How to Replace Your Frigidaire Refrigerator’s Run Capacitor

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If your Frigidaire refrigerator is no longer cooling, a lot of different parts could be the underlying culprit. However, once you’ve made certain that the refrigerator is still receiving power, which you can do either with a multimeter or by testing the lights and fan, the run capacitor and compressor is one of the first areas you should check for malfunction. If this part is broken, the compressor also won’t work. Order the replacement part #297286802 for a wide selection of Electrolux, Westinghouse, and Frigidaire models, and follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the refrigerator. This repair involves directly manipulating electrical components, so it’s especially important to remove the power source.
  2. Remove the rear access cover. Loosen the six screws around the edge and completely remove the panel.
  3. Access the capacitor. Release the clip connecting the capacitor to the compressor so the wire isn’t in the way. Take care not to bend or shift the copper tubing.
  4. Remove the capacitor. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry the run capacitor free from the start mechanism. Then pull it out of the fridge. Again, make sure you don’t jostle the copper lines bent around the compressor.
  5. Replace the run capacitor. Plug the capacitor into place so the terminals fit snugly.
  6. Replace the covers. First, return the wire into position around the capacitor and clip it to the edge of the compressor. Then reattach the access cover and plug the refrigerator back in.

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My Whirlpool Cabrio Washer is Screaming at Me Every Time It Spins!

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Are you dreading wash day? Are you afraid the neighbors are going to file a noise complaint against you every time you wash? Do you have a hard time finding your pets until long after the laundry is folded? In the case of a cat that might be helpful…

You’re probably thinking, it’s time for a new washer. You may be right, but that Cabrio can be salvaged and back to the workhorse it once was for less than half the cost of a comparable direct drive machine. And that’s with the appliance repair professionals at Fred’s Appliance Service.

What’s happened with your washer is the drive shaft seal has failed and every wash load drips a little water onto the upper spin bearing. That screaming, jet plane engine noise is the high-velocity turnings of your rusty bearings. You may have noticed longer dry times. The spin is slowing slightly as the resistance from the bearings fights against the motor impeding top spin speed.

Originally this problem was only repairable by replacing the outer tub assembly. Now Whirlpool Corporation has made available a bearing, seal, and shaft kit to address this problem. The repair does require some specialized tools that your appliance repair professional will have to use, and place this repair out of the average DIY guy’s range. No worries, Fred’s Appliance Service will have your machine back to its old self in two to four hours.

You’ll be back to watching TV at acceptable volumes and doing the wash at the same time. Call Fred’s Appliance Service.

How to Replace Your GE Range’s Inner Door Glass

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If the glass panel in your oven door cracks, it’s important to replace it as quickly as possible. Order replacement part #WB56X22160 and follow these steps to replace the inner door glass assembly on a GE range:

  1. Unplug your oven. Even if a repair doesn’t directly involve electrical parts, removing the power source makes the repair safer for you and the machine.
  2. Take off the oven door. Open the door so you can access the hinge locks. Use a screwdriver to open the hinge locks, partially close the door and lift it free of the hinges.
  3. Remove the interior door cover. After laying the door exterior side down, unscrew the interior panel’s four screws along the corners. Also remove the screws holding the bottom trim in replace, then remove the inner door completely.
  4. Remove the hinges. This will give you better access to the panel holding the glass in place.
  5. Remove the panel over the insulation. Carefully flip the door over and unscrew the panel around the glass. Lift the panel free.
  6. Replace the glass. Carefully lift the glass free of the insulation inside the door and set it aside. Then clean the seat free of grease or debris. Then slip the new glass onto the door’s seat and make sure the insulation isn’t caught along the edge.
  7. Rebuild the door. First, replace and secure the metal panel, then flip the door over and resecure the hinges. After that, put the inner door back into position and retighten the corner screws and bottom trim.
  8. Put the door back on the oven. Snap the hinges into place, then carefully hold the door fully open so you can snap the hinges closed. Make sure the door closes securely before releasing it.

If you have more repairs to make or you want to inspect other major appliances, go to Fred’s Appliance Service for more step-by-step guides.

How to Replace a KitchenAid Light Lens Gasket 3184533

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The light in your oven needs a seal to help protect the inside of interior walls from heat damage, and it protects the lightbulb from the moisture and heat generated in the oven. This small gasket can wear through or get dirty over time, so make checking it part of your checklist for servicing ranges and making small repairs. If it’s breaking down and no longer sealing. replace it with part #WP3184533 and follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the range or flip the circuit breaker. Even if you’re just making minor repairs, removing the power helps ensure that you won’t get electrocuted and also helps prevent any sparks that could damage the range.
  2. Remove the oven racks so you can access the back of the oven.
  3. Open the light lens compartment. This is located in the back top corner of your oven. Unscrew the cover over the light bulb and set it aside. Then pull the cover out.
  4. Replace the gasket. Remove any fibers of the old seal remaining on the cover until the edge is completely clean. Then work the new light lens gasket over the lens until it fits into place around the bottom lip of the seal.
  5. Retighten the light lens in the corner of the oven.
  6. Put the oven racks back into position and plug the oven back in.

Preventative maintenance like fixing gaskets and sensors before a major malfunction is a key to prolonging the life of your Range. Go to Fred’s Appliance Service for more repair procedures and major appliance tips.