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How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?

Today I received my new refrigerator, and I've been told not to plug it in until a couple of hours have gone by. Some people told me a couple of hours was enough, but others have told me up to 12 ...
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What is the correct way to wire a 4 prong oven receptacle?

I think I wired this the right way but I can't find an online reference that I trust enough to flip the breaker back on. This is how I wired it. Is this correct?
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Why is my dryer taking longer to dry clothes?

I know nothing of dryers... but my dryer is taking longer and longer to dry clothes. I've heard this is very common among dryers and I was wondering what it might mean. Is there a specific part I ...
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How do I replace oven insulation that has been soiled by mice and smells bad?

We've had mice work their way into the oven insulation of our standalone range and now it stinks when we turn the oven on. Looking around on the web suggests that replacing the oven is the most ...
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Can a dryer be vented through the roof?

In my home the dryer vent is set up to vent out into an enclosed back porch. The problem is that all sorts of lint (and heat) get pumped out into that enclosed area and makes a mess. Directly above ...
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How to use grounded European plug of coffee maker correctly in middle east countries?

I have bought a coffee maker with a European plug which doesn't have a grounding pin like our plugs here in Israel have. Here is a picture of the splitter I use and the European power plug: As seen ...
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Can I put my deep freezer on a hardwood floor?

I am wanting to get a small deep freezer for my kitchen upstairs. I have hardwood floors and I am concerned about potential water damage from a power outage and the freezer defrosting and getting ...
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Vampire Power Draw and Power Strips

Can a standard power strip (when switched off) stop vampire power draw from electronics?? I'd rather not buy one of those new-fangled "smart" power strips for $30 - $40 if a standard one will do -- I ...
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Orange flame on all appliances

I have an orange flame in all my gas appliances (gas furnace, gas water heater, and gas stove) and cannot seem to determine the cause. Background So far, I have had the gas company come out. I had ...
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How do I discharge the capacitor of my refrigerator?

In order to avoid electric shock, I need to discharge the capacitor of my refrigerator before working on it. How do I do it, and where can I buy an appropriate power resistor?
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Should I be concerned about fridge/freezer airflow?

We just recently had the following counter/cabinet system put into our basement family room. After everything was done, I started to get concerned about airflow. The enclosure was built in such a ...
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What is involved in installing a free-standing electric oven range?

My current oven just plugs into a big outlet in the wall. It's a giant three-pronged outlet. But all I need to do to get the oven to work (when it works) is to plug it into the outlet. I am now ...
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Bought a US appliance and powered directly off Aus mains, is it boned?

Hope this is on topic for this stackexchange. I recently bought a lamp from the US and had it shipped to Australia. Stupidly I powered it straight off the mains through an adapter. The device is ...
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How do I diagnose an occasionally leaking dishwasher?

We are remodeling our kitchen, part of which will be replacing the vinyl flooring. When pulling out the vinyl and 1/4" plywood I found many water stains which appear to have started under my ...
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Why am I finding condensation in my dryer?

I live in Houston, TX (Very Hot, Very Humid). In the summertime, my dryer is dripping with water, when not in use. I do not have overly excessive drying times. My dryer is vented via an unfortunate ...
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Why does my dryer duct have such a long vertical portion?

My dryer duct follows this path: Flex duct leaving the dryer Four feet of vertical rigid steel duct down into crawlspace Eight feet of horizontal rigid steel duct, immediately below the floor Outlet ...
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Why is there water in my washing machine barrel some time after a load?

I have a frigidaire front load washing machine, and we are finding a few inches of water in the barrel after running a load, but not right away -- it takes at least 1/2 an hour before the water ...
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Why would all pizeoelectric plugs spark when igniting just one gas stove burner?

When trying to ignite a single burner on a 2012 model gas stove, all 5 of the piezoelectric plugs start to spark. Once the chosen burner lights and I adjust the flame all the plugs stop sparking. ...
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Is there a problem in putting an oven over the microwave oven?

I have an electric oven and a microwave oven. I used to keep the microwave on top of the old refrigerator. Now I've got a taller new refrigerator, and I read it's not safe to keep the microwave oven ...
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What do I need to connect a refrigerator water line?

I currently have a water valve behind my refrigerator, but it's not hooked up to our current refrigerator. I have no tubing coming out of the valve. We purchased a new refrigerator and want to hook ...
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How do I install a water line to my refrigerator?

Recently bought a new refrigerator that has an ice maker and now I want to run a water line to the refrigerator (there is not one there right now). The cold water line is pretty much right below the ...
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How to repair a microwave door with a broken spot weld

My microwave door slacks down and I have to lift it up a bit before shutting it. I sent this picture to Frigidaire and asked what I should do: Their support emailed me back saying: I'm sorry, ...
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Why is my two month old dishwasher exuding a terrible smell?

In July I purchased a new Whirlpool Gold Series dishwasher model WDF750SAYW1. The machine has done a great job cleaning dishes, but in recently has begun to emit a terrible smell. The stench is not ...
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Why is the small white box near my fridge's compressor making an incessant clicking sound?

I have a small Frigidaire (model FRT045GB) ~9 months old (but shockingly outside of warranty) which recently started clicking. Actually it almost sounds like a small water pump? I have been able to ...
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How do you descale a dishwasher heating element?

I've tried something I got at Lowes (with the wax plug, you put upside down) and CLR. The CLR worked the best, but didn't really get it off and it's building up again. I've heard vinegar will work ...
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Is it safe to put a clothes washer outdoors?

I will be short on usable indoor space for a while, but want to be able to wash clothes on site. Are there any issues with putting a washer (and perhaps, a dryer) outdoors? Perhaps it needs to be ...
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My house is nearing 20 years, what will break soon?

Okay, I recently learned that most appliances/things start breaking once the house reaches around 20 years. I'm running 19 now. From what I have heard, roof (although mine is apparently a 30 year ...
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What are ways to clean glass top ranges undergoing heavy use?

We are avid cooks and our cooktop witnesses almost daily use. To that effect, does this picture of suggest permanent wear, or can it be cleaned? Either case, any way of cleaning or mitigating the ...
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What should I check for before turning on an OLD dish washer for the first time?

We recently purchased a house with a REALLY old dishwasher. The inspection report says that it "appears to be in working condition" but I'm paranoid of having a plumbing mess if we start using it. ...
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Does it make sense for a freezer to work , but the refrigerator to not work?

We have a relatively new fridge (~2 years). Its got the double door over/under freezer, but the door has a weird way that it closes in that it can get stuck open very easily. The fridge was left ...
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What is an oven anti-tip device and how do you install one?

I'm trying to sell a home, and we're in the inspection / repair phase. The buyers asked for me to install an anti-tip device for the oven in the kitchen, and I'm not even sure what that is. Can ...
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How can I make a fake ground output?

I'm having problems with my electrical oven: I get shocked when I touch it. I think the way to solve this is to connect the ground wire it has (the green wire) to ground? The problem with that is ...
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Who to call to fix electric oven?

My electric oven stopped heating. The range works fine. The digital controls work fine. The oven light works fine. But neither the element at the bottom of the oven nor the one at the top heat up at ...
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What type of refrigeration is recommend in a cabin with sub-freezing temperatures?

In the winter the indoor temperatures in our cabin often reach as low as 10° F (-12° C). We had an old refrigerator that worked just fine in these circumstances, but when we purchased a new ...
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Why is our brand new dishwasher not draining?

So, some background on this issue first... our old dishwasher seemed to work fine when we first moved into this house, but within the last year it started having a drainage issue. Water would be left ...
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What test can I do to my washer's gearbox to determine whether or not it is bad?

I have a Kenmore washing machine (model 110.92273100) that doesn't spin. I've taken the gearbox off, and when I spin the input shaft (motor coupler), it seems to act the way I would expect. When I ...
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How should I connect electrical wires to a cooktop (platetop)?

I'm having some problems understanding how to connect some electric wires for a platetop. The wire colors normally mean, blue=N, brown=L, and yellow/green=PE. My problem is, the platetop has L1 ...
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How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?

I've bought an appliance power cord for my dishwasher, however, unlike this cable: (my car was parked) only the green (ground) cable is colored. Does this mean that when I connect the cord to the ...
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Can I use the original drain line after I move my washing machine twenty feet away?

I currently have a washing machine and dryer in the basement and wish to move them both upstairs. I can tap into the same drain line, but it will be about 20' from the old p-trap. Should I install a ...
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Why does my Whirlpool refrigerator ice maker not make ice exactly one day a week every week?

My Whirlpool Gold refrigerator's ice maker does not make ice one day a week. After that day it begins to make ice again as normal. I think I read in the manual about a setting for Jewish households ...
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Could stepping down from 220V/50Hz to 110V/60Hz cause issues with household electronics? [closed]

I have a USA market Yamaha stereo receiver RX-V563 which is 110V/60Hz. I have moved to China and have a 220V/110V stepdown transformer but I can not get my receiver to work. The lights come on but I ...
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How to get discount prices for replacement parts

I inherited an old fridge a while back that had a broken ice maker. I never had an ice maker before I so started to look into fixing it. I found a parts store and bought a new one for $100 and ...
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How do I interpret the power supply specs for an electric convection oven?

I bought an electric convection oven. The manual says the NEMA 14-30 plug should be connected to: 120/240 Volt, 20 Amp, 60 Hz power supply or 120/208 Volt, 20 Amp, 60 Hz power supply. I ...
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How to move stacked washer/dryer from closet

I'd like to replace the water hoses on my stacked washer/dryer set - the purchase records for the set show that they are 6 years old, and as far as I know the hoses have never been replaced. They are ...
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Refrigerator Knocks

I have an older refrigerator (~10 years?) that came with the house I bought 2 years ago. It's always made occasional noises, which I chalked up to the motor and/or ice maker starting. Lately, the ...
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How do you access under a front loading washing machine drum to remove a trapped coin?

We had a coin trapped under our front loading washing machine drum (found out after it was removed). The washing machine engineer got it out by prising the lip of the inside of the drum upwards, ...
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How do I clean a stainless steel gas cooktop without harming the surface?

How does one remove the burnt-on grease spots on a stainless steel gas cooktop without harming the stainless? I have used all types of gentle detergents.
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Should We Put our Washer and Dryer Outside? [duplicate]

We have very limited space in our home for a washer & dryer. We are thinking about putting them outside. We have an outdoor patio where 3 sides are part of the structure (the house). There is also ...
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Is there an online way to check my appliance power usage?

I'm considering replacing my old appliances (refrigerator, washer & dryer) with a more efficient model. Is there a website or simple method to look up their measured power usage ?
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How can I figure out why my washing machine is tripping the GFCI receptacle?

I have a Kenmore 80 Series (Model No. 110.24872300) washing machine which up to this point has been working fine. Since it is near a sink, the outlet it is plugged into is a GFCI outlet. On the last ...