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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

Dryer Repair due to Vent Restriction

Folks, did you know that 90 percent of dryer repair service calls we receive at Western Appliance are due to a restricted house vent?  Let me give you some insight into the mechanics and electrical theory of how this is so. The electric coils in your dryer are designed to handle a specified amount of current based on resistance.  The appliance heats up to a specified temperature based on optimum air flow across the dryer heater coils.  If the air flow across these coils is decreased, this means the temperature of the coils will be higher.  When the temp. is higher across the heater coils, this reduces the liftime of the element.  It also caused thermal fuses and thermostats to go bad. Boise homeowners should get their house vents cleaned, at minimum, every five years. Hope this helps and if you should need appliance repair service, we will be glad to help.

By |2019-02-06T12:13:03-06:00November 5th, 2013|Dryers|0 Comments

Boise Refrigerator Tips

One of the common problems with refrigerators is poor cooling. Especially when your GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, Frigidaire or Hotpoint refrigerator is a few years old, you can expect to face cooling issues sometimes. Temporary Low Cooling At first, you should check whether the issue is just temporary, and it may have occurred due to opening the door of the refrigerator too frequently in hot or humid weather, particularly if there are several people or guests at home. Such problem may not require refrigerator repair, and you can simply wait overnight, and the next morning you will find the normal cooling effect inside the refrigerator. If the Cooling Stops Completely Sometimes you may find that the refrigerator has stopped cooling completely, and the food and beverages inside are as warm as they are outside. In such a situation, before you call an appliance repair company, just check if the thermostat switch is set on the right level. If that is okay, the next step should be to check whether the compressor is functioning normally. If you notice that the compressor motor is making a mild humming sound as usual, then you can assume that the compressor is working fine, and the problem may lie in some other component. Other Potential Problems In case you find that the compressor motor is not functioning, while the power supply to the refrigerator is normal, it may be time to call up a professional appliance Boise firm for your refrigerator repair. The defect may [...]

By |2019-02-06T12:06:40-06:00April 12th, 2013|Boise’s Appliance Repair DIY, Refrigerators|0 Comments

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 |2019-02-06T11:55:26-06:00September 24th, 2012|Appliance Repair Boise, Refrigerators|0 Comments

Frigidaire

Frigidaire celebrated it’s 95th anniversary in 2011.   It was founded in 1916 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   The company was originally bought from engineer Alfred Mellowes and a group of investors by General Motors.   In 1919, the company was moved to Detroit and mass production of refrigerators began. The Frigidaire Appliance division makes cook-tops, stoves, wall ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, garbage disposals, water dispensers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, toasters, coffee makers, and irons.  Frigidaire’s are built to last.  The Professional Collection has Pro-Select Controls, Heavy Duty Grates, and professional style knobs.   Ovens/stoves have Power-Plus Boil and Power Plus Convection. In 1921 GM transferred the manufacturing to Dayton, OH and a division of Delco Light.  During this time porcelain coating, insulation, and temperature controls in refrigerators were introduced.  Frigidaire also began producing ice-cream cabinets, soda fountains, drinking fountains, and grocery freezers. Mass production brought the price of a Frigidaire refrigerator to the low price of $468 by 1926.  Between 1919 and 1929 Frigidaire sold more than 1 million refrigerators.  By 1941 it had sold over 6 million. In 1929 they introduced the first home chest size food freezer.  1931 freon was used as a refrigerant.  1938 brought the first window air conditioner. During the 1930’s Frigidaire offered other appliances.  Ranges, ovens, water heaters, washers and dryers.   Right before WWII Frigidaire claimed they had the world’s largest refrigerator plant with over 20,000 employees in the U.S.    During the war production was turned over to defense items including aircraft parts, propellers, gas [...]

By |2019-02-06T11:46:56-06:00September 23rd, 2012|Appliance Brand History, Appliance Repair Boise|0 Comments

Kenmore

In the United States, one in three homes has a Kenmore appliance.  It is sold exclusively through Sears. They all carry the Energy Star seal.   No one knows where the name “Kenmore” originated.  It may have been a person’s name. the name of a town, or a street in Chicago.  Kenmore manufactures refrigerator’s, washers (front-load; top-load; stacked sets), dryers, dishwashers, ovens, garbage disposals, ranges, BBQ’s, trash compactors, and microwave ovens.  They are a division of Sears and were also known in the past as Coldspot.  They make appliances for your laundry, kitchen and backyard.  Small appliances made are blenders, food processors, mixers, coffee makers, coffee grinders and brewers, espresso makers, portable induction cook-tops, toasters, toaster ovens, slow cookers, fryers, combo grills, and vacuum sealers.  Kenmore has manufactured sunlamps, electric baby bottle sterilizers, and electric blankets. Counter top appliance colors include black, white, orange, red, black, and stainless steel.   Washer/dryer colors are white, ginger, chili pepper.   Dishwasher colors:  stainless steel, silver mist, white, black, and bisque.  Refrigerator colors:  white, black, stainless steel, metallic, and bisque.  They have French door trio options and Grab ‘n Go Doors. Laundry features include the Rugged Cycle; the Workout Cycle; Time Management Technology; Soft Heart Technology; and a triple action agitator. Dishwasher features are Smart Display consoles; Elite drawers inside; Turbo-Zone rotating spray jets. Refrigerator features have the Ultra Fresh Package with Micro-ban Antimicrobial Protection built-in.  They offer PURE Ultimate II filtration; Space Savers Ice Systems; Shaved Ice from front dispenser; Tilt & Take Freezers. Ranges [...]

By |2019-02-06T11:48:07-06:00September 22nd, 2012|Appliance Brand History, Appliance Repair Boise|0 Comments