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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

MWFP Filter From GE To Replace MWF Water Filter

Years ago, GE changed their primary refrigerator water filter from the old, silver Culligan GWF to the new, plastic-bodied MWF cartridge. There were a few bumps along the way but, for the most part, this filter update was very successful. Now, GE is changing their flagship refrigerator water filter again. The old MWF filter is history and in it’s place is the new, improved MWFP refrigerator water filter.

The MWFP filter has been tested and verified to filter 5 pharmaceuticals (hence the addition of the P to the part number) along with the normal cast of contaminants you’d expect.

 

  • Exclusive advanced filtration
  • Tested and verified to filter 5 trace pharmaceuticals including ibuprofen, progesterone, atenolol, trimethoprim, and fluoxetine* (* The contaminants or other substances removed or reduced by this water filter are not necessarily in all users’ water)
  • NSF certified to filter contaminants such as cysts, lead, mercury, asbestos, and select pesticides and chemicals
  • NSF certified for structural performance and to filter chlorine taste and odor and particulate
  • Designed and tested specifically for use in select GE Side-by-Side and Bottom-Freezer refrigerators
  • Easy tool-free replacement
  • Certified genuine GE Part
  • Replace every six months** (** Cartridge should be replaced every 6 months at rated capacity, or sooner if a noticeable reduction in flow rate occurs)
MWFP

MWFP Water Filter

 

5 Top Qualities Of GE Appliance Parts

General Electric is a massive name in the industry for many long decades. The reputation of the company is so established that the very pronunciation of the word appliances has become synonymous with GE. Today, almost every household all over the world has some thing ‘GE’ or, the other. be it simple light bulbs or, complex HVACs, there is nothing that is outside the purview of this manufacturing company which has in fact, developed a personality of its own with all the qualities that it has incorporated it appliances with.GE Appliance Parts

High Quality Latest Technology: To begin with, GE has always been using the latest and the most innovative technologies in making their appliances. The highly qualified research and development team of the company is constantly up and about inventing new and more functional technologies that lend an edge to the appliances that are introduced and reintroduced every year. This is perhaps, one of the reasons why owners can see their GE appliances becoming smaller and less cumbersome, yet supreme in their performance with time. Superior technology ensures extracting the most out of the least, which is well reflected in the compactness of the components which deliver astonishing outputs.

Remarkable Sturdiness and Durability: GE appliance parts are recognized for the aspect of sturdiness and durability. This is to say that these appliances can ensure the excesses of everyday use much more that any others in the market. This is one of the main reasons why, GE appliances last longer than its expected date of expiry. While exertion of deliberate damages like dropping it on hard floor while moving or, shifting residence, exposing it to fire etc can kill the appliance beyond repair, but, under circumstances like ordinary misuse or, over use, these devices can withstand the harshest of abuses.

Calls of Lesser Maintenance: Most owners have agreed to the fact that GE appliance parts do not call for as much maintenance as any other components do. This is to say that the components are so designed and manufactured that they are meant to undertake more work for longer before showing signs of maintenance check. This however, does not in any way mean that owners can take it easy and neglect maintenance till the time the appliance collapses.

Saves Power Bills Immensely: GE appliance parts save power bills and there is no doubt about this truth. Superior and greener technology used to manufacture the appliances ensure maximum effectiveness and performance in minimum consumption of energy. Even appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners etc which are otherwise known for high power consumption which again adds to the electricity bills at the end of the month, have become more easily approachable and usable by owners.

Cost Effective in All Ways: While it is true that GE appliances cannot availed at dirt cheap rates, the cause behind their prices is well justified. Considering all the points mentioned above, it is only obvious that the appliances are highly cost effective and ensure massive saving in the long run.

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.

Frigidaire 131450300 Lint Screen Issue

Normally we see lint screens being replaced when the screen itself is punctured or torn but there is a new issue with this particular screen- part # 1314550300 (used in many front load Frigidaire dryers).  Apparently, when some items are in the dryer they can hang on the edge of this lint screen and twist around it. This is especially true of clothes with ties that can come out (swimsuits, gym shorts, etc) and catch the lint screen frame. The torque on the lint screen can cause the frame to actually bend… which opens up a larger gap for clothes to be trapped while spinning and… when the larger clothes get stuck there they actually yank the lint screen up enough to pop the dryer door open and shut off the machine.

This may or may not be a critical issue. If caught, it’s no big deal (especially if the dryer is located in an air conditioned environment). However, if this happens early in the cycle and no one is paying attention to the dryer (especially if the dryer is located in a warm laundry room), everything in it can begin to sour.

Once bent, we don’t know of an easy fix for this lint screen beside replacement.

131450300 Lint Screen

131450300 Lint Screen

Check price and availability here: 131450300 dryer lint screen.

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.