Appliance questions.


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  1. I plan to replace my oven at some point. Now, a certain store with a big blue sign will haul away the old one which is a good deal as far as I’m concerned. I was wondering how ard it would be to.

    Disconnect the gas oven
    Shut off the gas or if the utility co. will charge me to them to do it.
    Connect the new one.

    I figure I’ll get screwed over if I pay the store to do this when it’s basically screwing something on and plugging in the power cord to the clock.

  2. Gas stove usually requires one wrench and you shut the gas off.

  3. P4 whenever you mess with a gas line take some soapy water and brush it on the connection if you see bubbles forming you have a leak. Disconnect apply new teflon tape, reconnect and test again.
    You should have a shutoff valve for the gas that you can turn off and on yourself. Probably near the meter.

  4. Does teflon tape go bad? I have an old roll (like a decade old). Should I spend a buck and get a new one?

  5. Forgot the teflon tape.

  6. P4 just unroll some and stretch it. If it breaks really easy pick up a new roll.

  7. I was using some of this silicone plumber’s grease for a faucet repair. It seems like that would be good to keep the threads movable.

  8. My dryer suddenly went kerplunk and stopped working.
    When I touch the ON button, it hums but will not turn back on. Does this sound like a repairable problem? I do not want to waste money on a repair call only to find out that a new one would make more sense.

  9. If the dryer motor only hums when you press the Start button, the motor may be burned out. Here’s how to test the dryer motor:
    Remove the belt. Check for obstructions in the blower fan housing. Manually rotate the shaft of the motor. If the motor is very stiff, or impossible to rotate manually, and the blower fan housing is clear, you need to replace the motor. If the motor rotates freely, run the motor momentarily with the belt removed and the blower in place. If the motor runs fine with the belt removed, there may be a problem with the idler pulley or the clothes drum. Try to rotate the drum by hand. If it is very difficult to move, correct any problem with the rollers or pulley, and then reassemble the dryer and try it again.
    If the motor hums but doesn’t rotate on its own even with the belt removed–yet you can turn it freely by hand–you usually need to replace the motor or the motor start capacitor.

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