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Archive for Repair Related

Control Board Repair

A-1 Appliance Parts has partnered with CoreCentric (the leader in control board re-manufacturing) to bring old control boards back from the dead!

In the past, if your board was obsolete and you couldn’t find it anywhere, you had no option but to replace the appliance.  Or, if your Whirlpool board was priced insanely high by the manufacturer, you could only pay, cuss and deal with it (or, buy a new appliance which we think was their plan all along).

Times are changing… And re-manufactured boards not only save you money, but they keep a perfectly good appliance from going to the landfill prematurely.

If you have a control board part number, put it in the Part Number Search field of our website and if you see that number listed with “RFR” in front of it, that means your board can be rebuilt!  The whole process usually takes 6 days once the board gets to us and very few boards are damaged beyond CoreCentric’s ability to revive them.


GE Refrigerator Fan Motor Madness

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.

An Inconvenient Truth (Washing Machine Version)

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!

Supco Universal Style R134A Refrigerator Compressor

Finally, an affordable multi-purpose replacement R134A refrigerator compressor kit!

Refrigerator Compressor

Supco SPC836L


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.

Drain Pump 137221600

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

Exact Replacement Part 137221600

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.

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.

What Are Some of The Common Problems With The Dishwasher?

The dishwasher has become one of the most necessary household appliances. This appliance not only saves effort, but also gives us the opportunity to save time so we can indulge in our cherished activities. With a dishwasher at home, you won’t have to waste your energy scrubbing pans and pots. You can simply load the dirty dishes into the machine, add detergent and turn the washer on. After about a few minutes, your dishes will be nice and clean and ready to be used again! Since the washer is so useful, when it breaks down, it creates a lot of problems in a household. Fortunately, there are some common dishwasher problems that have relatively quick fixes.

Here are some of the problems that most people face with their dishwasher:

√ The Machine Doesn’t Turn On:
If the dishwasher does not turn on, it could indicate a serious problem, or it may be caused by a minor technical difficulty. Before you go on calling a repairman, you would need to check a few things. First, check whether the machine is plugged in properly and it is receiving power. If you have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker, the machine will not work. Also, make sure the door of the washer is closed properly. The machine won’t start until the door is closed. Check for signs of damage in the door. If you don’t find an apparent problem, it would be wise to call a repairman.

√ The Washer Leaks or Doesn’t Drain:
Sometimes the dishwasher works fine, but it may pose problems with the water that is being used during wash cycles. Sometimes the water doesn’t drain, and sometimes it leaks. If the washer doesn’t drain, know that it must be clogged. In that case, you would need to open the dishwasher and see if it is obstructed. If you find water on your kitchen floor, you would need to check for leakage. If the water comes out of the front of the machine, there may be a problem with the seal. However, if it leaks from the bottom, the pump or the hose may be broken. If the machine leaks bubbles during a wash cycle, you may be using a detergent that produces too much of suds. It is always wise to use detergent that is not too sudsy.

√ Dishes Don’t Clean Well:
You may find the dishes still dirty even after a wash cycle. Sometimes the dishes may appear clean but they may have a bad odor. When the performance of a dishwasher goes down, you will find spots or pieces of food on the dishes. This may be a sign of broken motor or scrubbing arm, or it could be cause by a low water pressure. Broken appliance parts should be replaced as soon as possible. Get in touch with a mechanic and get the problem fixed. If it is a minor problem that you can fix, you may give it a try. However, if it is something serious and you don’t know what you are doing, it is best to call a professional.

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These are just some of the common problems that you may face with your washer. if the machine stops working properly and you cannot identify the cause, you must call a repairman.

Keeping Up With Refrigerator Maintenance

In most households, the refrigerator runs 24/7 to keep your food items fresh for days. It also consumes a lot of energy because of its regular use. The amount of load this machine has to bear every day is quite remarkable. That is why you need to keep your refrigerator in good shape so it can heal from the wear tear of daily use. There are a few maintenance guidelines that you need to follow. Simple cleaning and maintenance procedures can significantly extend the efficiency and longevity of the machine.

Here is how you should go about it:

Keep the condenser coil cleaned:
The condenser coils accumulate dirt and grime over time. Dirty coils make the machine work harder, which not only causes higher electricity bills, but also reduces the life expectancy of the refrigerator. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to use a broom or a vacuum to dust off any dirt that may have gathered. Once in every three months is standard. However, if you have pets in your home, you would need to do this once every month.Keeping Up With Refrigerator Maintenance

Depending on which refrigerator model you own, the coil may either be located at the back or at the bottom. To access the coil that is placed underneath, you would need to remove the grill from the bottom front of the machine. However, if the coil is located at the back, you would need to pull the unit out.

Clean the drip pan and drain hole:
In most refrigerator models, you would find a drip pan and a drain hole. These two refrigerator appliance parts help remove condensation. That is why it is vital that they are in good condition. Mineral deposits and food particles often get stuck in these two places, which is why you need to do regular cleaning. However, make sure you follow the proper guidelines when cleaning in these areas. The guidelines will vary from one model to another, and you will get all the instructions in the manual.

Clean the gasket:
The gasket is placed on the door of the freezer and the refrigerator. The primary purpose of this device is to seal cool air in so that warm air does not get inside. This is extremely vital for the performance of the machine. That is why you need to make sure that the seal stays as strong as it was when you first bought the appliance. Examine the gasket and see if there are cracks or other signs of damage present. You may try the dollar bill test. For this you would have to place a dollar bill when shutting the door. When the note is halfway in, you would need to try to pull it out. if it gets out easily, know that the gasket isn’t working properly. Normally the seal would make it difficult by creating resistance.

These are some of the common maintenance procedures that you can easily handle on your own. It does not take much of your time or effort.

How Do You Maintain Your Washer?

The washing machine is one of the important household appliances. You cannot do without clean clothes, bed sheets and so on, and manually cleaning them may be out of question, especially if you have a hectic lifestyle. The washer makes our job a lot easier. It saves both our time and effort and helps us focus on other important aspects of life. Washing habits may differ from one family to another. Depending on the number of family members, the washing machine may be used regularly or every alternate day or once a week.

No matter how frequently the machine is used, proper maintenance is required. The performance of an appliance is bound to get worse with time if you don’t keep it well maintained. Though the idea of washing the washing machine may seem absurd, it is important that you keep the washer clean.

If you don’t know how to go about it, here are a few simple tips for you:

Washer Parts Maintain Diagram

Examine The Hose and Fitting: You need to make sure that the hose is in good condition, and it is not blistered or cracked. Corroded fittings can prevent the machine from working properly. That is why you need to keep an eye on that. Check for leakage, and make sure water is not dripping from the machine. If you find cracked hose or corroded fittings, you may need to buy new washer parts to get the damaged ones replaced.

Level The Washer: You can use a carpenter’s level to adjust the feet of the machine. When the machine is properly leveled, the bubble will indicate that. Your machine will make a lot of noise and move if it is not leveled properly. If that continues, the machine may eventually break down.

Clean The Exterior of The Machine: Keeping the exterior of the washer shiny clean will only add to the overall appearance of the room. You may use regular bleaches and soaps for cleaning. The regular products don’t generally harm the machine. However, things like stain removers and other chemicals may cause some damages.

Keep The Tub Clean: Cleaning the tub is of utmost importance and this should be done once in every 3 months. It is not as difficult as you might think. All you need to do is set the machine on hot, and get some extra dirty clothes. Fill the tub with water and add ½ cup of baking soda in 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. When you see the tub has begun draining, put the cycle to spin. Once the first cycle comes to an end, give the machine time to cool off before running another cycle.

These are four important maintenance tips that you need to keep in mind. Regular maintenance will not only improve performance, it will also increase longevity of the machine. You need to use the easy tips that are mentioned above to keep the machine working like new for years to come.