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Oven Repair

Our techs at Western Appliance Repair in Boise completed an interesting service call today for a Whirlpool Oven. These pictures show what disassembly is necessary to replace a bad cooling fan motor in a slide-in oven.  The disassembly is quite severe to say the least.  This is not a problem for us however.  We can tackle a job like this one with ease. When we arrived on site we ran a diagnostics program to confirm the blower was indeed not working.  The blower was inoperable and when we actuated the control relays remotely we received no response.  This suggests we may have a bad motor or, as we’ve seen in the past, a bad control board.  In some cases the blower motor AND the main control board will need to be replaced due to compatibility issues.  In this particular case however, the cooling fan was the only thing that was replaced. After repair was completed and new fan installed, we ran a diagnostic program to verify proper fan operation.  Our nice customer informed is that the oven has been working perfectly with no more error messages. A job well done!

By |2019-05-23T19:37:04-06:00May 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dryer Heater Thermostats

Hello, it’s Rich again from Western Appliance.  We did six more repairs today.  It seems that appliances never stop breaking. In this picture we see two different components.  One is a dryer high limit thermostat and the other is a thermal fuse. These important components regulate the dryer element's heat - which is used for heating the interior of the drum when you dry clothes.  They do not regulate the temperature inside the dryer drum however.  I hope I did not confuse you. The only thing these components do is regulate the dryer element heat alone, that’s it.  The dryer uses separate components which regulate the internal drying temperature.  I’ll try to explain this a better way – if you wanted to start a campfire with a match you would want that match to burn at a sufficient temperature to light a fire.  Once the fire is started then you can regulate the fire with the addition of wood or reducing the fires oxygen.  Well, these thermostats regulate the “match”.  The heat inside the dryer is controlled by a separate thermostat or temperature sensor. They are mounted to the electric heating element housing and prevent overheating.  It is very common to find these on most every dryer we encounter in Boise and Meridian.

By |2019-04-02T18:42:24-06:00April 2nd, 2019|Appliance Repair Boise|0 Comments

Lint inside the Dryer

Lint can be a real problem with dryers because it restricts the air flow inside the dryer drum during the drying cycle.  Air flow in the drum during the drying cycle is very important because the moisture from the wet clothes needs to be flushed out.  The air flow also needs to cool the heater element to prevent overheating and damage. The clothes will take longer to dry and also can cause damage to thermostats, heaters, and electronics. This picture shows lint buildup around the heater element and the thermostats.  This lint buildup suggests there may be a vent restriction.  Air back-pressure causes this lint to flow inwards and into the interior of the dryer. Dryer vents should be professionally cleaned at regular intervals to maintain proper dryer operation and to avoid costly repairs.  Western Appliance can recommend a good company to have this service performed.  For any questions feel free to call Rich at 208-344-4893 or visit our website at Thank you Rich

By |2019-03-14T20:26:47-06:00March 14th, 2019|Appliance Repair Boise, Dryers|0 Comments

GE Dishwasher – Poor Washing

GE's latest dishwasher design is a very popular and dependable appliance.  As with most appliances they can and will have minor and major functionality problems.  In this case the dishwasher was not filling the tub with enough water to ensure  proper functionality. Problems like this can be a great inconvenience to our Boise homeowners.  When appliances break down, nobody is happy. When I arrived I ran a diagnostic routine on the appliance and found that indeed, the tub was not filling completely with water - at least to it's specified level.  It would fill with water for about 10 seconds, stop, then fill again for a couple more seconds.  Then, instead of the hearing the wash motor turning on, I would hear a clicking sound - repeatedly.  It appeared the sound was coming from under the toe-kick area of the appliance.  This is where the main control board is located.  Although a problem like this should be verified by doing voltage checks at the control board connector this "clicking" sound is a tell-tale sign of a possible malfunction with control board.  A  faulty control board was verified by looking at a "switching" voltage at the water control valve and an absence of a control voltage at the dishwasher wash motor. Well, long story short, I arrived today, installed a brand new control board, and the now the dishwasher functions great! I will have a Youtube video on this replacement procedure so if you would like to subscribe to my channel [...]

By |2019-03-05T18:27:35-06:00March 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments