Jan 232011

Often time people will think that their oven temperature has become inaccurate.  This could be true, but the first thing you want to do is test to see if this is the case.  Get a cheap oven thermostat from a local grocery store.  Place the thermostat inside the oven directly in the center of the cavity.  Turn the oven on to 350 degrees.  When the preheat light goes off or the oven is done preheating the thermostat will not read correctly.  The thermostat should always be lower than the 350 degrees you set the oven at because it weighted.  Think of it as a piece of meat, the meat doesn’t automatically heat up to 200 degrees, it takes a roast several hours just to get to 140 degrees.  The thermostat isn’t as big so it doesn’t take as long, but you should wait at least 30 minutes when testing the temperature to get an accurate reading.  If it still doesn’t check correctly then you need to calibrate your oven thermostat.  You could even have a faulty control board or a faulty thermostat and it will just need to be replaced.  Most ovens can only be calibrated +/- 35 degrees so if its off by more than that, you have a faulty component.

Jan 122011

Dryer will run for a minute then shuts down and error E02 appears.

Error code E02 on a Whirlpool Kenmore and Maytag dryer has a faulty thermistor. Where is it and how do I replace it you ask.

Here is how, remove the lower access panel. The lower front panel of the dryer is held on by several either ¼ inch or torx screws.

Once removed to make the process easier,well to get your hands in and work.. You need to remove the lint filter housing To do so remove the few ¼ inch screws that hold it to the blower housing. Once off you will see the thermistor located on the top of the blower house assembly. Remove the screws that hold it down and it will lift up and out. Replace with a new part and reassemble the unit.

Run a short test cycle and you should be in business.

The tech sheet is located on the side panel it has all of the dryers error codes and technical documentation all appliances have them for service related problems, they should be left in place in case a appliance service technician does happen to  need to visit the unit.

Jan 122011

This air flow error code refers to the dryer vent. This can refer to the dryer’s lint screen, the thermistor behind the filter, or the vent itself could be clogged.

In order to determine which one is the problem we will need to gather some information.

1. Will water pour through lint filter’s mess?

2. Outside where the unit vents on the side of the house can you feel air coming out?

3. Is the vent hose on the backside kinked or clogged?

4. Obstruction on vent housing outside (if screen is present on outside remove right away this is a fire hazard.)

Water should pour through the lint filter easily. Fabric sheets will put a layer of wax on the lint screen causing the dryer air circulation to be cut off. We should be able to feel warm, moist air at the vent outside.  If air is not present you are in need of a dryer vent cleaning. A kinked or clogged vent hose can also cause the E01 error code. Ensure the vent  hose is clear and placed in position with as few bends as necessary. When the vent is clear the E01 error should clear itself upon start up.