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Repairman Richie Isaacson shows host Kevin O’Connor how to maintain kitchen appliances. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)

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Shopping List for Maintaining Kitchen Appliances:
– Dishwasher detergent
– Dish soap
– Condenser brush or radiator brush, used to clean the refrigerator condenser
– Sponge, used to clean the refrigerator and freezer door seals
– Petroleum jelly, for coating the door seals
– Copper T-fitting, ball valve, and flexible copper tubing, used to replace the existing ice-maker water-supply line
– Solder and flux, used to solder the new ice-maker water-supply line
– Heating element, for replacing a damaged heating element on a range

Tools List for Maintaining Kitchen Appliances:
– Wet/dry vacuum
– Propane torch, used for soldering
– Tubing cutter, for cutting flexible copper tubing

Steps for Maintaining Kitchen Appliances:
1. Be sure that the pull-out racks on a dishwasher don’t interfere with the spinning spray arms.
2. Before starting the dishwasher, check to make sure that there isn’t any silverware blocking the spray arms.
3. Don’t lay large pots or pans flat against the lower rack; they’ll block the water spray and prevent other items from getting washed.
4. Turn on the hot water at the kitchen sink and wait until it runs hot, then turn it off and start the dishwasher.
5. Be sure to use the appropriate dishwasher detergent, and fill both the prerinse compartment and main compartment. Shut the cover on the main compartment before closing the dishwasher door.
6. Occasionally remove the filter from the bottom of the dishwasher and rinse it clean.
7. Check the float switch inside the dishwasher to confirm that there’s nothing blocking it from moving up and down freely.
8. If a drinking glass breaks inside the dishwasher, remove all bits of glass with a wet/dry vacuum.
9. If water remains in the dishwasher after the cycle is completed, check for a partially clogged drain hose.
10. To clean the refrigerator condenser, start by unplugging the refrigerator. Then use a condenser brush or a radiator brush to clean away all trapped dust and dirt. You could also use a vacuum to suck or blow the condenser clean.
11. Use warm, soapy water and a sponge to occasionally wipe clean the rubber gasket (the door seal) on the inside of the refrigerator and freezer doors.
12. Increase the airtightness of door seals by coating them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
13. If the water line running to the ice maker is frequently clogged, solder on a copper T-fitting, add a ball valve, and replace plastic tubing with flexible copper tubing.
14. If an electric range has a broken or burned-out heating element, unplug it and replace with a new heating element.
15. After using the oven’s self-cleaning mode, wait for the oven to cool down, then vacuum or wipe clean the inside of the oven.
16. Never use spray-on oven cleaner in a self-cleaning oven.

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20 thoughts on “How to Maintain Kitchen Appliances

  1. What is the process the repair man has to do if you trip that barker on the stove? If you knew then you would not need to call the repair man.

  2. O.M.G. 9:06 I'm quite confident that the coating on all the screws during "self cleaning" didn't shear off because of an oven cleaner previously used!
    Yes the heads of the screws did shear off. You could pop the heads off the crews with your thumb or just see them laying there a couple of inches from where they are supposed to be. I think the $200-$300 keypad replacement after the door FREAKING locks on you and goes to a temperature that it is not actually designed to go to and you have no option to say SSSSSTTTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPP. is one of those things where the company makes you destroy your own equipment so you have no option but to pay for replacement parts; Parts that would have never need replacing if not for the self destruct button.
    Tell me I'm incorrect!
    If I am correct and you feel the same way give me a thumbs up!

  3. The best type of condenser is a natural draft, mounted on the back of your refrigerator because it doesn't need a filter and it's less expensive.

  4. 8:11 you cannot use any oven cleaner on it (richi)
    Why not?(Kevin)
    I’ll ruin the surface of the interior of the oven(richi)

  5. The float description in the dishwasher isn't exactly accurate. Most dishwashers have a timed water fill so if low water pressure you are going to have a problem. The float is meant as a safety device to shut off the water so the machine doesn't overflow

  6. I have a friend he's 47 by the way who uses the clothes washer his grandmother new in 1933. A may tag clothes washer electric with the double rollers over the machine to roll the water out of the lever for engaging the agitation and another lever for engaging the water pump and the last ever is on the double rollers to turn them on or off as well as reverse the rollers.
    He still uses the washer today, clothes dryer? A couple of ropes on the covers porch.
    His wife he was overjoyed when she first saw it and he was so surprised he asked her why. Her mother has an identical machine at home and wouldn't sell it to her.

  7. I thought he was going to say “I’d be happy to send you a 200 dollars”. If you don’t have two left hands, you can fix anything without service man.

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