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APPLIANCE DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
AIR CONDITIONING & HEAT PUMPS
APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY RATINGS
CHLORINATORS & CHARCOAL FILTERS
COFFEE MAKER TRIPS AFCI
DISHWASHERS vs SEPTICS
ELECTRIC MOTOR DIAGNOSTIC GUIDE
ELECTRICAL OUTLET, HOW TO ADD
FAN, AIR HANDLER BLOWER UNIT
GARBAGE DISPOSAL vs SEPTICS
GAS IGNITER DEFECTS & REPAIRS
HUMIDIFIERS & HUMIDITY TARGET
KITCHEN VENTILATION DESIGN
LOW VOLTAGE BUILDING WIRING
MANUALS & PARTS GUIDES - HVAC
MICROWAVE OVEN VENT INSTALL
REVERSED POLARITY warning
SAFETY for ELECTRICAL INSPECTORS
SEER RATINGS & OTHER DEFINITIONS
SEPTIC SYSTEM PUMPS
TEST EQUIPMENT, ELECTRICAL GUIDE
THERMOSTATS, HEATING / COOLING
THERMOSTATS, WATER HEATER
WATER PUMP REPAIR GUIDE
WATER SOFTENERS & CONDITIONERS
WASHING MACHINE OIL LEAKS
WINDOW / WALL AIR CONDITIONERS
Home appliance inspection, troubleshooting & repair guide: this article describes simple steps that you can take to get a home appliance working again, or to decide that it's time to buy a new toaster or other device, or that you would be smart to call an appliance repair person.
These quick inspection points and tips are accompanied by links to detailed inspection, diagnosis, and repair for most appliances found in homes, from room air conditioners to washing machines and water heaters.
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These articles focus on basic procedures that help spot trouble with an appliance first by simple visual inspection. For each appliance topic we include links to additional in-depth inspection, diagnosis & repair information.
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Photo at left: the igniter module for a Jenn-Air countertop gas cooktop. We replaced this item as well as the wiring and individual igniters to cure chronic gas burner ignition problems: endless clicking. Details of that repair are found at GAS IGNITER DEFECTS & REPAIRS.
Before tossing out your air conditioner or coffee maker and even before calling an appliance repairman for your washing machine, refrigerator, or clothes dryer, here are some things to check:
Above left: gas range and other cookstove repair parts on display at the Tuesday Market, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. At above right: an antique Rainbow Gas Stove (photo courtesy of anonymous reader).
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As noted in Carson Dunlop Associates' Home Reference Guide:
Coffee maker Inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
Dishwasher Inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
Starting with the basics, as noted in Carson Dunlop Associate's Home Reference Guide:
Doorbell inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
If a doorbell is not working I start by checking the following:
Exhaust fan Inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
At VENTILATION in BUILDINGS we organize a large collection of articles describing best practices in building ventilation and air quality management, including all types of ventilation and fans: exhaust only fans, heat exchanger or balanced ventilation, etc.
As discussed in Carson Dunlop Associates Home Reference Book:
Garbage waste disposer inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
As discussed in Carson Dunlop Associates Home Reference Book,
Watch out: : loose electrical connections, switches, or controls around plumbing and water are especially dangerous as they increase the risk of shock and electrocution.
Kitchen range or cooktop Inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
The following has been adapted (with permission) and expanded from Carson Dunlop Associates Home Reference Guide:
Electric Range Problems
Gas Range & Gas Oven Problems
Microwave oven inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
As adapted (with permission) and expanded from Carson Dunlop Associates Home Reference Guide:
Refrigerator nspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
Where to start when the refigerator is giving problems: as adapted from Carson Dunlop Associates Home Reference Guide:
Trash compactor inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
As noted in Carson Dunlop Associates Home Reference Guide:
Central vacuum system Inspect, Diagnose, Repair Guides:
- As noted in Carson Dunlop's Home Reference Guide:
Washing Machine installation & troubleshooting tips adapted from Carson Dunlop Associates' Home Reference Book:
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