Message from your RepairGuru®
Welcome to the January 2008 edition of the RepairClinic.com newsletter. With a new year beginning, this month’s newsletter is a great place to showcase Jon L.’s success. A self-confessed non-repairman, he pulled off a major coup – he resisted dialing for help and repaired his own refrigerator. This Winston-Salem, North Carolina resident deserves our kudos. Congratulations, Jon! We know how good you must feel. And, welcome to the club.
Jon L. Pulls off Refrigerator Tour de Force
Jon L. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
“Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t fix appliances,” says Jon L., a Winston-Salem, North Carolina marketing consultant. “Instead, I either pick up the phone to call a repairman, or I just wait until my wife Celeste can’t stand it anymore, at which point she either tries to fix it or makes the call. I’ve even been known to ‘rough up’ an appliance that isn’t working the way it should.”
But those days are over. Jon’s three-year-old Whirlpool refrigerator had been making a very loud whining noise.
What he fixed: Refrigerator
led him to RepairClinic.com: Message board for DIY ers.
How Jon diagnosed the problem:
Used RepairClinic.com’s RepairGuru.
How he fixed the refrigerator:
||Removed face plate and screws.
||Took out old motor.
||Installed new motor.
||Replace screws and faceplate.
He got so tired of hearing the noise that he decided to take it on himself. He logged onto an Internet message board for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, where he found a number of postings that described his refrigerator’s problem. One of the message board posters also provided a link to RepairClinic.com.
“I went to the site and used the RepairGuru to figure out what I needed to do,” he says. “I simply entered my model and part number. The troubleshooter said that I needed to reset the motor for my icemaker. I gave that a try, and everything was fine for about an hour. Then, the icemaker dropped a load of ice and that horrible whining sound started again."
“According to RepairClinic.com, that indicated that I needed to replace the motor,” continues Jon. “Emboldened by RepairClinic.com’s tips, I felt confident that I could handle this project on my own, so I ordered the new motor.”
Jon received the new motor in a couple of days and replaced the part in under an hour. “I was amazed,” says Jon. “It took me just one hour to figure out what was wrong, order the part and make the repair. I’m one of those guys that typically turn a ‘simple’ home project into a week-long event. This was definitely a feel-good experience."
“I strongly recommend RepairClinic.com,” he adds. “You’ll find the help you need. You’ll also find the parts you need. As a result, you can fix your own appliances – without paying a repairman or driving your wife crazy. It’s a great deal all the way around. I’ll never beat up an appliance again!”
Routine Refrigerator Maintenance Tips
- Keep gasket seal and hinge areas free of dirt and dust by wiping clean regularly.
- Check gaskets and seals for signs of wear and tear - replace any that are cracked or broken - to maintain proper door seal and minimize energy use.
- Keep your refrigerator around 36-40°F for the fresh food compartment. Use a thermometer to check inside temperatures.
- Also, check the temperature control in the freezer section for proper setting; should be between 0-5º F – to help ensure your ice cream isn't too hard and your milk doesn't freeze.
- Change the water filter, at minimum, every six months.
- Periodically clean the freezer baskets and bins.
- Vacuum the condenser coils and vents underneath the refrigerator for more efficient cooling and increased air flow to the compressor.
- Check for burnt out light bulbs and replace as needed.
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