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Offline go400

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #90 on: May 18, 2013, 04:05:50 AM »
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Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #91 on: May 19, 2013, 04:19:58 AM »
I have been waiting for one of these to take pics for this job - Maytag bottom freezer - drain tube iced up - pain in ass usually to fix and take apart - unless you use my easy method I developed for this job.   
 
I used to hate doing these,  getting the back panel off such a pain and time consuming.   Well,  here is how I do it the easy way -----------
 
First,  I remove the freezer door,   and both racks.     I use my steamer to clear out the ice,  and have my wet vac on hand to suck up the water.    Then,  I start to steam the drain pan and drain hole without removing the back.    Using the attachments shown,   I first steam out the ice along the bottom of the back evap cover.    I concentrate on the center where drain is,  then bend up the center with my needlenose pliers.     It gives me just enough room to get my wet vac hose attachment into drain.   I leave it run while steaming the ice in pan,  sucking up the water.    Then,  I attach the steamer attachment with the 1/4 hose,  and insert into drain hole,  clearing it.     
 
Big problem used to be the sealed tank would get full,  and you would be back in a few days with same problem.    Once I clear hole,   and blast with steam,   I insert the vac hose into tank and it drains it.      Beautiful part is you don't have to remove the back and it saves a lot of time.     
 
That little vac attachment works well to drain a standard pan underneath refrigerator if it is full also.  Steamer attachment works also to clear gunk on a pressure switch dome if it is really gunked up.  Stick it on and blast with steam.       
 
Hope this helps some of you if you decide to try this.   It works well for me. 
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Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #92 on: May 19, 2013, 04:22:45 AM »
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Offline AJ

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #93 on: May 19, 2013, 12:47:44 PM »
Nice, thanks!  :cheers:

Offline ApplianceGuru

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #94 on: May 19, 2013, 04:46:39 PM »
Nice, thanks!  :cheers:

I was just reading your signature, and it got me thinking.

You have enough links on your forum, you could probably sell parts out of your own store, instead of sending all your customers to those other guys for a fraction of the profit.



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Offline ramwash

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #95 on: June 01, 2013, 04:37:16 AM »
Thanks ApplianceGuru 
      I tried the steamer on a fridge gasket when I installed it, and it works a lot better than a hair dryer  O0 O0
I will pass on this trick to other technicians here in Australia :) :thanks:

Offline afterblast

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #96 on: June 02, 2013, 10:19:07 AM »
allright, just ordered one of these steamers, should be in Tuesday ish.. and the way my fridge calls have been lately... I suspect I won't have to wait long to test it out  ;D


one good trick I've found is to keep a ratchet strap in the van...  every once in a while I'll get a call for a front load washer that turns out to be leaking through the seal between the front and rear tubs...  or some other issue that requires taking the front half of the tub off...   I run the ratchet strap under the rear tub and then hook it to the sides and use it to support the tubs weight, this gives me enough play to get the  support springs off and then remove the front tub..   makes the whole job go a lot faster. the only downside is you can't do this on a duet since the tub on that is clipped together instead of bolted

Offline AJ

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #97 on: June 02, 2013, 10:47:00 AM »
I like the ratchet strap idea, thanks!

Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #98 on: June 09, 2013, 10:14:31 PM »
I keep a ratchet strap ,  actually 2 of them in the van,   but I never thought of that Afterblast.   Good Idea.   
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Offline afterblast

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Re: Trade Tricks?
« Reply #99 on: June 11, 2013, 07:08:08 PM »
well, had my steamer for about a week, and have had the chance to use it a couple times now...   

wish I'd bought it a long time ago ...   thanks for the tip   :thanks:

 

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