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Don’t Be Afraid of Appliance Repairs

Once upon a time, washers weren’t much more complex than having to choose between cold, warm or hot water. But with the advent of hi-tech appliances, washers today offer myriad features, whether top- or front-loading or a wide variety of wash cycles that can handle items as varied as delicates and bedding.

Kenmore appliances remain among the industry’s leader in washer innovation, thanks to advancements like Accela-Wash, which can shorten wash cycles by more than 35 percent. The Active Spray and Active Rinse options have helped users decrease soaking and rinsing times while the Steam Treat feature has almost completely removed the need for pre-treating stains.

With those advancements and more available to consumers, the idea of fixing problems yourself might be a little intimidating. Never fear . Repairs for many washers can be done cheaply, quickly and easily … and without the need for a technician. That’s because at its core, a washer is basically a basin with a fill valve, pump and drive device connected to a main timer control. The rest is all bells and whistles. However, there are some common tools and parts that can make most jobs a bit easier for the do-it-yourself repairman.

A volt/ohm meter, often referred to as a multi-meter or a multi-tester, is an invaluable diagnostic tool. A quality meter can provide most electrical measurements and indicate whether a part has gone bad. More importantly, it can eliminate the need to wait for (and pay) a technician to evaluate the problem. Of course, the problem has to first be identified before it can be properly diagnosed and washer issues generally fall into one of three categories.

To avoid the risk of electric shock, always remember to unplug any appliances before performing repairs.

Washer won’t start

The problem is often with the timer, which usually looks like a black chip and is found inside the control console. It should be removed (always label the wires to ensure they’re reconnected properly) and tested with the multi-meter. If the resistance is less than 1,000 ohms or more than 3,000 ohms, it should be replaced.

Washer won’t fill

If the washer isn’t filling properly, the washer’s water cabinet should be removed to allow access to the water mixing valve, the water temperature switch and the water level switch. Using an ohm meter, each of those switches should be checked for continuity. If a particular switch doesn’t measure according to the specs in the owner’s manual, it needs to be replaced.

Washer motor won’t run

When the washer won’t spin or agitate properly, chances are, something’s amiss with the drive motor. The motor assembly can be found inside the water cabinet, connected by a harness. Remove and label the wires, one at a time before testing it with the multi-meter. If the display reads anything other than zero, the motor needs to be replaced.

This a short list, but hi-tech appliance repairs don’t have to be scary.

Steve is a proud employee of Hi-Tech Appliance Repair. A Los Angeles landmark that specializes in appliance repair. We take great pride in the reputation that we have spent years earning. As experts in our field, we pride ourselves in providing unbeatable service with a smile! You can find Steve on Google Plus.

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