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Boise’s Appliance Repair DIY

Our professional staff at Western Appliance Repair shares their valuable knowledge and skill with Boise residents. If you have repair project in your home and you need it fixed fast, your options are sometimes limited. Call a pro or attempt the fix yourself to save money and time. The latter is sometimes the best option.

We like to share this information with you because we realize the difficulty in repairing today’s high-tech appliances. In the “old days”, we could sometimes get by with replacing a washing machine timer or belt. In this day and age our appliances are built with sensors, actuators, and electronic controls. This can make a repair project more difficult.

In this category, we will be providing some useful tips that we have learned over a long period of time.

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.

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.  

    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 inspection:  you’ll see the burning around R17 of the Maytag Motor control board.  This concludes our diagnosis. So, now the question is, do we repair or replace?  My advice, if this older Maytag Neptune washer is not too “used and abused” is to fix it.  Pay the money.  The older Maytag Neptune washer and dryers are solid and can last for years to come, with proper maintenance and operation, of course.  I would rather keep this Maytag washer then buy some of the newer models.  Sometimes even newer models need repair so you are not “out of the woods” by purchasing a new one.


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 lie in the compressor motor, the defrost timer, the condenser fan motor, the capacitor or relay, the overload, or the thermostat. Western Appliance Repair is a known expert for repair of refrigerators in Boise, Idaho. You can always rely on the prompt and efficient services of our skilled team.