This is a little tip that I’d like to pass on to your more tech-savvy and capable do-it-yourself repair people.
I have several Kenmore appliances, and at least one of them demands attention every couple of years. Sears wants $100 just for its technician to knock on my door. I imagine the dollars ring up from there.
There is hope for the do-it-yourselfer, however. Taped to the inside of each of my Kenmore units is a troubleshooting guide for the "trained" technician to follow as he or she works through the mess left by the monkeys. I’ve been able to fix my Kenmore appliances quite easily for tens of dollars instead of hundreds of dollars. The parts are all available online, and they typically arrive a couple days after ordering. Since Kenmore appliances are generally made by White Industries or Frigidaire, I expect one is likely to find similar instruction manuals inside most of those American-made appliances.
I discovered this quite by accident. Our cat had caught a rat and brought it into the laundry room, where it subsequently escaped and took up residence inside the washing machine. Because this was an emergency (according to my spouse), I disassembled the washer to remove the rat, and found the troubleshooting guide inside the washer. These appliances are quite easy to disassemble. The fastener count is the absolute minimum needed to hold the equipment together. Our dryer has two sizes of fasteners -- one features #2 Philips drive, and the other a quarter-inch hex drive.
The rat was subdued humanely, by the way.
This entry was submitted by Jerry Church and edited by Rob Spiegel
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