Solving problems with your dryer

How Replace The Flame Sensor On A Gas Dryer That Isn’T Drying

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Replace The Flame Sensor On A Gas Dryer That Isn’T Drying

A gas dryer gets your laundry dry using processes similar to how your furnace heats your house. The dryer has its own burner assembly to facilitate the heat needed for drying. A problem with the flame sensor in that assembly can make the dryer think there’s no need for any more heat before any heat has even started happening. If your dryer has suddenly stopped heating completely, the problem might be in the flame sensor. Replacing the flame sensor isn’t hard if you can lift a few dryer parts away and own a few basic tools. What You Need: Screwdriver Pliers New flame sensor Step 1: Disassemble the Dryer Unplug the electrical cord for the dryer, turn off the gas supply shutoff valve, and then scoot the dryer out away from the wall and washer so you have full access to the front of the dryer. Remove the screws on the rear of the control panel to release the panel. Open the dryer door and locate the screws that are in the top of the doorframe that hold the frame and the top of the dryer together. Use a screwdriver to remove those fasteners. Locate the tabs holding the control panel onto the top of the dryer. Push in on those tabs while lifting up on the panel to unhook the panel from the top of the dryer. You can now pull the top of the dryer off the unit. Place the top somewhere out of your way but accessible for the reassembly process. Lean into the area where the dryer is now open from the top removal. Locate and remove the screws holding the front panel onto the dryer’s body. Lift the front panel up to remove from its track. Swing the panel off to the side of the dryer and allow the panel to stand there while you work. Note that the panel is still attached via wires so you can’t completely remove the panel. Step 2: Remove the Old Flame Sensor and Install the New Sensor Locate the flame sensor in the bottom portion of the opening that was behind the front panel. Remove the wires attached to the flame sensor using a pair of pliers to help pop the wires from the terminals. Use a screwdriver to remove the mounting screws, holding the flame sensor in place on the burner housing. Remove the sensor and discard the sensor. Install the new flame sensor using the mounting screw holes on the sensor and the burner housing as a guide. Fasten the mounting screws into place to secure the sensor. Attach the wires by firmly pressing each wire end into the appropriate terminal until you hear a snap. Step 3: Put the Dryer Back Together Swing the front panel back into position and lift the panel onto its track. Attach the mounting screws to hold the panel in place. Make sure the panel is fully snapped into place before you secure. Place the top back on the dryer by first aligning the piece with the tabs on the control panel. Press the tabs into place as you slide the top towards the rear of the dryer. Reattach the screws in the dryer’s doorframe to secure the top to the body of the dryer. Use your screwdriver to...

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Get Better Sleep By Learning To Recognize When To Replace Your Mattress

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get Better Sleep By Learning To Recognize When To Replace Your Mattress

The mattress is one of the most overlooked parts of a bedroom. Most people update their bed linens numerous times before they even consider the idea of updating their mattress. However, keeping your mattress longer than its lifespan can significantly lower your quality of sleep. Make sure you know how to recognize the signs that’s it’s time to update your mattress to ensure a good night’s rest, every night. Painful Slumber If sleeping on your mattress is more of a painful experience than a pleasant one, it’s time to consider an upgrade. Overtime, mattresses start to lose some of their support, creating a sleeping surface that is too soft. While a soft mattress might seem comfortable, it’s not supporting your body properly. Without the right amount of support, this causes your muscles to get stiff, which eventually leads to soreness. Lumpiness Overtime, the padding inside of a mattress can start to shift around and cause lumps to form. This is an indication of an uneven level of padding density throughout the mattress. This means that you will have areas with more or less padding in them, which can lead to an uncomfortable surface. A high quality mattress can be used for a long time without this type of problem, but with a low quality mattress this can happen quickly. You Have to Hang on to the Edge If you and your partner have to literally hang on to the edge of the bed to prevent rolling into the middle of the mattress, it’s time to replace. Mattresses start to sag in the middle when the innerspring system is worn. You can prolong wear of the innerspring by frequently flipping the mattress. However, after you’ve flipped the mattress in both directions and you’re still having this problem you need a new mattress. Consider a Latex Mattress If it’s clear that it is time for you to replace your mattress, consider upgrading to a latex mattress. Compared to other mattress styles, latex mattresses last longer, which can save you a considerable amount of money in replacement cost. However, unlike many other fire retardant mattresses, latex mattresses afford this protection while still being non-toxic, which is critical to your health.   Although it’s often overlooked, your mattress is an integral part of your home. Make certain you are upgrading your mattress when necessary to ensure you are getting the best quality of sleep you can. Contact a company like Nature’s Embrace Latex Matresses to learn...

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How To Replace A Dishwasher Pump

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you open your dishwasher at the end of the cycle and notice standing water in the bottom, you may need a new pump. The pump is not only responsible for sending clean water to the unit to wash your dishes, but it is also responsible for draining the dirty water as well. You can replace the pump yourself with just a few tools. This guide demonstrates the steps you’ll need to take. Step 1: Collect Your Supplies Find the dishwasher’s model number and give it to the associate at the home improvement store so that they can provide you with the correct pump. Then gather these tools and supplies: Phillips and flathead screwdrivers towel pliers voltage tester flashlight Step 2: Turn the Power Off Locate the circuit breaker to the dishwasher and turn it off. If your dishwasher is not hardwired, simply unplug it from the outlet. Step 3: Gain Access to the Pump Remove the lower basket from the dishwasher and set it aside. Check to see which type of screw the lower washer arm is connected with and use the appropriate screwdriver to remove it. Close the main door and remove the panel below the door by removing the screws holding it in place. Some panels are held in place with flat screws, while others are held in place with Phillips screws. Simply look at the screws and use the screwdriver that matches.   Step 4: Test the Wires If your dishwasher is hardwired, touch the voltage tester to all the wires you see to ensure no electricity is flowing to the unit. If the wires are still live, you’ll hear the tester chirp or beep and see it light up. If this happens, go back to the circuit breaker box, and locate the correct breaker to turn off. Note: If you cannot locate the correct breaker, call in an electrician who is professionally trained in dishwasher repair. Step 5: Remove the Hose Once you are sure there is no electricity flowing to the unit, lay your towel down under the outlet hose. Remove the hose by squeezing the arms of the clamp with the pliers and sliding it down the hose. Then pull the hose off the pump. Step 6: Disconnect the Wires Disconnect all the wires connecting the pump to the motor by removing the wire nuts and untwisting the wires. Step 7: Remove the Pump Locate the tabs holding the pump on the motor. Unsnap or turn them, depending on the type of tabs your unit has. Open the main door and reach inside the bottom of the dishwasher to pull the pump straight out. Step 8: Install the New Pump Reverse these steps to install your new pump, ensuring that you connect the correct wires together. Use your flashlight to help you see the colors of the wires. Plan to spend about an hour or so completing this project, once you have procured the pump and other supplies. Ask your appliance repairperson for help should you run into any problems completing these...

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