Appliance brands are a most confusing subject. There are only a handfull of manufacturers worldwide, but you can buy more than 2 dozen different brands - don't despair, we at Robelix have a handle on that subject. Because our technicians attend every service school that the manufacturers offer and we work on the machines daily, we dare to call ourselves experts in the field. Because we use replacement parts in our service work, we bring in a few extra ones and offer them for sale to the do-it-yourself clientele. A word of caution: if we don't stock it, chances are your machine won't need one either. The cause of your problem is probably a different one. If the washer doesn't drain, chances are good it's a seized pump, not the timer. But, we are in business to make a living. We'll sell you any part you want to stick into your machine - as long as you don't want your money back if it didn't fix your problem. The best substitute for an experienced technician is a more experienced technician.
Most breakdowns with dryers are caused by poor venting. If the moist, hot air can not get out fast enough it ruins the heat element and the lint encases the motor and sucks the lubricant out of the bearings. The fabric softener sheets which give off and coat the clothes with wax, also coat the lint screen and prevent the air from going through. The moist air and the lint squeeze out through the drumseals and ruin the motor. The clay, used as filler in your favorite cheap, store bought detergent stays in the cloths and drops out in the dryer. Because it's abrasive, it does more damage to your dryer. In summary: No, it's not the appliance which is built so cheaply nowadays that is the problem, but you - the consumer - is. You spend $2000 for a frontload laundry pair and then you buy the cheapest, biggest box of detergent you can find in the Big Box Store to make sure they break down quickly. Well, thank you from the bottom of our blessed little hearts, as Grant Mitton would have said on CJDC, for keeping Robelix hopping.
The big bottle of laundry detergent you bought so cheaply contains a little bit of soap (which does the cleaning) but mostly it's wax, starch, gelatine and water (the fillers which give you a great big bottle for little money). Would you run your new Mercedes on recycled oil? No? Well, why not? You can buy a whole gallon for next to nothing! So why would you use cheap detergent in your expensive new frontloading washing machine? It ruins the seals, bearings and the pump. It clogs up the filters and despensers. The benefits to the service industry are endless.
There is not much you can do wrong with an electric stove, or gas for that matter. If your oven doesn't bake even, consider that light colored pans reflect heat and therefor take more topheat. You want it close to the heatsource - down. A dark colored pan absorbs heat and needs to be placed higher in the oven. All heating elements have a limited life. The more you use them the sooner they burn out. So, don't use the oven to heat your house. Modern gas stoves us a glowcoil to ignite the gas in the oven and they wear with use. Depending on the amount of use it will last 2 to 10 years. If you are lucky enough to be married to a good housewife, it'll cost you! It is cheaper to selfclean with electricity or gas, than using harmfull chemicals. Considering that and the stinky job of cleaning your oven, in my opinion a selfcleaning oven is the way to go. The latest trend is STEAM CLEANING ovens. They use little power, just a bit of water and some extra labour to wipe out the softened deposits.
Most modern refrigerators have fancooled condensers (the way the system gets rid of the heat) and the airflow pulls in dust and pet hair, thus clogging the condenser and making it tough on the system to expel the heat (refrigeration works by removing heat from the air and transporting it outside the box). A condenser should be cleaned every 1 to 3 years.
Freezers - both chest and upright, give off that heat through the outside walls. It is beneficial they be kept in a cool place, but not outside during winter. That's hard on the compressor. Do not cover the walls of your freezer by throwing a blanket over it. Ice build up on the walls and on the shelves prevents heat exchange and makes the appliance inefficient. Ridiculous, heat in a freezer? Remember what I wrote just a few lines ago about taking out heat?
The appliance we service by far most often however, is the dishwasher. And that is 100% undoubtedly your, the consumer's doing. A well maintained machine with a good quality soap which contains water softening agents will give you years of uninterupted service, if treated right (Ha! Just like a husband). Starting with what you put into your machine, namely dirty dishes and glasses, not bones, bottle caps and plastic wrap. It's a dishwasher, HALLO-O! Not a foodwaste disposer (garburator)! Regardless of what the nice young salesman in the Big Box Store said - it is a dishwasher!
The things I have pulled out of dishwashers would fill the alphabet 3 times over. But nothing beats the gunk that forms from detergent fillers combined with minerals from the water. Some are so plugged up that all the impeller does is mix the filler paste instead of pumping water and cleaning dishes. Soap is made to neutralize grease and dirt. If you pre-rinse your dishes, the soap has no grease to work on. It goes after the next best thing - the seals. If you really want to save money, scrape off the solids, and bottle caps, and cherry pits and... and... Use a good quality soap, one you can't buy in a store. Run the hot water in the sink until hot and skip the rinse agent. It is a very concentrated detergent which coats everything in the last rinse cycle. Then you eat and drink the very concentrated detergent off your plates and glasses. Do you enjoy soap? Use a good quality soap instead. It will cost less per use than the big box of bargain brand which keeps us busy. You like us to be busy? On your budget?
Why do I tell you all this? It doesn't matter, if you don't act upon it! We would rather be busy with breakdowns of a non preventable nature than user caused ones.