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Having worked in the PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) field for several years I have seen some astonishingly dangerous pieces of electrical equipment. Often this is down to poor awareness over the dangers of electricity. I’m writing this article to try and educate users to some of the dangers that can be found when using electrical goods and why faulty goods should always be repaired before further useJennair Appliance Repair Los Angeles.

In the UK alone around 1000 injuries occur due to electric shock every year, on average 30 of these will be fatal! This really shows that electricity needs to be taken seriously and is no laughing matter. Visit my site to view failed items found during PAT testing.

Below I have listed some of the most common bad electrical practices and why they can be dangerous:

Plugs without protective sleeves

Some older plugs don’t feature the protective sleeves on the phase and neutral pins of the plug. Basically this means that if you are plugging or un-plugging an appliance with this type of plug you are in danger of electric shock if you hold the plug incorrectly. If you look at a modern plug you can see the protective sleeves on the pins as a different colour to the metal at the end of the pins. I have seen protective sleeves that have been melted off a plug when overheating has occurred, if this has happened the plug may also have suffered internal damage.

Plugs rewired incorrectly

The most common fault when checking inside a plug is that the cable grip is either missing, loose or only clamping the individual insulation for the phase and neutral wires and not the insulation for the cable also. The cable grip is an important feature on plugs as a sharp tug could easily damage the wiring. Plugs that have been rewired incorrectly to the wrong polarity or are missing a connection to earth are less common but can still be a danger.

Fuses

Not only is it surprisingly common for the wrong fuse to be found when testing an appliance but occasionally I’ll find tin foil, a bolt or anything else that will conduct electricity in place of the fuse. Using the correct fuse for the equipment in use is very important as should a fault occur using the wrong fuse could be the difference between a blown fuse or an electrical fire / severe electric shock. When an item is protected by the wrong or no fuse in the event of fault it can draw many times more current than it should be able to. If the item is short circuiting this will create a huge amount of heat and a fire before very long at all.

Cable repairs

Badly repaired cables are surprisingly common on older appliances. I have often seen cables that have been cut and then repaired by twisting the phase and neutral cables together and covering in tape rather than using a designated cable connector. This is particularly dangerous as a poor connection will cause additional heat and if arcing occurs probably fire. Also if the children have access to the item they may well undo the tape and suffer electrocution or if strain was put on the cable it could split and expose the live cable.

Overloaded extension leads and splitters

It’s now common practice that splitters and extension cables get daisy chained to allow for more appliances to be used simultaneously. If higher wattage appliances are been used this will easily cause overheating. I have seen burnt out sockets on many splitters where the plastic has melted causing the protective shutters to no longer operate. Not only does this mean that if someone pushed an object in to the socket they could be electrocuted but the aperture for the overheated pin on that socket is often larger allowing for items to be inserted more easily.


Considering the way small appliances are made, there are three types of small household appliances. Products such as toasters or coffee makers heat something. Products such as food blenders or vacuum cleaners move something. A few appliances, such as hairdryers, do both.

The electrical circuits of all three types of appliances are very similar. Quite often, there will be a power source like a battery, a fuse, a motor and a switch to look at.)

Heating appliances convert electricity into heat Whirlpool Appliance Repair Los Angeles. This is done passing electricity through what is called an ‘element.’ An element is a wire that is difficult to pass electricity through, thus turning it bright red and producing heat.

Motor appliances turn electricity into movement. This is done by passing electricity through a magnet which rotates a shaft. The work that needs to be done may be done by a piece of equipment or blade that is found at the end of the shaft. Combination appliances will have both a motor and element running through the electrical circuit in some form.

Many small appliances are powered by 120-volt electricity, so problems that occur in toasters or coffee makers can also occur in vacuum cleaners or hair dryers. This means any user can repair similar problems in different appliances once they have the basic knowledge of how an electric circuit works.

Electrical cords in most small appliances use cord wires of copper strands insulated with heat-resistant plastic. A three strand cord will consist of a live wire, neutral wire and a ground wire to remove excess build up of electricity. The cord ends should have three prong plugs attached.

The first thing to do, regarding testing, is to take the product away from the source of power. You can use a continuity tester or multi meter to make sure it can conduct electricity. Once the tester is attached, move the wires around to ensure there are no circuit breaks. Ensure the quality of the insulation cord is suitable, and if there are any exposed strands replace the cord with one of equivalent rating a gauge.

A continuity tester is used in order to test appliance controls. By placing the clip on the input side and the tester probe on the output side and activating the controller, you can determine whether the control is functioning properly.

Most appliance controls should be replaced rather than repaired. Once you remove the controller from the appliance take the part, along with the appliance model and serial numbers, to an appliance-parts dealer to ensure that the appropriate replacement is found. It may be suitable to see an electronics dealer.


Washing Machine Timer helps in the management of the washing machine in a programmed manner. It helps in offering the power supply to all the parts of the washing machine in a systematic manner.

It consists of a switch for controlling the time and it is considered as the biggest dial on the main control panel of the machine. It differs according to the brand of the washing machines. Some brand machines have such feature in the form of a mechanical device and it resembles a clock. Some other brands have digital electronic version and this helps in reading the time Washer Repair Los Angeles.

Timer induces the washing machine to perform washing in the exact specified length of time. The start switch in the machine is generally a part of the timer knob and helps in the setting of the time for the proper cycle of washing to take place. Pulling or pushing the knob makes it to activate accordingly. There are two types called the digital and mechanical types. It can be installed only with the help and advice of the professional repair person.

Types

The selector switch and the knobs differ from one machine to another. The washing machine can operate only with the help of the timer. Timer is generally known as the start button for the washing machine. The digital version is controlled digitally with the help of an electronic switch. Mechanical type is defined as the one fixed automatically. Digital one is a recent invention and many of the new brands have them these days. But a mechanical version is considered as the best and it helps in controlling the time for washing the clothes manually. The former is operated with the help of electronics, which basically means it’s connected to electrical wires. The latter is connected to the wires of the machine and they are operated manually.

Common associated problems

The washing machine timer is responsible for controlling most of the functions in the machine and the control influences on the washer, tub filling and draining process, ascertainment of water level, setting of washing cycle and the duration of washing. The common problems arising are loose connections with the timer switch.

Sometimes it shows a faulty time and the whole washing process is affected. The selector knobs becomes loose and sometimes may even break due to hard operation. The timer is connected to electronic wires and damages in the wire may result in the depiction of the wrong time. Splashing of the water also results in the non-working timer. The breakage of the wires inside the washing machines also produce the same result.

Tips

The added feature plays an important role in the proper functioning of the washing machine. It is connected to majority of the parts and processes of the washing machine. Proper functioning is essential, or else it affects the functioning of the washing machine. The repair cannot be made individually and it requires the knowledge related to the technical background of the washing machines. Hence it is recommended to service and repair the timer with the advice and guidance of the professional repair person.

The featured should be always kept dry for proper functioning of the machine. Since it is electronically connected, spraying of water and other greasy elements or soapy water results in the damage of the timer. Hence after the washing process, it should be kept clean and dry. Installation of a new one can be made with the help of an experienced service person. It helps in setting certain cycles in the movement of the washing machine and the knobs should be used with proper care.


When you make your purchase for a Sub Zero refrigerator, you are guaranteed that it is free of technical defects due to stringent quality checks by reliable technicians during the manufacturing process. However, sometimes there could be one or two refrigerators out of a thousand refrigerators which are faulty. Circumstances like so are unavoidable yet Sub Zero Company strives to ensure that all the refrigerators produced are of the best quality to ensure your satisfaction  Refrigerator Repair Los Angeles.

Technical defects could occur in the initial stage of operation by the refrigerator. For example, the fridge could not be turned on or is not working the way a fridge is supposed to work when the deliveryman delivers the fridge to your house. Should this unfortunate situation arise, simply just fill in the return form and send the fridge back to us. A new Sub Zero refrigerator will be delivered to you as soon as possible.

However, some technical defects could arise after a few months or years after operation. As you are made aware, Sub Zero refrigerators pride on its reliability and long lasting operation. So if you find the refrigerator not functioning as it claims, please contact the Sub Zero refrigerator repair department and we shall arrange for a technician to troubleshoot the problem.

If possible, should a problem arise please do troubleshoot the problem according to the customer’s manual provided to you when your purchased the Sub Zero refrigerator as some of the problems could be easily troubleshoot by you. Only when you are left with no choice, then Sub Zero refrigerator repair technicians are ever ready to be at your service.

Do also check whether your refrigerator is within the warranty period. If your fridge is still within the warranty period, then all expenses incurred during the repair will be provided as a courtesy from Sub Zero Company. However if it is not within the warranty period, then repair fees shall be borne by the user.


The majority of homes today contain many expensive appliances and it makes sense to take steps to protect them against breakages and emergencies. You never know when something is going to break down and unexpected costs can put a strain on your budget.

Prevention is better than cure, or repair. If you install a water softener or filter on your main water line you can avoid problems caused by hard water. Hard water can build a calcium residue inside your water pipes and make your appliances work less effectively Appliance Repair Van Nuys.

Get an experienced company to do a full appliance evaluation each year to avoid future problems. It will be cheaper in the long run. Also keep your appliances protected by extending your warranty on time, and purchasing the extended service coverage.

Many brands of appliances now have a page on their websites where you can register your appliances using its installation date and you can receive information about maintenance and take advantage of unique special offers.

Do you know that unplanned or unforeseen electrical interruptions can cause serious damage to your electrical equipment and appliances? When events like this occur, electrical companies are not responsible for the damage and the homeowner has to foot the bill.

Electrical surges, blackouts and spikes can all damage your equipment, especially computers and laptops, stereos, TVs, DVD and video equipment, and washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. During blackouts, it is recommended that you switch off all electrical appliances at the wall outlet to prevent further damage until your normal supply is restored. Leave some lighting switched on so you know when this happens.

Consider installing a surge protector (sometimes called a surge suppressor or surge filter.) These will protect electrical appliances from power surges as they regulate the voltage supplied to an appliance by blocking or grounding any voltages above a safe level.

In addition, for businesses or if you have a large amount of expensive computer equipment, the fitting of a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) or a similar device could be prudent. It will protect computers, fax machines and telecommunications equipment from damage by over or under voltage.

Checking your homeowner’s insurance could be a quicker solution. Does your homeowner’s insurance cover the event of a power surge and protect you against damage to appliances and loss of freezer contents? If not, try shopping around for one that does. Who knows? You might be able to find a better deal or one that will help with the repair or replacement costs of appliances.

Hiring a licensed electrical contractor to install and maintain a whole house surge protection system will save money in the long run. Installations, appliances, fuse boards and wiring should comply with BS 7671 ‘Requirements for Electrical Installation Contracting.’

And do not forget to evaluate your gas appliances. The manual for your gas meter is the best source of maintenance information, and other operating instructions.

Always make sure the areas around gas appliances and vent pipes are kept clear of combustible material like laundry, paper, paints, solvents and gas cylinders, commonly kept in the garage. Do not store lawnmowers, motorcycles and other petrol-powered equipment of vehicles indoors or near gas appliances. Inspect your piping for leaks, damage or corrosions periodically, and always get a professional to make any repairs.


Well, with her new washing machine installed and working, my sister was feeling very pleased with herself and decided that she now needed me to go round and help her to choose the best clothes dryer. I asked if she was not just going to get the stacking, matching dryer and she said that yes, that was very much an option but she wanted to make sure that she had the best option and if needed she would put it in a different place to the washing machine Dryer Repair Los Angeles.

We sat down that afternoon with pen and paper and the first thing we discussed was gas versus electric clothes dryer. She did have gas available at her home so she could have a gas clothes dryer easily but they do tend to be a little more expensive to buy. In the end she came down firmly on the side of an electric dryer as she would not be using it for all her drying needs, mainly for items that take longer to dry and are larger, bedding, towels, and denims.

We then decided that she did not need a huge capacity dryer, after all there were only the two of them and since she did not have a large capacity washing machine, she would not make good use of a larger capacity dryer.

We also considered condenser dryers. This would save having to vent the dryer but this would only be an issue if it had to go in a different room. Seems they are slightly less efficient and you have to empty the water tank and every month or so remove the condenser unit and wash the lint and fluff off it. If this is not done, the dryer does not work as efficiently. It was something to consider and at least we understood them so if she found one that she liked we were aware of the facts.

Again she wanted to ensure that she bought one with the lowest possible dryer energy ratings, this saves on costs and helps the environment too so this was something she was very keen to get. As with the washer, there is an Energy Star rating for clothes dryers.

We looked at some other options, should she have a really efficient dryer with moisture or dryness sensors or maybe wrinkle-free options so that she had less ironing to do – that was a popular feature! She definitely needed some temperature options she decided because not all clothes can be dried at high temperatures without risking some shrinkage and this was something to be avoided we decided.

Also, if she could adjust temperatures and drying times it would surely be energy efficient. We looked into dryers with a cool down period at the end of the cycle and realised that this was also a great feature, as it would reduce the wrinkles and the ironing time and probably be kinder to the clothes.

We realised that we would also have to have a look at the options for the lint filter position, as it has to be cleaned after every use ideally, it needed to be in convenient position. This could not really be decided until the model and its position in her home were chosen. After all if the dryer was going to be stacked on top of the washing machine, it needed to be inside the door for ease, otherwise it would not be so important. That feature would have to be checked out at the shop.

The lint filter is very important, if it is not cleaned out regularly, the lint that collects in the filter hampers the flow of air and the dryer has to work harder than it needs to and in extreme circumstances can pose a fire risk. The main thing is that if you keep the filter clean, you use less energy and the clothes dry faster so it is an important feature in saving energy. It is so easy to do too; you need to get into the habit of removing lint from the dryer at the end of the drying cycle or at the beginning. You just rub your fingers across to get a little ball of lint and then use that to quickly remove all the rest. No effort and a great saving.

Not only does this practice save energy, it is also a good safety practice as cleaning lint from all areas and keeping the dryer clean, help to ensure that there is no fire risk.

We also considered noise and decided that a reasonably quiet dryer would be best wherever it ended up. There were of course advantages to having the dryer near the washer but my sister was currently moving her wet washing outside so whilst it would save time to have them together, she was not that concerned.

The subject of colour was exactly the same as it had been when choosing the washing machine but since she had already bought a red dryer, I thought she would again ignore the wise buy and get a dryer to match. I had to admit that the red washer really cheered the kitchen up and looked very smart. It went well with all her stainless steel bits and pieces.

We had already checked out the local repair options when she bought the washer so we just checked with a couple of them to make sure there would be no problems with repairing an electric dryer and we made a note to make sure that the warranty would cover everything for at least a year although some manufacturers now give a two year warranty.


Parsons Band Cutter and Self Feeder Company was the beginning of the maytag appliances business and produced farm equipment. This came about in 1893 when Frederick Maytag along with both his sisters husbands went into business with farm implement designer George Parsons after settling in Iowa. Together by 1904 they built the company into the largest thresher and feeder machine manufacturer in the world by introducing safety features into their designs as farm accidents were very common. The most famous farming machines of the time such as the Ruth, Success Corn Husker and shredder were al invented by this company Maytag Appliance Repair Los Angeles.

The pastime washing machine was introduced in 1907 mainly at first just to give more work at certain periods as the farming implement trade was seasonal and was a wooden hand operated device with an option for wind or tractor power to be utilised through a pulley. These proved popular and an electric powered version was introduced in 1911 followed by a production in 1915 of a small generator to power washers in rural areas. By 1920 maytag was a large company with its own name producing household appliances and making the only aluminium washer tub that proved far superior to the wooden version. The company developed new techniques such as the vaned agitator and started making other appliances such as irons and in 1925 was recognised on the new york stock exchange.

Maytag continued to grow under the direction of Frederick’s son Elmer even making profits during the depression, Elmer passed away in 1940 and his son Frederick took charge at a young age of only 29 years. During the second world war washing machine production stopped and the company designed and made products for aircraft such as the Super Fortress, Flying Fortress, Marauder, and the Mustang plus others. After the war washing machine production was started again with another plant for automatic machines also being opened in 1948. Although military equipment was produced again during the korean war this time it was done without the household appliances production being halted.

Expansion and the introduction of new products such as automatic dryers, coin slide laundry machines for commercial use, dishwashers, stoves and fridges continued with Maytag a well established household name. A series of television commercials was begun in 1954 with the well known Maytag Repairman appearing for the first time in 1967 played originally by Jesse White and continued through the decades to follow as the main advertising character for Maytag.

Starting in the early eighties companies were continually being sold and merged with maytag acquiring a few along the way until in march 2006 the whirlpool corporation acquired maytag. This did not spell the end of maytag’s machine production as both brands are still producing separate ranges of appliances under their original names its simply that the owners of the companies are the same. A full range of front and top loading washing machines and dryers are still available from maytag with the Neptune and centennial ranges very popular. These can be bought as matching pairs or combined washer dryer units. The vertical stack style machines are also still in production and there are no plans to stop producing any of maytags household appliances so spares and repairs will not be a problem.


Many electrical appliances are small in size but are extremely helpful in most parts of the house, especially the kitchen. Hand blenders, portable mini vacuum cleaners, toasters, hair straightener, hair dryer, etc are a few of such small appliances that are used very frequently on a daily basis and are therefore subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Very often a major or minor damage to the technical aspects of the appliance may lead to a major or a minor damage to its mechanism. Sometimes the damage is so severe that it calls for a complete spare part replacement which in combination to the expert mechanic’s fee comes to a huge price, which is when most people often decide to purchase a new one altogether. If small appliance repairs costs you more than the price of a new one altogether than the logical option would be to buy a new product. But under certain circumstances repairing the existing one would be a better option. Here are a few tips that will help you while undertaking a small appliance repair kenmore appliance repair los angeles:

The very first thing that one needs to pay attention to is the warranty period of the appliance that you have purchased. Every small and big electrical appliance that you buy comes along with a warranty card by the manufacturer. If your product is still within the warranty period then you can get the appliance repaired or even replaced if needed, that too free of cost. Hence always make sure that you preserve the warranty card of every electrical appliance that you purchase. This will save you a lot of expenditure in the future. Do not try to repair the appliance on your own, even if you have the operational knowledge about it because as per the rules and regulations of certain manufacturers they would not give you a free repair if the appliance is already undertaken for repair through someone else. Hence if you have the warranty cad intact, ensure that you bring the appliance to the nearest service center of the particular manufacturer.

Before undertaking a small appliance repair oneself, it is very important to have a basic understanding of how the appliance functions. Only after knowing the root of the problem, one must proceed to the next level which could be either repair or replacement of the malfunctioning part of the appliance. But if the fault is too complex for you to handle, then it absolutely recommended that you do not indulge in its restoration procedure, because you do not want to cause any further damage to the appliance by trying out a wrong technique.

Finally you will need to check that the appliance is not plugged into the socket, to avoid any kind of major or minor electrical shocks. Although most small appliances can be repaired in an unplugged condition, some of them may need the appliance to be switched on during the restoration procedure. In such cases you will need to call a professional mechanic to undertake the repair.

If you want to be able to do the minor small appliance repair work on your own, and save some expenditure, always preserve the user manual of the product that you have purchased. This will help you in developing a better understanding of the electrical appliance.


In case you personal equipment, chances are high that its routine operations shall be disrupted over a time period. The one resolution to this case is to get the equipment repaired. Nevertheless equipment restore shouldn’t be as straightforward because it appears. In any case, for those who take it to the flawed guys, your equipment may be broken endlessly. The restore could also be small or huge however you have to be sure that the job is correctly executed and that is attainable provided that you give it to a dependable individual. While there aren’t any thumb guidelines to figuring out the proper restore man, we will absolutely allow you to with a couple of ideas Whirlpool Appliance Repair Los Angeles.

Does the equipment want restore?

Typically your electrical equipment might not have truly conked off and it may very well be a minor connection error as a result of you’ll have forgotten to plug it in correctly. Such issues do not require main repairs and may be dealt with personally. Due to this fact, whenever you discover signs of any irregularity in your electrical equipment, take time to establish the attainable causes of the issue.

Selecting restore man

Each neighborhood has a collection of well-liked restore guys in each class. However, how are you aware which one is admittedly good. Nicely, begin with taking references from folks . Ask family and friends members as effectively as a result of individuals who have used the service shall be in a greater place to provide you a fairer judgment.

Ask for an estimate

Repairs are usually not going to come back totally free. Nevertheless, this doesn’t imply that you must fall for the primary obtainable possibility. As an alternative ask the restore man to provide you an approximate estimate so to plan issues extra effectively. Additionally, get a number of quotes so as to reap the benefits of the aggressive market situation. This can be sure that you get deal.

Test the precise standing precisely

Previous to handing over the equipment to the restore man, examine the precise standing of the gadget in his or her presence. In truth, ask for a receipt stating the situation during which you might have submitted the equipment for restore. This would be the excellent proof in case of any discrepancies sooner or later.

What portion is roofed underneath guarantee or assure?

For units which might be lined underneath guarantee or assure from the producer, you must specify the main points previous to submitting the equipment for restore. Relying on the injury lined underneath this guarantee or assure, the price of restore shall be adjusted.

Restore or alternative

There are circumstances whereby the equipment has been broken to such an extent that the price of restore shall be equal to purchasing a brand new one. In such circumstances, choosing a restore can shouldn’t be advisable. As an alternative, spend money on a brand new equipment to resolve the problem.

Guarantee utilization of real elements

Typically, restore may have alternative of a specific half. In such circumstances, be sure that your restore man is utilizing real elements. Additionally, ask for an in depth job card that clearly specifies the mannequin and make of the half that has been changed. This effort is assured to learn you in the long term.


In case your storage is malfunctioning or broken in anyway, do not simply put up with it. Get storage door restore providers and get your door again to working correctly once more quick!

Does the doorway to your storage shake, shimmy, and rattle when it opens and closes? Will the door not open in any respect? Or is it caught in a continuous cycle of opening and shutting? When your storage opening is not working proper, it could possibly add main stress and frustration to your life. Nonetheless, the excellent news is that storage door restore service is quick, inexpensive, and efficient. From storage door opener restore to trace, spring, and panel fixes, your native overhead door firm may also help get your storage working its finest once more quick. dryer repair pasadena

Earlier than you name the storage door contractors, make sure you test these quick-fixes first:

Make sure your computerized opener has working batteries.
Examine all security sensors to make sure they’re freed from particles.
Take away particles like sticks and gravel from below the door.
If these fundamental steps do not get your storage opening and shutting easily once more, then you realize it is time to name within the professionals. Overhead door firms have the coaching and instruments to diagnose all kinds of storage door restore points from minor issues to main security issues. As soon as they know what’s improper along with your door, they will have the ability to give you the spring restore or panel alternative you want. And higher but, your storage contractors could make sure the job is completed utterly and accurately for secure, dependable repairs that may final long run.

So whether or not you are in want of storage door opener restore or wish to discover out about changing the door panel dented by your teenage driver, your space overhead door firm is right here to assist. Keep in mind, your storage performs a significant function in your house’s safety and vitality effectivity, in addition to aesthetics, so do not wait to get it fastened.

Serving to restore comfort to your every day routine, security to your house, and extra, skilled storage door restore service can guarantee your storage is returned to working order ASAP.

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