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Old 11-06-2014, 01:39 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone My Icemaker on my Maytag Refrigerator quit working, I had it fixed about a year ago under warranty, its not working again and its out of warranty, Ok, Sooo I go to Ebay, and found a Brand new Automatic Icemaker for $36.00 and free shipping The Ice maker came in yesterday, took me about 1 Hour to remove and replace it, and now I have Ice again I figured it would cost me about $300.00 for parts, labour and a service call to have it done, I belive the warranty bill from the last repair was over $300.00 if i remember correctly, but i did not have to pay it , Soooo If you need a Ice maker for your refrigerator, Check out EBay, you might find one brand new for next to nothing, that you can replace yourself, and save a small fortune, Take care and have fun, Chellie

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Good job! I've fixed nearly every major appliance I have at one point or another. Probably saved thousands over the years.

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Nice...Chellie. Those DIY skills come in handy with appliances.

My old Whirlpool side-by-side had an ice maker replaced a couple of years ago.....was kind of a pain to get alligned properly.....I think I paid $300.00 for the unit..........almost a 1/3 what I paid for the damn frig brand new......lol
But still can't keep the door cold water dispenser from dripping........I've re-plumbed and replaced it two times......the shut-off valve is sensitive to water line pressure, any fluctuation in house effects it.......finally just shut it off all together......

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Back in early August when it was still in the 110-115 degree range here I got home Thursday after work and was greeted with a blast furnace when I opened the front door. Went out and cheked the A/C condenser. No compressor and no fan and the fuses and breaker were OK. I got in the car and ran to Sears and grabbed a 15,000 BTU window A/C. Called a big local A/C company for them to check it out on Friday. Got the window A/C in place in the bedroom and finally cooling the place down a bit. Called the boss to let him know I wouldn't be in Friday.

Friday they come out and tell me yep the condenser package is junk and it'll be $2500-$3500 depending on what I want. The unit was 9 years old and in Arizona nothing lasts very long outside so I didn't question it. That window A/C would get me through until I could scrape the money together so I told them I'd have to wait. About a month later when the temps started dropping a little and it was safe to be outside for more than 5 minutes without bursting into flames I did a little checking. I pulled the access cover to check the contactor and saw that this unit had a dual capacitor and it was bulged like crazy. A quick test with the ohm meter confirmed that was the problem and the reason neither the compressor or fan motor were running. Got the number off the cap and typed it into the ebay search. Bunches of them popped up. I found one for under $19.00 shipped. 3 days later it was here. In 5 minutes I had it installed and the A/C running again!

I really should have checked it out better myself in the beginning but it was too freaking hot and all I wanted was to get some air going in the house so I bought the window unit. I learned that you really can't trust some of the A/C companies here in Arizona. I wonder just how many people get taken on a daily basis in the middle of the summer. Granted, not everyone has a background in stuff like this but at least get a second opinion. A little effort can save you a TON of money. Ebay has saved me SO much money on things like this.

Great thread Chellie! I'm sure this one will get huge with similar stories.

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Good job! I've fixed nearly every major appliance I have at one point or another. Probably saved thousands over the years.
I Fixed my Clothe Drier Too, I guess someone did not clean the lint filter the last time they used it, and the vent heat fuse blew, Thank goodness that was a easy fix, just had to check continuity with a Ohm meter, and confirm that was the problem, found a heat fuse on EBay for about $1.50, replaced it and I am Good to go again

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Nice...Chellie. Those DIY skills come in handy with appliances.

Hi Yes they do I have fixed almost all of my Appliances at one time or another and save a lot of money.

My old Whirlpool side-by-side had an ice maker replaced a couple of years ago.....was kind of a pain to get alligned properly.....I think I paid $300.00 for the unit..........almost a 1/3 what I paid for the damn frig brand new......lol
But still can't keep the door cold water dispenser from dripping........I've re-plumbed and replaced it two times......the shut-off valve is sensitive to water line pressure, any fluctuation in house effects it.......finally just shut it off all together......
Maybe a small in line water pressure regulator might fix the problem at the refrigerator water inlet.
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Back in early August when it was still in the 110-115 degree range here I got home Thursday after work and was greeted with a blast furnace when I opened the front door. Went out and cheked the A/C condenser. No compressor and no fan and the fuses and breaker were OK. I got in the car and ran to Sears and grabbed a 15,000 BTU window A/C. Called a big local A/C company for them to check it out on Friday. Got the window A/C in place in the bedroom and finally cooling the place down a bit. Called the boss to let him know I wouldn't be in Friday.

Friday they come out and tell me yep the condenser package is junk and it'll be $2500-$3500 depending on what I want. The unit was 9 years old and in Arizona nothing lasts very long outside so I didn't question it. That window A/C would get me through until I could scrape the money together so I told them I'd have to wait. About a month later when the temps started dropping a little and it was safe to be outside for more than 5 minutes without bursting into flames I did a little checking. I pulled the access cover to check the contactor and saw that this unit had a dual capacitor and it was bulged like crazy. A quick test with the ohm meter confirmed that was the problem and the reason neither the compressor or fan motor were running. Got the number off the cap and typed it into the ebay search. Bunches of them popped up. I found one for under $19.00 shipped. 3 days later it was here. In 5 minutes I had it installed and the A/C running again!

I really should have checked it out better myself in the beginning but it was too freaking hot and all I wanted was to get some air going in the house so I bought the window unit. I learned that you really can't trust some of the A/C companies here in Arizona. I wonder just how many people get taken on a daily basis in the middle of the summer. Granted, not everyone has a background in stuff like this but at least get a second opinion. A little effort can save you a TON of money. Ebay has saved me SO much money on things like this.

Great thread Chellie! I'm sure this one will get huge with similar stories.

Joe
same thing happened to me too, I had a safety check done on my ac home unit, and the guy said the pump is worn out and other things, got a second opinion, and everything is fine, yea, they wanted $3500 to replace the a/c unit, yea right, one time the a/c unit was not coming on, i checked the fuses outside by the a/c unit they were fine, but the safety shut off slide in plug was a little corroded, i cleaned it, plugged it back in, and it worked again, Yea

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"I Fixed my Clothe Drier Too, I guess someone did not clean the lint filter the last time they used it, and the vent heat fuse blew, Thank goodness that was a easy fix, just had to check continuity with a Ohm meter, and confirm that was the problem, found a heat fuse on EBay for about $1.50, replaced it and I am Good to go again"

Keeping the exhaust pipe and vent clean and clear will also save fuse replacements.......learned that after a family of field mice decided to work their way around the vent screen and nest against the sheet metal housing.......

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Cheers Chellie, you're my kind of girl.

I fixed my icemaker for about $1.08. Went to the dollar store, bought a new one, filled it up with water, and chucked it in the freezer. Some time later it was full of these little cubie bits of ice!

It's challenging to fix malfunctioning things around the house, but strangely satisfying. I've had to work on just about everything in my 90 year old house, since I moved in 21 years ago. Plumbing, wiring, washer (belt) dryer (heating element), 2 fan motors replaced in my ancient Bryant furnace, installed 2 water heaters, plastered walls, etc. Don't even get me started on my lawnmower.

I think the satisfaction comes from knowing that a "professional" will charge you $90.00 per hour to do stuff you can do yourself (but they don't want you to know that), and that the guys who would otherwise be gaffing you have to find somebody else to cheat.

The one time I hired out a job, The Girlfriend From Hell demanded a professional job installing a shower. They did the job, I paid the proverbial arm and leg, and at 05:00 the following morning Laura woke me up because she heard water running. An over-tightened fitting had burst, flooded my basement. The contractor's insurance covered everything; Gosh! all my tools, machines, and expensive micrometers and stuff ruined. Insurance company wanted to pay me off with a lick and a promise, so I used the magic word MOLD. Worked like a charm, made a handsome profit on the disaster. Naturally, I did all the finishing work myself.

It pays to get your hands dirty.

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The one time I hired out a job, The Girlfriend From Hell demanded a professional job installing a shower. They did the job, I paid the proverbial arm and leg, and at 05:00 the following morning Laura woke me up because she heard water running. An over-tightened fitting had burst, flooded my basement. The contractor's insurance covered everything;

It pays to get your hands dirty.

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Ah yes. Contractors.

We bought a 1983 home in 2004, and immediately had a new high efficiency furnace and air conditioning installed. And, I smelled gas after the Home Depot guys left. Didn't take long to figure out where. The gas was leaking right at the new contractor installed pipe fittings going straight to the new furnace. Simple soap bubble test.

So, out came the pipe wrenches to see what's what. And, that leak was caused by the pipe only being hand tight. I could unscrew it bare handed.

Fixed that, and still could smell a faint trace of gas. That took awhile. Finally traced it to the gas pipe leading to the gas dryer. Had to disassemble some 20 feet of steel pipe to get to the problem. Again, the leaky fitting was only hand tight, I could unscrew it bare handed. That leak had been present for some 21 years.

Finally, no more gas fumes in the basement of our home!

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Ah yes. Contractors.

We bought a 1983 home in 2004, and immediately had a new high efficiency furnace and air conditioning installed. And, I smelled gas after the Home Depot guys left. Didn't take long to figure out where. The gas was leaking right at the new contractor installed pipe fittings going straight to the new furnace. Simple soap bubble test.

So, out came the pipe wrenches to see what's what. And, that leak was caused by the pipe only being hand tight. I could unscrew it bare handed.

Fixed that, and still could smell a faint trace of gas. That took awhile. Finally traced it to the gas pipe leading to the gas dryer. Had to disassemble some 20 feet of steel pipe to get to the problem. Again, the leaky fitting was only hand tight, I could unscrew it bare handed. That leak had been present for some 21 years.

Finally, no more gas fumes in the basement of our home!
Wow, Glad you found the problem and fixed it, I had a plumer come over to replace a hot water heater, I was by myself, and i could not lift the heavy water heater, so I call someone out to do it for me, I did not want to hurt myself lifting something heavy, the plumper left his young son do do the job he did not know how to solder luckily he only had to solder the the pipe from the safety relief valve to the pipe that drains outside the house, after he left, I cut out the poor soldering mess, and installed a copper flex pipe and soldered on a 3/4 pipe thread and screw the flex pipe on, much better and easier to replace the next time, Its hard to find good workers now days that know what they are doing

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Ok, you saved some bucks on the frig. Now go buy a new plane!!

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Good score, Chellie! My GE fridge, slightly out of warranty, decided to punish me for going on vacation by freezing the ice/water dispenser. Changing settings didn't work and is got worse - had to thaw it out with a hair dryer every couple days. Factory tech checked it out and determined the door insulation was incorrectly installed. GE replaced the door for free = cool.

That was the highlight as numerous electrical problems cause by incompetent electricians had me hopping around for a spell. I drive Mopars and our local Chrysler dealer shop has not one tech with a clue. I'm old and creaky but recently I dusted off my car tools and went back to wrenching. Found one guy to heavy lifting like AC work and such, but I fixed Milady's PT Cruiser declared DOA by the local techs for $20 by replacing the auto shut down relay. Hey, it starts! Next up is the climate fan in my Dakota - still works but has screechy fits now and again.
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Ok, you saved some bucks on the frig. Now go buy a new plane!!
To Late Don I went out and Bought some Hoochie Mama 4" 925 Silver Hoop Earrings that I have been Wanting for a long time LOL , I felt I Deserved them and i dont think anyone else was going to buy me some 4 inch Hoochie Mama Hoop Earrings, so I bought them for my self LOL , they were only about $50.00, but I am Worth it Ok, No More splurging Chellie , you have Bills to pay




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My 3 year old washing machine stopped working a couple weeks ago (and with 3 kids, you can't go very long without one). The shift actuator had failed - $68 part (in stock locally) and about 10 minutes of work, and it was humming along again...
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My 3 year old washing machine stopped working a couple weeks ago (and with 3 kids, you can't go very long without one). The shift actuator had failed - $68 part (in stock locally) and about 10 minutes of work, and it was humming along again...
Thats great that you were able to get it working again, a drive belt broke on a old washing I had, you know its old it it had a belt replaced the belt and it lasted several more years, They dont make washing machines like they used to


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LMAO !
Yup
If you go to one of those Steam and Gas shows, you'll usually find one or two of those old two cycle engines pop, popping away. IMHO, those are one of the dirtiest engines around, you can locate them by the blue oil smoke haze in the area. I found an even older washing machine at a local steam and gas show, but didn't take a photo of it.

The attached photo would be a good vehicle to haul my model airplanes back and forth to our club field. And, yes they were driving this piece of **** around the area. How many of our new cars will still be running 100 years from now?

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