Appliances are made to last. They are durable and can last for many years without any problems. They are easy to take as a given. This means that when an appliance stops working, you might be totally lost. What can you do to fix it? There are two options: you can hire someone to fix it or you can do it yourself and save money. This article will help you take apart major appliances and then put them back together. Let’s first learn about major appliances before we get started on the refrigerator.
The majority of appliances are connected to your home’s electricity system. They use AC current from your circuit wiring. Small appliances run on 110-120 volt circuits. Their cords have two blades. Larger appliances like air conditioners and dryers and ranges that require large voltage wiring (220-240 volts) are not compatible with 110-120 volt circuits.
Large appliances have two blades and one prong. They are wired with grounding wires. This type of appliance should be plugged into a ground outlet, one that has openings to accept both the blades and the grounding prong. Every appliance has a label, either on a metal plaque vacuum cleaner parts nz or on its casing. This labels the power requirements and their watts and voltages. Sometimes they are even in amps.
Small appliances are often very simple. You may find a simple heating element or fan attached to a drive shaft. They could also have a few simple mechanical links. They are often easy to repair. Large appliances tend to be more complicated. A washing machine for example may have a motor with a timer and a timing mechanism, along with various valves and switches.
These appliances can be affected by problems in either the control or mechanical/power components. The failure of one control device can cause damage to the whole appliance. Failure of a mechanical/power component usually only causes the malfunction of those functions. Knowing how to diagnose major appliance problems is just as important as how to fix it.
Because major appliances are complex, it’s often not easy to see where a malfunction is. Some newer appliances come with electronic diagnostics that can also be read from the owners manual. It is important to determine whether the problem is in a device that controls heat or a mechanical component. A dryer for instance, for example, has control devices that regulate heat and mechanical components that turn the drum.
Which system is affected? If the dryer does not heat up, and the drum turns, it is likely that the control system is the problem. If the dryer heats up but the drum isn’t turning, it could be mechanical. This type of analysis can help pinpoint the problem — control system, or mechanical system — in large appliances.
To determine what is causing the problem, it is necessary to check every component of the system. This is not as difficult as it sounds because appliances are interconnected in a logical fashion. To isolate the problem, start with the easiest components.