For all your Undercounter and Built in Ice Maker repair needs give us a call today.





Tips for finding your Appliances Model Number

posted Jan 19, 2011, 8:48 AM by Russ Smelser   [ updated Oct 6, 2011, 7:30 PM by Appliance Angel ]

The first step in getting your appliance repaired is locating your model and serial number. This can be difficult, as its located it different spots depending on the make, type and year of the appliance.  Heres some tips though to help you locate your model number a little easier. 


Dryers - All brands - Usually around the mouth of the dryer. Open the door and look around.

Washers - Depends on the brand and /or year.
                
                Top Loaders - Lift up the lid, usually up under the hinge point on most Whirlpools and Kenmores and Maytags or over the top of the console on the back of the machine.
   
            
                Front Loaders - Around the mouth of the washing machine, usually near the hinge. Or on the back of the machine. 

Refrigerators - Depends by brand
                    - Maytag, Whirlpool, GE (later models)  Inside refrigeration section, up inside ceiling.
                    - Old GE - Down at Refrigerator door hinge.
                    - Kitchen Aid - Inside Freezer wall halfway up.
                   
Ranges/Stoves - Around mouth of storage drawer.
                              - Around the mouth of the oven.

Cooktops - Lift top - Remove grates and burners - lift top.
                Newer Cooktops - From underneath, you'll need a flashlight.

Wall Oven - Around the mouth of the Oven.
                    - Side edge of the door.
                    - Hinge point - Open the door.
                    - Look in the owners manual.

Trash Compactors - Pull out drawer, usually around opening


If your still having difficulty locating the model number, give us a call, and we'll try to talk you through it.

Thanks for reading! 

We're Appliance Angels Appliance Repair Service of Palm Desert


 Give us a call at 760 360 4445 for all your appliance repair needs!

Refrigerator Repair FAQ

posted Nov 27, 2010, 9:41 PM by Steve Smelser   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 1:56 PM by Russ Smelser ]


    There are many trusted(?) names in the appliance world. One of the big ones is Whirlpool Corp. They own Maytag, Roper, Amana, Kitchen-aid and others.You will find that a Whirlpool Refrigerator Repair is going to be very similar to most Refrigerator Repairs with the exception of where you will need to get the replacement parts.  Most brands of refrigerators will have different internal workings that,
 although they do the same thing, will work slightly differently so that the correct parts are required.
  
    Let’s look at some of the common Whirlpool refrigerator repairs that you may encounter.
    
    My refrigerator seems to run and run alot.
It depends, on the day, the location and the food that is in the refrigerator,
but if you find your refrigerator running all day you may want to look into a few things.
These factors will make your refrigerator run longer.   

Dirty condenser coils.  If these are dirty they will not cool the refrigerator efficiently.  

Check your seals around the door.  If they aren’t sealing properly, clean them.  If it still isn’t working you may need to replace them.

    Another problem you may encounter when dealing with Whirlpool refrigerator repair is it just doesn’t seem to be working.  Now these steps are going to be for refrigerators that are plugged in and the light works, it just isn’t cooling anything or running.  Your first step in this Whirlpool refrigerator repair is to check the temperature setting.
    Sometimes these can get changed on accident and turned down to the point that they don’t have to run to maintain that temperature.  Otherwise, make sure that you have at least three inches of space all the way around the refrigerator and at least one inch above it.  This will allow for adequate air flow.  If you have enough space and things still aren’t working, unplug the refrigerator.  Leave it unplugged for two hours and then plug it back in.  If it doesn't run when you plug it back in you probably have a compressor problem. 

 Chances are something is causing it to overheat and you will want to have a professional take a look at what could be causing that.

Give us a call today, We're Appliance Angels Appliance Service of Palm Desert CA
Call us at 760-360-4445

Washer Repair notes and FAQ

posted Nov 27, 2010, 9:06 PM by Steve Smelser   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 2:01 PM by Russ Smelser ]

    Washing machines come in a number of different shapes and sizes.
    
    Top loaders and front loaders. Some of them seem to last forever,
while other seems to break down almost as soon as you get them                                    home.
     
    There are some very basic washing machine repairs that you could probably do at home.

    I guess it really depends if you are of a mechanical nature. You might be ready to handle it but you could make it worse. Some these problems are easy to fix,like changing hoses and hose washers.

    If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t hesitate to hire an appliance professional to take care of the problem for you.

    One of the big problems that people with have with their washers is water draining.
 
    Water just sits in the machine and won’t drain out, or will do so very slowly.
 There are a couple of different problems that could be causing this.

     One of them is a kinked or broken drain hose,a slipping belt, or a stuffed drain pump.
Simply check your drain hose’s condition and make sure there are no sharp turns or holes in it.

     Next ensure that there is nothing clogging the hose.How do you do this? Well, first, have someone there with a camera set for YouTube.

    Seriously, anything I might imply or refer to here requires
an unplugging of the power cord. UNPLUG IT ! I hear tube socks will often be the culprit.

    You could check that the lid clicks shut.

    If none of these things solve your draining problem, it could be the drive coupling.
If your washer has a drive coupling and won't spin, it is possible that you have a broken or loose drive belt.

    Of course your washer could have a Drive Belt driven water pump or maybe an Electric Water Pump.
These are easy to replace for a technician and fairly inexpensive overall.
    If your belt is fine, it again may be the drive coupling.

Call and get an over the phone estimate, or,
Call and schedule a service call..

There are some common washing machine repairs that you
 can tackle at home and can cost you plenty of money versus the cost of replacing a washing machine. 

We're Appliance Angels Appliance Repair Service of Palm Desert
And we're here for all of your Appliance Repair Needs!
Call us at 760 360 4445

DRYER NOTES AND FAQ

posted Nov 27, 2010, 7:22 PM by Steve Smelser   [ updated Jan 29, 2012, 12:52 PM by Russ Smelser ]

It's always disappointing opening your dryer door and finding your clothes are still wet. 
They haven't dried at all, and the dryers been running for almost an hour. 


Well, it's not the end of the world but it can feel like it 
whether your a single person or a family of five.
Gas Dryer vs Electric Dryer!  

Gas dryer repair is different from electric dryer repair in parts and labor costs. 

Gas dryers are usually cheaper to run and cheaper to repair.

Electric dryers are more to repair when they do break down, but fail less often.

First steps in troubleshooting!

Things to consider; possible symptoms leading up to this moment.
 Have you been experiencing these symptoms? 

  • Extended drying times
    • Has it been taking longer for a load of wash to dry recently? 
    • Check your venting, almost all extended dry time situations are a result of bad venting.
    • Check your heat source.
  • More lint accumulation.
    • Has the lint filter been filling up faster and thicker then usual?
    • You do clean the lint filter after every load of wash, right? :) We know you do.
  • Noises.
    • That routine old squeak squeak squeak or thump thump thump get a little crazier recently? 
    • Or has the noise gone away but now the dryer wont start at all, instead it just buzzes?
  • Wrinkling
    • Has Laundry been coming out way hotter and wrinkled then usual? 
    • Is the Laundry just lukewarm at the end of the cycle?
  • Marks and spots
    • Have you noticed dark spots or oily specks on your Laundry? 
    These are all fairly common symptoms in the chain of events leading to dryer failure.All repairs require quite a bit of research and homework, and time. There are no easy repairs. Cheap repairs, especially if you do them yourself, but not easy ones. The easy ones just SEEM easy. 

    So keep it simple. Not every gas dryer repair situation is the same nor is every gas dryer the same .Keep in mind that while most repairs can be done in your home sometimes the dryer will have to "come into the shop". So calling a Local service company might be a better decision.

Some Things to Consider about Dryer failure. 


  •  Almost any dryer failure is a result of poor venting. 

    •  The symptoms that you will see in regards to improper venting can be longer drying times, Parts burning out or breaking down quickly,  clothing still hot and/or damp after cycle, and the dryer is louder than normal can all be attributed to outlet duct venting.
    •  I've seen twisted vents, crushed vents, clogged vents, torn vent pipes, ripped vents, and way too long of vents.
    • These problems can cause frustration and confusion when doing laundry,

  •     Fortunately there are a few things that you can do try an avoid any dryer repairing.

    • To start, make sure you clean the lint trap before every single load. 
    • The weave of the lint trap can slowly clog and restrict, impeding the air flow,which has pass through the filter , therefor slowing the drying process. It will also begin to leave a lot of lint on the clothing in the dryer.  
    
  • To avoid problems, Clean the lint trap.
    • Try running run the lint trap under some hot water and clean it lightly with a towel or brush once a month. 
    •  You should do this more often if you use your dryer a lot.

  • Also, in regards to the lint trap
    • Have you ever noticed that the dryer sheets feel waxy when you put them in the dryer, and not when you take them out?  
    • That is because that waxy coating is on your clothes and  the lint trap now. This can cause just as many problems as the lint.   
    

  •  There are three different materials that you could have for a duct. 
    • One of these is white plastic duct  If you have this, you need to upgrade it immediately. 
White Plastic Duct material is flammable!

    •      If you have a foil-type material, you should switch it out as well.  While it isn't as bad as the white plastic, it won’t be as good as a flexible or rigid metal duct. There are other options available also such as duct free flat wall modes.
    •  This will make things the easiest on your dryer and thus on you. 
    •      You will also want to make sure that your duct isn’t more than 18 feet long and that there are no (or very few) vertical positions.  These lead to major build up and will burn the motor and bearings out much faster than horizontal duct work.
While dryer repairing can be a fairly pain-free process, it can also be a very costly and time consuming one. 

 Avoiding it will make you a happier person and make your dryer last longer than most peoples’.
:)
SO MAKE SURE YOU CLEAN OUT THAT LINT FILTER!



If your having problems with your clothes dryer, give us a call today!
We're Appliance Angels Appliance Repair Service of Palm Desert California. And we've been repairing washers and dryers for over 30 years! 
Call us at 760 360 4445 for all of your Appliance Repair Needs!
Thanks and have a great day!














 If your not up to attempting your entire repair to the possibly brutal end or the magnificent conquest of machine. 

Don't! 

Call us or your Local Service company and let them handle it. This will help keep costs down, no mechanics like to follow another mechanics work. 


If you do decide to attempt to repair your dryer yourself, use the internet and FAQ's to the best of your ability.

  • Another great help forum on the the Internet is the
                    Samurai Appliance Repair Mans School of Appliantology

  • On strange and mysterious Kenmore Machines and some Whirlpool Machines sometimes its best to get it straight from the beast themself


Keep a list of suggested repairs and parts and call a few other companies to compare what they would suggest. This will help you become aware of what is and what is not and what can wait.


Whatever business you trade with for the repairs, check and make sure that the part and labor warranty policy is what you would expect. We Warranty all of our parts for a year. 

And if you have the time, check out the companies reviews from other customers online, or ask for customer references, so that the style of business is known.

 Also keep all paper work and receipts for any work done for the gas dryer repair for future reference as this will help the owner keep track of what work was done and when.


Wow! A 92 year old Frigidaire Refrigerator that still runs!

posted Nov 21, 2010, 1:50 AM by Steve Smelser   [ updated Nov 21, 2010, 1:52 AM by Russ Smelser ]

Still going after 92 years: The fridge that cost more than a Model T Ford

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:51 AM on 13th November 2010


In our modern world, they are everyday items which rarely merit a second glance.

But when this fridge was made, it cost more than a car and was the luxury preserve of the very wealthy.

The timber-framed model is still going strong after being brought to Britain from the U.S. shortly after the First World War.

Pride of the kitchen for three generations: Ian Pasley-Tyler with  his fridge
In working order: Ian's fridge neatly packed with goods which are  to kept refrigerated

Pride of the kitchen for three generations: Ian's 92-year-old 'Frigidair' neatly packed with refrigerated goods

Back in the day: The very first of the refrigerator ranges

Back in the day: The very first of the refrigerator ranges

It cost $775 – compared with $450 for a Model T Ford car.

Although the fridge’s exact age is unclear, its owner Ian Pasley-Tyler believes it may have been built as far back as 1918, making it 92 years old.

What is certain is that his grandfather, British-born entrepreneur Harold Bryant, shipped it here in 1923 after making his fortune across the Atlantic.

Either way, it is the oldest known working fridge by a long shot.

‘It still does a fantastic job, just as it was designed to do all those years ago, and it has become a piece of our family history,’ said Mr Pasley-Tyler, 70, a retired banker who is a Tory district councillor.

‘It is very noisy and I am sure it uses loads of electricity but it is incredible that it is still working.

‘There is no reason why it should not keep going for many years. It was built in an age when things were made to last.’

Mr Pasley-Tyler, a father of three, realised his fridge could be the oldest working model in Britain after the Daily Mail told of other owners claiming the title.

Last month Doris Stogdale, 89, of Oxford, was still using the 58-year-old General Electric fridge bought when she lived in Malaysia.

She was trumped this week by Don and Carol Ashley, whose 63-year-old English Electric model is still working at their home in Cockshutt, Shropshire.

The 5ft tall fridge owned by Mr Pasley-Tyler and his wife Susie, 67, is believed to be one of the first built by makers Frigidaire.

It stands at their 17th century manor house, Coton Manor, near Gilsborough, Northamptonshire, and is used for drinks and less perishable food like butter.

Cheaper option: A Model T Ford cost $450 in 1918, compared to $775  for the fridge

Cheaper option: A Model T Ford cost $450 in 1918, compared to fridge's $775

The fridge was inherited by Mr Bryant’s only child Haroldine, who lived in the house with her husband Henry Pasley-Tyler, and then passed to their son Ian in 1990.

Apart from needing new door hinges three years ago, it has never needed maintenance, he said.

‘It is a comforting sound because it is always there,’ added Mr Pasley-Tyler. ‘It is a treasured heirloom and we have absolutely no reason to chuck it out.’



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1329297/Still-going-92-years-The-fridge-cost-Model-T-Ford.html#ixzz15uQemIY8

A New Idea in Stovetops

posted Aug 28, 2010, 2:10 AM by Russ Smelser   [ updated Aug 30, 2010, 12:37 AM ]

Stumbled across this on the net. Thought it was pretty neat.
Cooktop uses 85% of its surface area for cooking.

The William Cooktop


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