How many here do their own minor appliance repairs for kitchen appliances?

Just wonder how many try to fix stuff themselves before giving up and replacing.
We're taking apart the dishwasher to repair a latch that doesn't shut right.

  • Posted by: Sam1148
  • March 16, 2012


CHeeb March 21, 2013
Most recently, husband and I have successfully replaced the cap on our rotating lower dishwasher water disperser, and the wave diverter in the top of our microwave. Several years ago ( 2+) we replaced the electric oven coil in the bottom of the electric stovetop range , and unfortunately we have replaced the same oven's light bulb at least three times. If interested , we ( from Alabama ) start with and enjoy their very reasonable parts service and lately free
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LeBec F. March 18, 2012
sam, aren't you just dying to get out of the heat and humidity of alabama and move up to beautiful old New England? The house next door is for sale, and I could feed you...............:-}
Louisa March 17, 2012
I have a friend who's an electrician, so he should be able to point me to a repair shop. The Kitchen Aide works absolutely perfectly except for this one small thing, where the speed lever moves from stop to a 1 on its own. And you're right about the mom and pop repair--horrible to pay shipping/energy sending something so heavy off to the company.
hardlikearmour March 17, 2012
I'm a fixer for the most part. I've successfully fixed my Maytag front loading washer - which involved replacing some part from the motherboard that required soldering. I've also successfully fixed my dishwasher - which required replacing the touch panel. If the appliance is something I want to replace because I haven't been happy with it's function, then I don't bother trying to repair it.
Sam1148 March 18, 2012
You've just raised about 10 respect points here from me.
I don't solder, that's my partner's job..who takes things down to the component level.
I have replaced the touch pad dishwasher thingy.
I distrust some of the electronics on driers, washing machines.
Our ancient dryer and washer use mechanical dials. Which shurgg off power spikes, lighting and keep on ticking. The dryer is 30 years old and just needs a new belt, or a heating element every few years or so. Super easy repair and keeps on working.
drbabs March 17, 2012
And if you don't want to repair stuff, before you throw it away, try posting it on You'd be amazed what people will come get if they don't have to pay for it, and that way you're not cluttering the landfill.
Louisa March 16, 2012
This post is good timing for me. My Kitchen Aide mixer, which is very old--a gift from my mom before I was really cooking, is fritzing a bit. When I'm mixing and turn the switch off to lift the beater/mixer it pauses and then starts again, spewing stuff. A couple of months ago I was cooking (food52 recipe online) and it covered my laptop w/flour.
So now I'm really careful to make sure parts are not moving, and I keep my hand on the "off," but is there anything I can do about this? I am attached to this machine, but will part ways if I must. Everything else is working perfectly with it.
Sam1148 March 16, 2012
A tall question Louisa. Sounds like a faulty switch mech. Which would mean taking it apart, sometimes there's specialized 'hex' screws..etc, so you'd need a special screw driver(s). Kinda like you'd use for some computer repairs. It could be as simple as the wiring to the switch, but you'd still need to take off the case and look. That would be my guess, or a faulty solder joint, cut off switch..etc.

Find a mom/pop appliance place and they could probably repair it for much cheaper than a new unit.
Sam1148 March 16, 2012
Another comment:

I just hate the idea of tossing stuff and purchasing new when sometimes they just a little tweeking or a cheap repair. We used to have local repair shops in America, where people would take in a toaster, or waffle iron and get it fixed. Instead of tossing it in a landfill and buying a new one. As an suggestion, I'd bet the mom/pop computer repair shop could fix that kitchen-aid mixer. Geeks love to repair stuff.
Pegeen March 16, 2012
Have you tried eBay for parts? You of course need the exact model and part numbers - can often get the part number from the manufacturer's web site, either from the "parts" area if the web site has one, or a downloadable manual. You can save a lot of money. My father could fix anything and always made us kids hold the flashlight and hand him the parts, and do some of the work, so I understand a lot. But I'd much rather talk someone into doing it for me and cook for them in return. Though I sometimes think there's very little that flux and duct tape can't fix. :-)
mrslarkin March 16, 2012
Husband is handy with tools and you can find all sorts of helpful info on appliance repair on the web.

We've only kept the dishwasher and range on the Sears repair contract. They are a nightmare to deal with when it comes to repairs, at least in my case. Takes forever to get things fixed. First visit, (good luck getting one soon) is always to diagnose the problem, which they need to order the parts for, which can take weeks. One time, our oven took 6 wks to fix, because they didn't have the part. We made grilled pizza. A lot. And, p.s., you can make a mean pizza sauce in the microwave.

mrslarkin March 16, 2012
I mean Sears is a nightmare, not my dishwasher and range. :)
Sam1148 March 16, 2012
Yes, when the 'fridge went out. It would have been weeks before Sears would show up. So, that prompted a visit a local mom/pop shop that gave good advice, tested the fan we pulled which was good; And recommended a 2 dollar part that fixed the problem circled it on the diagram and said; try this. . Easy install; the older guy at the parts shop was great...and he now gets all our parts orders.
Next up: Replacing a burned out halogen element for the flat top stove. Which may be put off a bit because of budget. The parts are pretty pricey even from the mom/pop place.
Sam1148 March 16, 2012
The latch wasn't seating correctly with the 'all is good' switch. We just remounted it and dishwasher works again. My partner is better than me at electronic stuff, and spent last night looking at the switch we pulled and the mounting brackets.
I think we've taken apart almost everything at one time to avoid repair cost. Best one: A 2 dollar thermocouple in the 'fridge vs a 200 plus repair visit.
Everyone should know how to at least how to replace a electrical element for a electric oven.
SKK March 16, 2012
In my case the key word is "successfully" do their own repairs. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I watch you-tube videos in some stuff. And in my case the frustration level can get very high.

My Dad was raised on a wheat ranch in Kansas and grew up during the depression and he could fix anything. My daughter's Dad was a chemical engineer from Montana and he could fix anything. I live overlooking a Marina and know a lot of the live aboards and they can fix anything. So I trade cooking for fixing.

Good luck, Sam. Knowing you the job will be successful.
mrslarkin March 16, 2012
Yup, we had the fridge fan go out one summer after a power dip from a fallen tree branch on the electric line. Got fed up w Sears and hubby went to the parts guy, bought the part himself, found a blog with step-by-step pictures and fixed it in a couple hours.
Sam1148 March 16, 2012
hahah. When the fridge fan went out on New Years eve. We rigged up a box fan, some duct tape, dryer duct work, cardboard, and a box fan to move cold air from the freeze side of the 'side by side' to the main chamber. Which worked for the weekend until found found the problem.

However, ice-makers in 'fridges are evil. That sucker still puzzles us.
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