D-I-Y Appliance Repair

Tips on Fixing Your Own Appliances

Appliance Repair Advice

Having more than just a few years in appliance sales, I've often had the impulse to do some minor repairs on my own appliances. It never went well. For example, replacing a refrigerator door gasket seemed like an easy job, but in my case it turned into a nightmare. Did you know that in the process of replacing a gasket, you may have to remove and re-install both the door and the door liner? Not a fun experience. Here are some tips to save you time and money:

1. Be certain of your diagnosis.

What's the problem? Refrigerator not cooling. This can be many things. If your use and care manual doesn't help, you might be able to get a repair manual and/or a parts list from your nearby appliance parts house. It's not always possible, but it is so much better if you know what needs to be fixed or replaced before you start taking things apart.

2. Learn what you need to do before you begin.

Review online help pages and videos that demonstrate the process. There are many YouTube videos by appliance service companies and appliance manufacturers demonstrating common repairs.

3. Assemble the necessary parts and tools in advance.

Nobody wants to remove a refrigerator and freezer door, only to find out that there is a broken plastic part on the hinge assembly that also needs to be replaced, and by the way, the part is on backorder. Order all the parts you might need, just in case.

4. Clear your work area in advance.

If you're working in the kitchen, at a minimum you'll need a floor mat, a few small boxes or trays for saving screws, bolts, clips or other small parts that need to be re-attached later, and a place to put large parts such as doors, etc. Make a list so you know the order in which you removed parts, and can replace them in the reverse order. In some cases, its better to remove the appliance from the kitchen entirely and take it out to a workshop or garage if you have this option.

5. Have a backup plan.

If you get stuck, be ready to call a friend for help, use the nearby coin laundry until that backordered part arrives, and as always… count on your friends at Arizona Wholesale Supply to save the day with a new appliance!


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Spring Cleaning Your Dishwasher

4 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining your Dishwasher

1. Clean the dishwasher filter

Some dishwashers have built-in food disposers, i.e. choppers (above) while others have filters that collect larger food particles. Periodically, the filters need to be removed and cleaned. Read the operating instructions of your dishwasher to determine how often your dishwasher filter needs cleaning. We clean ours about once a month.

2. Check for water leaks and bad seals.

It’s a good idea to examine and clean the gasket that seals the dishwasher door with the liner. Eventually, this seal could develop tears, gaps, or cracks. Replace when necessary (service call). Also, take a look at the water inlet connection and hose, as well as the drain hose. If your house is older, the water inlet valve might show some corrosion. Be aware, that this could become a problem, so keep an eye on it. When you eventually replace the dishwasher, replace the connecting hoses as well as the valve. In the meantime, any hoses that show signs of kinks, splits or leaks should be replaced.

3. Inspect the dishwasher interior.

Do the dishwasher racks roll in and out smoothly? You might be able to tighten or replace a faulty wheel. Also, if any of the coating on the racks has worn off, the racks could begin to rust. Take a good look at the dishwasher tank itself, and satisfy yourself that it is also in good condition.

4. Test the controls and give the dishwasher front a good once over.

As long as you’re doing periodic maintenance, test the dishwasher controls. You never know when you might want to use the quick wash, the china cycle, the sani-cyle, etc. Finally, run your hand along the door edges, examine the latch and hinges: lubricate if needed.

Depending on the dishwasher, an average life expectancy could be 10-12 years. Premium dishwashers might easily last for up to 15 years. And at least one of the very high end luxury (expensive) dishwashers is promoted as being built to last 20 years. Take good care of your dishwasher and it will take good care of you.

When it’s time to replace, have your contractor or remodeler contact Arizona Wholesale Supply to help you with a new dishwasher that meets your needs and your budget. Arizona Wholesale Supply carries all the major brands as well as a wide variety of specialty brands, and has been Arizona’s leading distributor since 1944. Family Owned and Operated.

Dishwasher Brands available at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Asko, Bosch, Dacor, Fisher&Paykel Frigidaire, GE, Gaggenau, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Miele, Monogram, Thermador, Viking, Whirlpool


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Spring Cleaning for your Appliances

Tips for keeping your appliances in good shape

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It’s that time of year again – spring cleaning. While you’d like to be outside enjoying the orange blossoms, you also need to devote some time to getting your appliances ready for the workout ahead, since the busy summer that follows can put stress on your major appliances.

In general, you should move your freestanding appliances away from the wall and clean underneath and behind them. Replace burned out bulbs, both inside and out, clean filters, and make sure all appliance clocks are set accurately. Below are some more specific tips for your refrigerator. We’ll follow with spring cleaning advice for your washer, dryer, range, and dishwasher so be sure to return to this blog page regularly.

Refrigerator

General check-up

Clean the gasket. Does it appear to be in good shape. Perform the dollar bill test. Close the door with a dollar bill against the refrigerator door opening. Will the refrigerator hold the dollar bill? If the bill falls out by itself you’ve got an air leak, and should consider replacing your gasket.

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Refrigerator Condenser Coils
Depending on your refrigerator, there may be condenser coils that require cleaning. These coils can get very dusty and should be vacuumed or cleaned with a brush. If you don’t know where the coils are, the owner’s manual may be helpful. Many refrigerators have coils that are self-cleaning and not accessible. So don’t worry about them if you can’t get at your condenser coils. That’s a good sign that they are self-cleaning.

Refrigerator drip pans
Just as the condenser coils above, you may have a drip pan that needs attention. For removable drip pans, all you need to do is slide them out and empty any build-up of water. They should accessible from the bottom front of your refrigerator, behind the toe plate. Honestly, in Arizona it’s not that common that you’ll have an issue here. The refrigerator drip pan collects any excess moisture that is created by your refrigerator’s operation. In most cases this is a very small amount and it evaporates quickly, so you won’t need to worry about it. Again, refer to your owner’s manual.

Water Filter
If you have an automatic ice maker and/or water dispenser, you’ll typically have a water filter cartridge in your refrigerator. The filters are good for 6 months to 1 year and have a capacity of 200-750 gallons of water.

The filter indicator alarm or light will notify you that it is time to replace the filter. In some refrigerators there is also an early warning so that you can purchase a filter to have it on hand when it’s time to replace. It’s not something that you should ignore indefinitely. Most of these filters are of the carbon block variety. If you continue to use an old filter, not only does it lose its ability to filter your water, but it could eventually begin to release the contaminants that it has previously removed.

Other Refrigerator Filters
Recently, appliance firms have been adding air filters and/or produce preservers. The air filters are there to reduce odors in the refrigerator, and the produce preservers reduce ethelyne in the air emitted by certain produce and are there to make your produce last longer.

That’s it for your refrigerator tune-up. Check back on this blog soon for maintenance tips on other appliances.


For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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