Welcome to the December 2005 edition of the RepairClinic.com newsletter.
This month, you'll find tips and tricks to get your stovetop and dishwasher
ready for the extra demands of the holidays.
from the RepairGuru®
Most likely, you made some New Year's resolutions to take better care
of yourself. But what about those appliances? When it comes to your home
appliances, an hour of prevention can equal countless hours of avoided
hassle, frustration and costs. Some simple home maintenance is all it
Start the year out right with tips for quick maintenance projects in
this issue. And, get inspired by fellow do-it-yourself Robert Ruppert,
who helped save Christmas with his handywork and the help of RepairClinic.com.
Tips to Try This Month
Check your dishwasher's dishrack
Inspect the dishrack tines for rusting. Rust particles can ruin the
pump and seals. A tine
repair kit can save you the cost of a new dishrack.
Keep your garbage disposer smelling fresh and running right
Clean and deodorize your garbage disposer by using a disposer
Hero: How a Do-it-Yourselfer Saves the Day
Why do appliances always go haywire just when you need them
most? There's perhaps no worse time than the holidays when guests are
on the way and your home needs to be in top form. This holiday hero turned
to RepairClinic.com and got a critical kitchen appliance working in time.
Check your dishwasher's dishrack
A. Ruppert and son, Audubon, PA
Dishwasher issues could not have come at a worse time for Robert Ruppert.
was three days before Christmas and we had people coming in from
out of town. We were planning a big bake-off," he said. "Plus,
I sell baking supplies, so that week, I was all over the place."
anticipating it would have to work overtime, the family of five's
dishwasher had suddenly gone on strike. During cycles, the washer
wasn't filling up and water was left standing when the cycle was
"three boys afraid to use the same cup twice" and repair
service out of the question so close to the holiday, Robert could
imagine the dishes piling up. He knew he had to take care of the
matter himself - and quickly.
|How Did He Do It?
not filling & water left standing at the end of the cycle
What led him to RepairClinic.com:
Web search for "dishwasher repair"
How he diagnosed the problem:
Consulted the Repair Help section for dishwashers and
learned he had either a float valve or inlet valve problem.
He looked at the float valve first and saw it had calcium
build-up. On Robert's model, the float valve is located just
above the inlet valve in the left front corner of the dishwasher.
How he fixed it:
- Unscrewed and removed the float valve
- Scraped the calcium build-up off in the
sink with a screwdriver
- Screwed the float valve back in
a good homeowner, I took the panel off to have a look and it looked great.
I had no idea what I was looking for," he said.
he searched online for a solution, which immediately led him to the RepairClinic.com
site. There, he found his answer. A dirty float valve was blocking water
flow in and out of the machine. After diagnosing the problem, Robert had
all the information he needed to fix the problem at RepairClinic.com.
Help asked the right questions. In 15 minutes, I cleaned the valve, put
it back together and we've been off and running ever since," he said.
"All I needed was a screwdriver."
Having the information to fix the problem on his own - so close to Christmas
- saved Robert a lot of grief and possibly hundreds of dollars. Otherwise,
he might have quickly gone out for a new washer. Most importantly, the
dishwasher was back online to handle holiday baking.
"I wish everything could be that easy," he said. "I emailed
the site to all my friends and I will absolutely turn to RepairClinic.com
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