Icemaker Not Working? Here are Some Possible Solutions.

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Can’t seem to get your refrigerator’s icemaker to work? It normally works automatically, without requiring any additional steps by the consumer. However, icemakers may break down and/or stop working over time. If you’re struggling with a faulty icemaker, keep reading for some possible solutions.

 

Icemaker Switch Turned Off

 

I know this probably sounds like common sense to most people, but it’s worth mentioning that a switch accidentally knocked into the “off” position may prevent the icemaker from working. If you haven’t done so already, check to make sure the switch is on. If the switch is on but the icemaker is still not dispersing ice, test the current flow with an Ohm meter to ensure it’s functional.

 

Saddle Valve

 

The saddle valve is a small valve which supplies low-pressure water to the icemaker. It’s typically mounted directly onto the water line, where it “saddles” the copper tubing.

 

If your icemaker turns on but doesn’t produce ice, the saddle valve may be clogged with mineral deposits. As hard water passes through the valve, it will deposit some of the minerals here. Over time, this can lead to buildups that either restrict or prevent the flow of water; thus, resulting in an icmaker that no longer works.

 

Water Filter Clogged

 

A clogged water filter may also prevent an icemaker from doing its job. The filter’s job is to remove impurities from the water before it reaches the icemaker. If the filter is clogged, however, it will restrict the flow of the water. Refer to your refrigerator’s owner manual for more information on how to access and change the water filter.

 

Ice Clumped Together

 

It’s not uncommon for large clumps of ice to form at the bottom of the ice bin, preventing the icemaker from releasing cubes. The weight of the cubes on top places pressure on the bottom cubes, causing them to fuse together. So even if your icemaker turns on, it may not release any ice due to the large clumps formed at the bottom. To prevent this from happening, it’s recommended that you regularly check and discard any fused ice you find inside the bin.

 

Faulty Cube Mold Thermostat

 

Some refrigerators have mold thermostats which monitor the temperature of the ice cube molds. When the molds reach a certain temperature, the icemaker will begin a new cycle by ejecting the current cubes and filling the empty molds with water. A faulty mold thermostat may prevent this action from taking place, resulting in ice cubes stuck inside the mold.

Common Reasons Why Clothes Dryer Is Overheating

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According to data presented by the National Fire Protection Agency, more than 15,000 dryer-relates house fires occur in the U.S. each year. Clothes dryers are designed to produce heat in order to remove moisture from clothes. When it produces too much heat, however, it can ignite tinder-like lint and fabric debris.

 

Restricted Airflow

 

The single most common reason why clothes dryer overheat is restricted airflow. When there’s a blockage in the internal duct work, the hot air will become trapped inside the drum where it creates potential fire hazard.

 

If you haven’t done so already, remove and clean the lint filter. Before placing the filter back, shine a flashlight into the slot-like area on the dryer to see if there’s any lint or debris stuck inside. If you see any, use a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment to remove it.

 

You should also check the duct work to determine whether or not your dryer has appropriate airflow. With the dryer turned on, go to the outside of your house where the duct exhaust vents. Ideally, you should feel air blowing out of the vent. If there’s a blockage, however, you may feel little-to-no air.

 

Cycling Thermostat

 

Most dryers have a cycling thermostat that’s designed to automatically turn off the heating element at high temperatures. If this component is broken or malfunctioning, the clothes dryer may produce excessive heat. The cycling thermostat is a small metallic device that’s usually found in the rear of the dryer, although you’ll need to remove the back panel to access it.

 

You can test the cycling thermostat with a multimeter to determine whether or not it needs replacing. After removing the thermostat, place each of the meter’s probes on the wire terminals. If the multimeter reads 0 or near 0, the electrical flow is good. If the meter reads infinity, the thermostat needs replacing. Cycling thermostats are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace, so try this before spending several hundred dollars on a brand new clothes dryer.

 

Heating Element
A third possible cause of an overheating clothes is the heating element. It’s not uncommon for heating elements to warp and/or shift over time, resulting in direct contact with the drum or other components. When this occurs, the heating element can warm up the drum significantly faster than usual. The coils of the heating element should not be touching the drum, each other, or any other component.

Liquid vs Powder Laundry Detergent: Which Should I Choose?

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Detergent plays an important role in the washing machine’s ability to dislodge dirt and remove stains from fabric. It does this by attracting debris, pulling it out of clothes until it’s washed away in the rinse cycle. While there are dozens of different types of detergent on the market, they generally fall into one of two different categories: liquid or powder form. So, which type of detergent should you choose?

 

Liquid Detergent

 

The main advantage of washing your garments with liquid laundry detergent is its ability to dissolve in either cold or hot water. Using the cold water setting on a washing machine uses less energy, but unfortunately powder detergent doesn’t dissolve easily in cold water. This can result in clumps of detergent being stuck on your clothes, forcing you to re-wash them for a second time. Liquid detergent, on the other hand, dissolves in water of all temperature ranges, so you don’t have to worry about this occurring.

 

But there are some disadvantages to liquid detergent, including its potential for sticking to the cracks, sides and other hand-to-reach places in a washing machine. Depending on how your washing machine is designed, liquid detergent may seep into areas that aren’t properly drained in the rinse cycle. If it remains here, it may promote the formation of foul-smelling mold and mildew.

 

Powder Detergent

 

Powder detergent generally has a longer shelf life than its liquid counterpart. This is due to the fact that bleaching agents and soaps are more stable in powder form, which subsequently means powder detergents last longer than liquids. If you’re the type of person who prefers to buy things in bulk, you should stick with powder detergent for this reason.

 

Powder detergents are also more Eco-friendly than liquid detergents. According to an article published by Consumer Reports, standard liquid detergent is contains as much as 80% water content, meaning it really only has about 20% “active” ingredients. Powder detergent is more concentrated and doesn’t require a substantial amount of water to produce.

 

As previously mentioned, powder detergent doesn’t dissolve easily in cold water. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t wash clothes with powder detergent on the cold water setting, but you “may” notice clumps left behind in some loads. Of course, a simple solution to this problem is to wash your clothes in hot water rather than cold.

How To Prevent Washing Machine Pipes From Freezing

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With winter right around the corner, many homeowners are taking steps to prepare for the dropping temperatures. Whether you live on the east coat, west coast or somewhere in between, the winter season can wreck havoc on your home’s water pipes. It’s not uncommon for washing machines pipes to freeze up during this time of year, making them susceptible to bursting. When this occurs, it can be both expensive and time-consuming to repair. So, how do you prevent your washing machine pipes from freezing during the winter?

 

Insulation

 

If frozen pipes are a common occurrence in your area, you should consider insulating your washing machine pipes. Most home improvement stores, including Home Depot and Lowes, sell insulation designed specifically for water pipes. The foam-padded insulation is wrapped around the pipe, offering a barrier of thermal protection from the blistering-cold winter temperatures.

 

Faucet Drip

 

The golden rule to prevent pipe freezing in the winter is to turn on a faucet at night, allowing it to drip just slightly. You don’t have to turn every faucet on, as just a single one should suffice. Doing so will release the water pressure, keeping the water moving continuously through the pipes. Moving water requires exceptionally cold temperatures to freeze; therefore, a dripping faucet will protect your washing machine pipe – and other water pipes in your home – from freezing.

 

Space Heater

 

Another preventive measure homeowners can take to reduce the risk of their washing machine pipes from freezing is to use a space heater. If your washing machine is located in a poorly insulated laundry room, for instance, try placing a space heater nearby. By directing the space heater towards the back of the washing machine, it will keep the water pipe warm.

 

Turn Off The Water

 

If you plan on going away for any prolonged length of time, turn the water to your washing machine off to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Look at the rear of your washing machine and you’ll see two knobs: one blue and another red (usually). Turn both of these knobs in the opposite direction to disengage the water.

 

Following the steps mentioned above should protect your pipes from freezing. Just remember to insulate the pipes (if they aren’t insulated already), let a faucet drip, and use a space heater on those exceptionally cold winter nights. And if you plan on going away, turn off the water supply to the washing machine.

Appliance Repair Cleveland Tips: How To Replace A Fried Oven Cord

If you notice a burning smell when you turn on your oven, you need to investigate right away. This is not a good sign. You probably need to replace the electrical cord to your oven.

Signs Your Electrical Cord Needs Replaced

  • Your oven is not heating correctly.
  • You notice a burning smell when you turn on your oven.
  • There are burn marks on the terminal connection.
  • There is visible damage to the electrical cord.

Supplies You Will Need To Replace Your Electrical Cord

  • Hex Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Masking Tape
  • Pen
  • New Electrical Cord

How To Replace Your Electrical Cord

You can replace the electrical cord to your oven oven on your own, or you can hire an Appliance Repair Cleveland company to replace the it for you. Follow the steps below to replace the electrical cord to your oven by yourself.

  1. Turn off the electricity to the oven at the breaker box. This is the most important step; you do not want to get electrocuted.
  2. If you are dealing with a gas oven, you need to shut off the gas valve. Once it is shut off, you need to remove the service line from the oven.
  3. Now that the electricity is off, you need to unplug the cord.
  4. You will need a hex screwdriver to remove the panel on the back of your stove that covers the area where the cord is attached to your oven.
  5. Once the panel is removed, take the masking tape and label each cord so that you know what terminal it connects to.
  6. Use your screwdriver to remove the fasteners that hold each cord in place to the contact terminal.
  7. Take the new cord and attach each part of the cord to the terminal. Use the labels you placed on the old cord to help you correctly attach the new cord to the terminal.
  8. Once the new cord is attached properly, reattach the back panel to the oven.
  9. Plug in the oven cord to the electrical outlet. If you have a gas oven, reattach the gas line to the oven. Then, turn the gas back on and turn the electrical breaker to the oven back on.

If you need more information on how to diagnose and fix the electrical cord to your oven, please contact us.