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AC again

posted Aug 29, 2018, 4:12 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

The rooms above the garage are cooled by a separate AC unit, and they are warm! So, the main AC unit has been running extra hard.
The refrigerant line is cool, but not cold. 

Washer (again)

posted May 25, 2018, 5:12 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated May 30, 2018, 4:07 AM ]

It has been years, the washer had not giving us any trouble until last night! The water did not drain and the rinse cycle cannot start. It was late last night, so I did not remove the clothes & water ... will try to fix it again today

Turns out to be the capacitor is broken, the terminal fell off. So, we placed an order on Amazon, for only $8.75 and will be delivered in 2 days using Bảo's prime account.
PMJ270 - Packard Aftermarket Replacement Motor Start Capacitor 270-324 MFD 110 125 Volt

On May 28th, found out that we still have the same issue: water did not drain. So, I jumped the lid switch, and run a load to test. It was the lid switch!

Ordered a new one, and it will arrived on Thursday. 



Ceiling fan

posted May 25, 2018, 5:10 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

The ceiling fan in the master bedroom stopped working for several months, and we did not have time to replace until about couple weeks ago.
The new ceiling fan we bought from Costco for $99, and it even has a remote control!

Range heating element

posted Apr 17, 2018, 8:21 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

The heating element broke, so I bought this one from eBay for $15 including shipping; and replaced it today! It works. 

The model for this is: Kenmore Frigidaire Stove Element W10823711 W8523698

Thermostats

posted Jul 9, 2016, 1:30 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

Honeywell RTH221B
We replaced both thermostats today. The old one is a mercury control temperature switch, and it's not programmable so we put in the one which we can program to turn on/off 4 times a day, and this is to save utility money. It's a basic Honeywell RTH221B.

Washer machine, again!

posted Jun 18, 2016, 12:32 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 12:38 PM ]

Washer Machine Lid Switch
It's Saturday afternoon, and the washer machine did not drain! So, after Thuy. & I removed all the wet clothes, using small buckets to empty out all the water, we opened up the machine. We removed the drain hoses & inspected the pump, we found nothing wrong! The hoses are clear, and we even tested the pump. When we about to put everything back, we also notice the lid switch, and turned out attention to it. That's the culprit! The lid switch busted open, and because of that, the SPIN cycle did not get trigger, thus did not turn on the pump.

Oh well, took us about 1/2 hour to put everything back together, and made a "jump" to bypass the lid switch, then the washer machine is back in operation.

Here is the replacement switch.

Whirlpool 3949238 Washer Lid Switch Replacement, we bought it at Speedy Appliance Parts

To remove the Whirlpool Series 80 washer machine:
  1. Remove two plastic end caps, just pop it out with a small flat tip
  2. Remove two Phillip head machine screws
  3. Tilt the control panel up & back, this exposes the two metal spring clips which hold the shell to the back panel
  4. Remove the spring clips by using a big flat tip insert into the spring's J end, and pry outward
  5. Open the lid, hold the underside and lift the cabinet shell up & back

Notes: when putting the shell back, make sure the side edges are under the black metal base.


Halogen Light

posted Apr 4, 2016, 5:32 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

We have a desk lamp, which use the halogen light bulb, which was burned awhile ago. Home Depot sells the replacement for about $8, which only last for about several months. A week ago, I found a place eBulb.com which sells 12 bulbs for only $5.99, and here is the bulb specification: JC50/12V/G6.3

Keyed entry lock

posted Mar 22, 2016, 4:20 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 4:05 PM ]


The Ballston townhouse, patio door's lock can not latched properly. It's a Definant entry keyed lock, and it looks like this: Brandywine Stainless Steel Entry Knob
6210 SEVEN CORNERS CENTER
FALLS CHURCH, VA 22044 (703)534-9580
 
  4608  00059  27314    03/23/16  05:05 PM
  CASHIER SELF CHECK OUT - SCOT59
 
  050134860018 KEY LOCK <A>          8.97 
     DEFIANT STAINLESS STEEL ENTRY LOCK
 
                   SUBTOTAL          8.97
                   SALES TAX         0.54
                   TOTAL            $9.51
  XXXXXXXXXXX5019  AMEX              9.51
  AUTH CODE 545372/6592265             TA
 
 
 

4608 59 27314 03/23/2016 1344
 
RETURN POLICY DEFINITIONS
      POLICY ID   DAYS   POLICY EXPIRES ON
   A      1       90        06/21/2016 
THE HOME DEPOT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO
LIMIT / DENY RETURNS. PLEASE SEE THE
RETURN POLICY SIGN IN STORES FOR
DETAILS.

Fixed the tub faucet drips

posted Mar 22, 2016, 4:06 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 4:09 PM ]


The Ballston townhouse, basement bathroom has a Moen single handle tub/shower faucet, and it has been dripping. Replaced the cartridge and the handle adapter
However, since I need it quickly, so instead of spending only around $8 for the handle adapter, I had to buy the kit, Posi-Temp Handle Kit, which contains the handle as well.
Total cost is $59.83

The cartridge model is MOEN Posi-Temp Pressure Balanced Shower Cartridge. Model # 1222
The handle adapter model is Moen 116653 Posi-Temp Handle Adapter Kit




This is the Home Depot's receipt

6210 SEVEN CORNERS CENTER
FALLS CHURCH, VA 22044 (703)534-9580
 
  4608  00009  27145    03/22/16  05:55 PM
  CASHIER BENJAMIN - BAK1342
 
  026508229781 HANDLE KIT <A>       21.48 
     POSI-TEMP HANDLE KIT
  037155021253 CARTRIDE <A>         34.97 
     CARTRIDGE FOR MOEN POSI-TEMP
 
                   SUBTOTAL         56.45
                   SALES TAX         3.38
                   TOTAL           $59.83
  XXXXXXXXXXX5019  AMEX             59.83
  AUTH CODE 523431/7091224             TA

Washing machine leaks

posted Aug 3, 2015, 7:55 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

The old Kenmore series 80, model 11020872990, has been leaking for ... weeks!
Finally today, we clean out the area around the washer and took it apart. Could not find anything wrong, so I jumped the lid switch and run the machine, with the case open to locate the leak.
On the rinse cycle, when it pumps the water out, the leak is in the drain hose.
Order the part online at appliance part pros, cost $18 to have it shipped.

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