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I have many years of experience as a technician with extensive electrical and mechanical training. As a homeowner, I have experienced many of the problems that I write about. I offer common sense solutions and fixes for your various appliance and home needs from a homeowner's perspective. I am an employee of Sears Holdings Corporation. Professional Degrees & Certifications: I have a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and I also have extensive mechanical and electrical training. Sears provides me with ongoing factory training in many appliance fields.

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  1. Home & Family Hi, I recently purchased a used dishwasher (KitchenAid) model number KUDD01DSSS 0 It has 2 drawers. When I purchased it, the owner, who was a real gentleman, said the top drawer dishwasher works great, the bottom drawer doesn't work. He said a Sears technician did a thorough check on the dishwasher and said that the electronic control for the lower drawer need to be replaced. I did a google search for the part number for that electronic control part. I think that it is part PartSelect Number PS1486691 and the Manufacturer Part Number 8194444. My question is this, Do you think it is the Electronic Control that is the problem? Secondly, Do you think it would be worth my while to actually fix this dishwasher or did I make a mistake purchasing this machine? If you were to see the dishwasher, you would think it was brand new. If it is worthwhile to fix, where could I get this part and is it a difficult fix for a technician? Thanks very much!!! I look forward to your response!!!

    I will need to check on the availability of that Sears Service Smart Protection Agreement in Canada. It will probably be Monday before I will be able to respond with more information. I will get back …
  2. Outdoors i have a craftsman kohler pro 25 thats leaking oil into the exhaust i was told there was a gasket that could cause this

    Hello kemper.tony. You are probably referring to a valve cover gasket. You can check the valve cover to see if it is loose. Tightening the valve cover or replacing the gasket for the valve cover may f…
  3. Home & Family Hi, I recently purchased a used dishwasher (KitchenAid) model number KUDD01DSSS 0 It has 2 drawers. When I purchased it, the owner, who was a real gentleman, said the top drawer dishwasher works great, the bottom drawer doesn't work. He said a Sears technician did a thorough check on the dishwasher and said that the electronic control for the lower drawer need to be replaced. I did a google search for the part number for that electronic control part. I think that it is part PartSelect Number PS1486691 and the Manufacturer Part Number 8194444. My question is this, Do you think it is the Electronic Control that is the problem? Secondly, Do you think it would be worth my while to actually fix this dishwasher or did I make a mistake purchasing this machine? If you were to see the dishwasher, you would think it was brand new. If it is worthwhile to fix, where could I get this part and is it a difficult fix for a technician? Thanks very much!!! I look forward to your response!!!

    That is a good dishwasher. It may be worth keeping if you can repair it for a reasonable cost. Based on your description, replacing that electronic control board that is part 8194444 will probably fix…
  4. Home & Family elite dishwasher starts and stops

    Hello inquisitor. Some models of dishwashers will pause during the cycle to heat the water. That may be what you are describing. If it stops and starts randomly throughout the cycle, then you could ha…
  5. Home & Family I have a Kenmore electric range that shorted at the terminal block, specifically the black wire terminal. The neutral and red terminals are fine. What are the common causes of this type of short?

    Hello 98037guy. That type of failure is normally caused by a short circuit in the range. A broken bake or broil element may be shorting out to the metal cabinet inside the oven cavity. That is probabl…
  6. Home & Family Oven control beeps and displays F13

    Hello GHPea. On most of the oven controls that display that error code, the F13 indicates that the electronic clock control board has failed and will need to be replaced. Having a model number for the…
  7. Home & Family I have a Refrigerator model 72132100 Purchased 11/2001. Water is leaking into the refrigerator area. Thought it was a frozen over drain from freezer and removed ice buildup. Is there another cause?

    Hello JoeVancouver. I see that inquisitivemind posted some good advice. There have also been some issues with the ice maker fill tube on the Kenmore refrigerator model 106.72132100. I recommend that y…
  8. Home & Family i have a gas range model# 79077482 ,does this oen have a pilot light to start?

    Hello deb2682. BlueCrewGuyInMA and wstarc5 are both correct. The oven in that range has glow bar igniters that are electronically controlled. It does not have a pilot light system. If the oven does no…
  9. Home & Family i have a black stove and i was cleaning it with a sponge (on the green abrasive side) and i scratched it real bad!! is there any way to fix that?? please help

    Hello kayleedawn828. I am sorry to hear that you had that problem with your black stove. I recommend that you try to work those scratches out using a rubbing compound for cars such as Clay Bar. Test t…
  10. Home & Family anyone know how to recharge an obsolete portable drill battery?

    According to the nature of your question, I assume that you do not have the original charger for that battery. Depending on the age of the drill, the charger may still be available. You can check the …
  11. Home & Family Has anyone had their Kenmore Elite French door refrigerator 71053 to automatically defrost? the manual does not explain why it would do so but it's particularly concerning considerng it did it without warning and therefore defrosted the food as well.

    Hello ybiscute. I understand your distrust of the refrigerator. You seem to indicate that it is now cooling properly and does not seem to be having any problems. The refrigerator will normally display…
  12. Home & Family Is there a grille available for the back of the sleeve for the model 42-70135 through-wall air conditioner? Or is there a grille that comes on the back of the air conditioner that can be removed and installed on the back of the sleeve?

    Hello MSUBadger. There is an outside grille supplied with that model 42-70135 air conditioner (Kenmore Model 253.70135). If you buy that model, you will need to use the outside grille that is provided…
  13. Home & Family I have a GE Spacemaker XL 1800 over range microwave. not heating all else working

    Hello c.noble. In most situations, it is more economical to replace the microwave than to repair it. The cost of servicing the microwave usually approaches the same cost as buying a new one.
  14. Home & Family My new washer, top loading Model 26002012, clothes come out very wet even on high spin, mainly dungarees and towels why?

    Hello Dodee. That is not normal for the non agitator models. I recommend that you check the load to see if it may be unbalanced in that situation. If the clothes are all gathered on one side of the sp…
  15. Home & Family Trio Elite Refrigerator freezes fruits and veggies in bins...have had service out many times but problem persists. Is this a flaw in the frig or did I get a lemon?

    Hello DianeZB. I am sorry to hear about these problems that you are having with that Kenmore Elite Trio refrigerator. That Sears Master Protection agreement does have a No Lemon Policy. If you have ha…
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