Refrigerator tubing exposed

Refrigerator re-gassing in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

The question is regas or not

Answer to original question all depends how lucky you feel.

Another First for GE Appliances

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa
GE Appliances does it again
GE appliances are known for their Firsts and also have a proud record-list of
been awarded more than a 100 patents
Ge’s Firsts
Apart from having been known for their innovated appliance, they have
also created the first;-
  • Dishwasher single-rack front loader (Launched in 1936)
  • Fridge/Freezer Combination with two doors (in 1947)
  • Ovens that do self-clean(in 1963)
  • Wall ovens that do Hot air Frying (in 2019)
Bob Park the Brands Chief for GE Appliances Canada recently said at
the launch of the Hot-air-Frying wall oven, that this oven will fill an
Appliance cap in the market.
Consumers have become more health-conscious in the way they prepare their
food combine with the general trend of consumers aiming for minimalists living.
Bob says this wall hot air-frying-oven will help to declutter your counter-top
because you won't need a stand-alone air fryer.

Great news, I just can't wait to prepare my first healthy meal in one of these

Defy 600STE multifunction Oven Anatomy

Stove and Oven Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

The reason for this post is to show you Defy 600STE multifunction Oven Anatomy and Parts. All electrical ovens basically work the same, some just have more bells and whistles.

Cooking family meals in the defy multifunction is effortless and one can achieve the same cooking results as you would get in an industrial combi-oven. the 600 STE multifunction oven is just more energy efficient

The controls simple straight forward;

  • Thermostat (70 to 230 degrees)
  • Selector
  • Timer

Inside this little oven is where the magic is

Food Art can be created in this little oven with the help of different Function settings
  • Thermofan Bake (fan is located at the back of the oven surrounded with its own heat element)
  •  Bake element
  •  Bake Fan assisted
  •  Grill element
Thermofan wiring and element
The Defy 600STE multifunction Oven Anatomy has a pulldown double glass door. The plastic handles makes it safe to touch during cooking.

Personally I don't like the black glass because I like to see the baking-magic as it happens
Thermostat Old and new replacement unit
The oven thermostat indicator light switches of once desired temperature have been reached.

The oven-light remains on for the whole duration of the oven usage

I do hope you have as much fun with your oven as much as I enjoy working on Defy 600STE multifunction Oven Anatomy

Let your creative juices flow

PS. Find more about Ovens here;

Defy oven and hob terminal connection

Oven and Hobb Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

It is common for stove terminal connections to burnout these days with all the load shedding and power outages.

A couple of years ago this phenomenon was unheard of, electric-wire-connector never used to blow.
Times have changed -  Our Monopoly power supplier has become untrustworthy and electric power is consistent. 

Domestic appliances take a serious beating every day with the uncontrolled voltage supply to our homes. 
Things happen while you at work or when you are sleeping. 

Voltages go up and down 

Every time the Alternating current (AC) voltage reaches an extreme curve it causes damage to the appliance electronics and electrical components. (its what we call "electronic rust"). These little "out of control" power fluctuations are not strong enough to blow the appliance there and then, but it is strong enough to leave a ding on the electrical components. Over time these little dings add up to create the same effect as one huge power surge or lightning strick.

Did you know that most appliances like washing machines, dishwasher, microwaves, etc do have surge suppressor build-in? But It is also a good idea to install surge protectors in your homes DV-board which will help for the major power surges. Still, it will not protect your appliances against the small power fluctuations. For the smaller damage causing fluctuations, you are going to need the protection of an inverter.

Uninterruptible Power Supply, will deliver clean steady AC power with little static noise.  The UPS is the cheapest option to protect your appliances.

How does it work? 

Your use your normal household AC electric current, convert it into DC power, run it into a battery, then use the DC power to convert it back into clean steady AC power. 

EASY Peacy!

Don't stress a will tell you more about the whole process in another post. For now, just know there is a better way to protect your All Appliances.


Fuchware Oven and stove classique

Stove and Oven Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Fuchsware has built some of the best kitchen appliances In South Africa and it is still common to find them fully function in homes all over the country.

CJ Fuchs (Pty)Ltd was started by Carl Julius Fuchs in 1929, the first location use to be an ould stable situated at 149 Marshall Street, Johannesburg. In the early years, Carl who was a plumber focused mainly on spray-painting and plate-making. During the second world war, they also manufactured components for the military.

Later they ventured into the domestic electrical appliances under license from an American company called Wasting House Electric International.

During 1948 the business was relocated to a much larger factory in Alrode, Alberton, That's was also when the trusted domestic appliances brand "Fuchware" was born
Apart from the domestic appliances like Refrigerators and Fuchs stove, the company also manufactured Circuit breakers, geysers, and stainless steelware. Later on, the company also started to produced television, electronic systems, and industrial electrical equipment.

Fuchware was Booming!  

April 1976 Carl Fuchs died and the company was sold to Barlow Rand. This also marked the beginning of the end for the Fuchware Brand.

Is it just Amazing that a 14-year-old boy who started working as a plumber apprentice during the recession years could build up a multi-million business that employed thousands of people.

There is no substitute for hard work

Feel free to contact me if you should need repairs advice


Stove energy plate regulator switch

Appliance Repairs in Port Elizabeth. South Africa

Regulators and switches go on the blink all the time but sometimes outside factors cause regulators to blow sooner.  Some of the factors that cause damage are lightning and power surges.

If you look closely at the picture two contact points on the right you will see they have melted.

  • These two are also the-negative-inlet contact points. which is an indication that this unit was hit by a lightning /surge. 
  • The third contact (positive) from the right must have been switch-on and henge also the reason for the melted contact.

The fourth contact points are how a normal contact-point looks from everyday wear-and-tear. 

Melted contact points

The amazing thing about the incident was that the element wasn't damaged at all by this surge, only the temperature regulator.

The following signs are indicators that your hob energy regulators must be replaced.

  • The plates and spiral elements don't heat-up hot-hot. They stay lukewarm.
  • Plates don't heat at all
  • Plates heat up to the max even if the switches are set at zero.

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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.

Should you need more information feel free to e-mail me

PS; See these other related posts for more information

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


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


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.

Ps. Also see related posts

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

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,


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 -

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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

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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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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