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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 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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What product will work best for repairing a clothes dryer drum which is cracking along the Weld?

My clothes dryer's drum is made of aluminum rolled into a cylinder and welded together along a single seam. The weld has developed a crack approximately 1" long, and is opened by about 1/8th of an ...
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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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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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Freezer sides are hot all the time

I have an upright freezer (Maytag) that's 2 years old. It used to work very quetly and with cool exterior for the past 2 years but in the last ~5 weeks, the sides / top are hot all the time (105 ...
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What type of damage can power surges do?

I've lived in this apartment for a couple of years and electricity have always been bad (a demand in power from a device systematically causes others to fade off). I know that a power surge can cause ...
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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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Vacuum belt sliding off of rotator

I have an upright vacuum cleaner with rotating brushes at the intake. What rotates them is a belt that is rotated by a small rotating divot-looking thing. The belt is always falling off of that ...
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Proper way to test AC voltage for dishwasher hookup

I am trying to connect my new dishwasher to the electrical cable coming up into my kitchen from down in the basement. This (white) cable actually houses 3 smaller wires inside of it: A white wire ...
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Solving freezing vent in refrigerator

I have a KitchenAid refrigerator model KSRS22MWMWS, a side by side model purchased in 2011. In the wall between the freezer and refrigerator is a vent in which ice builds up until it becomes ...
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Reducing a 3/4“ Male Flare to a 1/2” Male Flare

I currently have 1/2" hose and female flare fittings that I need to connect to a larger 3/4" flare. I went to a local plumbing supply store and the set of parts they gave me seems a little excessive ...
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Oven Timer not Beeping

I have a Whirlpool GR448LXPQ Electric Oven/Stove. When the timer is set, it counts down to 0, then shows end, but it doesn't beep. The beeper, however, does work when pressing the buttons. I was ...
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Why does my washer trip circuit breaker on sanitize cycle?

Bought this machine used and the seller failed to mention this to me or this is a problem with my wiring. All cycles complete 100% on this machine (LG model WM2277HW), except for the aforementioned ...
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Refrigerator freezes contents, even when set to warmest setting

Our refrigerator, an Amana/Whirlpool ABB1921DEW5, works very well -- rather too well, even, as the contents of the refrigerator are freezing, even with the refrigerator thermostat on its warmest ...
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Electrolux vacuum lightbulb keeps burning out?

Asking for a relative. Older Electrolux Canister Vacuum with a light in the power head. May be model 6500. Bulbs keep burning out quickly. In a month he's gone through 4 bulbs. Any idea what could be ...
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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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Help identify this electric clothes dryer part from an Asko T701 dryer?

I just replaced the drum rollers on my Asko T701 electric clothes dryer. As I was removing the front frame to access the rollers, this metal part fell out (the Sharpie is just there for scale): I ...
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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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Replacing stacked gas washer/dryer igniter

I have a GE stacked gas washer/dryer #GTUP270GM4WW trying to replace the igniter,Took off front panel and can't get my hand in there let alone a screwdriver to get at the screw holding it in.I see ...
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How would I troubleshoot a faulty GE electric oven?

When in bake mode the bake element will start to function by heating up, but after a brief time, there will be 2 audible clicks and it will shut off well before reaching the designated temp. It ...
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Electrical cable getting warm

I have an oil filled radiant heater that is several years old. I've tried it in multiple electrical outlets and the electrical cable on it gets hot close to the end that gets plugged in. It also feels ...
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Is slightly high voltage bad for a refrigerator?

I had a mini freezer fail. I bought a new one which worked for a day or two, but I came home today and it was not running and the compressor was hot and everything in it melted. I measured the ...
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5 wire hob to 4 wire junction

Looking for verification before I have this wired. The hob is 220-240v 50/60Hz 11Kw being wired to a 50 amp breaker. The hob has 5 wires; 4 hot 1 ground. Me Electrical has 4 wires; 2 120v hot, ...
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Can I power a separate cooktop and wall oven from a single circuit?

I am replacing my 240V electric cooking range with a glass cooktop (with 4 heating plates) and a separate wall oven. The old cooking range was a plug-in. The two new appliances (the glass cooktop ...
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What to look at first when when circuit 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 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 ...
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Why would the magnetic switch on my refrigerator door trip when the freezer door opens instead?

This is pretty strange: a few months ago I moved into a new apartment with a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator (freezer on top). It's a fairly basic unit, and until today it worked OK. This morning I ...
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How do I fix a broken microwave door hook latch?

I accidentally snapped off one of the hook latches on my microwave door - the door will shut, since the other latch is still there, but the safety mechanism of the oven prevents it from operating ...
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Why is water sitting under the basket of my GE topload washer?

I have noticed that when my washer cycle is finished and I open the lid while its finishing the spin cycle I can hear water under the steel drum as if it is not drained all the way. This is driving ...
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Repairing wire dishwasher racks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to repair (and is it worth the trouble to) a rusty dishwasher rack? We have a dishwasher with wire racks on the inside. The racks have a plastic coating on them, but ...
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How do I fix a dishwasher leak and repair damage to surrounding cabinets?

I have a Whirlpool dishwasher bought in 2005 that evidently leaks steam from the side and has caused mold to build up on the cabinet door that is next to it. What could cause this to happen and how ...
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Identify a washing machine part - the exit port

I'm trying to identify (= find the name for) a washing machine component. Unfortunately, I don't have this part - I gave it to my landlord who is looking for a replacement. It's basically the exit ...
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Help replacing the heating element for a yogurt maker [closed]

I'm trying to repair my mother's BEL yogurt maker (model B15) and although it would be easier, faster and probably cheaper to just buy a new one I know she really wants this one to work and thought it ...
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Why won't the brake release the drum (tub) in my Simpson 950 Eziset?

When a full cycle is first started there is no "click" and the tub no longer turns as the machine does its "little bit of water here and a little bit there" routine before commencing the wash cycle. ...
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washing machine stops during cycle

My whirlpool ultimate care ii washer stops with water in the tub. It WILL drain if I can get the timer to start again. I can usually get it to start again by moving the dial back around, and sometimes ...
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MayTag Legacy Series Top of Dryer Won't Open

I can not open the top of my Maytag Legacy Series Dryer. There is a screw on each side of the top of the dryer pinning it down to the base? What do I do now to get to the rest of the dryer since the ...
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Fix bulging back wall in GE Monogram zdwr240 wine reserve

In my pantry I have a under the counter wine cellar. Suddenly the door wouldn't close anymore. A little investigation showed that the back wall was bulging significantly. I am tempted to just try use ...
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Should I look into getting an active or passive whole-house humidifier?

My wife and I moved into our place a few months ago. Now that is is winter, the humidity levels dropped down to 20% throughout the house. We want to install a whole-house humidifier to raise it up ...
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Logic Board for LG WM3677HW [closed]

The logic board on my LG WM3677HW washing machine (part # 6871ER1003E) is shot -- really, really shot, to the point where it was smoking last time I tried to power on the machine. LG says that the ...
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How to know that new appliance won't trip the circuit?

I'm buying new appliances and want to make sure I won't trip the circuit. MW/convection is 950 W, 1750 W and 900W for three different functions. There is 20 Amp circuit for that. the new stove ...
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Test gas cooktop without a gas line?

I've found a great deal on a used cooktop. We're eventually going to remodel the kitchen so have been collecting things as we go along. The catch is that this cooktop is for natural gas, and we have ...
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What could happen if a 240 stove cord was improperly installed and then stove was plugged in to the receptacle?

I think my new stove cord was installed incorrectly — after being plugged in we heard a ((whooooaamp)) sound and all the lights in the house flickered, now none of my 220 appliances will work ...
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Should I remove dryer support roller residue and how?

I have a front-loading electric Whirlpool dryer (LER4634PQ0) that's got a sagging drum, making it noisy and causing it to soil clothes. I first noticed it via brown marks on my clothes caused by a ...
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Would this buildup cause “dHE” error on an LG Tromm dryer?

Got the machine off craigslist. During the drying cycle it stops and shows the error. The user manual tells that with dHE error I should inspect the water supply, if the water supply is within spec, ...