from your RepairGuru®
the June 2007 edition of the RepairClinic.com newsletter. As we get into
the swing of summer, we have some icemaker tips this month that can help
you cool things down. And if you don't have an icemaker, no problem: You
can probably use one of our universal kits to easily add one to your existing
refrigerator. See our featured items.
read what Christy S. of Whitesboro, Texas has to say about her recent
Nursing Student Saves a Bundle
a nursing student in Whitesboro, Texas, quickly grew tired of running
to the store to fill her glass with ice and decided to take matters into
her own hands. She
the water line to her refrigerator's icemaker to make sure it wasn't clogged.
When water shot out immediately, she felt confident that the problem was
somewhere between the water line and icemaker.
that the problem was likely the water valve, so I went online to the manufacturer
website, and then to various websites, looking for parts," said Christy.
"But I couldn't find the part I needed without a part number. Then,
I was lucky enough to find the RepairClinic.com website. The RepairGuru
asked me a few questions, and within minutes I found the exact water valve
I needed and placed an order."
received the water valve a few days later, it took her about an hour to
install it with just a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. "It was
so easy, and it felt so satisfying to do this on my own," said Christy.
"A service call probably would have been $100, plus parts and labor.
RepairClinc.com probably saved me $150 or more.
next time I need to do a repair around the house, I'll go directly to
RepairClinic.com. They offer the
help I need, and they have the parts to get the job done right - at the
Tips to Try This Month
ice? Try this tip to reduce ice cube odors
two biggest culprits to causing smelly ice are caused by uncovered or
unsealed food in the refrigerator or freezer, or poor household water
To prevent food odors from affecting your ice, be sure to put all food
products in tightly sealed containers. This is especially true for very
strong smelling foods such as onions or garlic.
Your water quality is also a factor. To get the best smelling cubes you
have to start out with fresh, clean water. If your refrigerator is equipped
with a built-in water filter, be sure to replace it every six months,
even if you haven't used much ice or water. If your refrigerator doesn't
have a built-in filter it's easy to add one to the water supply line.
A water filter will remove impurities and will filter out sediment and
other particles that might clog your water inlet valve. You can find water
too slow? Here's how to speed it up
Icemakers have a molded tray that fills with water to create the ice cubes.
The tray temperature needs to reach between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit
before the icemaker will dump the ice into the bin. There are several
things that can prevent the icemaker from reaching this desired temperature:
1) Freezer or Refrigerator Door Gasket: Check the door gaskets
for gaps or tears, replace if any damage is found which is preventing
a tight seal around the door.
2) Condenser Coils: The condenser is usually located underneath
the refrigerator behind the front toe-kick panel and looks like a series
of tubes with fins attached, similar to a radiator. Use a condenser cleaning
brush (essentially a long narrow bristle brush) and your vacuum cleaner
to remove any lint or dirt build-up.
3) Usage Patterns: Monitor how often the freezer door is being
opened, and whether family members are accidentally leaving it open. Refrigerators
are slow to recover from these activities.
4) Proper Loading: Look at how the freezer is loaded; an improperly
filled freezer could block the air circulation. Be sure not to pile food
against any vent ducts or holes.
5) Location, Location: If the ambient temperature of the room fluctuates
widely, such as in a garage during the summer, consider moving the freezer
to a location with a more consistent, lower temperature.
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