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 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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Propane appliances throwing orange flames suddenly and generator's back firing

So here's the deal: about 1.5 to 2 weeks ago, our generator started backfiring like crazy and our cookstove, water heater and heater are throwing yellow orange flames intermittently as well as ...
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Disable the LG washer/dryer melody at end of the cycle?

Title is the question, the loud melody is obnoxious. This is a last ditch effort, the manual doesn't provide any information, surprisingly this fairly comprehensive machine doesn't seem to be designed ...
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How can I repair this gas leak on my new range? Teflon tape isn't working

I'm trying to install this GE gas range, so I attached everything and tightened all the nuts. Unfortunately, there's gas leaking at the base of the stove (where the flare connects to the stove). I ...
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Small nick on power cord from an electric alarm clock, and copper wiring exposed but intact

I bought a vintage alarm clock and radio. It works perfectly, but it took me a day to discover that along the length of the cord, there is a small nick, which revealed a small bit of copper wire, ...
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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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What is the cloth around my dishwasher and do I need it?

I have a slight bug problem in my kitchen, so today I'm doing a big cleanup. I've gotten to my dishwasher and as expected there are a ton of bugs there. I noticed it was wrapped in a large cloth, and ...
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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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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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What could be causing an 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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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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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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Trial and error to choose glue for plastic handle on refrigerator?

I have a Frigidaire French-door refrigerator with a broken handle. I've identified the part, and it's $47 to replace (plus tax and shipping). Being cheap, I'd like to try to repair rather than ...
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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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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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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 it recently has begun to emit a terrible smell. The odor is not that ...
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How do I remove plastic bag print from outside surface of washing machine?

I bought new sheets for my son, and I put the Target plastic bag, with heavy sheets in it, on top of the washer for the sheets to be washed. This morning I picked up the bag, and I've got red ...
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Refrigerator fail due to adjacent chest freezer

I recently moved into a rental property and within the first week the refrigerator stopped keeping things under 50ºF. When the guy came out to look, he said it was due to my chest freezer being near ...
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Safe to use 220V electric clothes dryer when building has been bridged down to 110V?

We live in a building with 220V service with primarily 110V outlets but a few specialty ones at 220V. Earlier this week electrical service in half the building across all three apartments went out. ...
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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 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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Is this broken pipe the reason my freezer is not working? Can it be fixed?

The freezer is old, but I am a renter so I couldn't say how old. On the back there is a sticker that says “HUAYI B43CB”; It has been stopping intermittently for the last week, and in the last two ...
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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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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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How can I protect hardwood floors from a deep freezer defrosting?

I want 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 water all ...
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Can I use a regular E26 LED bulb as a replacement for a refrigerator light bulb?

The light bulb in my refrigerator burned out. It was a 40w incandescent appliance bulb like such: I'm wondering if there is any reason I can not put a 9watt A19 LED bulb such as this one (home depot ...
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Can I use ratchet straps to lift a dolly into a truck bed?

I may be moving a 200lb appliance without help. I have some 1" width strap ratchets rated at 500lb from home depot (4pack). Could I stand in the bed and ratchet up the dolly backwards? Anyone done ...
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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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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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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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What is third tube on Insinkerator Instant Hot water dispenser for?

This is the inside of an Insinkerator SST-FLTR instant hot water dispenser. The dispenser feeds depressurized water into the left nozzle, and the tank pushes hot water up the center nozzle. A third ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does this gas range valve need replacing?

We are getting a new gas range and we didn't know if the current gas valve should be replaced or not since it is an old valve. It looks like it is outdated and needs to be replaced. Should we get this ...
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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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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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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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Kitchen setup for US appliances in Europe/India

I am relocating to India from US and taking all the appliances along. I understand that a lot of appliances can go toast due to voltage support as India/Europe has 230v range and US appliances work at ...
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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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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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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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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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