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Refrigerators

Refrigerators are one of the most popular and important appliances we own in our house.  It keeps our food cold and without it, especially in the summer, we’re left with food that will become rotten or stale.  Our drinks will become warm and our beer lovers will be left sipping warm suds.  This is not a good thing. There are a number of different refrigerator configurations available: Top-Mount, Bottom-Mount, French-Door, and Side-by-Side. The Top-Mount name refers to where the freezer is located.  In this case the freezer is located on the top of the unit. In the Bottom-Mount unit, the freezer is on the bottom. The side-by-side refrigerator is the most popular in Boise.  The freezer is usually located on the left hand side of the unit. The French-Door refrigerator is a combination of the Top-Mount and the Side-by-Side.  The refrigerator will be on top with two swinging doors and the freezer will be on the bottom, usually a pull-out drawer. Why the emphasis on where the freezer is located?  This is because the cool air in the refrigerator comes from the freezer via an evaporator fan.  The freezer is the “main” cooling unit which houses the evaporator and evaporator fan- motor to supply freezing air for the freezer and cool air to the refrigerator. So, what kind of repairs do make on refrigerators in Boise?  Well, here’s a few things we end up replacing – condenser fan motors, evaporator fan motors, blades, thermostats, compressors, control-boards, broken dispenser arms, ice-makers, [...]

By |2019-02-06T12:18:00-06:00December 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Washer Won’t Spin – How to Troubleshoot your Washing Machine

Top-Load Washers – Washer Won’t Spin Worn Clutch A clutch is an interconnection between the drive motor and the spin tube on most top load direct-drive washing machines.  It is a mechanism that absorbs rotational energy from the motor and gradually transfers the energy to the spin tube. It is an integral part of most direct drive washing machines.  Without it, the motor would spin the inner basket quickly with no regard for the weight and/or water in the inner basket at the time.  We would not want the washer to spin at top speed if the basket is still filled with water – there would be a flooded laundry room. When the drive motor engages, it turns the outer part of the clutch at a high rpm.  The inner part of the clutch, which is connected to the spin tube, is not turning as fast. The clutch spring is initially compressed, thus lessening the friction between the inner and outer linings.  As the inner part of the clutch gains speed, the spring expands, increasing friction on the clutch linings, and causing the spin tube to gain more speed.  Soon both inner and outer parts of clutch are spinning in sync. Problems with the clutch include: Contamination of the clutch linings due to leaking transmission.  When this happens, the friction between the linings will decrease and the washer spin tube will have problems reaching the full spin speed. Worn clutch linings – In home laundry usage, washer clutch linings degrade frequently. [...]

By |2019-02-06T12:19:24-06:00December 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dryer Vent Cleaning in Boise

Need Dryer Vent Cleaning?  I recommend Francis Burger from Boise Dryer Vent Cleaning.  He does a professional job at a reasonable price.  Here is his contact and website link below. Boise Dryer Vent Cleaning 208-713-1581 WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO HAVING YOUR DRYER VENT CLEANED? Helps to prevent dryer fires! Dries clothes quicker. No more aggravation waiting endlessly for a load to dry. Saves Money! Reduces energy bills by $8 to $24 a month in some cases. Extends the life of your dryer. less run time equals less wear and tear. Extends the life of your clothes. less run time equals less degradation of fabric. Prevents premature dryer breakdown resulting in expensive repair bills. Improves air quality in your home by preventing mold and mildew damage and possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

By |2019-02-06T12:16:28-06:00October 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Refrigerator Evaporator Defrost Pattern

This a GE refrigerator/freezer that is not getting cold enough and is not freezing the food in the freezer section.  As you can see in the video, the lower part of the evaporator has a frost pattern on it.  This frost layer can tell you if the compressor and sealed-system is operating properly.  The thin  frost layer should evenly coat the entire evaporator and not just the lower part.  Under normal operation, all the coils should be absorbing heat from the freezer.  The bi-product of this absorption is frozen condensation on the coils.

By |2019-02-06T11:53:25-06:00October 25th, 2018|Appliance Repair Boise|0 Comments

Proper Washer Loading Can Save You Money

Many times while loading clothes into front-loading washing machines we overlook some simple yet effective preventative actions that can prevent a appliance repair visit. I receive many repair calls from Boise homeowners who describe a rip or chunk that has been taken out of their washer door seal.  Most times the rip is in the six o’clock position. Most never realize what causes this.  I’ve heard things such as their little fluffy dog had bitten a piece out of it or their toddler bit a piece out of it.  Ha Ha. No, what actually causes this rip in the washer seal is improper loading of the clothes.  When the clothes are not pushed to the back of the drum far enough before the door is closed it sets up the perfect conditions for seal to rip.  If the clothing is hanging out just a small amount when the door is closed, it pinches the clothing between the seal and the inner door.  When the drum goes into the spin mode, it will rip a chunk right out of the seal in the six o’clock position. Unfortunately, this can happen after a new seal has been installed.  I always warn my customers of this when I run into  this type of repair.

By |2019-02-06T12:11:45-06:00May 15th, 2018|Boise’s Appliance Repair DIY|0 Comments

Common Appliance Repairs

One very common repair I do in Boise, that I would say is one of my “bread and butter” jobs is replacing the lid switch in direct-drive top load washing machines.  A bad lid switch will cause symptoms such as the washer not spinning or stopping before the rinse mode.  While these symptoms are not all caused by the lid switch, the majority of them are. What can a customer do to check the switch on their washer?  I call it the clickity-click test.  It is not a technical test but it can narrow down the suspected part very quickly.  Take a screwdriver and slowly depress the lid switch mechanism and listen for a sharp crisp clicking sound.  If you do not hear the clicking sound the washer lid switch is most likely bad.  There is water vapor that gets into the switch mechanism and corrodes the contacts.  Technicians can verify a bad lid switch by using a ohm-meter.

By |2019-02-06T12:15:16-06:00November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Refrigerator Icemaker Tips

Our Boise customers rely heavily on the proper operation of their refrigerator’s built-in icemaker, especially when the Boise temperatures get hot in the summer months. We want to keep the icemaker working good at all times and avoid costly repairs. When our Boise residents leave town for a long period of time, you should never forget to shut off the icemaker by turning off the power switch or pushing the lever up to disable it. This will ensure that in the event of a malfunction, the refrigerator will not leak extensively and will limit any possible damage to the refrigerator or floor.

By |2019-02-06T11:54:26-06:00July 18th, 2017|Appliance Repair Boise|0 Comments

It’s been a tough Boise winter!

I’m real glad the snow in Boise has finally melted and from what I understand, most of my customers are too. Let’s face it folks, a little bit of snow is great and it is sure nice around Christmas but enough is enough! I have not shoveled so much snow in my life and my body was about to give out, ouch, my aching back! Let’s hope our next Boise winter will be a mild one.

By |2019-02-06T11:49:33-06:00February 20th, 2017|Appliance Repair Boise|0 Comments

Oven Burner Not Turning Off

The right-front burner on this oven was not shutting off even though the knob was set to “off”.  This created a danger to the small children that lived in the house.  It could have easily resulted in a child getting burned unnecessarily.  Luckily when problems like this occur, western Boise appliance repair is close by to lend a hand.  We arrived with the part and had this oven fixed quickly.

By |2019-02-06T12:09:51-06:00February 2nd, 2015|Boise’s Appliance Repair DIY, Ovens|0 Comments

Maytag Neptune Washer Diagnostic

Maytag Washing Machine Front-Load Neptune would not spin.  Water would enter the tub and fill but the tub would not rotate during the spin or agitate cycle.  Recently, the area had been flooded with water due to a water leak. I think I have all the information I will need in order to start my troubleshooting task so let’s get to work!  Step 1: Visually inspect the Motor Control circuit board.  II will get into the reasons for this later.  The first thing we want to do is remove power from washing machine.  Remove the power cord from the wall socket.  Remember that safety comes first.  Step 2:  Remove the door.  Remove two Phillips head screws that are located on door hinge.  Gently lift the door upwards while pulling out to remove door and hinges.  This may be tricky but you will get it.  Be sure to hold the door firmly.    Step 3:  Remove the front panel by twisting the upper left and right panel and pulling outwards.  Rotate on the hinges. Step 4:  Inspect the motor controller.  The washer motor controller should be located in the front right corner.  Inspect for burning or shorting. Note:  The reason I chose to inspect the motor control board first is because I know that a flood over a few inches on the floor can reach the electronics.  Do you remember what the customer said about the flood?  It is kind of like being a detective.  Here are the results of our [...]

By |2019-02-06T12:08:35-06:00August 26th, 2014|Boise’s Appliance Repair DIY, Washers|0 Comments