I’m Don Rowan. I’m back again to give you some more tips. In this article I want to share with you some of the information that the the suppliers and tech’s use to help them figure out how to repair your appliance. First, most appliances have a tech sheet. This tech sheet contains information about the machine for the service repair man. Sometimes it contains the error codes that can sometimes help you figure out what the problem is. If you cant find your tech sheet and are in need of finding a error code, many appliance repair sites contain a list with a manufacture list such as ( Whirlpool, Kenmore, Ect ). An example would be like: A GE oven has a F1 error Code, in many cases this would be a touch panel or main control problem and the tech sheet sometimes will give you a way to figure out witch one is causing the error code. Some of the Microwaves have a flow chart in the tech sheet that will also help in diagnosing a problem with the microwave. If you are working on a side by side refrigerator and are having problems with the ice machine the tech sheet sometimes is located in the bottom kick plate and will have detailed information on how to test your ice machine. You now can see how important a tech sheet can be for the repair person to help repair your appliance.
After a tech or repair person figures out what part is causing the problem with your appliance, they might need to find the part number. It might be located on the part and it might not. You will need to find a diagram or breakdown of the machine to locate the part number so it can be purchased. There are a few sites on the internet that will give you this information. They will require a model number and some also require a serial number as well. each of these kinds of sites work a little differently but you will half to have a model number to get a diagram to come up. If your machine is over 10 years old your appliance might not come up on most of these web sites and you will half to find a parts distributor to have it looked up.
Finding the Model #
The manufacturers over the years have placed the model number in many places. I will try to give some ideas of where they might be located for you. Refrigerator: older GE side by sides use to be located near the front bottom near the kick plate. Newer model refrigerators are usually inside the fresh food compartment near the top right side. I have found model numbers for refrigerator in the following places:
Behind crispers, on the ceiling, where the door hinge is (mostly on subzero), on the door, in the compressor compartment (mostly on built in units). If you cant find the model number and you don’t have the part number it will be very difficult to fix your machine. You might get lucky if you know what part is bad and try to have a parts distributor match it up.