Questions tagged [appliances]

For questions relating to powered consumer products that perform some value-added task within a home, including but not limited to hot water heaters, stoves/ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, etc. For questions specifically relating to furnaces or air conditioners, see the "hvac" tag.

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How to prevent live/neutral/ground cables being swapped? [closed]

A few years ago, I made the mistake of swapping the live and neutral wires on an appliance. The switch was only connected to the live wire, but since the wires were swapped, the whole circuit bypassed ...
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Why does my oven trip the kitchen circuit fuse?

After a recent refurb where some of the electrics were also changed (including consumer unit and a full rewire), I noticed that when using the oven it would sometimes trip the kitchen fuse. Where ...
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Cause of thumping noise and resistance to rotation by rotor in Fisher Paykel AquaSmart top loading washer?

I have a Fisher/Paykel AquaSmart top loading washer model WL37T26CW2. Since about 3 months the direct drive makes a thumping noises during wash / spin cycles, and makes thumping noises and shows ...
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Dehumidifier (Whirlpool SS226) doesn't even turn on now

Hope someone can help me so I know whether to bother trying to fix it. I have a Whirlpool SS226 dehumidifier. I used it quite often last year. I just dug it out last week to use again. When I turned ...
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What’s up with this washer’s wiring?

My washing machine starting acting strangely today. While it was washing it would periodically beep and all the LEDs would flash at the same time. It started getting worse and just beeping ...
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What happens if the washing machine discharge hose is too far down the stand pipe?

I never knew you shouldn't insert more than 5" of the hose down the stand pipe. Installed mine about a year ago, and I believe I had at least 12" down the pipe. Haven't seen any problem so ...
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Dryer Outlet Upgrade 3 to 4 prong

I have a new Whirlpool dryer with a 4 prong cord. I have a 3 prong outlet in my wall with two 10 awg hot (black) and one 10 awg insulated green ground. In the circuit panel, the two hots are connected ...
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Strange violin-like sound from refrigerator

I'm noticing an occasional noise coming from my refrigerator that sounds almost like someone is playing a violin that is badly out of tune. I did some research into refrigerator noises, but I can't ...
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Splitting 220 line on a 60 AMP breaker

there are variations of this question out there but I haven’t seen this exact scenario. I am remodeling half of my home and I had an old 220 line running to a dry that we converted to gas. Contractors ...
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Why does my fridge turn itself off?

My KitchenAid fridge intermittently turns off, and the only way to turn it back on is to turn off thermostat to off and then back to on (setting 1/2/3/4/5). Any idea what is the issue?
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How to restore the brushed finish on stainless steel appliances

Someone in our household absentmindedly used a green ScotchBrite pad to clean a couple of the stainless steel appliances in our kitchen. In some cases, they went across/against the grain. The ...
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Wiring 6000W 110V Crepe Maker

I have a China-made commercial size crepe maker with double griddles/plates. The back plate states that it is 110V, 5400W, while the online data lists it as 6000w (2x3000). It comes without a plug, ...
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Cause of recurring out-of-balance during wash / spin cycle in Fisher Paykel AquaSmart top loading washer?

I have a Fisher/Paykel AquaSmart top loading washer model WL37T26CW2. Since about a month ago the washer repeatedly goes out of balance mid-wash, even with the smallest lightest fewest number of items,...
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Is it possible to plumb an appliance with a reservoir directly to a filtered water supply?

I have a Ninja CP307 coffee maker. It's great, but I hate having to fill it up with filtered water every day. It sits next to my fridge which I plumbed up to my reverse osmosis water system. I assume ...
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Whirlpool washer intermittent high-speed spin

I have a Whirlpool Duet direct-drive front-load washer from 2014, model # WFW170H68W2. It washes fine, but when it's time to spin out the water, it only intermittently gets up to high-speed spin. ...
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Bosch Refrigerator turns off by itself and doesn't come back on

The title is pretty much it Refrigerator turns off I unplug the cord for 20 seconds I plug it back in - it works again (2nd time this happened) Things I tried / checked : resetting breaker (no ...
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Bosch Nexxt 100 Washer wires damaged while replacing motor brushes

I have a Bosch Nexxt 100 washer, model WFMC1001UC. The carbon brushes in the motor need replacing every so often, which is relatively easy. However, this time, while removing the motor from the ...
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What would cause a microwave oven to trip the breaker when I open the door during heating?

I have a Frigidaire FGMV176NTB range hood microwave oven which was installed new about two years ago. It works fine, but recently started tripping the 15A standard breaker it's on (Siemens c. 1992) ...
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Is it safe to have a mechanical relay in an air fryer, or toaster oven?

Edit: The reason this question exists is because I once had a cheap Amazon relay fail on me during something important (switched on and off randomly then on permanently), but apparently well-made ...
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Max power based on voltage

I noticed that induction plates have different max power depending on the (single-phase) current voltage (there are exceptions, but this is what can be usually seen in stores) For instance in Europe (...
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Bosch Dishwasher SHE43R52UC - Perpetually Stuck in Pump Out Cycle - Leak?

At the end of a normal dishwasher cycle (the dishes came clean), the dishwasher never ended the pump out cycle. Even with the door open, it keeps pumping. Adding water from a bucket to the front, it ...
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Is running a vacuum when it's not touching the floor bad for the vacuum?

Some motorized or mechanical devices can somewhat unintuitively be damaged by operating them in a situation where they have to do "less work" than normal. Some examples: Applying the ...
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Will a Samsung refrigerator door cam marked "L" also fit the right door?

My fridge is model RH25H5611SR/AA. When I search for that model number on SamsungParts.com, and then search for "cam" I see parts listed but they all have an "L" in their name. I'm ...
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reuse copper water line for fridge

My current fridge uses copper water line. I ordered a new fridge from Costco and it will be delivered in the next couple of days. Costco offers free haul away and simple installation. I highly doubt ...
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Oil radiator making sparks

My oil-filled radiator emits sparks when the thermostat switches off. A loud click can be heard (this, I’ve seen, is normal) but when the room is dark I can see a spark through the slits in the casing ...
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Navigating my dated building's electrical requirements

My coop is from the 1970s and has fairly strict electrical requirements due to the old wiring. I'm in the process of trying to update my appliances and running into trouble finding suitable ...
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Easy way to rig a power source switcher for a 110v appliance? [closed]

I have a generator and a battery bank with an inverter. I have an appliance which I want to be able to press a button and have it switch power sources between the two. Ideally if there's an extension ...
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Dehumidifier switch gives line voltage without load but <1V with load

I'm trying to troubleshoot and understand an issue with my dehumidifier. Its fan still runs but the compressor wouldn't turn on. I measure <1V between "Compressor" and "Neutral" ...
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What part needs replacing on this Whirlpool Gas Dryer

This old dryer still works great, but, makes a noise that is a combination of freight train derailing and thunder. See video: https://photos.app.goo.gl/DUB8zAg45vE5a1XE7 Pressing on the rotating ...
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Fisher & Paykel Aerocare Dryer — Drum turns when door closed, Code 151

On a Fisher & Paykel Aerocare dryer #DE7027J1US0: our dryer gets into an error state where Code "151" is displayed on the control panel, and the drum motor turns when the door is closed. ...
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Help with oven and breaker!

a month or so ago, I posted on here that my oven kept tripping my breaker. It’s an old oven (20+ years at least). If it would get to a certain temp, it would cut off. Oven light, everything. I’d go to ...
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Half power keeps going out

I have a bad door switch in the ac/heater unit. Have had to wiggle it to make heat come on. Today it sparked and half power in the house went out. When I tried to test the dryer everything came back ...
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Can I install a 240V outlet in my new US home for my UK kitchen appliances?

I'm emigrating from the UK to the US. I had assumed that both my Blendtec blender and KitchenAid mixer would not work well in the US not least because the higher mains frequency would make them spin ...
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How do I remove the light cover from an Indesit I55VM 1110 W Fridge

Hi I have bought an almost new Indesit Indesit I55VM 1110 W UK Fridge. Unfortunately the light isn't working. I can't work out how to get the light cover off to try to replace the bulb. It looks ...
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Why is there a metallic clip on the connector of a washing machine knob?

My friend asked me to 3d print him a washing machine knob, because the original broke. In the meantime, he already replaced it with another, and it's hard to get off, so I don't have a picture of what'...
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Return strategies for major appliances

Last week I purchased a water heater from our local Home Depot, a Rheem Gladiator model (one of those with the leak sensors and wifi/smart stuff). It wasn't easy lifting it into place in the confined ...
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How to access door switch for a Kenmore Elite Dryer?

I have a Kenmore Elite electric dryer and the door switch appears to have failed. But I'm not sure how to access the switch. It appears to be a very similar switch on many models (so the guides I'...
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How to protect electric appliances from high or low voltage or short circuit or any other electricity related thing

I have so many electric appliances installed at my home(India). I have been recently reading in newspapers that some electric appliance are getting affected due to voltage or short circuit issues. I ...
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Why is my stove tripping the breaker?

Recently when I turn my oven on, it trips the breaker. The oven stays on for quite awhile and heats up, but it seems that when it is turned up over 300 degrees, it shuts off. It’s an old stove (20 ...
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How do you make a Maytag Bravos XL washer drain?

My Maytag Bravos XL washer stops in its spin cycle and won't continue. I unplugged the power and looked in. Lot of un-drained water and clothes. I tried to start it in Rinse Spin cycle but won't. ...
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attaching an OTR microwave mounting bracket/rail to a bumpout

I am installing an OTR microwave between cabinets which are 15 1/4" deep. The OTR needs cabinets no more than 13" deep, so I've built out from the wall 2 1/4" using a stack of three 1x6 ...
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Can you connect both a cooktop and an oven off one three-phase cable?

I have a couple of contractors renovating my kitchen and I have two appliances that I will need them to install: an induction cooktop (7600W max power, three-phase) a built-in oven (3600W max power, ...
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What surge protector should be used for various home electronics/appliances? [closed]

A- How do I choose the right surge protector for a garage door opener? I recently experienced the effect of a power surge after a lightning and lost a few items. So my question is how to prevent ...
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New ice machine grinding noise

Just got a brand new Marvel ice machine. It is making noises loud enough to be heard on other floors of our home. The main noise is a grinding or or metal vibrating sound. We've got another ice maker ...
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Can I safely plug a 15A 100V appliance into a 20A 250V wall outlet?

I have a convection microwave oven that has a normal 15A 100V plug. I can only conveniently access a 20A 250V outlet, which looks like this: (I am located in Taiwan). Are there any safety issues ...
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Bottom freezer fridge is freezing the food in the bottom while the top is too warm

[Updated: added some info about what I found in the bottom housing, as well as the sound of the fan in the freezer.] I've got a GE PFSS2MIXASS Fridge (Double doors on top, freezer on bottom). A ...
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Speed Queen (Alliance) laundry system regularly shows different errors - bad control board?

I have a speed queen laundry system, washer dryer stack, fully electric. Model # is Alliance ATEE9AGP173TW01 Lately I seem to get a different error code every other time i use it. Codes I see are &...
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Can a GFCI circuit ruin a refrigerator compressor?

The kitchen at the house that I rent is wired funky: the fridge receptacle does't have a GFCI button, but it's on the same circuit as a countertop receptacle that does have a GFCI button, so that ...
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How to remove an electrical cord strain relief bushing / collar?

How does one remove an electrical cord strain relief bushing/collar like this one: Source: https://www.centurytool.net/100385_Robinair_Power_Cord_Strain_Relief_p/ro100385.htm This is the spec sheet ...
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I replaced our burnt-out dishwasher detergent dispenser with a new unit, yet the dispenser door still won't open during the wash cycle. What's wrong?

The detergent dispenser in our KitchenAid dishwasher was broken. I removed the door's cover and saw that the plastic drum piece that controls both the detergent release door and the rinse aid ...
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