GE had a DC motor that moved air in the fresh food section of the refrigerator and it turned into a problem… The original motor numbers were WR60X26866 and WR60X26033. These little motors looked just like computer fans and to replace them, GE was subbing to a kit that included new software for the board (kit WR49X25197). This was a complicated procedure for some customers and it brought about some frustration.
We were able to get our hands on some original WR60X26866 motors. These plug right in and don’t require any software update. They are also less expensive than the kit.
But the subbing doesn’t end there. Now GE has a motor they say will replace all these other motors (including the kit) and it’s plug & play. New motor WR60X29099 is all you will need to get that refrigerator air moving and keep everything fresh.
Is this the end of the subbing? Where did the mysterious software update go and what did it do? I’m not sure. But I do know the WR60X29099 is more reasonably priced than some of the previous solutions so that’s good.
The reign of yet another Queen has been destroyed by America.
The new efficiency standards are in full force this year and they have officially destroyed the best washing machine available… err, that used to be available. In 2017 you could still purchase a mechanically controlled washer from Speed Queen but, as of 01/2018, those machines are as illegal to sell as crack cocaine! We had high hopes for the machines that replaced them but our hopes were dashed when the most expensive of these top loaders from Speed Queen couldn’t even get the soap out of the clothes much less the dirt. That was a problem for me because this machine was at my house (OROTR7000WN) model ! In the end, my wife made me bring it back and we are now using a cheap Crosley washer that actually has a better agitator and does a much better job washing clothes. This is sad.
The main culprit here isn’t Speed Queen trying to make you pay a premium price for a sub-par machine, it’s the government dictating efficiency nationwide with a broad brush. Using less water makes it difficult for washing machines to do their job and in an attempt to overcome the imposed water deficiency, extra boards and pumps and cycles complicate the once simple formula of wash/rinse/spin. Water availability isn’t the same nationwide but the standards are built based on the lowest denominator. And it’s ALL about the water- the new, more efficient washing machines actually take twice as long to wash clothes (cycling again and again in an attempt to clean) and use more energy. Of course, distribution might be hard to police… so once again everyone is punished.
I believe Speed Queen will get this figured out eventually but in the mean time it is a terrible inconvenience. Some of the other manufacturers have been working on solutions for this for a longer time and with more resources so the playing field really isn’t fair. And, if you can find a decent used Whirlpool top-load model built before electronic controls were mandated, you will use more water but your clothes will be cleaner and you won’t have to worry about pesky soap rashes or soured front load washer boots!
Oh, and this is another good reason to NOT throw out that old model. [Warning, self promotion ahead.] Repair, don’t replace, with new parts from A-1 Appliance! Especially winners like the pre-2018 Speed Queens!
Finally, an affordable multi-purpose replacement R134A refrigerator compressor kit!
REFRIGERATOR COMPRESSOR 836BTU 1/4HP R134
SPC836L universal style R134A replacement refrigerator compressor from Supco. This compressor will work in most current applications where the refrigerator is 22 Cu Ft or smaller. 836 BTU
• R134A Compatable
• 1/4 hp
• R134a, 110/120V, 60 Hz
• Dual mounting points:
- 2 3/4” x 6 1/2”
- 4” x 6 1/2”
• 7 1/2” height
• Low back pressure
• Includes electricals, grommets & sleeves
• Relay Start Induction Run (PTC)
• Relay Start Induction Run (RSIR)
Click here for price and availability.
Frigidaire (Electrolux) has changed old washer pump and motor number 137108100 to new part number 137221600. Why? Perhaps to throw the aftermarket off their trail? Or maybe it was an excuse to raise the price? I don’t know… but I do know that a replacement is available for less money! ERP’s ER137221600.
Exact Replacement Part 137221600
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
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
• 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.
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.