I'm a fixaholic. As a small child I would take apart my toys just to put them back together. My father would tell me he had to hide his AM/FM transistor radio from me for fear I would tear it apart. When it quit working one day, he gave it to me to "play" with. To his surprise I fixed it. I was 6yrs old. That is also when I became interested in Rock n Roll.
When I was a teenager my mother told me that if I wanted a boy to notice me I needed to like the same things he likes. In 1976 all the guys were into rebuilding 69' Mustang's & Camaro's,...muscle cars. The guys would hang out at a neighbors house after school to help work on his Mustang. I'd walk by and listen and before long I was helping bleed brakes and rebuilding carburetors. Somehow, I knew the theory of combustion engines and could join conversations. I was finally having conversations with the cutest guys in school! Except I had trouble with the names of tools. Thingamagiggy didn't impress the guys much. It did however provide an opportunity for one guy to offer to teach me their proper names. We both like fixin cars and Rock n Roll. My mom was right! Life was good!
After graduation came a new life! No school, no curfews and no parents! Freedom! Instead of attending college I attended the beach, concerts and parties. Soon the freedom turned into reality. I needed to eat, i needed money, I needed a job. Not much out there so i was a pizza parlor day shift waitress I worked full time for $1.25 an hour + tips. My quarters from tips became my jukebox money and only music I got to hear since I had no time or money to go to concerts anymore. I was meeting people. I had regular customers that sat only in my section. I enjoyed meeting people and although I enjoyed my job I wanted more but didn't know what.
My alternator had gone out in my car. I'd been walking to work for over a week and when payday came I took the day off to "walk" to buy the alternator and "walk" home to replace it. I hated being on foot. The next day at work several regulars asked me why I wasn't there to bring them iced tea and pizza? Its so nice to be missed. One table of my regulars were 4 guys that worked for the same company. They were very impressed that I knew how to replace the alternator in a car. They asked me how I knew it was the alternator and not something else. They asked me all kinds of questions. I was hoping the cute one would ask me out. Instead, they asked if I'd like a job as a technician, repairing major appliances. The only experience I had was fixin the pizza ovens a few times. They said I was born a technician and would be perfect for the job. They handed me an application and 3 weeks later I was sitting in the passenger seat of a repair van. I sat there for the next 3 mths of on the job training. I loved everything about this job! I wasn't in an office all day, I was outside, driving, meeting people and best of all, I was doing what I have always enjoyed, fixin stuff.
I still remember the first day out on my own. I was issued my own van that morning, a 70's Dodge van, oldest in the fleet. No power steering, no power anything. I was so excited. I built up my muscles driving with no power steering. I was so proud! I was a real technician with a real service van! Yeah! I drove to my very first service call. A dryer not heating, I was full of all kinds of emotions. Excited, happy, scared, nervous, scared, proud, scared. I rehearsed everything in my head, from my hello to my goodbye. I was anxious to get this first call behind me. I didn't want to mess this up or embarrass myself. I arrived on time to my first call and when the man of the house answered the door he hollers to his wife, "honey, she's here to hang the new curtains". I about died. Curtain hanger?
That was 33 yrs. ago. I have had many lunches with those same 4 fellow technicians at that same pizza parlor over the years. I eventually moved on to expand my areas of expertise. There is no limits in this field. It can and will take you to places you would never imagine. In 33 yrs. my resume includes cool adjectives like: highly skilled and qualified. The list of all I repair is long and I've never been able to list everything simply because I'm always learning something new. It typical lists: all major residential and commercial laundry, kitchen, refrigeration unit in a home, hotel, restaurant, hospital, school, nursing home, store, bar, cafeteria, outside kitchen and even the coolers at the morgue. As well a industrial floor equipment, buffers, Zamboni's, extractors, pallet jacks. AC DC voltages. 36v deep cell batteries, 110v, 220v, 3 Phase, natural gas, propane and solar power and more. I also assist others by answering their repair questions they've posted on ifixit.com Everyone at ifixit.com is wondedrful! We all share the same values and ideas. We believe everyone has the right to repair!
I recently made one of the scariest decisions of my life. I resigned from the big company to start my own company. I left the security of a nice, steady paycheck for the uncertainty of my next meal. I have't starved yet.
Where should I have my iPhone 7plus repairedI damaged the home button attempting to replace screen/digitizer. Ugh. This phone is 6mths old through Sprint the" Iphone...
A week after replacing compressor & drier psi drops -15 low sideKenmore branded LG french door- freezer on bottom model# #795.71033010 . after replacing compressor & filter dryer it ran...
Quitting appliance repair companySeriously thinking about quitting the company I work for today. My question is - with 30 yrs experience I know a lot, but...
Condensor fins fell off while cleaningI've cleaned thousands of window units but today was different. With the unit in place and unplugged I sprayed the bottom...
Where do I move my picsI have too many pictures and need to move them so I can't take more pics. Can I move them to a folder in my gallery then...
回答“What's up with my compressor?”John Boyd, it could possibly be the compressor is locked up. This inverter makes diagnosing the compressor a bit more difficult due to the inverter mounted on the side of the compressor. The thermal overload is what’s cutting off the compressor. It’s job is to cut off the compressor if it’s too hot or pulling too many amps. If you had an amp meter or a two splitter you could check the amp draw at the moment it’s trying to come on. If the amps are higher than whats on the data plate than the problem is in the compressor. The compressor has to be replaced by a certified hvac/refrigeration technician per the EPA guidelines. The cost for this repair is much higher.
回答“Whirlpool ADP 5554, F4 error”The error, 4 flashing lights, indicates a slow drain. This could be the drain pump impeller is damaged and no spinning properly. It could also be a linked drain hose or a clog in the drain hose. Usually the drain hose attaches to the garbage disposal or to the plumbing under the sink. I’d take the hose off and inspect it for a clog. It is usually some nasty, thick, gummy sludge that has collected. Clean it out the reattach and run the dishwasher. The drain hose coul be linked anywhere from to pump to sink. You’ll have to look for that. I’m attaching a link to a video that might also be the problem. I’m not sure if your machine has this part, if not disregard. https://youtu.be/RfeFTdSdNYQ
回答“No cooling either compartment, compressor and all fans sound normal”I had to continue comment cuz I talk too much and only allowed 1000 words. LoL If you don’t have the proper voltage at the compressor, the Comp won’t run properly. Either one of the boards could be bad and not providing the comp with enough voltage. I hope this helps. You sound like your knowledgeable on refrigerators. These linear compressors tend to overwhelm techs. Don’t let it. Think of it as a variable fan. It pumps like the others. The results are the same.
回答“No cooling either compartment, compressor and all fans sound normal”JPB, the difference in the two compressors that you might notice is the variable voltage. The compressor receives up to 300v plus. At start up it should have at lest 200v (depending on model). You’ll hear it running faster or slower depending on if the voltage is stepped up or down. I usually feel the compress for heat and vibration. If it’s hot to touch and condenser is cool/room temp then compressor it’s not pumping properly. A proper diagnosis at this point needs to be done by checking the pressures on both side of compressor. A certified refrigeration technician must do these test. If the side pressure is in a vacuum, add a little gas and see if the pressure rises and stays there. If it rises and falls back down it immediately it usually isn’t a leak. Probably a restriction. You need to be sure the compressor is getting the correct voltage. There should be a chart on the back of the refrigerator with test point and voltages. I’d check the voltage before checking the pressures.
回答“No cooling either compartment, compressor and all fans sound normal”Samsung’s are notorious for bad inverter boards. Is the compressor hot? I usually pull the inverter board out and look on both side for signs of overheating or burnt areas. When you pull it off, look at the area it is up against. It might even looked burnt examine the main board too Unplug the refrigerator before removing the boards The inverter has 300V or more in some places If it was a leak, you would see signs of oil. Look around all the refrigerant lines, confessor coils and evaporator. Ther is a refrigerant line that runs under the condenser coils. This line sits in the water from defrost. I’ve seen it erode and leak. The pannwill have oil in it. If you don’t see any oil, the only thing left is to tap the system to check the pressures. That will determine if there’s a restriction, a leak or if the compressor failed. That three way valve is a pain with it plugged in, tough the compressor with the tip of a screwdriver. Is it vibrating.? Is it warm, hot or extremely hot?
回答“Kenmore 110 VMW basket won't spin freely”The problem is with the hub. That’s the part under the agitated/wash plate. I didn’t see a complete model number to be able to find the part number. Easy to replace. Take off the agitator. The hub is below the agitator. It attaches the basket to the outer tub. The drive shaft slides up the middle of it. The groves get worn and the drive shaft won’t catch it to turn it. Be sure to clean the groves on the drive shaft with a wire brush to remove any rust or dirt. If the drive shaft is worn it will need to be replace.
回答“Refrigerator making flickering noise?”The relay on your control board is dropping out. It wither failing, unable to hold the voltage. Or, the voltage to the relay is dropping out, meaning another component that supplies voltage to this relay is failing. If the compressor feels really hot to touch, it could be the relay to the compressor and this “on and off” voltage at the compressor could damage it. To properly troubleshoot and diagnose this issue, id recommend scheduling a qualified technician to come and check it. The parts are expensive and without being at the unit with my test equipment, I would only be guessing. The inverter boards can generate over 250v even though it’s plugged into to a 110v outlet. UNPLUG IT BEFORE DOING ANYTHING. You can easily remove the board and look for burnt spots or swollen capacitors. Look for a board by the compressor. Inspect it too. Any signs of a burnt spot means it must be replaced or repaired. That’s the best I can do for not being in front o it.
回答“How can I fix or replace the door handle of my microwave?”It is important to understand that the door plays a very important roll in keeping the microbe waves inside the unit. If the door doesn’t shut properly, it could leak out these harmful micro waves. After any repairs to a door are made a Survey test needs to be made to test for any leakage. It can be done with a Survey meter or with a less expensive Survey test strips that can be purchased at some appliance parts stores or online. Never continue to us a microwave with a damaged door or one that isn’t shutting properly. To do so is a safety hazard.
回答“Not cooling... AND ITS BACK!”Darrenkim, the clicking is the overload thermal cut off for the compressor. It the compressor is too hot or pulling to many amps the OTC will switch off to stop voltage to the compressor. It does this to protect the compressor from overheating. Problem is, most people don’t hear this clicking until it’s already damaged. If your coils were dirty, the air flow was restricted. This causes the compressor to overheat, the refrigerant will get hot and this all causes stress on copper lines. You could try replacing the compressor relay. That’s the relay and OTC mounted on the side of the compress. I have had a few bad relays. If your lucky, that’s the problem. Otherwise. the issue is in the sealed system. You’ll need to tap the system to check pressures and only a qualified, and EPA certified technician can do that. Cleaning the coils needs to be done at least one every year, more often if you have pets. Think of it as an oil change. It has to be done or it can cause serious and expensive repairs.
回答“GE Profile WPRE8150K2WT grinding and spewing bits of rubber”Those little pieces of rubber are from the center seal. The grinding is from the center bearings. If I was C.S.I. the cause of bearing noise is due to the seal leaking and water eroding the bearings. But I’m not CSI and I’m not there , although there isn’t anything else that would cause thes exact symptoms . You might notice some water ad oil under the washer too This washer would need new center seal, and bearings. I’d take a good look at the gear box. Water could have mixed with the oil. Sometimes when bearings fail the threads on the drive shaft and agitator get damaged. If damaged, they’d need replaced. The repair cost at that point wouldn’t be cost efficient. Put your money on a new washer.
1 / 18 页