Hollow Ice Cubes In My Whirlpool Icemaker

Hollow Ice Cubes In My Whirlpool Icemaker

Why is my ice maker making hollow ice cubes? Drinks don’t get cold enough with hollow ice cubes and the ice melts almost instantly after contact with liquids in the glass.


One reason may be that your Whirlpool refrigerator has an incorrect freezer temperature or may have inadequate water flow.  Either problem is relatively easy and inexpensive to correct.


The temperature in your freezer may be either too cold or not cold enough.  This depends on how high or low you have your freezer thermostat set.  Getting your freezer to the correct temperature is simple, just use a thermometer.  Place the thermometer in the freezer for 10 – 12 hours, check it and adjust the temperature, wait another 10 – 12 hours and follow the same procedure until your freezer is set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius).


Another possibility is  that your thermostat has gone bad.  Not all refrigerators have thermostats, some have a timer.  You will need to check  your manual to determine which of these parts your refrigerator is equipped with.  If your refrigerator has a thermostat it is possible that it is cycling too soon and your ice will not freeze solid.

Check your manual to find the correct thermostat for your Whirlpool model refrigerator.  Replacing the thermostat will be explained in your manual.  If you would rather not do this repair yourself call a qualified appliance repair person.


A defective water filter could also be the problem.  It could be that it needs to be replaced because it is not supplying enough water to your ice maker.  Water filters should normally be replaced every 6 months.




Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filters


Finally, if everything checks out ok, pull your refrigerator away from the wall and  look at your water line to make certain it is not kinked or maybe frozen. If it is frozen you will need to turn off the water shut off valve.  You can defrost the line with a hair dryer or heat a wet bath towel in the microwave and wrap it around the frozen water line letting it thaw out.

Whirlpool Ice Maker


Again, if all of this seems a bit daunting and you do not feel compelled to do it yourself, check with a qualified appliance repair person.




Carrier Furnace Main Control Board Replacement

Carrier Furnace Main Control Board Replacement

The furnace main control board on your Carrier furnace can go bad without any warning sign or symptoms just like a light bulb burns out at the flip of a switch.


The furnace main control board is also known by many different names throughout the (HVAC) Heating Ventilation and Air Condition Industry.

Furnace Control Module, Furnace Control Board, Furnace Circuit Board, Furnace Mother Board.

Turn off or disconnect the power source to your furnace then remove the furnace access panels.

When replacing your bad furnace main control board with a new control board it is a good practice to have the new replacement board out of its packaging or box and to hold it in front of the old board so that you can examine both of the circuit/control boards and make certain that they are the same before pulling any wires loose from the existing board and replacing it.

If you are not familiar with all of the wires that are connected and will need to be disconnected and transferred from one board to the other, have your phone handy and snap a few good photos of the bad control board while it is still connected in your furnace for future reference, if needed.

Now that you know that both of the control boards are the same, hold the new one up close to the old one and begin transferring the wires from the old board to the new one, one at a time, using a pair of needle nose pliers.  You will need a screwdriver to disconnect the screws for your small gauge thermostat wires.  While transferring and reconnecting the thermostat wires, make sure that the outer plastic coating is cut back far enough from the tip of the bare wires so that when you connect them to the new control module you only have bare copper wire touching the plate while you tighten the screws down for a good electrical connection.

Once you have transferred all of the wires from the old control board to the new replacement board you will need to loosen or take the screws out of the bad control board housing or mounting panel.  Once it is loose and free from the furnace you will need to turn it over and release the control board from the back of the mounting panel then simply align the new control board pins with the holes in the mounting panel and snap it into place.

Now, position the mounting panel back onto the furnace and tighten the screws back.  Replace all of the access panels and secure them.  Turn the power source back on and your furnace should be good to go and ready for use.

Carrier Furnace Main Control Board

The control board on your Carrier heater has a life span just like any other household appliance parts do and can wear out from use and age.  Lightning storms/strikes cause a lot of havoc on household appliances and are responsible for damage to many appliance circuit boards.  Electrical power surges and flood waters or moisture/condensation can also be to blame for a faulty circuit control board.



GE Stove Surface Element Not Working

GE Stove Surface Element Not Working

If your GE stove surface element is not heating or functioning properly, this is some repair advice for the most common GE stove/range problems you might have.


Always make sure that the surface elements are not hot and have cooled down before handling them.  If one of the surface elements has stopped working on your oven or stove/cooktop you can simply do a visual check and see if there is a break in the element or if the element has bubbling, a burned hole or blistering.  If the surface element does have visible damage it is likely bad.  However, you can’t always tell if an element is good or bad by just examining it with your eyes.

Check to make sure that the surface element has not come loose from the terminal block that it is plugged into.  Some surface elements simply plug into the receptacle – terminal block requiring no tools for removal or replacement.  Other elements have a screw attaching them to the receptacle – terminal block.  Make sure that the screws are tight and have not come loose, a regular or Phillips head screw driver will be required.

If the coil surface element still does not heat up after the above procedures have been performed you will need to do a continuity test.  If you have a multi meter or OHM meter you can check the element for continuity, if the element shows continuity then it is good.  If it shows no continuity then the element is bad and will need to be replaced.

If the damage is on the terminal ends of the element with corrosion buildup or signs of charred or burnt spots it is a good idea to replace the terminals as well or else you might not have good electrical contact after the new element has been installed.

If you have checked the element for continuity and it is good, next you need to check the receptacle terminals and wires for obvious damage such as burnt spots, melted plastic, arching or corrosion. If damage is found you need to replace the terminal block with a new one.  If you have checked the coil element and the terminal block receptacle and have determined that they are both good and in working order, you will need to check the infinite switch – surface burner switch for continuity.  It is the switch that the coil element selector knob is attached to on the console or top of your oven/stove, depending on the make and model.  If the switch is bad replace it with a new one.

More stove/range/oven repair help

Above I have listed the most common reasons why a stove/range surface element will not heat or function properly.  If you are not able to repair your stove/range with the repair help that I have listed above you should call a reputable and qualified service technician who can, hopefully, get your oven back in working order.

The surface element, also known as the coil surface element, transfers heat to the area on top of range.


Whirlpool Washer Leaves The Laundry Sopping Wet

Whirlpool Washer Leaves The Laundry Sopping Wet

If your washer leaves the laundry sopping wet after the final cycle is finished,  here is a check list that may help you troubleshoot and fix the problem.


Check the clothes washer drain hose – clogged or bent –

On the back of your washer is a drain hose.  Check this to make certain it is not bent, therefore restricting the water from pumping out.  At the same time you should remove the hose from the drain pump and check to see that the pump and drain hose don’t have any blockage that would keep the water from flowing freely.

Washer drain hose is positioned incorrectly –

Clothes Washer Drain Hose

The drain hose in back of your clothes washer may be either too far down in the drainpipe or not far enough down.  This would cause the water to not drain out of the tub, leaving your clothes dripping wet.

Drain filter or coin trap clogged on the clothes washer –

A clothes washer has a debris filter or coin trap which could possibly be blocked causing the washer not to spin dry your clothes  The drain filter is on the front bottom of the washer and the coin trap is located behind an access panel.  These are filtering devices and can be easily cleaned which will make the water flow when the washer is draining the water out.


The drain pump is clogged or faulty –

The washer drain pump may be clogged with debris or maybe faulty if it will not spin all of the water out of the washer.  Check out the inside of the drain hose and the pump ports for debris that may be clogging them.  If these are clear, test the drain pump to make certain it is working properly.

Wash load may make the tub get out of balance and not spin fast enough –

When loading the washer try to add items of the same size.  No blankets or large heavy items with smaller ones. This will get the washer out of balance.  Don’t overload your washer or pack clothing in tightly.

Loose or damaged clothes washer belt –

If your washing machine is not spinning your clothes dry it may be the belt, pump or the motor.  The belt could be stretched or just worn out.  Check the belt or the direct drive system for wear and tear.  If the drive belt or direct drive motor coupling is worn, stretched, broken, cracked or damaged in any way, they will need to be replaced.

Washing machine clutch may have gone bad –

If your washer is not spinning your clothes dry, it may be that the clutch is about to fail, because the spinning action is not sufficient to remove enough water from your clothes.

Your problem could possibly be the transmission, although this is usually rare.

3363394 Washer Pump

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Whirlpool Duet Washer Not Filling With Water

Whirlpool Duet Washer Not Filling With Water

The water inlet valve is located on the back panel of your front load Whirlpool Duet clothes washer.  It is used to supply water to the clothes washer’s tub for the wash and rinse cycles.


If you have noticed that your Whirlpool Duet washer is taking longer than usual to fill with water, or the washer does not have cold water, hot water, very little water or maybe you even hear a buzzing or humming noise coming from the back of the clothes washer console, then these are all symptoms of a bad water inlet valve, but this is not always the case.

Always unplug the washer and turn off both hot and cold water valves from the household water supply before removing the supply hoses that are connected to the water inlet valve.


Before replacing the inlet fill valve or other parts on your Whirlpool Duet washer you should check these items first.  You will need to turn off the water supply to the washer.  You will also need to check the filter screens in the water valve inlet ports as well as the filter screens in both of the water supply hoses, if any are present.  It could be they are full of sediment or calcium deposits from hard water, preventing the water flow.

Whirlpool Duet Washer Water Inlet Valve Clogged Filter Screens

If this washer repair advice did not solve your washer, little to no water issue, then you will need to delve a little deeper and do some trouble shooting which will require a voltage tester or multimeter.  This will need to be performed by a person qualified to do this testing.

Whirlpool Duet Inlet Water Valve WP8181694