Quick Fixes

Is your dryer getting hot but not drying?  The first thing to check is the lint trap. There have been many times that the Mom called me out because the kids said the dryer doesn’t work. And it turns out that the kids didn’t empty the lint trap. Even though Mom taught the kids to empty the lint trap.

If that doesn’t do it, remove the exhaust hose from the dryer (not the wall) and run it through a cycle. If it dries in one cycle with the hose removed, replace your exhaust hose and clean the vent that goes through the wall.

If this doesn’t solve the problem you need to call for service.

Does your washer still have three inches of water in it at the end of the cycle? Your washer is going to either drain all of the water or none of the water. If you have this problem, the washer is fine but the sink that the washer is draining into is not draining fast enough or not draining at all. If there is still water in the basin when the washer finishes its final spin that water will siphon back into the washer. If you cant get the sink to drain properly, position the drain hose in such a way that the end of the hose is not submerged in the sink water. This way it cannot start to siphon at the end of the cycle.

Is you washer putting lint on your clothes? The inside of your washer needs to be cleaned. Get two gallons of CIDER vinegar (brown vinegar). Pour them in your washer, set the washer to small load and turn it on with no clothes or soap, just the vinegar. Let it fill and start the wash cycle. When it is at the end of the wash cycle stop the washer before it goes to rinse. Turn the dial back around to the beginning of the wash cycle turn it back on and let it run all the way through this time. You should see all kinds of stuff shoot out of the drain hose. If this doesn’t solve the lint problem you need to call for service.

Is your refrigerator not getting as cold as it should? Try sweeping out the bottom of the refrigerator. Remember, if the refrigerator can’t breathe, it can’t cool. This remedy is for refrigerators that almost get cold enough. If your refrigerator is blowing hot air this is not going to help. If your refrigerator has the black grill on its back, this will not help either.

About The Washing Machine Man

The Washing Machine Man was established in 1999 at 6555 N Teutonia where we still do business today. We are not partnered or affiliated with any other company in any way. We have one location and or motto is “we do what is best for the customer” We sell New and Reconditioned appliances. Our appliances carry up to a one-year warranty. Delivery, set up and removal of the old appliance is free. We also do in-home repairs.

The way we approach service calls is as follows:

We guarantee that the cost of your repair will be ninety-nine dollars or less. If we can’t repair your appliance for ninety-nine dollars or less than ninety-nine dollars, we do not charge you for coming to your home.  If your bill is going to be more than ninety-nine dollars we will tell you before we do anything, if you want the work done we will proceed, if you decline, YOU OWE US NOTHING.

If you want to set up a service call or have questions about our flat rate please call us. WE CANNOT GIVE TECHNICAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE because our technicians are rarely in the store. They are out doing repairs. When you set your service call we are expecting to do the work, not to come and look at it. The purpose of coming to look is to tell you if we can fix it and how much it will cost to fix it.  Our flat rate guarantee eliminates the need to come and look because we guarantee that we won’t charge a trip charge if it’s going to be more than ninety-nine dollars to repair your appliance.

Ninety-five percent of the time we can fix your appliance for ninety-nine. From time to time it’s less and from time to time it’s more. The thing to remember is if it more you are not obligated to proceed. There are some brands and styles of washer that we don’t service so it would be a good idea no know the brand name of your washer when you call. We service all brands of Ranges and refrigerators.

TheWashingMachineMan.com

6555 N Teutonia Ave.

Milwaukee Wi, 53209

414-247-1731

10-6 Monday through Friday

11-3 Saturday

Dear Milwaukee,

I started repairing appliances in 1998 and in that time I have seen the same problems and heard the same statements too many times. For example, many times when I go to a home to do refrigerator repair, the customer says that they just went grocery shopping. That refrigerator was broken before they went to the grocery store but they didn’t know it because they did not know the warning signs. This brings me to the purpose of this article and the articles to follow. Up until now I have been providing this information to one person at a time and it’s after they have had a problem. This way, I can tell many people before they have a problem.

There are several simple fixes and solutions to appliance problems that won’t cost you a dime. There also a lot of things that I see people do that can cause problems, For example, turning all the controls in a refrigerator to maximum. All of the cooling for your entire refrigerator happens in the freezer. This holds true for all types of refrigerators, side by sides, bottom mounts, French door, and top mounts. Cold air is circulated from the freezer section to the refrigerator. In most refrigerators, when you turn the freezer up you are slowing the flow of air to the refrigerator section.

I can not count how many times I have been called to a customer’s house because their freezer works fine but their refrigerator won’t get cold enough. When I get out there, the freezer is turned all the way up. I turn the freezer down and that solves the problem. If you are experiencing this problem and there is frost build up in your freezer, turning the freezer down will not solve your problem. This more than likely means that your refrigerator is not defrosting like it should and the excess frost is blocking the flow of air to your refrigerator section. You will need a technician to repair this. I will talk about defrost problems in more detail in a later article.

Turning the refrigerator to maximum can cause a number of problems. The first most obvious problem is a higher power bill for no reason at all. The refrigerator is going to run longer than it needs to and waste power as a result. When your refrigerator goes in to defrost it is simply removing frost so you don’t have to. Frost is ice, ice is frozen water. So, when your refrigerator is in defrost it is turning the frost into water. That water needs to drain out of the refrigerator or it will freeze. When the refrigerator is turned all the way up that frost water tends to freeze before it makes its way out of the refrigerator and block the drain. Now when it goes through future defrost cycles the water won’t be able to drain, more ice will build up and eventually the water will start running into the refrigerator section. Basically, It will leak on the inside.

Once you get to this point you need a technician to dismantle the refrigerator and remove the ice. Your other option is to turn it off, open the doors and leave it this way for at least a week. One option is fast the other is free. I recommend calling a technician simply because you wouldn’t want to shut your fridge down for such long period of time only to discover that this isn’t the problem. Also it could take longer than a week to thaw and if you don’t know what to look for the problem will come right back.

When you need to adjust the temperature in your refrigerator and freezer start in the middle and work from there. Move it up or down one number/letter at a time allowing twenty-four hours between adjustments. Use half increments when you want to be precise.

About The Washing Machine Man

The Washing Machine Man was established in 1999 at 6555 N Teutonia where we still do business today. We are not partnered or affiliated with any other company in any way. We have one location and or motto is “we do what is best for the customer” We sell New and Reconditioned appliances. Our appliances carry up to a one-year warranty. Delivery, set up and removal of the old appliance is free. We also do in-home repairs.

The way we approach service calls is as follows:

We guarantee that the cost of your repair will be ninety-nine dollars or less. If we can’t repair your appliance for ninety-nine dollars or less than ninety-nine dollars, we do not charge you for coming to your home.  If your bill is going to be more than ninety-nine dollars we will tell you before we do anything, if you want the work done we will proceed, if you decline, YOU OWE US NOTHING.

If you want to set up a service call or have questions about our flat rate please call us. WE CANNOT GIVE TECHNICAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE because our technicians are rarely in the store. They are out doing repairs. When you set your service call we are expecting to do the work, not to come and look at it. The purpose of coming to look is to tell you if we can fix it and how much it will cost to fix it.  Our flat rate guarantee eliminates the need to come and look because we guarantee that we won’t charge a trip charge if it’s going to be more than ninety-nine dollars to repair your appliance.

Ninety-five percent of the time we can fix your appliance for ninety-nine. From time to time it’s less and from time to time it’s more. The thing to remember is if it more you are not obligated to proceed. There are some brands and styles of washer that we don’t service so it would be a good idea no know the brand name of your washer when you call. We service all brands of Ranges and refrigerators.

TheWashingMachineMan.com

6555 N Teutonia Ave.

Milwaukee Wi, 53209

414-247-1731

10-6 Monday through Friday

11-3 Saturday

Last week I mentioned a scenario where the customer had just went grocery shopping when the refrigerator stopped working. As I said last week that refrigerator was already broken they customer just couldn’t tell. Well, this week I will tell you what to look for so you can minimize your inconvenience if your refrigerator dies.

If you see excessive frost accumulating on the back wall of your refrigerator this could mean that your refrigerator is not defrosting properly. If you have a side-by-side, look toward the lower section of the freezer’s back wall. It is normal to see a paper-thin layer of frost. When the back of your freezer starts to look like a snow cone, you need to call for service. The next thing that is going to happen is your refrigerator section will stop getting cold enough to preserve food.

Defrost problems are routine. There is no need to replace the refrigerator if this is your problem. Remember from last weeks article all of the cooling for the entire refrigerator happens in the freezer. What happens when the defrost system fails to remove the frost, it builds up and blocks the circulation of air to the refrigerator section.

Ice cream will tell you if something is awry with you refrigerator. Your fridge can be malfunctioning and still freeze water and meat but ice cream should be firm. If starts getting soft and you turn the refrigerator up then it gets hard again then a month later you have turn it up again, you are soon to have a problem. The funny thing about it is you could be okay for ten days or ten months. It would be a good idea to have a Styrofoam cooler in the house just to be prepared. I would recommend that you wait until it fails before you call for service though. Even though I can tell you that you about to have a problem, it would be difficult to diagnose the problem is until it actually breaks.

A piece of advice: 

Don’t put food in your refrigerator until it is cold. If you moved, if you bought one used, new or reconditioned or if it has been in the garage or basement for storage. A refrigerator is a machine made by man and things happen you should run it overnight before you start to fully use it. Styrofoam coolers cost about three dollars at any grocery store and a small bag of ice cost a dollar sixty. If you have food before you have the refrigerator, it is a good idea to use the cooler before you use the refrigerator. Don’t go grocery shopping before you have the refrigerator. That is just not wise.

Speaking of moving refrigerators, here’s some instructions that can save you some pain.

If you have to take the doors off of the refrigerator, put it back together the moment you get it out of the old house and before you put it on the truck to go to the new house. Even if you just screw the pieces together with your hand without fully tightening them, you want the refrigerator in one piece before you move it. This way you don’t lose anything and you remember where and how all the pieces connect. Those pieces are expensive, uncommon, have to be ordered and are sometimes unavailable.

When you move a refrigerator, try to avoid laying the refrigerator down but if you have to lay it down, wait twenty-four hours before you plug it in at the new house. If you keep it upright, wait at least three hours before plugging it in. Have you ever heard someone say “This fridge worked great at the old house”? I rest my case. This goes for air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and anything with Freon in it.

About The Washing Machine Man

The Washing Machine Man was established in 1999 at 6555 N Teutonia where we still do business today. We are not partnered or affiliated with any other company in any way. We have one location and or motto is “we do what is best for the customer” We sell New and Reconditioned appliances. Our appliances carry up to a one-year warranty. Delivery, set up and removal of the old appliance is free. We also do in-home repairs.

The way we approach service calls is as follows:

We guarantee that the cost of your repair will be ninety-nine dollars or less. If we can’t repair your appliance for ninety-nine dollars or less than ninety-nine dollars, we do not charge you for coming to your home.  If your bill is going to be more than ninety-nine dollars we will tell you before we do anything, if you want the work done we will proceed, if you decline, YOU OWE US NOTHING.

If you want to set up a service call or have questions about our flat rate please call us. WE CANNOT GIVE TECHNICAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE because our technicians are rarely in the store. They are out doing repairs. When you set your service call we are expecting to do the work, not to come and look at it. The purpose of coming to look is to tell you if we can fix it and how much it will cost to fix it.  Our flat rate guarantee eliminates the need to come and look because we guarantee that we won’t charge a trip charge if it’s going to be more than ninety-nine dollars to repair your appliance.

Ninety-five percent of the time we can fix your appliance for ninety-nine. From time to time it’s less and from time to time it’s more. The thing to remember is if it more you are not obligated to proceed. There are some brands and styles of washer that we don’t service so it would be a good idea no know the brand name of your washer when you call. We service all brands of Ranges and refrigerators.

 

TheWashingMachineMan.com

6555 N Teutonia Ave.

Milwaukee Wi, 53209

414-247-1731

10-6 Monday through Friday

11-3 Saturday

About The Washing Machine Man

The Washing Machine Man was established in 1999 at 6555 N Teutonia where we still do business today. We are not partnered or affiliated with any other company in any way. We have one location and or motto is “we do what is best for the customer” We sell New and Reconditioned appliances. Our appliances carry up to a one-year warranty. Delivery, set up and removal of the old appliance is free. We also do in-home repairs.

The way we approach service calls is as follows:

We guarantee that the cost of your repair will be ninety-nine dollars or less. If we can’t repair your appliance for ninety-nine dollars or less than ninety-nine dollars, we do not charge you for coming to your home.  If your bill is going to be more than ninety-nine dollars we will tell you before we do anything, if you want the work done we will proceed, if you decline, YOU OWE US NOTHING.

If you want to set up a service call or have questions about our flat rate please call us. WE CANNOT GIVE TECHNICAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE because our technicians are rarely in the store. They are out doing repairs. When you set your service call we are expecting to do the work, not to come and look at it. The purpose of coming to look is to tell you if we can fix it and how much it will cost to fix it.  Our flat rate guarantee eliminates the need to come and look because we guarantee that we won’t charge a trip charge if it’s going to be more than ninety-nine dollars to repair your appliance.

Ninety-five percent of the time we can fix your appliance for ninety-nine. From time to time it’s less and from time to time it’s more. The thing to remember is if it more you are not obligated to proceed. There are some brands and styles of washer that we don’t service so it would be a good idea no know the brand name of your washer when you call. We service all brands of Ranges and refrigerators.

 

TheWashingMachineMan.com

6555 N Teutonia Ave.

Milwaukee Wi, 53209

414-247-1731

10-6 Monday through Friday

11-3 Saturday

 

Who Makes What

Kenmore is a Sears brand that is manufactured by other appliances companies. In the past, most Kenmore appliances were made by Whirlpool and some of their refrigerators were made by GE or White corp. Today it depends on which appliance you are talking about. A lot of their product is manufactured by LG. General Electric and Electrolux are making Kenmore products as well.

The companies that actually manufacture major appliances are Whirlpool, General Electric, LG, Samsung, Electrolux, Brown, Danby and Premeire. There are more but at least ninety percent of the appliance that you are going to see in the Midwest are going to be made by one of these companies. There are high end appliances as well such as DACOR, VIKING, Sub Zero and WOLFE. These are beautiful, very durable and long lasting appliances that range in price from $2500 for a microwave to $10,000 for a refrigerator.

White corp or White Westinghouse made Frigidaire and Kelvinator. They joined with Tappan and now all of these fall under Electrolux

General Electric has manufactured appliances for Kenmore, RCA and JCPenney. They make Hotpoint as their bargain appliance line.

Samsung makes Samsung and some appliances for Sears. The exact same thing can be said about LG.

Brown, Danby and Premiere are made in the USA. They don’t manufacture any other brand names to my knowledge. They tend to sell directly to Mega Stores like Menard’s or Home Depot.

Whirlpool makes Admiral, Crosley, Maytag, Jenn Aire, Kitchen Aide, Amana, Inglis, Roper, and more.

Maytag used to be a stand alone Corporation named Maycor. They manufactured Maytag, Magic Chef, Crosley, and Jenn Aire. In their final years, they acquired Amana. Before this happened Speed Queen was absorbed by Amana. Depending on the type of appliance and the year it was manufactured, it may have be a Maytag design with an Amana eblem or vice versa. Remember though that these names are now owned and manufactured in the USA by Whirlpool.

If you are reading this because you want to know what is the best appliance to buy, my advice would be as follows. Before you purchase it ask yourself what do you need it to do? How long do you want it to last? Or how long do you intend to keep it? If you are buying appliances to put in a house that you are about to sell, get the cheapest prettiest thing you can find? If you use the same cycles every time you wash and wash the same types of clothes every time you wash, you don’t need one with 9 cycles and three speeds. At the end of the day you work hard for your money get the one you like the most that your pocket agrees with. If you think about your needs before you go into a store you can save yourself a ton of cash. There are some pretty appliances out there these days so its easy to get exited and buy way more than you need. But, again I have never seen money fall out of the sky or appear in my pocket. If you settle you will wont be happy in the long run.

About The Washing Machine Man
The Washing Machine Man was established in 1999 at 6555 N Teutonia where we still do business today. We are not partnered or affiliated with any other company in any way. We have one location and or motto is “we do what is best for the customer” We sell New and Reconditioned appliances. Our appliances carry up to a one-year warranty. Delivery, set up and removal of the old appliance is free. We also do in-home repairs.

The way we approach service calls is as follows:
We guarantee that the cost of your repair will be ninety-nine dollars or less. If we can’t repair your appliance for ninety-nine dollars or less than ninety-nine dollars, we do not charge you for coming to your home. If your bill is going to be more than ninety-nine dollars we will tell you before we do anything, if you want the work done we will proceed, if you decline, YOU OWE US NOTHING.

If you want to set up a service call or have questions about our flat rate please call us. WE CANNOT GIVE TECHNICAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE because our technicians are rarely in the store. They are out doing repairs. When you set your service call we are expecting to do the work, not to come and look at it. The purpose of coming to look is to tell you if we can fix it and how much it will cost to fix it. Our flat rate guarantee eliminates the need to come and look because we guarantee that we won’t charge a trip charge if it’s going to be more than ninety-nine dollars to repair your appliance.

Ninety-five percent of the time we can fix your appliance for ninety-nine. From time to time it’s less and from time to time it’s more. The thing to remember is if it more you are not obligated to proceed. There are some brands and styles of washer that we don’t service so it would be a good idea no know the brand name of your washer when you call. We service all brands of Ranges and refrigerators.

This is a problem that can sometimes be solved without calling a repairman. In this article I will tell you the remedy for this problem but I feel it is more important to tell you the cause first.

If your dryer heats but will not dry, this could mean that air is not flowing through the dryer properly. Contrary to popular perception, the hotter the dryer does not mean the better it dries. A clothes dryer heats in order to turn the water in your clothes into water vapor. If the water vapor can’t get out of the dryer, it will not be able to dry in one cycle. The better your dryer expels water vapor, the better the dryer will dry.

Before you try this remedy lets make sure that the problem you are having is the problem described. Run your dryer for at least two minutes with wet clothes in it. If the clothes feel warm but never get dry the following information could be helpful. (make sure your lint trap is clean and do this yourself if possible. Sending your teenager to do might only add frustration)

If you ran your dryer without a lint trap or tried to patch your lint trap with a fabric softener sheet, you are going to need a repairman. Odds are you have debris blocking the flow of air through your dryer. On the other hand if you just lost your lint trap or it just ripped, you know what not to do. You can purchase a lint trap at Johnstone Supply 414 527 2323, Dey 262 783 2060, or Sundberg 414 543 1700. The range from $12 to $40.

If your lint trap is in tact, remove the exhaust house from the back of your dryer. It should come off quite easily, just give it a pull. Run the dryer with the exhaust hose disconnected. If the dryer dries in one cycle, replace your exhaust hose and you’re done. You only want to run the dryer without the exhaust hose for testing purposes; your house will get hot and muggy if you keep using the dryer this way. More problems with the exhaust hose arise when the hose is pinched, kinked or has something sitting on it. If the hose is so long that wraps around itself on the floor, the water vapor cannot escape and cause this problem as well.

If the dryer still won’t dry with the exhaust hose removed, there is a problem with the dryer. It is not a major problem and most times an appliance technician can repair the issue.

Our phone staff are not allowed to give technical advice over the phone but we can get a technician out to get you up and running. We guarantee that the cost of your repair will not be more than $99. If we cannot repair the problem for $99 or less than $99, we do not charge you for coming to your home.

The Washing Machine Man is not connected to, affiliated with, or partnered with any other company in any way. We have one location at 6555 N Teutonia Ave. Milwaukee, Wi. Where we have been since November 1999. We are open 10-6 m-f 11-3 Saturday 4142471731.
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