The DRS News
In this issue:
Current Whirlpool safety recall details: *Fire
chirping noises in your dryer vent
bucket syndrome" - Dehumidifier tuneup
starts on the kitchen floor" - refrig condensers
1) Whirlpool has been keeping us
very busy lately with
reworks you should be aware of. One involves
"Micro-hood combinations" (also called
ovens), and another includes dehumidifiers bearing the
Kenmore, and Comfortaire brand names.
The microwave ovens with the problem were manufactured
between 1/98 and 10/01, and have serial numbers beginning
If this describes yours, please visit: http://www.repair.whirlpool.com
for further details before you use it again.
You may also register your
unit at the Whirlpool site.
The recalled dehumidifiers were made from 2/97 to 12/01
and are white, with the bucket in the front.
of these products have been deemed a fire hazard Ė a phrase
manufacturers rarely use - so if you own one of them, please
it until itís reworked. Repair
is quick, free, and adds an additional
year to your unitís warranty.
Again, more details and pictures of the
units are posted on the Whirlpool website above.
2) This time of year we always
start to see bird nests in dryer vent hoods (usually House
Wrens around here, most often House Sparrows in the city), and needless to say, this does little good for either
the health of the birds or that of the dryer (not to mention the
ruins that used to be the house!)
So take a quick walk outside and
glance at where that dryer vent exits, OK?
OK, so is it tightly closed and bird-proof, or is there room for
"winged mice" to chirp on in?
Older hoods, especially those with a
single, large "flapper", are notorious for hanging
partway open and
allowing entry of those tiny dynamos with their piles of tinder.
If your vent hood doesn't appear to be reasonably airtight, I
the 3 or 4 louvered vent hoods, as they close
tightly, provide low
air resistance, look good, and last a good long time.
3) Even if your dehumidifier
is not being recalled, there are some things
you can do at this
time of year to make it breathe easier and avoid "empty
bucket syndrome". If
your unit has a filter on the intake - usually in the
back - this is a
quick and easy piece of maintenance with a vacuum cleaner - or
compressed air if the filter's removable and can be taken
outside and blown out.
yours is one of many that the manufacturer didn't feel like
hanging a filter
your job is a bit tougher.
I must advise at this point: only continue if you are the
inclined type, and the usual disclaimers are implied right here:
electrocute or otherwise harm yourself during this procedure
then you wouldn't be able to read this literary masterpiece
- 'nuf said.
Ok, if you're comfortable pulling the cabinet off your
dehumidifier, do just
that, and you'll probably see a lot of lint, especially in the
second coil the air flows through).
Newer units are more likely to be heavily
clogged with this wonderful stuff due to the invention of
coil technology, which allows them to completely restrict in
season (Yes, it's a massive conspiracy, I know...).
Once the cabinet's off the idea is to remove the offending lint
the dreaded "hissing" noise.
Vacuum cleaners or garden
hoses are good
tools for the job. But
guys, if you're married (and would
like to remain so)
it's probably best to take the dehumidifier outside if
you use the hose method.
(If you wouldn't, you're on your own - there's
probably another newsletter
for you guys somewhere...<grin>)
coils, let the unit dry if you used
water - (insert usual disclaimers here)
- and you're almost ready for the
last detail while you're
in there, and before you reinstall the
cabinet: if the fan motor on your
unit has oil ports, do the motor a big favor
and drop a dozen drops of non-detergent oil in them. If
yours is a newer dehumidifier, never mind, your motor won't
have oil ports.
4) OK, I saved the most fun
for last. While we're on
the subject of appliances see
you do it!
I can't guarantee you'll hear her say "my
breathing easier (do you sense a theme in this issue?),
May's the absolute best
time of year to take a quick look under your
refrigerator, at least here in ol'
Northern PA. By the
way guys, if you
really want to show her you love her,
telling her I said *she's* supposed
to do this won't cut it! Get
the flashlight, lay
on the floor in front of the
refrigerator, pull off the toe plate, look underneath and say something
like, "ah, yes, just what I expected".
Then get out the vacuum cleaner and give that coil a good cleaning.
Crevice tool (the flat one, guys) and
long brush are the way to go. Be
careful not to run the vac tool or brush
into the fan blade - this is easy to do on some models. And needless to say,
never, never do this when the unit's plugged in or when she's not
anything, but it sure doesn't hurt when we save the girls some dirty
work once in a while.
OK, enough marriage counseling - I digress. There
are still a few refrig's
out there with condensing coils hanging on the back of their
cabinets, and if this
describes yours, wonderful! You
will never have the pleasure
of doing what doesn't
read this newsletter).
the rest of us get to do every year or two. (You can still lie
on the kitchen floor
and pretend to do something useful, but be sure she
Seriously, a refrigerator can almost be heard whispering
"thank you" after
is done (your electric company, however, will whisper something
because they just lost revenue).
Well, that's about it for this month. Thank
you for taking the
time to read this;
I know it got a little long.
I hope it's been of some help
to you. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve this little
(make it shorter?),
or subjects you would like to see addressed in future
issues, please feel free to
email me anytime. My
address is below.
May God continue to bless you, and may America turn and bless
It's her only hope. 2
Dave's Repair Service