Feb 072011

Many of the 465 models made by Whirlpool, which includes Kitchen Aid, Amana, Jenn Air, and Maytag brands, will just randomly stop heating on both broil and bake without any warning. This has a very complex system with a DSI board (direct spark ignition board) which reads the gas valves coils and checks the resistance to make sure everything is good with the valve. This board also serves other functions like sends out the actual spark to light all the burners and cuts out the gas if it doesn’t detect the flame has ignited. If the system is working properly the bake and the broil will click three times when you turn the oven on. If you only hear one or two clicks, you have a bad DSI board or a bad gas valve. There are 3 terminals on the gas valve so you need to check the resistance from the top terminal to the middle terminal, and the middle terminal to the bottom terminal. You should get a reading of approximately 215 ohms. If you don’t get a reading within 10% of that number, you need to replace the valve because even though only one coil may be bad, the DSI board will stop all oven function as soon as it detects there is a problem with one of the coils.

Jan 292011

This washer and dryer set has been around for some time now, the 3000 series could be almost 12 years old.

Accessing the washer’s main components is mostly done from the front, to remove the back is simple, I will describe “How To” at the end of this article.

The first step in accessing your washer is to remove the screws around the door frame. There are two screws located on the door hinge and two directly opposite. These four screws will need to be taken out to gain access into the inside of the washer.

With the front off the washer, the drain pump, motor control board and several other components will be visible and accessible. The motor control on the right is known for going out, if your washer stopped spinning, gives an LR error code, this motor control is the likely culprit. Cleaning the pump can be done from the front or the back, the back panel is held tight with four screws. The only trick to getting the back panel back on is to snap the plastic onto the metal before the panel is installed.

If you are one of the unlucky ones dealing with the wax motor control board malfunction, you are not alone, the top of the washer will need to be lifted in order to gain access.

To do so the four screws below the soap dispenser will need to be removed, these are the screws the arrows are pointing to in the picture on top of the washer.

In order for the top lift free the two corner brackets will need to be removed, if you have already removed the screws around the door frame and the front is off you will see the two brackets that hold the top down, one 5/16 screw holds each bracket.

With the four screws removed from the soap cup housing and the two metal clips, the top will lift up.