Category: Household

Our Electrolux Stove is out of commission

Our EW30EF65GSA suddenly had a major problem over a week ago now. The front right burner, radiant element under a glass top, dual-burner, turned ON but was too hot, like on super HIGH. Turned it off, it was flashing HE as usual and looking settings-wize was OFF, but still burning hot on HIGH and looking full ON.

Since that Thursday mealtime flub-up, we haven’t been able to use the stove at all. I’ve ordered and installed a new burner, that wasn’t it. The burner has Continuity still, but there is no way to test the center piece that is called a “limiter” so changing out the burner was step one of correcting the problem.

I’ve read so many sites, looked up parts, memorized my stove model number without even trying to.

I replaced a board in the back but it wasn’t the one to affect change, but I was happy to have that replaced anyhow, not that it was needed now,  but it would be in the case of it shorting out, etc. New functioning part good, for the most.

So the problem ends up probably being the relay board or the wires … which one I don’t know and will not tackle further. Wire Harness is what needs replaced if it’s a wire and wow, not a fun or easy thing. Not impossible, but I am just sick of this machine.

We will be contacting a technician to come out and … who knows what. I wanted to fix it up more than that, also somehow find a new glass top for it, and some time replace the bottom of the  main oven (I can still do that sometime easily.)

I have another project I’m working on, our Fridgidaire Freezer, model FKFH21F7HW* — I started working on it before the stove starting erroring. When it rains, it pours.

Fridgidaire Upright Freezer E8 and more

Our freezer has had problems for a long while now. I finally had enough of it, decided to look deeper into it. Hurray! It’s definite that two things I’ve gotten for it were better for it. Front control panel and the Temperature Defrost gizmo are what I’ve replaced  (I tested the Temp Defrost when it arrived, and it checked out properly.) Next is the door gasket, I have it, hope to get it installed today.

Tomorrow the new Thermistor will arrive in the mail. It’s the key, I do hope, to why the freezer wasn’t working as well in the beginning and ended up where it was when I picked up this project … totally frosted over and iced up bottom of the freezer … the drain plug was one big ice puck. Nothing would defrost. It was cold, but saying the door was open and alarming all the time.

I put the new front control in, and vwomp, it stays closed better, but still needs a new gasket. Since putting in the control panel it’ll run cold, but eventually E8 error.

I took the Temperature Defrost off, testing it and it was dead. Got a new one, meanwhile defrosted the freezer manually, took everything out put it into a big 7-day cooler, it took a day and night and partial day, but eventually the ice melted and all the water drained, what a mess.

That E8 error and HIGH TEMP are what are the two normal views on the display now. The Thermistor, if it’s not the key, it’s the key stone. Last probable need to change will be that heater piece. I don’t know if it is needed. Once the Thermistor and Gasket are both installed I’ll plug it back in and see what happens. Holding out hope. 🙂

It’s the week of Christmas 2015!

Less than a week until Christmas means more baking, more cleaning, more, more, more …

I made a batch of Snickerdoodles yesterday. I also made up a double batch of Tollhouse Cookies, but didn’t bake them, my daughter did.

I want to make a chewy molasses cookie, snowballs (russian tea cakes), and so many more cookies.

An old favorite of mine, not a cookie, a savory snack, Olive Cheese Balls. A simple cheddar, flour, melted butter dough wrapped around a pimento stuffed olive, the small variety.  I really love this during the Christmas holiday, but no one else is a fan. Quite disappointing.

So this time I will make them, but ahead, freeze, and only bake enough at a time. Then I can enjoy them longer, or maybe someone else will end up liking Olive Cheese Balls.

That brings me to oh, I should make a Cheddar Cheese Ball too. Previously talking about the Olive variety, that is a flour, butter, and cheese dough, and baked, while a Cheddar ball is cheeses, and more, not baked. 🙂 Pimento Cheese is another idea to employ. I would highly prefer to make it, never buy it again. Super Grin at that.

Things that need to get done make it harder this year. We had an old piano sitting in the house, moved it out recently, and now the bare floor needs worked on. We have about 3 rows of hardwood to put in. We did one yesterday. Hopefully we can swing the rest of it today. That is where the Christmas tree, awaiting our beckon, is going to be. It’s in the garage for now.

Only so many days left, not that many, but I hope to get the feeling akin to “it’s working”, sense the magic.

Fireplace Update & A/C Forecast

Our fireplace is still in use, and the part was supposedly ordered, but hasn’t come in yet.

It’ll be a couple more weeks of fireplace use, at least. Maybe more. Spring doesn’t look too far away looking at Accuweather data.

Then it’ll be back to the A/C to keep pollen to a minimum and hope for the best that the air will be cool enough throughout the house, but not too cold anywhere, and not too warm or hot anywhere else.

We got a new A/C system a few years ago and they had to repair a leaky outside pipe the next year, which showed us WHY it didn’t function (the A/C) very well the first year. I have more complaints about it though ever since. I despise the multiple digital zones we have. Master bedroom has the upstairs thermostat in it. That room gains so much heat winter or summer, and the attached bathroom seems like no air goes to it, just like before the A/C was fine-tuned (or was it really fine-tooned, that seems more fitting a name for it.)

The rest of the upstairs is much warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.

The main floor has another thermostat. It’s OK, but the kitchen is still much more dramatically affected by outside weather, making it uncomfortable in their when cooking in the Spring through Fall, and miserable in the winter for the most part.

The basement has another thermostat in the hall. My office has a door and is the first room on the left, another room straight ahead, and the more open space of the basement to the right through french doors. It’s a cold hallway in the winter, with that heat turned on most of the time. My office though, it’s blasting hot in there and I HATE HEAT like that. The other room is a bedroom and kind of cold most of the time in the winter. The main basement is always either warmer or cooler, really not seeming to be much connected to the other parts I referred to before. Summer flips the switch and everything is opposite in the basement. I can tolerate colder in my office in the summer, but not so cold as it has to be to make it chilly enough elsehwhere.

My house needs per room thermostats, I swear it does. I don’t have much faith that it would even work well that way though.

So that’s what’s coming up soon. The no fires, A/C battle of pollen and heat.

Fireplace

We had our chimney swept and the guy was impressed with the lack of … saying we must burn good stuff. Yes. Hardwood, as well Seasoned as can be.

Our back panel will be replaced, the rest of it can get by for another couple of years. He said it’s safe to use it as is for now too. 🙂

It’s more than heat, it’s the flicker and colored light from within that hole in the wall is what I need on any winter day.

In June 2011 new system installed in house. 3 Zones, digitally controlled. We suffered all year, it didn’t work well, it was too humid, uncomfortable and had frozen outside pipes often. Tweaked to death, over winter nothing happened. Spring, needed A/C and voila, same problems. Guy came out and FINALLY after hours of tinkering around decided to super pressure check and found a leak, outside the pipe going from house to condenser had a small leak in the solder … ACK!!! All that misery for one tiny hole which THEY did, and it had nothing to do with the actual equipment or our treatment of it, DAY 1 it showed signs of a leak but it COULDN’T be that, they intimated, never checking their connections, even when we complained of horrible freezing issues, lack of cooling to correct levels, too much humidity … on and on … just a freakin little solder fixed it. Urg … forever.

A/C Sensor Bad

A/C guy was here yesterday. He checked everything and finally told us “it’s this sensing module that is bad”

The basic long and short of it is, I don’t really know why we need it, guess it’s a fine tuner, making everything work well no matter what temps you put in or something. He said that MOST systems will run OK without it but don’t go lower than 68 or 67 or 66 on your thermostat settings without the module installed.

Bottom line: Our house cooled down and the humidity level slowly went down. Upstairs kept constant temp. Downstairs in livingroom constant temp. Basement, in my office, constant temp (still an issue with the other side of the basement.)

The humidity level is still an issue, but not quite as bad as it had become (nothing worse than cold wet air inside the house! well, yes there is: HOT WET AIR!) Right now it’s 49% H. in the living room (only place I have a sensor for such a task) but the A/C isn’t running a lot since it’s nighttime and there no heating issue from outside. Seems reasonable. Also I am guessing our missing module would help, I hope. I truly do hope.

The part is on order, maybe it’ll arrive tomorrow, was the idea given. For now, things are cooler in a more stable way, thus far.

Nothing looks frozen with the equipment that is outside. I noticed the air coming on during the night (sometimes I wake up at night for awhile.) It’s great that this is being solved finally. Was the sensor bad all along? Back first night it was installed, it was hot in the house and it was “finished and on” for hours and hours and hours before it got cool enough not to sweat at every move or while sitting still. I wasn’t impressed with it the next day either. So not impressed as days went on. How does that sound now? Sounds like the only thing that is the problem right now is the module. Once that’s replaces, must tackle the “does it work NOW” possible problem. If it answers more questions than it makes, awesome!

Trane makes a wonderful new thermostat, it’s so very awesome. I’d love that sort (man though, 3 of them? Ouch!) There are other possible things I’d like added on to the system, but it’s so hard to make it do-able. To make others see why it would be right to add it to The ‘have to move this to the top of the list’ List.

So regarding temperatures, right now it’s a wonderful 57 degrees F. outside, with 70+% humidity. Feels wonderful! Forecast has our area going to 79 degrees F. today. That’ll be a nice little test, especially seeing as it’ll be MOSTLY SUNNY! [it’s been sooooo cloudly of late]

Don’t know what he can do, hope something. Just checked again, everything going down by 1, but … outside, super thick frost on the pipes going into the unit, starting again. Now off. I’ve already had it, but now I’ve had it.

A/C Problems Still

Our A/C is still very problematic. We tried something different last night, and it seemed to work, and just now I did it again and I’ll see if it changes things.

It was just about 12 hours between doing it the first time and when things started going south again decidedly so. We took the A/C breaker on the circuit house panel, turned it off, then on.

Right when doing that last night, the outside equipment kicked on with a decided thud, and you could hear the compressor doing it’s thing immediately. In the house the air finally started cooling down and coming out more forcefully.

The air in the house last night was humid and overly warm. It was 77/78 in the master bedroom and felt worse. We have a weather gadget in the livingroom with one outside probe. It alternately displays the inside and outside information. In the livingroom the humidity was in the 60% region. I have no idea what upstairs was at, but it wasn’t good, that much I know The living room temperature was 76 and higher (depending on when you looked at it.)

It took some time, but eventually it felt better in the house. In the middle of the night it was still warmer, instead of cooler. We only had the bedrooms thermostat turned on. In the morning the temperature was finally at the target temp of 63 degrees F. Not as cold as I usually put it, but it wasn’t ever getting to my normal 67/68 preference most days/nights. I put it lower to cool it down drastically if it could, and it did.

In the morning I got up at 7am and turned on the livingroom and then the basement thermostats. When I did that the livingroom showed 70 degrees F. as it’s temperature. Drastically improved from it’s over 76 of the night before, without the aid of it’s own zone turned on (no airflow from the A/C vents that whole night) and the basement showed 71 degrees F.

Not too much later both lower areas showed their target # and the humidity level in the livingroom was at 38% which is tolerable.

Later I know it felt wetter in the air and it was up to 42% humidity. And up and up it went. So when I recently saw it said 50% humidity, I had to try it again.

Well, it’s useless, I went out and looked at it, and outside the pipes are frosty and getting icy. Figures. That’s what started the recent awful feelings I have towards this A/C we had installed in June. It’s never what I have liked, it’s always been something to complain about, hoops to jump through to get it to work “better” but not yet “good enough” … spend over $6000 and get a cheap ass system installed. RIDICULOUS price for cheap ass Trane XR13 digital zone crap with nothing but crappy regular digital thermostats that tell you nothing hardly, let you do nothing.

I’d rather have my 1 thermostat system back. Too small for the house, but the bedrooms were cool when it was working, so give it back to me it worked great in the beginning, compared to this. So give it back, make it up-to-date with freon/what-have-you and no leaks and we’ll be good to go (or stay comfortably)

Winter Begins

Winter has begun fully for us this week. It’s not “officially Winter” but the “season is here. Yesterday it snow flurried for hours, but no accumulation. Today it’s very cold, still below freezing, reaching that mark maybe, but probably not quite. It’s 31.6 degrees F. on my front porch digital temperature thing, it’s connected wirelessly to an inside panel (a cheap little gadget I got at Staples on clearance a couple of years ago.) It’s not necessarily correct, but close, I figure, usually. I really want a nice full system to collect data and see what’s going on entirely around me. It’s not a priority for my husband, just a nicety for me, not a necessity (Saize).

We got the fireplace going for the first time for this end of year cold season. Usually we have started in mid-November, and would have this year several times from then to now, but our ‘living room’ has been such a mess since we are living in the house and putting down new wood flooring in the living room. It’s a slow go, 3/4ths of it is done, but it now languishes away since the piano and device stuff for the TV are on that side, and there is no easy way to move the piano anywhere else except for the kitchen (no way!)

I am stuck with my christmas cards. I need a picture for inside and that is holding me up. I tried a few weeks ago to get one good one outside of my children, but over 70 photos, and nothing good enough, not even to photoshop something together.

I’m doing December Daily this year for the first time, but I’ve fallen off the cart. I have it in my head, but haven’t gotten the ideas down or pictures taken, daily. Time marches on and now it’s the 13th, so after 6 days I fell off, and am now that much behind. Ack!

I wish I could figure all this stuff out, but I feel stuck on all sides. I did get some video off of my Sony Handycam today, and uploaded a few things to YouTube. (I have so much to do with all my video too, I still do not have the software to do what I want to with it all.)

Anyhow,  I did get a new food processor this weekend. Finally able to replace my broken Kitchen Aid 11-cup UltraPower one. (Broken collar on post, cracked case here and there, bowl broken, small work bowl lost, post for discs lost … not very useful or nice to use for what it COULD do with my help.) The one we got is a Cuisinart 12-cup Elite, it is different, but solid, and has a wonderful case to hold all the pieces (my old KA had a case, long gone, not very good for what it held and how.) Now I can grate, shred, cut, mix, even better than ever before. I love this unit.

We also got two tall cabinets for the kitchen at Home Depot … they are the future for the kitchen, along with the sink cabinet that we already have. The other cabinets with slowly (but as fast as we can) be replaced until we are done replacing and ahead with finishing everything. The two new cabinets are a whole new world for me. Something I’ve wanted, places to put canned foods and such, never had anything but some lower and upper cabinets. Then I also have wanted a place to put my big things that I don’t always use, away, like my Nutrimill, crockpot, cake stand, etc. as well as a place for my cloth kitchen towels (for bread & baking) and for future things like tablecloths (which I love for holidays, but don’t have.) So I have a tall cabinet just for all that kind of stuff, with two wide but short drawers (for cloth) and lower and upper shelves behind two doors, that hold big things, with room to grow.

Washer Post from Past

I love it when old posts are relevant to what I need to do:

LG FL Washer – 2277 – OE error

Not that my washer is throwing an error, it’s just that I think I need to “spin only” cycle after not having done that for a long time. It would get things more in order with the washer, if that makes any sense. We are getting to the end of washing diapers, just not yet, soon we hope. That will down lots of stuff in filter when my dear baby from 2007 finally converts to underwear (he’s not wanting too though close to being able … just can’t get him to want it.)

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