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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 ...
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How do I even out a tile floor to properly support a dishwasher?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and I have tiles under the dishwasher. Unfortunately the transition between tiles is not even and 2 tiles are lapping EXACTLY where the dishwasher back wheel is. This makes ...
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Can I share a 240V outlet between two devices?

I have a single 50 amp 240 volt outlet. However, I've been using both my dryer and a welder on this same outlet, both have 3-prong (10-50P) plugs. It can be difficult to plug and unplug cords from ...
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Is there a good reason NOT to reuse the power cord when replacing my electric range/oven?

I'm going to replace my house's original 1970's electric stove (oven+range). I'm pretty sure the store is going to try to sell me a power cord for an extra $20, which isn't a big deal but I'd rather ...
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Where does the ground wire go in a 3-prong dryer cord configuration?

We moved to a new place where the dryer connection is 3-prong instead of 4-prong. The dryer was originally 4-prong, so we bought a 3-prong cord and installed it. It works fine, except I am not ...
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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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What is this device?

It's a bit off topic, but let's see... I live in a condo, and the devices pictured below are found everywhere: in flats, in corridors, even in the car park (they are attached to ceilings) and I have ...
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Do dryer belts need to break in?

I just replaced a broken belt in our Maytag dryer, it was the right belt, identical to the old one, but it's not working so good... It's properly installed, but it's like the belt is slipping when we ...
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AEG “micromat_combi 635” halts with error E14. What to do?

My AEG MICROMAT_COMBI 635 often halts with a beep and an error E14. I then need to temporarily unplug it from the mains power. I remember this annoying error occurring since years (it first made me ...
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Can I put a convection toaster oven over the range?

My over-the-range microwave died and I want to replace it with a convection toaster oven. I would love it to be put where the microwave was, over the stove. Can I do this? I have looked for ...
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Why is my dishwasher causing the dishes to have an odor?

I have a GE Profile Triton XL dishwasher and the dishes come out clean but have an odor to them, it's a metallic/sour smell. Any idea on the proper way to clean it? There is no built in clean cycle. ...
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Why is water from the dispenser slow after replacing the water filter on my refrigerator?

At one of our rental properties, we have a GE GSH25JFXN WW Refrigerator. Our tenant changed out the water filter because of the recommended time to change it. He said that before he changed the filter ...
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How do I stop a leak in a refrigerator water line connection?

I have a copper water line going into my refrigerator. It's leaking at the connector line in the attached picture. It looks like the leak is not from the fridge, but from the connection line, right ...
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Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120V appliance

I am wondering if I can take one of the phases from a 220V circuit that is used to power my cooktop, to power a 120V appliance (small wine cooler) and a 60W LED light transformer. The specifications ...
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Why does my Kenmore washing machine not move out of the wash cycle?

While doing laundry this weekend, it seemed like the washer was taking a very long time to get through 1 regular load. I finally went to check on it and found that it never moved from the very first ...
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What could cause my washing machine to stop before the rinse cycle?

My washing machine will get stuck right before the rinse cycle. The washing machine will be full of water. The way to "fix it" is to twist the knob right after the "rinse" line, find the sweet spot, ...
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What type of centralized home control hardware is available?

I recently got excited about the idea of creating a web software to run locally for my home that could be accessed via computer, smart phone, or tablet, which would give me complete control over most ...
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How do I troubleshoot a dishwasher that runs normally until wash cycle begins, then doesn't wash?

My dishwasher stopped working correctly a couple of weeks ago. After loading dishes and starting it, it successfully fills with water, rinses the dishes, drains, and then switches to the actual ...
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Can I convert a European washing machine to work with a North American outlet?

I'm looking to hook up a European washing machine I got my hands on to either a standard North American outlet (unlikely) or a 220 V appliance outlet. Here's the info I have right now: 230V ...
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Why does my LG Microwave range hood hum loudly when the fan turns on?

Lately once the microwave has been running for more than 5-10 seconds, a very loud humming noise starts happening. When I remove the top vent panel, the humming stops, but I cannot for the life of me ...
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How can I diagnose my fridge's evaporator fan?

How can I find out which part has failed in my fridge? The evaporator fan at the back of the freezer is not working, so the freezer is cold but the fridge is not. How can I figure out if it's the fan ...
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Easy to repair washing machine? [closed]

It appears our front loading Kenmore (aka Whirlpool) may need new main bearings, and various sources (including appliance repair guy and online reading) suggest that replacing them is a non-trivial ...
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Can I mount an over the range microwave in a cabinet?

I have a kitchen configuration with an existing countertop microwave built into a cabinet above an in wall oven. The microwave I'd like to replace it with (Whirlpool Gold) happens to be an over the ...
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What could cause washing machine drum to bang against housing during spin cycle after a repair?

I just replaced the agitator cam and cogs and drive block in my Whirlpool top loading washing machine. I put everything back together exactly according to directions and now the outer drum seems to ...
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Can I replace the insulation in an LG oven?

Something has gotten between insulation and metal of oven. Whatever it was, it was cremated and the smell is bad when oven is turned on. Can the insulation blanket be replaced?
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Gas Oven Stove Will Not Ignite

My wife reported that our GE profile JGS968SEK1SS would not heat. I removed the igniter and it is reporting 99.1 Ohms for continuity, which seems fine to me. What other troubleshooting options do I ...
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Why won't my washer spin even though it still agitates?

I have a Kenmore 80 series washer and it recently stopped spinning and agitating and I found out it was the coupler. So I changed that and it start to work again, normally. After a week or two it ...
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Why did my oven light stop working after cleaning the oven?

I replaced the bulb in the oven with a new bulb and it won't light. Both the old bulb & new bulb work in a table lamp. The light stopped working after cleaning the oven. Any suggestions? Is ...
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Damaged connection when replacing oven element

Our fan oven stopped getting hot the other day so I guessed that it is likely to be the element. Removed the cover and element so I could test it with a multimeter. Unfortunately on one of the ...
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How to make Ariston Hotpoint FMG 863 SK washing machine to use more water

Due to EU and US regulations, latest models of washing machines are really eco-friendly and use much less water thant their previous models. The problem is, this has to be countered by increasing the ...
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How to stop my washing machine from squeaking?

I own a GE WHDSR316G2WW washing machine. It was whisper-silent when new, but after a few years and several off-balance loads, it developed a persistent squeak that seemed to happen mostly when the ...
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Metal back on a slide in electric range

Is it necessary to keep the metal back on a slide in electric range. I have a fan that comes up from the back of the counter and it needs a little more room. The new range will not slide back as far ...
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How can I repair my Bosch dishwasher that won't drain?

My Bosch dishwasher stopped draining. At the end of the cycle, it gets stuck at 1 minute remaining. When I open the door, there's water that hasn't drained. Here's what I've tried: Following the ...
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How do I make sure that a new washing machine doesn't overflow?

My house suffers from a chronic lack of planning on the part of the designer. For example: the piping to my washing machine is both too small, and angled so that the water has to run uphill. This ...
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Should I use 12/3 NM cable for a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop?

I am installing a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop. Will 12/3 NM cable suffice for this? Secondly, I know I need a double-pole breaker because 240 volts is delivered using two out-of-phase 120 volt ...
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Why would a 5-amp refrigerator need a 20 amp circuit?

I'm re-wiring my kitchen and I'm taking notes on the load of all the appliances and lighting, etc. I noticed the following about my refrigerator: It states a 20A circuit requirement, but why? The ...
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Why does my dishwasher detergent get stuck?

My dishwasher isn't working like it's supposed to. Everything seems to be working fine, but then after the machine stops, I open the door and see that my glasses and plates are suspiciously grimy. ...
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Can I vent my dryer 'up'?

We recently moved our dryer into the garage stacked on top of a washer. The easiest way to vent it was straight up about 6' into the attic, then a right turn in the attic 12' out the back of the ...
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How do I hook up a water line to the ice-maker on my old Frigidaire fridge?

I am trying to hook up the ice maker for an old Frigidaire fridge, but there is no line running out of the back. When I opened the access panel I found the water valve but unlike newer water valves ...
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What to look at first when when circut breaker that fridge is on is tripping?

I have a house where the circuit breaker has tripped a few time over the last several days. It flipped one evening, we flipped it back and was ok for a couple days. We went away for the weekend and ...
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Why isn't my refrigerator getting cold?

My compact fridge doesn't get cold, the motor is still running. Ice built up in the freezer part. I defrosted it, and hit it with a hammer to remove the ice. Then I hit something , some kind of smoke ...
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Guidelines for running tv cables behind walls for an HD TV

My in-laws want to mount a new TV on the wall and have asked their contractors (they are in the middle of a renovation) to open a hole above their gas burning fireplace for routing cables to/from the ...
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What are these parts described by the service manual?

The service manual for a LG WM3677HW shows a very bad diagram... and I'm not very familiar with the parts to ID them. The image above tells me to probe 3 components, and if out of spec replace ...
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Can someone explain this interface of frigidaire front load washing machine?

Can someone please explain this interface (the buttons, what do they do?) of front load washing machine from frigidaire?
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Any “upright freezers” that have a water/ice dispenser? [closed]

I'm trying to pick out kitchen appliances for a new kitchen. We like the idea of having a "freezerless refrigerator" side by side with an "upright freezer" so that it has the appearance of a massive ...
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Why is my washing machine making this sound?

I have uploaded a short video of my washing machine's spin cycle. It sounds like there is something scraping and the drum isn't moving very fast. Any ideas as to what this could be? Would it be ...
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What could be causing my washer to make thumping sounds after the spin cycle?

I have a Kenmore model 417.94702300 washer/dryer combo. A couple days ago the washer began making a thumping sound after every spin cycle, whether as part of a wash or just a rinse. I found this ...
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How to keep self cleaning oven from damaging things?

I would like to know some tips/opinions on the self cleaning function of an oven. Can it possibly hurt the oven's own circuitry? what is a good way from preventing surrounding from getting damaged ...