How to Replace Your Dryer’s Steam Nozzle

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Many dryers are now coming equipped with a steam function that helps keep loads wrinkle free and reduces the energy cost of the de-wrinkling cycle. But if you notice that your steam function doesn’t work or your dryer has an error message regarding the steam cycle, there are two main culprits. One might be the water inlet system: either the valve is broken, or there are bends in the water supply tube that prevent the water from passing through. The second common cause for steam malfunction is a broken steam nozzle inside the dryer. Replacing the steam nozzle is just a matter of order the replacement part, which is #WPW10277503 for Whirlpool Alpha models, and screwing it into place. Here’s how:

  1. Open the front door of the dryer. This step does not necessarily require you to unplug the appliance, but doing so is the first general step in all safe appliance repair.
  2. Unscrew the defective steam nozzle from the rear bulkhead. The bulkhead is in the back of the dryer’s tub, and the steam nozzle is visible in the middle of the bulkhead.
  3. Install the new steam nozzle by inserting it into the rear bulkhead. Tighten by hand and then with a socket wrench. Be sure to monitor the next steam cycle to ensure that steam is issuing from the nozzle.

Replacing your dryer’s steam nozzle is one of the few repairs that can take place without removing panels. If you want to try a few more complex repairs, go to Fred’s Appliance Service for more step-by-step guides and specific parts.

How to Replace Your Whirlpool Dryer’s Water Inlet Valve

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Whirlpool Alpha electric dryers come with a steam function for better drying, but if you notice that the steam function suddenly isn’t working, the water inlet valve may be the cause. Order the replacement part #W10815373 and follow these steps to access and replace the part with just a few hand tools and half an hour’s time.

  1. Unplug the dryer and turn off the cold water supply. You should always shut off the power to appliances during inspections and repairs, especially if they involve water.
  2. Remove water supply line and the external venting from the back of the machine so you can access behind the machine. There may be some water already in the supply line, so be sure to have a bowl and cloth on hand to remove the water.
  3. Remove the top part of the rear panel and slide the top panel off completely. Then remove the rear panel. This gives you full access to the internal parts of the dryer.
  4. Disconnect the water inlet valve wires and unscrew the mounting bracket. The valve will be at the bottom of the machine and is a blue piece connected to wires and its own mounting bracket. If you’re unfamiliar with a dryer’s wiring, take a picture of the wires’ colors and orientation before disconnecting them so you have a guide during reassembly.
  5. Once the mounting bracket is free, unlock the supply line from the water inlet valve. Do this by turning and depressing the locking mechanism around the supply tube.
  6. Replace the valve. Add the new valve by adding the water supply tube and putting the locking mechanism back into place. Then reattach the new part’s mounting bracket with the old screws and reconnect the wires to the terminals.
  7. Reattach the rear and then top panel, and then attach the vent and water supply lines. Your steam function should work again now that the machine can correctly introduce water to the system.

Dryers can be tricky to repair, especially since there are a few steps before you can even see the inner workings. If you want to tackle a few more repairs while your machine is open, go to Fred’s Appliance Service for more guides and tutorials.

Madison High School Band Chinese Auction Fundraiser

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Proud to support the local high school band’s fundraiser using a Chinese auction.  We donated a $100 worth of lottery scratch offs, so hopefully someone gets lucky and wins back even more!  This even is one of the biggest fundraisers for maintaining the band’s expenses and and Marching Band uniforms.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 11 in the Madison High School Cafeteria.

Appliance Reviewer Key Signs Your Appliances May Just Need Repairing and Not Replacing

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Life would not be that convenient and easy if it were not for home appliances. We have to admit, home appliances play a key role in making some of our difficult household chores much easier. This is why they can be considered as top investmentsespecially when you happen to have a home of your own.

Needless to say, these modern household inventions, inasmuch as they provide you practical handiness, can also be a source of concern to you and any member of the household. If you don’t take good care of them then they may become liabilities to you when they pose maintenance expenses and cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for repairs.

For this reason, you need to be your own appliance reviewer and do routine maintenance for each of your appliances. When you neglect this kind of responsibility, you may have potential problems. You have the option to replace any of your appliances that give you problems, but that could be costly and impractical. Perhaps you just need to identify what is the root cause of your appliance problem and opt for repair. You can either do it yourself or you may call for a licensed or accredited repairman to do it for you. And don’t forget the warranties that come along with your appliances. These warranties can be a source of relief from unwanted expenses.

Nevertheless, here are key signs for you to know if your appliances just need repairing, not replacing:


Key Sign 1: Noises that are Unwanted

If your appliance creates erratic sounds, then there could be an internal problem that needs to be fixed. One perfect example for this is when your refrigerator makes an erratic sound instead of a “hum,” then you need to have it fixed ASAP since your fridge is where you keep your food products fresh.


Key Sign 2: Does Not Turn On

If you turn your appliance on and it does not begin to do its work but you see its light indicator is on, then a particular internal mechanism does not operate anymore. This one needs immediate attention and reparation. This is a familiar problem for refrigerators and the foods may end up getting spoiled. If this happens, you need to be proactive by having your fridge repaired as a refrigerator happens to be one of the costly appliances to replace.


Key Sign 3: Functioning Ineffectively

When you see your appliance still running but it does not do its task effectively and efficiently anymore, then that would be a big problem. This means that there is a problem with the machine because of its inability to function properly. When you have noticed that your dryer takes a much longer time to dry your clothes, then it must have clogged ventilation that needs to be fixed. The same can also be said when your dishwasher doesn’t perform its job very well because of a faulty water inlet valve, or when your lawn mower doesn’t cut as efficiently as it used to be because the blades need re-sharpening. These problems are indications that such appliances just need technical mending by you or your trusted repair specialist.


Key Sign 4: High Electricity/Water Bill

If you have noticed a surprising increase of your electricity or water bill, then this can be attributed to particular appliances that need to be repaired immediately. Otherwise, it would just cost you more and, eventually, it would mean replacing it with a new onewhich is more costly. This a common scenario when an oven’s thermostat is damaged and it gets too hot when you use it and it also means an increase in your electricity bill.


Key Sign 5: Keeps on Turning On and Off

This is another hassle that an appliance could give you. This can be experienced with a washing machine turning off when it’s not finished or a furnace that turns on and off every few minutes. This implies that your appliance may be suffering a breakage with its internal parts and you need a repairman to do the job immediately.

Consider your appliances as your domestic aides. They are there to make life easy for you anytime of the day. If you don’t pay attention to their “well-being”, then they may be predisposed to breakage or inefficiency. You can avoid problems (and wasted money!) by regularly checking your appliances and repairing them before they need to be replaced.

Sara Worth

Sara is an expert reviewer and writer at Appliance Reviewera comprehensive and unbiased online guide, which helps readers to buy the right appliances for their home. She moved from Manchester to London where she studied electronics. At the same time, she was working as a freelance writer and also pursued her passion to be an independent interior designer. After graduating from university, she worked for over 10 years as an electronic engineer, consulting with some of the largest appliance manufacturers around the world. Sara has since joined the team at where she uses her vast knowledge of style and functionality to write about the best home appliances on the UK markethelping her readers to make an informed decision on their investment purchase without having to try each item first. When she isn’t writing or fixing things around the house, Sara can be found enjoying live music with her friends or relaxing in front of the fire with her dogs.