from your RepairGuru®
the October 2007 edition of the RepairClinic.com newsletter. While the
little ones are preparing their costumes for the big night, maybe you've
been clearing the cobwebs from your appliance repair list? Or, perhaps,
you just solved a goblin of an appliance problem, and can't wait to share
what happened to Howard M. recently when he stopped his 'appliance nightmare'
dead in its tracks. Read below to see how the Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio store
manager set his dryer straight.
Manager Howard M. Blows the Whistle on Dryer Nightmare
Howard M. of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
our dryer stopped working, we picked up the phone and called a repairman,"
says Howard M. "He came out and said that we had blown a thermal
fuse in our dryer and it would cost about $100 to repair."
and his wife, who have two boys ages 3 and 7, agreed to the repair,
but the service technician didn't have the part on hand. Instead,
he went back to the shop, returning the next day to do the repair.
"At the time, that seemed okay," explains Howard. "My
wife runs a daycare in our home, so we do laundry every day. But
we were only down a short time."
he fixed: Amana
What led him to RepairClinic.com:
Didn't want to pay serviceman for repeat repair
he diagnosed the problem:
He relied on RepairGuru to troubleshoot the cause of his
problem, and spoke directly with a service representative to
find the part he needed.
he fixed the dryer:
two screws and two wires from fuse
new fuse to wires and put screws back in
cover and panel
out dryer duct to remove lint blockage
appliance back into outlet
Fuse ($5 plus shipping)
||Dryer duct brush
however, was that their nine-year-old Amana dryer ran for only a couple
of months before blowing the same thermal fuse."
"I couldn't believe it," says Howard. "Obviously, the repairman
just solved the symptom without figuring out what was causing the problem.
At this point, I was annoyed. We had six loads of laundry that we had
to take to the Laundromat. That was just day one."
as a store manager for a local crafts retailer but had never repaired
his own appliance before. At first, he tried to call around for help,
but everyone was closed. He decided he wasn't going to pay a repairman
twice for the same repair: "I had already pulled the dryer out, removed
the panel and used an electrical meter to determine which of the two thermal
fuses had blown," says Howard. "My next step was to make it
my business to find out what was causing the blown thermal fuse. I went
online and looked up Amana parts. RepairClinic.com came up as the number-one
walked Howard through a series of troubleshooting questions. Sure enough,
he found his answer quickly. "We had new basement windows installed
and had to have a new dryer vent installed as well," explains Howard.
"We found out that the filter on the vent was clogged and was causing
moisture and heat to back up into the unit and blow the fuse. I wasn't
happy that the serviceman we had previously paid hadn't made the effort
to properly troubleshoot our dryer problem."
wasn't sure, though, exactly which part he needed, so he called RepairClinic.com
directly. "It was great," says Howard. "The customer service
lady walked me through the entire process and I found exactly what I needed.
Once the part arrived, I turned a few screws, connected a couple of wires
and put the cover back on. Our dryer has been back in business ever since."
Tips to Try this Month
Look Under your dryer's lint filter - Have
you ever taken the time to look inside the lint filter housing when you
are cleaning the filter? The area that surrounds the lint filter can accumulate
lint and needs to be looked at and cleaned at least once a year. A vacuum
makes quick work of removing this build, especially if you use a long
Vents have Installation Codes - Have you ever wondered if your dryer
vent is installed properly or if it meets your local code? The Uniform
Mechanical Codes, which are the basis for most local building codes require
that clothes dryers exhaust must be ducted to the outdoors. This means
that for most states, dryer vents cannot terminate in the attic or a garage.
Venting into the attic or garage could create a moisture build-up and
possibly promote mold growth. Check with the local building inspector
or department to make sure your dryer exhaust vent meets requirements.
Fabric Softeners and Dryer Sheets - There has been a lot of concerns
about the safety of the chemicals used in many dryer sheets, the market
has responded with more environmentally friendly versions. You might also
consider these more natural ways to reduce static cling and soften your
you are washing your clothes, try adding baking soda during the rinse
cycle or ½ cup of white vinegar during the wash cycle (but
don't use vinegar if you're also using bleach, another toxic favorite).
Baking soda and vinegar are more natural softeners for your clothes.
for wash detergents with soy-based softeners included, many natural
food stores carry these products or you can shop on-line.
cottons and synthetic fabrics when they are being washed and dried.
It's the synthetics that cause most of the static problems. Consider
not using the dryer at all for nylon, rayon, and other synthetic fabrics,
try using the clothes-line or drying them flat on a dryer rack.
of the simplest solutions to prevent static cling is to not dry clothes
completely. The small amount of remaining moisture keeps static cling
from forming on the clothes. Try using a dryer rack or place synthetics
on a towel on the top of the dryer for the last 10% of the drying
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