The DRS News
July – August
Another recall announcement from Whirlpool
connection tubing: Copper vs. Plastic
3) Refrigerator feverish?
How to “take its temperature”
4) Beware! More email
1) Whirlpool has just
announced another recall; this one concerns
24 inch gas (only –
electric not affected) “Thin Twin” stack washer/dryer
units manufactured between 1/00 and 5/02.
It involves a relatively
small number of units – around 17,000 - but because the potential for
overheating exists, we’re concerned that these are all found ASAP.
or property damage have been reported to date, and that’s the way
to keep it. Units in
question carry the Whirlpool, Kenmore, and GE
names, and in some cases are missing a wiring harness clip, or the clip
fallen off. The problem
occurs when the wiring this clip is supposed to hold
in place contacts the heater box and melts.
LTG5243DZQ, ..DT3, ..DQ2, ..DQ3, ..DT2
GE “Spacemaker”: WSM2480TBAWW, ..TCAWW
Kenmore “Laundry Center”: 110.98752792
that only SOME of these are affected, depending on serial number.
If you own any of these, please visit Whirlpool at:
or call them toll-free: 866-251-1607
2) This time of year we see
too much water leakage and resultant floor
damage due to refrigerator
water supplies connected with plastic tubing.
If mice don’t chew through it first, the plastic will crack with age.
leak may start small, often damaging the floor before you notice it.
easy tubing to run, but it WILL “get” you, and there’s just never
time for this tubing to leak. I
can’t stress it enough: only use refrigeration-
grade copper tubing for this - you’ll be glad you did!
Beware “water line”
copper and some icemaker hookup kits sold for this purpose. The tubing
walls are thinner and it just doesn’t last as long.
supply will have rolls of ¼” OD refrig. copper in stock, and though a
more expensive, this will usually last for several decades (2-3
“My Refrigerator isn’t keeping my food cold enough.”
I’ve heard that at least 10 times/day the last few weeks! So what’s “cold
enough”, you ask? Well, the inside temps we’re looking for are
40F refrig, and 0-5F freezer. And
what’s the best way to check them?
best way these days is with an IR thermometer, one of the slickest
tools ever invented for the appliance servicer!
Open the door, point the
laser and “shoot”, and in about a second the temp pops up in the
to be very expensive, but these days one can be had for well under
$100, a great tool at a great price if you need fast, accurate temp tests
about anything. (And guys, it makes a great stocking-stuffer – drop a
PS – any of you “handies” that have experience
with the IR units:
email me your various uses for them, and I’ll put them together in
a future article.
Barring an IR unit, the old pickle-jar method still works
fine. Pull that PJ
out of the back of the refrig (not off the door shelf). I like the PJ because
I assume it’s been in there a while, and probably not sitting on the
recently. Be sure to use an
accurate thermometer – a mercury or digital
one will work. To check its accuracy, stir some ice-water with it. The
closer it reads to 32F, the better. Stir your Gherkins for ½ minute or so,
and you’ll get an accurate product temperature, which is what
you want rather
than air temperature, which immediately starts to rise when the
opened and can vary widely.
BTW, for you pickle-lovers, it’s OK to eat all the
pickles and leave the
juice (you know who you are!) Tell your spouse you needed to leave it in
there for temperature tests <grin>.
Oh, and don’t rely on those inexpensive dial thermometers
that hang on a
shelf; they just aren’t accurate enough for refrigerator use. They
reading air temp, which we don’t want.
OK, a freezer temp test takes a little longer, but is about
as simple. Just
be sure to stuff the thermometer between food packages so you’re
product vs. air temp. Or (if it’s your own) stab the ice cream –
probe type thermometers are great for this.
Leave it in there 10 minutes
or so for an accurate reading. Again, you’re looking for 0-5F.
(If there’s any doubt or you can’t find your
thermometer, just stab it
with a spoon. The “spoon test” may have to be repeated quite a few
for accuracy, though).
Tip: Icemakers contain their own thermostat, and require
temps to operate. If yours
isn’t making any ice, and the ice cream’s getting
soft, the temperature’s probably 12-15F or above, and that’s not
4) Again this month, here’s a subject a little off-topic, but I
wanted to save
you the hassle several of our friends have experienced with this.
form of email 'virus' is going around, and unlike most viruses which
cause damage when an attachment is opened, this so-called
'virus' is self-inflicted.
It simply fools you into deleting essential files
from your hard drive, which
can do serious damage.
etc, will not find this 'virus' simply because it's not an
virus, but a phishing attempt - just a trick to make you damage your own computer.
word to the wise... if you EVER get
an email that tells you to manually
something from your hard drive, DON'T DO IT!
that’s it for this month. Thanks
once again for subscribing; I’m really
enjoying this and sincerely hope you are too! Remember to keep sending me
your suggestions for topics you’d like to see addressed here. We’ve
some good ones, and look forward to sharing them with you.
God richly bless you and yours,
Dave’s Repair Service
New Albany, PA
God small enough for our mind
is not big enough for our need.” – Chuck Missler