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Archive for October 23, 2013

279838C Wire Re-String Kit For Whirlpool Dryer Elements

Times are tight. I was told that the recession ended a few years ago but, from where I’m sitting, nothing has changed. And, at least in the short term, there doesn’t seem to be much hope for a lavish future. We’re having to cut corners and save money everywhere we can! Which brings me to the dryer element re-string kit for Whirlpool’s 279838.

The generic version for this dryer element has always been popular with our customers. It is sturdy and dependable- virtually identical to the original replacement from Whirlpool. It also represented enough savings to justify the extra money for the full element and housing. A new trend has been emerging over the past two years though- more customers are opting for the trouble of re-stringing their old elements to save an extra ten dollars or so.

Below is a picture of the dryer restring kit for Whirlpool’s 279838 element.

279838C restring kit

 

To install this wire restring kit, some labor is involved. Those with experience at this kind of know how far to stretch the element wire before running it through the insulators. Someone who was doing this for the first time might need to run a string through the element frame to figure out how much to stretch the replacement wire before installing (it’s important to pre-stretch the wire so there is an equal amount of distance between the coils once installed).

If insulators are damaged, a simple coil replacement may not work for you.

There is also an element coil restring kit available for Whirlpools 3387747 dryer element.

Times are tight. Save money where you can!

GE Zoneline Parts and PDF’s

We’re adding better descriptions and links to pdf files (installation instructions, specifications, use & care manuals, etc.) to many of our listings. To see some examples, visit our GE heat pump Zoneline page.

 

To see parts breakdowns, just enter the model number on our main appliance parts page.

 

Electrolux / Frigidaire Ice Maker for French Door Refrigerators 243297603

A new ice maker from Frigidaire. Model 243297603.

Beginning with March 2011 Production, Electrolux and Frigidaire brand French Door Refrigerators began including a new ice maker that provides more reliability and better overall performance. The new design had been used globally in Europe and South America for many years with outstanding results.

Frigidaire - Electrolux 243297603

Frigidaire – Electrolux 243297603

Some additional benefits include:
• Simplified design and construction and “plug & play” capability which makes it easier to service.
• The refrigerator and ice maker are controlled by a single electronic board.
• Employs a simpler “series evaporator” system without sacrificing performance.
• Smaller ice cubes that chill faster, store better in the bucket, and dispense more easily.
• Ice storage capacity is increased to 6.5 lbs for standard depth models and 4.5 lbs for counter
depth models.
• Overall uses less energy than the original ice maker. – 2-2.5% less for standard depth and
1.5% (estimated) less for counter depth models.

To check price and availability of the 243297603 ice maker, click here.

MWFP Water Filter Improvement

GE recently changed the part number on their most popular refrigerator water filter (the SmartWater MWF filter cartridge) to new part number MWFP. We were told that the “P” stood for pharmaceuticals. That sounds scary right? I don’t want any unknown pharmaceuticals in the water at my house! But didn’t the old MWF also filter out these potentially harmful chemicals/hormones? The unofficial answer we received was… yeah, probably (shrug). Which is still a good thing right?

Here is the list of pharmaceuticals that the MWFP water filter is guaranteed to protect us from (I say us because this filter is in my refrigerator at home): ibuprofen, progesterone, atenolol, trimethoprim, and fluoxetine.

Hmm… sometimes I think a little ibuprofen in our water might be a good thing…  that’s a JOKE :) …maybe.  But what about those other weird words? I got curious and looked them up online. Progesterone is usually used in hormone replacement therapy for women going through menopause. Atenolol is usually used for high blood pressure. Trimethoprim kills bacteria in the urinary tract and fluoxetine is Prozac. What is Prozac doing in drinking water??

I did a quick search and came across this article: http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/Prozac-in-the-Water.html  And that’s just 1 little link to 1 little article- there are tons like it.

You know what I’d like to see? A comprehensive home water testing kit that will show everything in the water besides… well, besides WATER!!

IM34 Icemaker Kit

There was a time, not long ago, when the IM34 ice maker kit from Frigidaire was the knee-jerk answer on our parts counter whenever someone needed an add-on kit for a Frigidaire refrigerator with the freezer on top (and the condenser coil running up the back). Back then the part number for this ice maker kit was 218734400. The box had IM34 on it but we all had to memorize that long part number (along with a thousand other numbers we committed to heart and dreamed about on a regular basis!).

I hadn’t thought about the old IM34 in a while till I saw an order come through for one this morning… and remembered that we still offer free shipping on this icemaker kit even though it is not as popular as it once was. I’m not sure how much longer this deal will go on but it’s a good one. If you order this ice maker just select the free ground shipping* offer at checkout.

Another thing to remember is, if you originally purchased and installed this kit and the ice maker needs to be replaced, you probably don’t need everything that comes with the IM34 (you already have the bucket, line, valve, hardware…). You can just order the ice maker itself as part number 5303918277 and you can still select the free shipping option*.

*Free ground shipping offered on selected products going to locations within the continental US only.

74003019 Element Replacement

Bake element number 74003019 from Maytag (now Whirlpool) has an aftermarket replacement worth worrying about. A-1 Appliance Parts stocks the new element, available from ERP and Chromalox, under part number RP7019. Here is a link to the 74003019 replacement element.

A-1 has already sold over two thousand units replacing the higher priced 74003019 with absolutely no customer complaints or returns because of incompatibility!

74003019 Replacement Oven Element

74003019 Replacement Oven Element