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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Is GFCI a good idea for a washer in a utility room, even if not required?

Updating wiring for a laundry area, I'm wondering if a GFCI receptacle should be used for the washer. The washer manual asks for a 15A individual branch circuit. Code says if the receptacle is within ...
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Double oven lost all power including accessories

New double oven is 4wire and manual allowed neutral and ground together for a 3 wire connection. Previous oven was installed using the same method. However the oven no longer turns on, including the ...
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Mounting a microwave w/o the upper cabinet

I'm working on a kitchen remodel and the designer has asked that the over the stove microwave be mounted under a floating shelf! The shelf has a capacity of 50lb and the microwave weighs 63 lbs. Is ...
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GE side-by-side refrigerator, slow water flow, hollowed out ice cubes. Which solenoid valve(s

Our 2011 GE (Monogram!) side-by-side has been losing water pressure to the door dispenser for a couple of years, and now slowed to a trickle, as well as small hollowed-out ice cubes. The GE MWF ...
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Double Wall Oven Breaker Tripping

I just installed a new GE electric double wall oven and seem to be having trouble with the breaker. I bought a plug to hook up to the oven and an outlet to hook up to the wiring. The instructions ...
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Connect cold faucet to washing machine's hot inlet to test internal connectivity?

In the absence of a working water heater, is it okay to connect a cold water faucet to a modern H-E washing machine's hot inlet to test the machine's internal tubing for leaks by running a warm or hot ...
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Is it safe to use an old fridge after 14 years of non use?

Recently our fridge broke. We have a working one in the kitchen, standing upright in the same position in the kitchen for 14 years, it just hasn't been plugged in during that amount of time. It's ...
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Repaint/refinish worn fridge handle

My fridge handle is worn to the point that the foam is exposed and it can't be wiped clean. How can I refinish it with a durable finish? I'm assuming anything with a solvent would destroy the foam.
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Mysterious 40v multimeter reading on AC appliance chassis (US 120v)

I'm an electronics guy but my specialty is DC stuff, I know very little about AC wiring, so forgive my naivete... I have an old 16mm slide projector I found in my grandparents house. The original AC ...
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Cutting stainless steel vent chimney to fit sloped ceiling

Looking for thoughts on how to cut a stainless steel hood vent chimney to match the profile of a angled/sloped ceiling. BEHIND the drywall is 1” of insulation and then the roof. Should this be done ...
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Can I retrofit a ground wire so I can install a 4 Prong outlet for my dryer?

My house was built in the 50's and has a 2 wire system. Currently the outlet for my dryer is a 3 prong NEMA 10-30. Everything I read goes back and forth between it either okay to use since its already ...
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Why is it OK to bond the neutral and ground in an appliance?

I am installing a new built-in oven, and while it has both neutral and ground pigtails, the manual states that they are "twisted together." I am interpreting this as "electrically connected." Given ...
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Installing European outlets in American kitchen for heat-based appliances

I'm interested in using European kitchen appliances to heat things faster. My house is a 2014 construction in America, split-phase power. My understanding is that their 230V toasters, kettles, and ...
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Possible damaged fridge, low/high voltage throughout the house

I'm not sure what is happening but it seems that maybe there was a short-circuit, and now when my fridge is plugged in, the voltage levels in the whole house change. The two phases in the main ...
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Viking DSI Bake Ignitor Won't Spark

I have a 10 year old Viking gas stove/range, which use Direct Spark Ignition (DSI). The bake ignitor will not spark at all, however the Broiler ignitor will spark and light up just fine. Things that ...
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Can I combine elements in my three-phase oven and feed them from separate mains?

I have a oven with 9 elements of 660 watts each element. Therefore total wattage just under 6KW. It is wired 3 phase. I do not have a 3 phase supply. Can I wire three elements together i.e. 1980 Watts ...
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How do you repair or replace an ice maker in a Samsung RF23HCEDBBC Refrigerator?

I have a Samsung RF23HCEDBBC that I bought a little over a year ago. All of the sudden, it stopped making ice in the ice maker. What is bizarre is that if I click the ice maker "reset" and wait a few ...
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Identify this spa

I have been left with this spa by previous house owner, can someone identify How many people is this supposed to accommodate (what type of spa this is)? There is no business brand or logo on it.
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Why is my dryer turning off mid-cycle and staying off for 30-60 minutes?

My dryer recently started turning off during its cycle (after 20-30ish minutes), including the (digital) control panel being completely unresponsive. After 30-60 minutes, it will work again normally ...
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New fridge, fridge is warm, freezer is working fine

I just bought a new fridge, GE bottom freezer. I had to disassemble it to get it in the kitchen, in 1952 no appliance must have had a dimension greater then 31 inches, So I'm really not in the mood to ...
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How to test appliance for ground fault?

I have an espresso maker that has started popping the kitchen counter GFCI outlet intermittently. It seems to me that it could either be an issue with the GFCI (I seem to remember they go bad ...
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Switch a condenser dryer from drawer to pipe

How does one switch a condenser (ventless) dryer such as the Electrolux edc78550w from collecting the water in the drawer to pushing it through the back pipe?
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Fridge and freezer on 15amp circuit break via 14-2 wiring

I got a new freezer and fridge, each drawing 0.8 amp and 1.2 amps respectively. I'm going to use 14-2 NM-B wire and put them both on a 15amp circuit breaker. Together they're drawing just 2 amps and ...
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Dryer won't start. Uses a 4 prong 240v outlet where hot/ground is 120v but hot/neutral is 50v. What's wrong?

I recently had a dryer hooked up to this outlet and it ran for 2 years without problem. I recently got a new (to me) Kenmore 400-series dryer that was serviced a month ago and was in perfect condition,...
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Clothes Dryer Stops Heating

I've been chasing this one for a few weeks now, with no luck. Pertinent model and device information is below. I could use some advice... Make: Kenmore Model: 110.96584110 After I complete a repair ...
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Front load washer doesn't power up unless I hit it with hand

I've a problem in my fully automatic front load washer that is explained in this video https://youtu.be/wFKcGBseDgs As I mentioned in the title of the question, The washer won't power up until I hit ...
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Reset or repair stand alone dehumidifier?

After working well for a few years, a stand-alone dehumidifier has stopped taking water out of my basement. The dehumidifier drip tube does not even get wet. The noises tell me the fan and compressor ...
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Powering a 240V 15A air compressor with a 6-20 plug

I have an air compressor with a 240V 15A power requirement and a 6-20 plug (looks like normal US plug but with one of the flat ends turned at a 90 degree angle). Instruction manual can be found [here][...
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Assessing the cause of freezer coils icing up

We have a 6 year old Frigidaire upright freezer (around 17 cu ft). It suddenly stopped cooling, even though the compressor was running, and it was producing puddles of water on the floor. I thought ...
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How do I mitigate large outgoing inductive spikes from home appliance?

I have an old ultrasonic air humidifier that sends out a big electrical spike every time it turns off, making lights flicker and computer monitors restart. I'm afraid of using it because of the risk ...
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How to remove dryer from top of stacked washer/dryer in small closet?

I have a washer and dryer stacked on top of each other in a fairly tight closet, see picture below. Due to a couple electrical boxes on one side of the closet, I am unable to slide the units to the ...
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Can I integrate my over-the-range microwave hood's lights with my under cabinet lights?

I have a combination microwave/range hood installed above my range. It has a light on it, which shines down onto the range and is controlled by a button labeled "Surface Light" on the front of the ...
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Bathroom GFCI outlet tripped after turning on my razor!

Yesterday, I opened up my old "Racine" brand razor and cleaned out the whiskers that were in it. Afterwards, I turned it on and I noticed it was quieter. But a minute later I noticed that the familiar ...
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Does a power outage / unplugging damage major Appliances

I was wondering if power outages (or simply unplugging) caused any damage to major appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers while they are running ? Let's say that the power outage ...
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Is it ok to pad a washing machine against the adjacent cabinetry?

Not sure how to explain this.. have a new wash machine and it has to go under a counter in small space. The floor is in terrible condition (rotting old plyboard and cork), uneven and falling to bits, ...
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Installing OTR microwave with 15" deep cabinets

We installed IKEA cabinets that are 15" deep (15.5" with the doors) and we have a GE OTR microwave that is 16" deep. So we need to bump out the microwave in order to open it. We see GE sells a kit, ...
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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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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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Cook Top Temperature Too Hot

I have a GE glass top drop in electric cook top (JP655) in my kitchen. Over the past week I have noticed that one of the burners is med-high to high regardless of what the knob is set at. Does anyone ...
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Whirlpool dishwasher: can't set program and just says “Out”

My whirlpool dishwasher (ADG 8410 FD) won't allow me to set a program. The display just says "Out", and when I close it, you can hear the drain pump for about a minute and then it stops and beeps a ...
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Is it safe to substitute a 10-gauge wire for ground strap on dryer?

I am backfitting a dryer with a 3-prong plug. The manual says to connect the body to the neutral terminal using a copper ground strap. I don't have a ground strap and none of the stores around carry ...
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what failure can cause a new fridge *fan* to run all the time?

We recently bought a "beverage center fridge": http://imgur.com/a/rI8Gt It is brand new. It has been running for a week. It is nice and cold and the condensor seems to be operating as normal: on and ...
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Refrigerator Ice Maker Frozen Fan

Background: I have a Frigidaire fridge, model #LFHB2741PFAA with a double door refrigerator on top and a pull out freezer of the bottom. The ice maker is located in the upper left corner of the ...
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Dishwasher Diagnosis

I have a Maytag Model mdbh949awb that stopped working without any indication that there was an issue. The cycle type (heavy, normal, light, rinse only) buttons on the left of the latch do not function ...
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fix for MAYTAG MDB8959AWW JETCLEAN PLUS SERIES FULLY INTEGRATED DISHWASHER

We bought this dishwasher machine in 2011. It worked fine for the last 6 years. Then, recently we noticed that several times it worked through the whole night, and then finished. I noticed yesterday ...
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Is it safe to operate a kitchen stove without the original insulation installed?

My rental house has an electric stove that has had a nest of mice living in the insulation. We removed the insulation to clean. Is it safe to use without replacing it?
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Oven heating element receives power when off?

I don't usually pay much attention to this when cleaning the oven, but the instructions for the cleaner say not to spray on the heating element. So today before cleaning, I decided to remove the ...
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Why won't my Kenmore front load washing machine start?

I have a Kenmore 796-4116 front load washing machine. It's <2 years old. It powers on and there are no error codes or indicators of trouble on the display. I turn the knob to select a wash cycle ...
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Hooking up additional outlets & lights to a central vac circuit?

My unfinished basement has a central vac on its own 20A circuit. The central vac is plugged into a 15A duplex outlet (not hardwired). I want to finish my basement and build a closet around the vac ...
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Typical high amperage applicance power cord age

This question on high amperage/power cords used with appliances such as dryers and ranges. I am curious to know typically how long these cords are good for. 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? 40 years? I ...

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