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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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Is it safe to replace a NEMA-50R oven cord with a NEMA-60R?

Trying to be as succinct as possible: I ordered an induction oven that is rated for 50A and NEMA-50R according to the manual. I called an electrician and he recommended we install 60A breaker and ...
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How to grade usage of power extension cables

I don't know if my question belongs to this community but I'll start here. Long story short, my grandparents were using a small personal heater in their room and used an extension cord to plug it in. ...
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What size exhaust vent for 4 clothes dyers going 60’ with 1 elbow? [closed]

What size exhaust vent do I need for 4 clothes dryers to go 60’ with 1 elbow?
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Can the insulation in an oven be dried out?

We bought a used stove, evidently a hose was used to clean it before listing. There are some areas that are soaking wet, other areas damp. And would it be safe to use?
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Best Way to Lengthen the Romex 10 wire from the Wall to the Stove

I'm hooking up a ceramic stove and the last installer ran Romex 10 w/o armor from the drywall thru cabinets to a J box under the stove. From the J box he used BX to the stove. It worked that way for ...
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No gas shutoff valve… trying to replace cooktop safely

Hey all! I’m trying to do this right and hoping you folks can help me along. I got a new gas cooktop and need to change them out. While I enjoy doing as much DIY stuff as possible on my own, I’ve seen ...
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Refrigerator airflow dimensions not met

This is a side-view of the space for a prospective refrigerator I'm considering. The refrigerator has dimensions of 82.5cm x 72.8cm x 181.8cm (Width x Depth x Height). This refrigerator calls for 0....
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Refrigerator clearance and heat in summer

I'm looking at new refrigerators and apparently they all need some clearance around the back, sides, and top for airflow. According to my current understanding, this is so the heat from within the ...
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KitchenAid Dishwasher Not Filling Up

I have a KitchenAid KDTM354DSS4 Dishwasher. Today we went to run it and it wouldn't fill up with water. I filled it with water manually and it washes just fine. I looked at the fill valve and ...
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Why would a new washer indicate inadequate water flow after a month of use?

LG replaced my brand new washing machine and after a month this new one is doing the exact same thing - generating error code IE (water flow inadequate). The washer I chose is significantly larger ...
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How to replace two terminal surface radiant with a 4 terminal of a cooktop

I have a faulty surface radiant element that has two terminals as below: The cooktop is Whirlpool Easytronic which shows "H" when it is hot. The replacement for this faulty element is ...
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Whirlpool Cabrio no water at rinse cycle

Washer fills fine and runs through wash cycle but when rinse cycle starts no water fills and machine throws LF error and turns off.
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Why is my dishwasher leaking from the bottom despite tightening this connection?

I found I have leaking from the bottom of the dishwasher. I tried to tight it but I could not and still leaking when it’s not running. Should I use thread seal tape here ?
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How to install over the range microwave with a large gap between appliance and upper cupboard?

My surrounding upper cabinets are 40 inches. My over the range cabinet is 20 inches. The microwave I am trying to install is 10 inches (whirlpool YWML55011HS). It's 400 cfm. I want to install it 5 ...
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How to fix flickering appliance LED lighting that is wired in series with a diode for dimming?

I have a KitchenAid 48-inch range hood liner for custom range hoods. Overall, it's a decent appliance, and I like it. It's advertised (on the linked page and others) as coming with "Four LED ...
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What components should I check if the fridge is warm but the freezer is cold?

The freezer section of my Electrolux refrigerator model EI27BS16JW5 was cold but the refrigerator was warm. I removed some small amounts of ice buildup. Then I checked the operation of the fan motor ...
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Gas stove discolored after painted when cooked in extra large pot

Large pot causes discoloration On stove top since it was repainted even though I used high heat appliance paint! Is there a paint made especially for gas stove tops that I should have used?
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How to remove oscillation knob from fan [closed]

A friend and I are trying to repair a vintage Hitachi oscillating desk fan. To get the cover off, it appears the oscillation knob has to be removed. The knob seems to be too big to force trough the ...
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GRUNDIG VCP 3930 Vacuum Cleaner Charging Issue - Seeking Advice on Diagnosis and Repair [closed]

I have a GRUNDIG VCP 3930 vacuum cleaner that has been reliable for several years. Recently, it has stopped working. When I plug in the charger, the battery indicator lights up ...
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Should my new refrigerator have this corrosion on the lines?

I just unpacked a new Liebherr fridge. These joints of different metals look worrying, as if they have corrosion. What is this? Is it normal for a brand new premium-line fridge? Can it cause problems ...
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How to fix whirlpool fridge ice maker that makes knocking sounds?

My Whirlpool fridge (model WRS571CIDM01) makes knocking sounds every so often. See video on Reddit. The sounds seem to be coming from near the top front of the freezer door, where the ice maker sits. ...
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Fridge died for New Years eve. Should I replace the overload protector or the whole relay? (full details, testing inside)

Fridge: Sears 970-681020 Combination relay: 213615005 (embraco/eecon tsd-115/127v-60hz-y) Compressor: egz 70hlp embraco Symptoms: Click, BRRRRR (4 seconds), Click....... no cooling Tests: Pulled the ...
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Dishwasher needed?

Is it mandatory to have a dishwasher installed in your texas home? We just bought a house, and of course we’re remodeling. The inspector won’t pass us unless we have all appliances. We don’t want a ...
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Compactor ram won't quit going down

I've got a trash compactor with ... issues. I came home from work to a report from my kids that it was "broken", and was making a horrible noise. All I knew was that the ram wasn't moving at ...
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Why is there silver foil on a replacement appliance cord?

I bought a 3-prong appliance plug. The cord looks like this: What is the silver foil? Should it be removed before use?
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Is a divider between fridge and dryer necessary?

I recently purchased a house with laundry machines in the kitchen. There exists this small divider between the fridge and washer/dryer stack that scrapes along the fridge door and prevents it from ...
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Can a crack in an electric oil-filled radiator be (relatively safely) repaired?

I was following this video tutorial (found on this Fixya forum) to repair a bad capacitor in a broken Kenwood oil radiator that would only make a buzzing noise when powered on. However, when I got ...
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I am supplementing my home heating by setting my oven on low (170 degrees) with a fan blowing into it. What would be the element cycle time? [closed]

2002 Kenmore range using to supplement home heating.
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Can I install and safely use a British 220V outlet on a US 220V split-phase circuit?

I have a British tea kettle I like very much. I have space in a subpanel in my kitchen for a 220V 15A circuit. If I purchased a British receptacle and wired it across the 2 hot wires, rather than the ...
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Why doesn't my dishwasher work after doing work in the electric panel?

My Whirlpool dish washwer recently stopped working. It's been used about 2 years. The buttons still SEEM to work because they light up and make the beep-y noises as you push them. But when I hit "...
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Freezer dripping water

Watched a lot of videos on refrigerators leaking, the culprit being a clogged drain tube. In my case, I have a freezer (Kenmore model 253.28093803) and it drips from the insulated line shown in the ...
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Dishwasher Filling with Water Despite Supply Being Turned Off

Our dishwasher has recently started filling with water between runs. I had assumed that it was due to a faulty water inlet valve and was planning on replacing that. However, I've closed the water ...
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refrigerator stops working

I have a refrigerator in a rental that stopped working. (Kenmore Coldspot model# 106.74264400) It is less than 5 years old. On initial inspection it was not cooling, the thermostat was set to five, ...
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Fridge compressor line - do I need to fix this corrosion?

Moving into a new house, cleaning previous owner's cat's hair from every crevice. This fridge is approximately 3 years old. Opening the panel to clean it out - there was a lot of cat hair stuck to ...
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Free standing cooker, smoke from top when cooker is switched on. How to stop smoke?

I have an electric beko bdc5422a free standing cooker (not fan assisted). I received it second hand a year ago but I think it was bought around 10 years ago. There are two tubes that come up from ...
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Do I have a gas leak if I use 1/2 therm of gas a day?

My gas usage seems constant for the past 6 months (summer/fall time) so perhaps this is normal usage for my house but my gas company says my gas usage is Tier 2, which is a higher amount per therm. ...
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Washing machine with GFCI Outlet and GFCI breaker

I just bought a brand new washing machine and the hookups are located in the basement by a single GFCI outlet. This GFCI outlet is connected to a dual function AFCI/GFCI breaker. When initially ...
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How can I pull the microwave forward in a combination oven to replace the microwave light?

How do I pull forward the microwave from this RMC305PVS (30-inch Combination Microwave-Wall Oven)? Trying to change the lightbulb. 😛 Optionally: How might I get a link to a technical service manual ...
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Bathroom Vanity Without Baseboard Behind It

I'm trying to figure out what is in normal spectrum of work for baseboards underneath/behind a bathroom vanity. Our contractor used baseboards around the side of the vanity, but left it off the wall ...
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Is this likely to be asbestos? [closed]

I found this inside the electric stove/oven. I think it's a layer for heat insulation. The texture resembles cotton with shiny visible fibres. Question: is this likely to be asbestos?
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Extending a dryer cord: which method is safest? [duplicate]

I recently stacked my clothes dryer on top of my washer and the cable of my dryer is now too short to reach its outlet. I'd like to extend the cable so that it can. Swapping the cord for a longer one ...
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Are dryer extension cords legal and safe?

I recently stacked my dryer on top of my washer only discover that, from the dryer's new position, its cord was just a few inches too short to reach its outlet. What to do? One option is to move the ...
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How should I repair this damaged appliance cord? [closed]

I have the electrical cord on a device that operates in a generally damp and potentially wet environment. It's been nicked with a knife and some of the copper is exposed. What's my best option to ...
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What's that washing machine noise and how do I get rid of it?

I have a Siemens IQ 300 front loader washing machine (Germany). During a wash cycle, it will at some point make this noise: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/MgMKZOEHhR0 It mostly seems to make this ...
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Knowing if washing machine is new or used?

So where I live, at places like Home Depot and Best Buy, washing machines start at $650 + tax + transportation as I live in a walk-up. In sites like craigslist and marketplace I've seen users sell new ...
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Electric range only getting 120v

I have a Frigidaire electric range that isn't working properly, at least that's what I thought the problem was. Please excuse me while I detail me taking the long way to figure things out. I will ...
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How does lightning get to your ground rods directly without first traveling through your electrical system and then back through neutral/ground?

Let's say there is a lightning strike on a nearby power line and the excessive voltage/current makes it to your house. I often read that grounding rods are there to protect against surges like ...
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Clothes Washer Has Intermittent, Erratic Water Flow When Filling

My clothes washer has intermittent, erratic water flow when filling. This issue started about one mounth ago. It sometimes makes a screeching noise and the water flow sputters as it approaches the ...
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Are stove top coil burners standard? [closed]

I'm looking to replace my stove top coil burners, they are still working but are getting worn. Las year I replace the over bottom element about a year ago, but back then I had a local repair shop and ...
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How to repair a leaking dishwasher

We have a rental apartment and the dishwasher is leaking from the front - Amana, not sure which model. There appears to be a crack in the interior base of the machine. Our landlord attempted to seal ...
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