WARNING If you are attempting to repair any gas or electric household appliances yourself and you are not a certified appliance technician, YOU ARE DOING SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!  BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE OTHER HAZARDS INVOLVED IN APPLIANCE REPAIR, BESIDES THOSE LISTED BELOW THAT MAY CAUSE SERIOUS BODILY INJURY OR DEATH, USE EXTREME CAUTION!!  

ELECTRICAL DANGER WARNING If you are attempting to repair any household appliances yourself, be aware that you are working with potentially dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious injury or death.  Be aware that appliances have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious bodily injury or death.  Always remove the electrical power source from the appliance you are working on.  UNPLUG THE APPLIANCE!! when unplugging or removing the power source, DOUBLE CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE UNPLUGGED THE PROPER APPLIANCE CORD, PULLED THE PROPER HOME FUSES OR TURNED OFF THE PROPER BREAKER THAT SUPPLIES THE ELECTRICITY FOR THE APPLIANCE.


HAZARDS WARNING Keep children and pets away from the work area and the disassembled appliance at all times.  Never leave a disassembled appliance unattended.  BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE OTHER HAZARDS INVOLVED IN APPLIANCE REPAIR BESIDES THOSE LISTED ABOVE THAT MAY CAUSE SERIOUS BODILY INJURY OR DEATH, USE EXTREME CAUTION!!


Warning – Any person who does not understand the full dangers of working with live electricity, that electrical currents can cause serious bodily injury or death should not ever attempt to repair, service, remove parts, install parts, troubleshoot or maintain any household gas or electric appliance.
Caution Any person who cannot use basic tools should not ever attempt to service, repair, troubleshoot, remove parts, install parts or maintain any electric or gas household appliance.


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Warning Any person who does not understand the full dangers of working with live electricity, that electrical currents can cause serious bodily injury or death should not ever attempt to repair, service, remove parts, install parts, troubleshoot or maintain any household gas or electric appliance.

Please Read All (10) Appliance Safety Precautions Below

(1.) Individual Safety Precautions Protecting yourself from injuries is necessary.  Before installing, maintaining, or servicing any major appliance, do the following.

  • Wear gloves, sharp edges on appliances hurt hands.
  • Wear safety shoes.  Accidents are often caused when dropping heavy appliances, especially on feet that are not protected.
  • Avoid loose clothing that could get caught in the appliance while it is operating.
  • Remove all jewelry when working on appliances.
  • Tie long hair back.
  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris.
  • Use proper tools, in clean and good condition, when repairing appliances.
  • Have ample light in the work area.
  • Be careful when handling access panels, or any other components that may have sharp edges.
  • Avoid placing hands in any area of the appliance that have not been visually inspected for sharp edges, or pointed screws.
  • Be sure that the work area is clean and dry from water and oil spills.
  • When working with others, always communicate with each other.
  • Always ask for help to move heavy objects.
  • When lifting heavy appliances, always use your leg muscles and not your back muscles.

(2.) Electrical Safety Precautions Know how and where to turn off the electricity to the appliance.  For example:  Plugs, fuses, circuit breakers and cartridge fuses.  Know their locations in the home, label them.  If a specific diagnostic check requires that voltage be applied, reconnect electricity only for the time required for such a check and disconnect it immediately thereafter.  During any such check, be sure no other conductive parts come in contact with any exposed current-carrying metal parts.  When replacing electrical parts, or reassembling the appliance, always reinstall the wires back on the proper terminals according to the wiring diagram.  Check to be sure that the wires are not crossing any sharp areas, not pinched in some way, nor between panels, nor between moving parts that may cause an electrical problem.  The following additional safety tips are also important to remember.

  • Always use a separate, grounded electrical circuit for each major appliance.
  • Never use an extension cord for major appliances.
  • Be sure that the electricity is off before working on the appliance.
  • Never remove the ground wire from a three-prong power cord, or any other ground wires from the appliance.
  • Never bypass or alter any appliance switch, component, or feature.
  • Replace any damaged, pinched or frayed wiring before repairing the appliance.
  • Be sure all electrical connections within the product are correctly and securely connected.

(3.) Chemical Safety Precautions Chemicals can be extremely dangerous.  Knowledge of chemical safety precautions is essential at all times.  The following tips are examples of important practices.

  • Remove all hazardous materials from the work area.
  • Always store hazardous materials in a safe place, and out of the reach of pets and children.
  • Never smoke or light a flame when working on gas appliances.
  • Before turning on appliances that use water, run all of the hot water taps in the house for approximately five minutes.  This clears out the hydrogen gas that can build up in the water heater and pipes, if not used for more than two weeks.

(4.) Appliance Safety Call a service technician to check out the appliance if the safety of an appliance is in doubt.  Only use replacement parts of the same specifications, size, and capacity as the original part.  If you have any questions, contact an appliance parts dealer or an appliance repair technician.  Check water connections for possible water leaks before reconnecting the power supply.  Then, completely reassemble the appliance, remembering to include all access panels.

(5.) Operating Safety After repairing an appliance, do not attempt to operate it unless it has been properly reinstalled, according to the use and care manual and the installation instructions supplied by the manufacturer.  If these instructions are not available, do not operate the appliance.  Call a certified appliance repair technician to check out the reinstallation or ask for a copy of the installation instructions from the original manufacturer.  Know where the water shut off valves are located for the washer, dishwasher, ice maker and water heater, as well as the homes main water shut off valve, label them.  Following these additional safety tips can also prevent injuries.

  • Do not allow children to play on or to operate appliances.
  • Never allow anyone to operate an appliance if they are not familiar with its proper operation.
  • When discarding an old appliance, remove all of the doors to prevent accidental entrapment and or suffocation.
  • Only use an appliance for the job that it was designed to do.

(6.) Grounding Of Major Household Appliances In 1913, the National Electrical Code (NEC) made grounding on the consumers home mandatory.  The NEC mandated that range frames be grounded to a neutral conductor in 1943.  Later, in 1946, it required that receptacles in laundry areas be grounded.  Soon after, the NEC required that the frames of automatic dryers be grounded to neutral conductors.  Then, in 1959, NEC required that automatic washers, automatic dryers, automatic dishwashers and certain motor operated hand-held appliances to be grounded.  All 15 amp and 20 amp branch circuits have grounding type receptacles, as specified in 1962.  Finally, in 1968, the code required that refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners all be grounded.  The greatest importance of grounding appliances is, because it prevents people from receiving shock or being electrocuted from them.  However, the major problem associated with the adequate grounding of appliances is that many homes are not equipped with three prong grounded receptacles.  To solve this problem, the consumer must install or have installed, a properly grounded and polarized three-prong receptacle.  A qualified electrician should connect the wiring and properly ground and polarize the receptacle.  Remember that safety is the paramount concern, especially when dealing with electricity.  Both the technician, and you the consumer, must be aware that it only takes about one hundred milliamperes of current to cause death in one second.  Here are some safety tips.

  • Do not install or operate an appliance unless it is properly grounded.
  • Do not cut off the grounding prong from the appliance cord plug.
  • Where a two-prong wall receptacle is encountered, it must be replaced with a properly grounded and polarized three-prong receptacle.
  • Call a certified electrician if you doubt your abilities.  When dealing with electricity, there is absolutely no leeway for mistakes, BE SAFE!

(7.) Checking Appliance Voltage If it is necessary to test an appliance with the voltage turned on, the following precautions must be observed.

  • The floor around the appliance must be dry.  Water and dampness increase the probability of electrical shock hazards.
  • When using a multimeter, always set the meter correctly for the voltage being checked.
  • Handle only the insulated parts of the meter probes.
  • Touch components, terminals or wires with the meter probe tips only.
  • Touch the meter probe tips only to the terminals being checked.  Touching other components could damage good parts.
  • Be sure that the appliances have properly installed anti-tip devices, as found on kitchen ovens, ranges and stoves.

(8.) Individual Safety Precautions Injuries can happen when using tools.  To be protected from injuries while using hand tools and power tools, do the following.

  • Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing when working with power tools.
  • Wear safety glasses to protect the eyes from flying debris.
  • Use tools according to manufactured specifications and never alter a tools use.

(9.) Safety Precautions When Using Tools Regardless of the tool that is being used, these same rules of care and safety apply.

  • Keep tools clean and in good working condition.
  • Use the tool only for jobs for which it was designed.
  • When using power tools, be certain that the power cord is kept away from the working end of the tool.
  • If the tool has a shield or guard, be sure it is working properly and remember to always us it.
  • If an extension cord is used, be sure it is in good working order.  Do not use it, if there are any bare wires showing.  Also, use a heavy-gauge wire extension cord to ensure adequate voltage for the tool being used.
  • Be sure that the extension cord is properly grounded.
  • Grip the tool firmly.
  • Never use worn-out tools.  A worn-out tool has more potential for causing injuries.  For example, with a worn-out screw driver, there is a greater possibility for slips, which could make medical attention necessary.
  • If there is a problem with a power tool, never put your finger in the tool.  Unplug it first, and then correct the tools problem.

(10.) Test Meters Test meters are a very important tool and they are used in assisting a diagnosis of the various problems that can arise with appliances.  Listed below are some varieties of test meters.

  • The volt-ohm-milliammeter is a test instrument used for testing the resistance, current and voltage of the appliance.  It is also the most important test meter to have in the tool box while testing appliances.
  • Ammeter is a test instrument connected into a circuit to measure the current of the circuit, without interrupting the electrical current.
  • A wattmeter is a test instrument to check the total wattage drawn by an appliance.
  • A temperature tester is a test instrument used to measure the operating temperature of an appliance.

Warning Any person who cannot use basic tools should not ever attempt to service, repair, troubleshoot, remove parts, install parts or maintain any electric or gas household appliance.

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