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The DRSNews
April 2004 

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Published by Dave’s Repair Service, All Rights Reserved  

In this issue:

1) Beware Using Refrigerators in Unheated Rooms
2) Rare and Unusual Parts & Manuals on the Website
3) Easily Removing Dishwasher Rust Stains

1) We’ve had a really cold winter here in the Northeast this year, and once the cold air arrived it stayed a while. I’ve had several folks ask why their spare refrigerator in their unheated garage wouldn’t keep frozen food, well, frozen.

So I thought I’d share this with you to save you the hassle of learning it the ‘hard way’. 

The short answer to the question is that the thermostat in a modern frost-free refrig is reading the (40F) temp in the fresh food section.

In theory, that means when the ambient temp drops to 40, the t'stat no longer calls for cooling and any food stored in the freezer (0-5F) begins to thaw. In the real world, when the temp in the unheated room drops below about 55-60F, there's not enough compressor run time to keep the freezer cold enough.

You’ll want to keep this in mind if you’re using a frost-free refrigerator as a backup and it’s in an unheated garage or porch, etc. You’ll be able to store fresh food OK in the refrigerator section if you need the ‘overflow’ room, but I recommend you empty the freezer section in the Fall to prevent food loss.

2) I’ve just added some rare and very hard-to-find products to the website, and thought they might be of interest to you.

Here are a few of them:

Vintage NLA Frigidaire Washer Bellows Seals, both styles and sizes, as well as the (Rare!) pliers to replace them. The older styles and the pliers have long since been unavailable from Frigidaire, and these are the last ones I can find in the USA! (update 3/07: the inner. 'oil' bellows, part #5433572, are long gone, but I still have a few of the outer larger outer 'water' bellows', part # 5433576, in stock)

Vintage service manuals recently added include Westinghouse ‘3-belt’ Front-loader washers, Frigidaire Washer ‘Serviceman’s Digest’ for '64-'68 models, Sunbeam T-20 and T-9 Toasters, (Really! Toasters!)  Sunbeam Mixmaster Food mixers, and an operator’s manual and schematics set for that great old McIntosh C-8 (tube) Preamplifier. More vintage electronics manuals coming soon.

There’s even a (1953) service manual available for the great old Sunbeam A-1 hedge trimmer - talk about rare and unusual!

The Maytag and Speed Queen wringer washer service manuals continue to be popular items, and I must say these manuals really turned out well. Nice to work with these older, high quality originals.

You’ll find those, and other manuals, here:

I’m working on more of these just as fast as time allows, and will keep you posted. Please let me know if there’s any other type of manual you’d like to see ‘resurrected’ in digital format, and I’ll see what I can do.

3) Here in the country we see our share of well water carrying a heavy burden of rust, and it often shows up as an ugly brown stain completely coating the inside of a dishwasher.

A good cure for this is citric acid, and I used to sell expensive little packages of it that we got from GE.

However, I’ve not been doing that since discovering this (cheap) alternative.

If your dishwasher’s interior has become more brown than white, pick up a jar of TangÔ instant breakfast drink. Fill the detergent dispenser with it and start your machine on a ‘normal wash’ cycle with no dishes inside. (Remember to run the hot faucet at the sink first, to ensure the dishwasher’s first fill is with hot water)

Once the machine has filled and started to wash, open the door and throw 2-3 tablespoons of Tang into the water and let the machine run through a cycle.

In some cases this has to be repeated and another cycle run, but the results can be dramatic. Doing this on a regular basis before the staining gets too bad is probably a good idea if your water suffers from high iron content.


Thanks once again for allowing me into your inbox again this month. I really enjoy this project, and hope you benefit from it. 

If you have any topics you’d like to see discussed here or covered in an online article, let me know and I’ll do my best to oblige. The website is a resource I'm excited about, because it allows a lot more flexibility and detail than email. It's a lot easier, for example, to use photos to illustrate something in a web document than via email.

Thanks for all your encouragement - I really appreciate it! May the Lord richly bless you & yours, and may He continue to have mercy on America!


Dave Harnish
Dave’s Repair Service
New Albany, PA
(570) 363-2404

“He who kneels the most, stands best.” – D. L. Moody
1 Thess. 5:17, 18

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