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Keeping Your Automatic Washer Troublefree

The best way that I have found to do is to make the diagnosis first from the symptoms of the machine, then from further tests in the areas where the particular problem is likely to occur. Symptoms are listed in the order they are most likely to incur in the cycle of the machine.

SYMPTOM: Water will not enter the machine

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Check the obvious first: An inlet hose may be crimped, or perhaps is turned off. Water-inlet hoses have filter screens. Sand or rust scaled off within the water line may have clogged the screens. Another filter is located in the inlet valve at the point where the hose attaches to the machine. Remove these screens and clean them under a running faucet, using an old tooth brush to remove all of the accumulation. Often these won’t appear to be clogged yet they won’t pass water, due to thin transparent film of algae. If cleaning doesn’t remove all, replace the screens. Don’t operate the washer without screens, as particles might lodge in the valve and prevent it from closing. If no results use your ears for a moment. Is there a low buzzing sound when the water should be coming in If not, go to the water­ in valve. To get to this valve you must raise the top of the washer. Remove the screws, raise the top tilt the back, and slide it forward. Before exposing any electrical conneclions in this manner, always unplug the machine. Water inlet valves in automatic washers are operated by a solenoid. When current flows through this coil, a magnetic field is created, raising if plunger inside the valve and allowing water to flow into the machine. When the magnetic force is removed, spring action seats the plunger and the water flow is shut off.

Your washer will have one, two, or three of these solenoids, de­pending oil the number of water-temperature selections. To check the coils, look for the wires leading to the water valve. Each coil will have two wires connected to its terminals. Check the coils for continuity and ground with your meter. A deflection should occur when the meter leads are placed across the terminals of a solenoid, denoting electrical continuity through the coils of wire within. To check for a ground, touch one meter lead to the frame of the cabinet, the other to each of the solenoid terminals in turn. No meter deflection should occur, no electrical leakage to ground. If either test shows that the solenoids is faulty, remove the screws that connect it to the valve and replace it with a new one obtained from your dealer. If all checks well, refer to the wiring diagram on the machine for it component marked “water-level switch” or “float switch.” This switch controls the amount of water entering the basket. The diagram shows one of the wires from the switch leading from the timer, and another leading to the inlet-valve solenoid or to the water-temperature Continuity should be read across these two terminals, water in the basket, and with one of the wires disconnected at the Dash on terminals. Now go to the water-temperature switch, and check for continuity from the terminal from the water-level switch file terminal leading to the solenoid in question. Keep in mind the short cuts possible when you use one of the best test instruments available your own ears. Listen to the machine. If you hear a slight hum, the solenoid is buzzing. This tells you that the solenoid, water-level switch, timer, temperature switch, and other washer components are good. The problem is mechanical. Check for restriction in the water line. By the same token, should no hum be heard, eliminate the mechanical operation of the water-inlet valve and devote your time to testing the electrical components with your meter. Applying your efforts and thinking along this line makes your diagnosis more accurate and much quicker, and prevents traveling up many blind alleys. It’s as easy its 1, 2, 3. Observe, listen, and analyze accordingly

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Expert heating and furnace repair tips for at home repair men

The information we provide on our website is here to help you gain more knowledge about your Heating or Furnace system. More efficient Heating or Furnace system usage can help you save on your utility bills and on possible future repairs by extending the life of your Heating or Furnace system.

Warning: HEATING OR FURNACE SYSTEMS CAN BECOME DANGEROUS IF YOU TRY TO REPAIR WITHOUT EXPERIENCE, TRADE KNOWLEDGE, AND THE RIGHT TOOLS. We strongly advise you not perform any Heating or Furnace system repairs on your own. Heating or Furnace system repairs attempted by anyone without professional experience, training, and understanding of gas and electrical systems can become very dangerous. For professional help call Bear Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When the furnace works but heat doesn’t get through

IF YOUR OIL BURNER or gas fur­nace is functioning, but heat is not being delivered to the rooms, there is a malfunction in the delivery system. Let’s run down each of the delivery systems to see what you can do to overcome the problem, and at least get some heat into the house.

Steam system—Check the boiler gauge. A burner will shut off automatically if the water level in the boiler gets below a certain level.
Hot-water system Inspect the circulator. One that needs lubrication will not circulate hot water although the burner will continue to operate. Caution: Lubricate the circulator only with the grade of oil and/or cup grease recommended on the instruc­tion plate attached to the circulator’s body. Any other type may cause a complete breakdown.
If the circulator has stopped work­ing whether for lack of lubricant or some other reason, press the reset button on the device one time only. If there is no reset button, slap the housing with your hand. A circulator will not deliver heat if one of its couplings is broken. How­ever, the unit will continue to run, so put your ear close to the housing and listen for a sharp, rapping sound.

You may be able to repair the break temporarily. Remove the access cover. If you can get at the broken coupling, wire the broken cross-pieces together. If you cannot repair the circulator, but the burner is operating, you should be able to get some heat through the house. Most hot-water systems have a flow valve on the water line that runs from the furnace to the heat-radiating components. Open the valve. This will feed hot water through the system by gravity.

Important: Don’t forget to close the flow valve after the circulator has been repaired.
Forced-air systems One reason for a reduced heat condition in a forced-air system is a clogged air fil­ter. If you have a spare around, install it. If not, remove the old filter (some furnaces have more than one), take it out-of-doors, and knock it against a hard surface to loosen dirt.

Another reason for little heat delivery is a broken blower-motor belt. The best solution is to replace the belt, so you should keep a spare on hand. You can buy a belt for your blower motor from a hardware store or gasoline station. Make sure it is the right size. Place the belt on the blower-motor pulleys and tighten the adjusting nut, which is usually found behind the motor, until the belt has about 1/2-inch free play. If you do not have a spare belt, try wrapping some strong rope around the pulleys as a temporary measure. A final reason for failure of a forced-air system to deliver heat is a short in the blower motor. A short is indicated by on-off cycling of the motor in short spurts or complete refusal to run. Shut off the switch controlling the blower motor and remove all filters from the furnace. Some hot air will rise and permeate through the ducts to the registers so that minimum fort may be attained until a service technician arrives.

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