How to find repair help online – learn how to narrow your searches.
Diagnostic and repair help online is available for most appliances. The challenge is to find the help without wasting time searching through YouTube videos and Google search results that are not helpful to your appliance. Follow the following steps to help narrow the search.
If you know your washer is not draining you could enter “washer not draining” and there would be a huge number of results not relating to your particular machine. It may be better to search “Whirlpool washer not draining” for instance.
In a case where your search results suggest that the most common causes of “Whirlpool washer not draining” are blockage in the system or the drain pump is shot, you could now do searches “testing Whirlpool washer pump” or “clearing out blockage Whirlpool washer” and now you are likely to find solutions much more quickly.
When you decide you are certain of which part you need to replace a specific part like your washer drain pump you now enter a specific search relating to that part such as “replacing a Whirlpool washer pump” which will walk you through the process for that model design.
If your machine is a Kenmore this will also be a little more challenging. It is better first to find out who the manufacture of that specific machine is. (Kenmore just means that it was sold by Sears) The first 3 numbers of the model # indicates the manufacturer. For example a Kenmore dryer 592.89457 is actually made by Samsung. Now if you have a Kenmore dryer no heat you will enter your search for better results “Samsung dryer no heat”.
In a case where your search results suggest that the most common causes of “Samsung dryer no heat” are heating element or thermal cut off, you could now do searches “testing dryer element” or “how to test a thermal cut off” and now you are likely to diagnose your dryer with more accuracy.
When you decide you are certain of which part you need to replace you can enter a specific search relating to that part such as “replacing a Samsung dryer element” which will walk you through the process for that model design.
Top selling parts
This website details the top selling appliance parts broken down into categories for convenience and education.
Benefits of top selling parts list
When you see that the part that you have considered may be causing the problem is included on the high volume parts list this can indicate a greater likelihood that you are replacing the correct part.
If you see that the part you are wanting to buy is not on the list it may be a red flag to make more effort to prove that the diagnosis is correct.
Knowing how to describe the part
Once you see how the part is described you will be better able to place your order. If for example you have determined some plastic pieces that sit under your G.E. dryer drum are worn, you check the G.E. dryer parts list you will find reference to G.E. dryer drum glides. A Google or You Tube search and you can quickly get an image of what the part looks like. Now when you call in with your model number handy you can say “Looks like I need four G.E. dryer drum glides”. This is much better than saying “I found some plastic pieces on my dryer that are worn thin but I don’t know what they are called.”
Example of fridge repair based on parts list
Maybe your fridge has a defrost problem, you find out that it can be one of three parts causing it. A quick check under fridge parts and you find there are very few defrost heaters (also called defrost elements) being sold but there are high volumes of defrost thermostats and defrost timers being sold. In this case you may decide to replace both if you don’t want to hire a service technician or learn how to diagnose your fridge. Both parts can often be purchased for $50.00 to $70.00. Problem most likely solved!
Making a more specific parts replacement search
Once you know which part you likely need and exactly what the part is called you can do a specific search like “How to replace Whirlpool fridge defrost thermostat”. Narrowing the search in this way can go a long way to speeding up the process in finding helpful content relevant to your repair.
Basics of appliance repair links:
This page http://citywideappliance.ca/washing-machine-repair-winnipeg/ deals with the common problems of washer not draining-washer not spinning-washing machine leaking-washer noisy.
This page http://citywideappliance.ca/fridge-repair-winnipeg/ deals with problems of fridge not cooling – fresh food section not cooling- fresh food section too cold- fridge clicking- fridge running all the time.
This page http://citywideappliance.ca/stove-repair-winnipeg/ covers the problems of oven not heating- oven temperature problems- surface elements not working- surface elements too hot- broil element not working- bake element not working.
This page http://citywideappliance.ca/dryer-repair-winnipeg/ deals with issues of dryer not heating- drum not turning-dryer won’t start- dryer noisy- dryer takes too long to dry.
This page http://citywideappliance.ca/dishwasher-repair-winnipeg/ covers dishwasher not draining- dishwasher leaking- noisy during drain or wash cycle- unit not cleaning.
This page http://citywideappliance.ca/maytag-repair-winnipeg/ covers Maytag washer repairs- Maytag dryer repairs- Maytag frontload washer repairs- Maytag fridge repairs- Maytag dishwasher repairs.