Tag Archives: Refrigerator Repair and Parts

Why is there water pooling at the bottom of my refrigerator?

Water pooling at the bottom of your refrigerator or inside or underneath your vegetable crisper drawers is usually caused by a blocked or clogged defrost drain or tube. When your refrigerator defrost cycle runs,  excess water collects in this tube and is sent through a drain and into an evaporation or condensation pan at the bottom of the refrigerator where the water naturally evaporates back into the air.

water at the bottom of your refrigerator

Water pooling at the bottom of your refrigerator or inside or underneath your vegetable crisper drawers is usually caused by a blocked or clogged defrost drain or tube.

Food debris and ice can block the line, parts that are part of the line (such as valves, etc.), collection cup or the defrost drain, causing water to flow into or out of the fridge. To fix this, locate the drain on your refrigerator and flush it out using hot water applied through a turkey baster. You can also check the drainage tube for buildup of ice or other debris. You may need to remove a back panel or kick plate in order to get at this part (remember to unplug your refrigerator first). You can flush out any drainage tube parts with warm water or clean the ends with a pipe cleaner, small brush or cotton swab before reattaching the part.

Other refrigerator parts to check:

Make sure your evaporator or drain pan located underneath the refrigerator is not cracked or damaged. If it is, it might be spilling or leaking water out onto your floor. Replace the evaporator or drain pan with a new one.

Refrigerator Door Gasket Part number: 216522309

Refrigerator Door Gasket Part number: 216522309
Manufacturer: Electrolux

Check your refrigerator’s door gasket and make sure the seal is tight and free from damage. A worn or loose gasket might be causing more warm air than normal to enter your refrigerator, causing condensation on the walls of your refrigerator which then runs down the inside of your fridge and collects at the  bottom of your refrigerator.

If your refrigerator has a water or ice dispenser, check the tubing and connections to the water filter, water fill valve, icemaker inlet and dispenser inlet to make sure the connections to the tubing supply line are secure and there are no leaks. However, usually leaks only happen when the icemaker or water dispenser is being used.

Help your dad this Father’s Day!

 

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Another tie? Give your dad a gift he will love – your help around the house!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and there are many things you can do for your dad such as cooking him a meal or giving him a gift, but one of the best things you can do is giving him your time.  If your dad is a handyman around the house he will surely appreciate your time and effort in helping him cross off items on his honey-do list. Just by talking to your dad about the subject will show him that you care and appreciate what he does for you and your family.

If your dad is a DIY kind of guy, it may seem like he knows everything there is to know about household appliances, but, chances are there are a few things that should be fixed or updated around the house that may have slipped by dad’s radar.  Here are some things to check and fix around the house:

Check and replace your washer hoses

When was the last time you took a look behind your washer?  Is probably been a while, right?   You and your dad can work together to move the washer and check the hoses.

Washing machine hoses can burst and cause flooding in your home. Such damages cost Americans approximately $170 million in damages every year.  Make sure the hose connections are secure, the hose is not kinked at all, and that the hoses are not worn out. Consider replacing your old rubber hoses with stainless steel braided washer hoses which are much more resistant to bursting.

If the hoses are more than five years old it may be a good idea just to replace them with new ones for a small price that can eliminate thousands of dollars of damage if they were to fail.  While you have the washing machine away from the wall you can to a little cleaning behind there (it probably needs it), and you might even find that missing sock you lost too!

Clean your refrigerators coils

Refrigerator Condensor Coil Cleaning Brush 4210463RW

Refrigerator Condensor Coil Cleaning Brush. Part number: 4210463RW

Dirty refrigerator coils can go unnoticed but can cost you more on your energy bills as they restrict air flow and cause the refrigerator to work harder.  Use a refrigerator coil brush to clean the dust and dirt off.  While you are giving your refrigerator special treatment, clean out the fridge and throw out old items. Make sure the air vents are not blocked so cold air can flow into your refrigerator.   Set your refrigerator to 37 degrees and freezer at 4 degrees for food safety and energy efficiency.

Clean your dryer venting

10 foot long dryer vent cleaning brush

10 foot long dryer vent cleaning brush

About 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year due to failure to clean them. Lint can build up in the dryer vent piping blocking the flow of air and leading to fire. If your clothes seem to take longer than normal to dry or your dryer is hot to the touch, lint may be to blame.  Be sure to clean the lint filter before or after every load you put through the dryer and clean out your dryer’s venting. Not only will this keep your home safe, but it will increase the efficiency of your clothes dryer, saving you money and shorten drying times.

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

May is National Inventors Month founded in 1998 by United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest Magazine. Do you know who invented your favorite household appliance? Read on to find out.

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

The Washing Machine

Alva J. Fisher is credited with creating the first commercially-sold electric powered washing machine in 1908. The machine was called “The Thor” and was produced by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois. It featured a galvanized tub, blades which lifted the clothes as the cylinder rotated and the ability for the drum to change rotation direction in order to prevent the laundry from becoming bunched up into a ball. An electric motor turned the drum.

The Refrigerator

Although refrigeration technology was already being used for industry, especially in food and drink-related industries, Fred W. Wolf of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is credited with inventing the first electrical refrigerator for home use in 1913. The appliance was called the “Domelre,” standing for Domestic Electric Refrigerator and sold for $900.

Wolf used an old fashioned ice box with a mounted refrigeration unit on top which required external plumbing connections. His invention also used a closed system of circulating refrigerant driven by a compressor to cool the hot humid, air.

In 1918, General Motors’ President William Durant bought the Guardian Refrigerator Company and renamed it Frigidaire. It purchased the patent for the Domelre and through its own engineering and manufacturing, introduced improvements to the refrigerator and began mass producing it.

The Oven

British inventor, James Sharp patented a gas oven in 1826 and began to commercially produce gas ovens after installing one in his own house.

Gas cookers became more popular after the invention of the oven thermostat in 1923 which allowed the temperature in the oven to be controlled precisely.

William Hadaway was issued the first patent for an electric oven on June 30, 1896.

The Air Conditioner

Willis Haviland Carrier of Buffalo, N.Y. is credited with creating the first modern air conditioning system and such systems were used in factories, department stores, theaters and in the homes of wealthy people. It wasn’t until 1931 when the first individual in-window air conditioning unit was created by H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman. The units were not wide-spread due to their exorbitant costs between $10,000

Brace Yourselves, The Freezer is Leaking!

How do you know when you need to replace your freezer door gasket?

You may need to replace your freezer door gasket if the freezer is constantly running, there is a frost buildup around the door, or the door doesn’t seal properly.  Replacing the gasket can fix all of these problems simply.

Here is a handy link on how to do it, step by step.

Call Every Appliance Part for help on which gasket fits your freezer (or refrigerator)!

Slimming Down for Spring!

Well it is supposed to be spring, but as I look out my window this morning I see nothing but snow!  I love snow, but only for a day… on Christmas… then it can stop.  I love spring, the flowers in bloom, the colors coming back instead of seeing the dreary snow and gloom.  But alas, it is still snowing.  With winter over and spring and summer weather coming it is time for me to make a change, it is time for cleaning, fixing things around the house, and of course loosing that weight for summer.  I am going to start by making small changes, starting with variations of my favorite foods!

I love egg salad, but I never knew how many calories where in just ONE sandwich, almost 400! YIKES! Now eggs are great for you, but the mayonnaise you put on them is not.  So while clicking my way through Pinterest I found a recipe for avocado egg salad.  I love avocado and egg salad so I thought I would give it a shot.  It was great! It satisfied my taste buds while helping to keep me full without all the un-needed condiments.

The ingredients you will need:

  • 4 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 4 hard-boiled egg WHITES, Chopped (throw away the yolks.)
  • 1 medium sized avocado, cut up into pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. fat free Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp. finely chopped chives (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Pinch of garlic powder

What you need to do next:

Combine the egg yolks with the avocado, yogurt, chives, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Mash all of these ingredients, and then mix until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  When the mixture is ready combine in the egg whites, and fold them in gently.  Add salt and pepper to taste!  I used leaves of lettuce to make wraps, but feel free to use whole grain bread or whatever you want! If you are going to store this make sure you keep it in an air tight container, and the place it in the fridge.

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While you are in you fridge putting away your left overs, why not check to make sure everything is running ok?  Check to see if the light bulb is working, the door seal is placed properly and not falling off, bins are securely in places, and that the shelves are intact.  These small checks on your refrigerator can help it work for years!

Hopefully spring will be here soon, and there will be more healthy variations of great foods! Have a great weekend and come back Monday for updates on appliance parts!

Bring your Stainless Steel Back to Life!

     I absolutely love the sleek, clean, and refined look of stainless steel in my kitchen.  I like how modern it makes my kitchen look and feel.  There are some downfalls to having stainless steel appliances in the kitchen though.  I feel like I am always cleaning my refrigerator, but that is fine because I use Affresh stainless steel cleaner in the spray and wipes for a quick and easy clean!  But the real problem I face with my stainless steel fridge is the scratches!  I try to be careful not to scratch it, but come on; while I am cooking I am constantly going in and out of the fridge using my hip to shut the door. So there are a few small and bigger scratches down the side of my fridge.

               I have tried to use the cosmetic wipes and “fillers” that claim the scratches will be gone. But they have only left me disappointed and wasting money.  I really wanted to have a product that would actually fix these scratches not just cover them up to look like they are gone.  At work I did some research, and to my surprise I found a great kit that fixes scratches and scrapes for stainless steel appliances! The name of the kit said it all, Scratch-B-Gone, I was so excited when I found this!  This kit comes with everything you need to fix your appliances with ease and relief knowing your appliance will look great!  I was pretty amazed when I received the kit and read that not only will this take scratches off but it will also get rust off.  I was amazed, is this kit magical? I think so.  I was excited to take it home and give it a try over the weekend. 

               I got a bit overwhelmed when I opened the package to find a lot of things in there that I had no idea how to use.  But thanks to GE they inserted a CD that gives you instructions on how to use each thing in the kit. Phew! So I listened to the CD and got to work, and in no time my fridge was beginning to look like new again! My level of happiness soared when I saw how great it looked, and I felt accomplished knowing that I did it myself! It was an easy process, and I would definitely use this again in the summer when it is time to clean out the grill! So take a look at your appliances now, see any scratches? Then this kit is right for you! Have fun with your appliances, and remember there is always something out there to help keep your appliances looking and running like new! Come back this week to see the part of the week, and a new recipe on Friday to try over the weekend!

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Stop throwing out your vegetables!

I have a pet peeve of letting food go to waste.  Unfortunately it happens a lot, especially with fruits and vegetables that I buy.  My boyfriend does not like fruits or vegetables, so it is always just me that eats them.  When I go shopping, I keep this in mind and only buy what I know I will be able to eat within a week or two.  But it seemed that I could never eat the food fast enough and I would always end up with wilted lettuce, and rotting fruits and vegetables.  I tried to store them in different kind of containers, and freezer bags.  This seemed to help, but only saved them for a day or two more.

I could not take it anymore, I thought to myself- “I work for an appliance parts company, there has to be something out there that helps food last longer.”  I went to work the next day and asked around. As it turns out I was right, there is something out there that helps preserve produce!  Whirlpool makes another great product called Fresh Flow Produce Preserver.  They have a great starter kit, and then also sell refills for it.  We sell this product at work for only $12.99! I thought that was a great deal, because if it does work I will be saving more than $12.99 and I will no longer be wasting food or money. To me that is the greatest deal of all.

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I looked up how and why this preserver works before I made my purchase.  While I was researching, I learned that fruits and vegetables give off a natural ethylene gas as they begin to ripen.  But as they naturally give off this gas, it makes the produce ripen more quickly, especially when in a small space (like the crisper drawer in the fridge).  It turns out that some fruits and vegetables produce more of this gas, and some other fruits and vegetables are very sensitive to this gas and it will cause them to ripen much faster when exposed to high levels. That is why it is also important to separate these fruits into the two separate crisper drawers.  The produce preserver promises to absorb the ethylene gas and lets your produce last up to four days longer.

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After doing my research on the product, I was almost convinced that this would work, and I was ready to give it a try.  I purchased the starter kit that day at work.  When I arrived home I took a look at my crisper drawer; I just went grocery shopping so all of the produce was still fresh. This was perfect because now I could truly see how well this preserver worked!  It was very easy to install and put together.  The starter kit comes with two preserver packets, one preserver holder, and one status indicator.  All you need to do is open the holder and place the packet inside, next take the indicator and slide it into the allotted slot on top of the holder.  The preserver holder just sticks right onto the side of the drawer, and begins to work.  The strip is right on top and turns red as it absorbs the gas to let you know when to change the packets.  The only complaint that I had about it was how much space it took up in the drawer- but it isn’t even that much- so I got over it really fast. Ha-Ha-Ha.

I was truly happy and amazed how well this preserver worked!! My produce did last so much longer and my fruits and vegetables tasted great even five days later.  I got to finish all the produce I bought without having to throw any of it out! This made me ecstatic, because I wasn’t left feeling guilty, throwing any of it out and wasting money!!!  So for $12.99 for the starter kit and then just $9.99 for 2 refills I am going to keep using it and save money and food.  Overall I would and have suggested it to my family and friends. I suggest my readers should pick one up! Especially if you are tired of wasting food, and money!

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