03 April 2019

DEFY Kitchenaire Six Twenty stove

Stove Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

If you notice dust/power lying at the bottom of your oven don't ignore it, it's your electric oven showing you that he needs attention.
DEFY Kitchenaire Six  Twenty stove 

DEFY Kitchenaire Six  Twenty stove

Seeing a powder residue in the oven cabin is a sign that one of the heating-elements has exploded and the oven should not be used again till you had professional appliance tec looked at it.

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PS; See these other related posts for more information

https://highpointappliances.blogspot.com/2018/10/another-gemini-thermo-fan-oven-bits-dust.html

https://highpointappliances.blogspot.com/2018/08/electric-heating-elements.html










20 March 2019

Inverter repair

Inverter Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Since stage 4 Load shedding has been introduced my workbench has been piling up with broken inverters and the reason for these breakages could all have been avoided
Inverter dismantled for repairs
Low voltage batteries 

Low voltage battery is the single biggest reason why these Inverters failed.

A low voltage battery will cause a higher current flow through the inverter!

Now isn't this an a-ha moment!

Let me say this again " a low voltage battery will cause a higher current to flow through the inverter! And most electronic components cannot handle the higher current.

Another a-ha piece for you to digest!

Battery charger in an inverter cannot quick-charge

What this basically means if the power from the grid is off for 4 hours and back on again for a short time before it goes off again the inverter charger cannot get the battery up to its optimal performance level. 
It also takes more to charge Gel batteries when its voltage is down. You basically need a separate quick charging battery-charger. 

The last heads-up I want to run past you is 

Fitt a voltage meter on the inverter battery

Better still fit an electronic voltage meter with an alarm. There are a couple suppliers that manufacture them but like everything here in Port Elizabeth it has to be ordered.  (if you can't find them - go to Ann she can get you anything)

As always I hope this post has added some value to your day and given you some food for thought. Should you need more send me an email to highpoint525@gmail.com

 Cheers!


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12 March 2019

Current Kills

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Electrical current flow from an energy source to energize appliance. By putting your body in the path of the current flow it will divert some of the electrical currents to the human body.

The human body has a resistance of 500 to 1000 ohms that will limit the current flow

Applied

1 Volt = 2 Ma to flow
220 Volt = 440 ma

Basically, I am trying to tell you not to work with your appliances once it's switched on and always wear shoes.

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Ps. Also see related posts https://highpointappliances.blogspot.com/2018/09/voltage.html


10 March 2019

Refrigerator Door Gaskets for FREE

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

We are busy cleaning our appliance parts storeroom and I have found a bunch of Fridge gaskets (Door seals) that were made for customers who never came to collect them. Instead of just dumping the door seals you are welcome to the fridge seals for FREE.

Refrigerator Door Gaskets
NoSize in MillimeterType
1755 x 600White - Clipon
2440 x 675"
3805 x 555"
4830 x 555"
51050 x 565"
61190 x 675"
7760 x 600"
8750 x 600"
9905 x 500"
10525 x 520"
111035 x 520"
121120 x 525Grey
13440 x 330Oven clipon

25 February 2019

Fridge warm and freezer cold

Refrigerator Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

The refrigerator is no longer cooling the content inside the fridge compartment and the freezer cabinet is freezing but some of its content is getting softer. Do not panic there is an easy solution to your temperature fluctuation problem,




FROST FREE REFRIGERATOR COOLS BY USING AIR MOVEMENT PRINCIPALS

The frost-free refrigerator comes with their own unique set of problems and the most common problem is the fridge starts to warm up and the freezer section ices up - (then no more air circulation)

I've mentioned in a previous post that Frost-free refrigerator still makes frost but the ice is hidden away. This brings me to the other reason for this post is m

In our part of the world (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape) It is common for refrigerators to over-ice during December, January and February sometimes it even goes into March when the moister in the air higher. In December it's not the weather that causes the problem, its the frozen treats that cause the over-icing. It is holiday time and the freezers are loaded with treats, The freezer door is opened more frequently and every time you do that hot moist air comes cussing in - condensation on the condenser plates. 

Although the condenser sections have heater elements fitted to melt down the ice that forms on the freezer fins, at some stage the condensation is just too much for the elements to handle. Especially if the door was left open for the night.

 Now that you know that there is nothing seriously wrong with your refrigerator also Read the following post for more information - https://highpointappliances.blogspot.com/2018/09/rat-in-fridge.html

If you need more just send me an email.

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18 January 2019

Oven door hindges

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

If you start noticing your stove knobs are getting very hot or your baking results start becoming inconsistent it might be a sign that the oven door hinges worn.

Defy oven door hinges
A broken oven door seal shows the same signs - the oven temperature fluctuate more and it comes on frequently

Installing the male hinges are easy, the is only 3 screws at the top and 3 at the bottom to remove. The hinge housing (female side) is a little bit more intense, Most of the time one has to remove the oven outer cover
Oven door hinge-housings

Should you need more pointers drop me an email and will point you in the right direction 

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14 January 2019

Defy gas stove gas 5 burner Model DGS161 Wiring diagram

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Defy gas stove 5 burner Model DGS161

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07 January 2019

Washing machine or tumble dryer motor not turning

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

When your Washing Machine or tumble drier motor stop turning, the capacitor is the first part you examine.

Over Heated capacitor

  1. Just to put you in the loop,. A capacitor is normally a cylinder type device that stores electric energy. This stored energy is every time the electric motor starts-up

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02 January 2019

Wiring and connections in 2019

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Defy oven Thermostat wiring 
 Sometime things look more complicated than what it really is;

  • Take a step back 
  • Asses the situation 
  • Then dive-in and get into it 
Enjoy this years journey!

Remember you only get one chance to live a moment. Life is not a rehearsal - You cannot go back and get that moment back.

Stay in gratitude

See you on the otherside

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Ps: Should you need help or pointers with your DiY-projects feel free to send me a e-mail to  highpoint525@gmail.com

  

20 November 2018

9 Steps to trouble free Laundering

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Step to trouble-free laundering


  1. Pre-treat stains and spots
  2. Sort fabrics carefully
  3. Separate colors Whites one-side and colors in another load
  4. Mix large and small items together in the same load
  5. Make sure about the water temperature (check garmine labels)
  6. Select the correct washing program
  7. Use the correct amount of laundry product
  8. Use appropriate kind of laundry product
  9. Rinse and Dry clothing properly
If you have more tips on laundry results, please leave a comment below.







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29 October 2018

Smeg Toaster repairs

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Even undress the Smeg toaster looks great

15 October 2018

Another gemini thermo fan oven bits the dust

Oven repairs in Port Elizabeth

Actually that is wrong the Defy Gemini multifunction thermo fan oven did not bite the dust but rather it bit white powder.

The Defy GTF oven is one of the best Domestic oven ever build - With a little practice Everyday-Joe can produce the same tasty roast just like the Masterchefs do it.

Defy Masterchef Multifunction Thermo Fan
White powder everywhere! This is how it looks when the bake element explodes, fortunately the powder is harmful and you don't have to dump your Roast. Read more about the powder here . . . .

Unfortunately like all things they need special attention at some stage but that why you know me. Should you heed more advice or leave a comment below or send me an email.

Happy Roasting 

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01 October 2018

Microwave Oven Oil frying

Microwave oven Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Did you Know?

You cannot fry food in oil in a Microwave oven.

The oil will get hot but it will not boil, so you will not be able too get the crispiness

Microwave ovens need water to fry something

Darn!

Do you know how to get something crispy in the Microwave Oven?

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25 September 2018

Voltage

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Voltage

Ghd Pcb


What is voltage and why does it affect my appliances, is questions I get asked regularly


Putting the answer in layman’s terms - Voltage is Energy and the voltage number is the amount
supplied from a energy source.


Simple! - Not! This is where things get interesting. The energy amount supplied is not necessary the
amount that is going to reach the end.


Voltage flow is called Current


To get the energy(voltage) from here to there is called current flow and normally the best means is done
through copper conductors(wire or printed circuitry on a pc board).


Disturbance in a current flow is called Resistance


The negative part about these current flows is that every disturbance in  the flow will cause a
resistance (voltage drops);

  • The further the current flow the more the voltage drop
  • Switches and circuit breakers causes voltage drops
  • Joints will cause a voltage drop


Now we get to the other potential problem;


Voltage resistance causes a Heat build-up  


There is mathematical ways one can work out these resistances and drops in advange but I not going
to risk boring or losing you, it is better if you go look it up yourself the different formulas.
Just take my word on this one, the bigger the energy lost the bigger is the bigger is the heat buildup.


Now that we have the above out of the way we are getting to the reason for this post!


Common reasons why Appliances fail

  • Dust and fluff
    • Blocking ventilation holes preventing circulation
  • Fluff around a motor will make the operating temperature go higher and all most small
motors need is  between 3 to 5 degree temperature rise to burnout


  • Bad connection
    • Any connection is also a disturbance in the current flow and a potential heat build-up area.
    • Heat (current) makes metal expand and contract when cools down.. Over a period of time
connection wear loose and then it really starts heating up, till eventually something burns

Conclusion

Have you appliances serviced regularly periods by a reputable service provider. Ask them if they do
down to earth test

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16 September 2018

Single Induction Cooker

Stove Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Single Induction Cooker

Exposed Induction Cooker 


The single induction cooker  saves up to 50% on electricity and is much faster  than any traditional methods.

While single induction cookers has many features the one that impressed me is that they are compatible with inverters and generators. Which means while you are out bun-du-bashing you can use the cooker connecting it to your vehicles battery via a inverter. This makes for a quick and easy cooking.

Induction cooker Control Module
How induction heating works

Induction heating method is very similar to the principles used in a microwave oven - Joule heating;- currents react with the intrinsic resistance of the medium

Hu!

Putting it simpler - It is a phenomenon that involves AC currents with two metallic circuits not in direct contact with each other, will exchange energy by varying magnetic fields. 
 High frequency coupling transfer energy to a medium that causes resistance will cause heat. 

The normal electric current frequency from the mains to any appliance is 50Hz, which is too low to produce any heating results. The only method one can produce a high enough frequency is through an oscillator.

Sadly like most electronic equipment they all fail at some point but not to worry that why you know me.

That reminds me another safety features that impressed me was the dry pot and high/low voltage protection.

Induction cooker main parts

Heads Up

  • Ordinary aluminium pots and pans don't work on induction cooker - True 
  • Only expensive cooking equipment works with induction cooker -  Not True 
A Simple test to find out if your cooking pot or pan are compatible with a induction cooker. 

All you need is a small magnate. 
If the magnate sticks to the bottom of the pot, it can be used on a induction cooker. SIMPLE! 

If you should need more advise or tips feel to drop me a email or leave a comment below.

Happy Cooking
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